The Watchup video news app for iPad has just been updated again yesterday, to Version 2.0. This update brings some nice user interface changes and an impressive new Watch & Read feature.
One of the notable UI changes is that the app now opens with a newscast automatically starting, so it’s a bit more like just switching on a TV news channel – except that this app aggregates a large number of quality news channels of course.
You can also use a drag-down panel to browse to other channels, or swipe left and right to move between news stories.
The new Watch & Read feature is a recognition of the fact that many of us don’t like to just passivley watch the news these days – we’re all about second screens when watching TV. The new feature is meant to make for a richer user experience in the app.
So now with a quick swipe to the left on another panel you pull up a lost of articles (via Bing search) that are relevant to the news item you’re watching. You can tap on the links and read one of the related articles while the news item video continues on the left side of the screen. You can tap, drag, and hold to show more or less of the video while reading too.
This update also brings more new channels in the sports and celebrities categories. Here’s the full change list for Watchup 2.0:
• NEW! Watch & Read: Watch a video while reading related articles by dragging in Watchup’s brand new right panel
• New sport channels: NBA news, MLB news, MLS news, SNTV
• New celebrities channels: HollywoodTV, HuffPo LIVE, TMZ, Fuse
• Easier interface for scheduling a newscast
• Fixed a rare bug that would prevent the newscast to be fully loaded.
Another good update for Watchup, which was a Best Free iPad App of the Week selection here a few months back.