Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle

By Hearst Newspapers

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2011-09-27
  • Current IOS App Version: 3.1.4
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 29.81 MB
  • IOS App Developer: Hearst Newspapers
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3.5 or later.
Score: 3.5
From 4,219 IOS App Ratings


The Houston Chronicle now brings credible, in-depth, award-winning journalism, with extensive coverage in politics, sports, entertainment, and more in a redesigned and reimagined experience for your iOS devices. The Houston Chronicle app gives you access to all news anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s news in your neighborhood, Harris County, the great state of Texas, the U.S. or the world, if it impacts you, count on us to keep you informed. And with topic-specific push alerts, you can opt-in to the coverage that matters most to you. Featuring: • Up-to-the-minute breaking news from our Pulitzer Prize award-inning newsroom • Top headlines you can browse or select to read in full so you are always in-the-know • Get the news you want as it breaks by opting in for push notifications • Access to Texas Sports Nation, the premier online destination created for the Houston sports superfan, chock-full of exclusive insider access you will not find anywhere else. • Share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and email Subscription Details: • OPTIONS: Download the app for free and enjoy a limited number of free stories each month. Get unlimited access, 24/7, for just $5.99 a month (first 2 weeks are FREE) by subscribing within the app itself. Otherwise, if you are a Digital or Print subscriber you can log in to the app for full access. Simply use your website login. • PAYMENT: Payment will be charged to your iTunes account with the confirmation of your purchase and will automatically renew each month unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of your monthly period. • Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase • Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable • PRIVACY POLICY: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/privacy_policy/ • TERMS OF SERVICE: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/terms_of_use/ • FEEDBACK: Tell us what you think! Our app features are constantly being improved based on your feedback. We welcome you to tell us what you love and what you’d like to see more (or less) of. Contact us at appsupport@chron.com.



  • Still just barely usable

    By Fellow Flyer
    Update 4/1/19: All the below still stands. It’ll honor system font size, but if you want something else you’re out of luck. Truly awful. I’m still paying, but only because I want to support local news. I scan through as fast as I can to find the local stuff - and it’s not always in the right place or labels as such - and move on to far better news apps, with far better news, organization, and control. Update 2/9/19: Today’s lead story in the app: “Etiquette Offers No Hard Rules About Newlywed’s Last Name.” At this point I’m paying because I believe in supporting local news, but I blast through my HouChron experience as fast as I can because it’s just awful. Original review below. With the new version 3.x, the Chronicle is beginning to join the 2010s for digital newspaper design. Unfortunately, they’ve overshot a bit due to some unfortunate industry trends and a few poor choices. The good: I much prefer the layout of the section pages, and the typeface is nice and readable...mostly. The images and the slideshow presentation is much better. And that’s it. The bad: Readability: There’s no way to adjust the size of the type. This is present in every other newspaper app. How did this get overlooked? There needs to be a way to adjust text size within the app, or use the system preference which allows for accessibility. While you’re at it, break some new ground and let me adjust the size of the margins. The lines in the stories are too wide, which hurts readability. There’s a reason print newspapers have columns that are only 5-6 words wide. Perhaps the news people could wander over to the tech people and let them know. Links to websites are displayed in yellow. Yellow? If you use true tone and darken the white point a bit, what little contrast there is between the white background and the yellow text disappears. Seriously, people. Links are blue. Every time. Don’t get cute with the color scheme. I know yellow is part of the Chronicle's color palette, and I don’t care. This is a web trend that needs to go away. There’s no dark mode. This isn’t in every news app, but I love it when it is. Again, blue links when you do this! Navigation: Navigation is a strong effort, and fails. The section headers are just wrong. The app opens to “Houston News,” which in any other app is “Front Page” or “News.” This section isn’t Houston news, it’s got stories from across the country and world because it’s the front page. Later on, we run across “US News” which is in theory national news. There’s no “local” section. Why is there “Texas Politics,” but no “National Politics?” Why is national politics in there? And let’s not forget “Texas Sports Nation,” which is national sports - not just Texas. I see what you’re trying to do here, but again: stop trying to be cute. It’s “Sports.” It’d be great to be able to reorder those sections. Just saying. It’s, you know, digital. If you’re reading a story and want to go back to the headlines to find your next story, the only way to do so is to hit the tiny text that matches the section title in the upper left corner. If you used system search to get to the app, you’ve got a better-than-average chance of hitting the “Search” text, which will take you out of the app. Alternatively, if you hit just a bit low, nothing happens. To bury the lede, why can’t we swipe from the left side of the page to go back to the headlines like every other news app? That action in the current version of the app takes me to the previous story. I don't want to read every story - I just want to see the headlines and choose my own. Finally, there’s too much white space on the pages. Again, this is a web trend where white space is king at the expense of showing content that could be useful. I really liked the old app's list of stories within the section on the left. This allows narrower story columns and built in navigation...maybe. This gets in the way of swiping from the left... Content: Holy cow, people. There are opinion pieces in the sports section today. Local stories show up in the national news. Some stories show up in three or more sections - think new restaurant opening downtown. That’s in “Houston News,” “Business,” “Flavor,” “Entertainment,” and maybe “Real Estate.” Worse, once it’s read there’s no way to tell you’ve read it in the next section. And since stories hang around for days, and occasionally change headlines, you’ll get to click on it again and again! Figure out what the story is. Put it in one section - the correct one! Look. This update is a step in the right direction, which is why I went from one to two stars. But it’s so difficult to use and read that I find myself skimming through it as fast as possible so I can use the far better apps from WP and NYT. I wholeheartedly support local news. I will continue to do so. But dang. Almost all of these problems are - from my perspective - caused by web and app developers run amok with no news people checking in.
  • Very hard to use

    By ChemistofBerkeley
    Now (3/31/19) the search function has disappeared! Why? I often find that I cannot locate an article to read again even on the day it is published! Now that i have moved away, i try to keep up with Houston by reading the Chronicle online, but this app functions very poorly. There are many problems, but my chief gripe is that there is no feedback after you a select an article to let you know it is loading. The search function is of little or no use.
  • New format

    By TerriA7
    Who came up with this? Ruined a good thing. I only gave it 1 star because that also made it a review. Signed, Unhappy
  • Horrible

    By sorenack
    I want to see the paper as shown on the front page. Who came up with this idea? I’ve taken a newspaper for 57 Years. I don’t want to stop now. I’m more than upset. D. Lawson
  • No Search capability!?!

    By an "approved" nickname
    The mandatory “upgrade” downgraded this app - took away important and excellent search ability and made the app harder to navigate. We should have the option to revert to the better old version we paid for.
  • There is no search feature

    By QueenKTexan
    If I could give a rating zero stars I would. The lack of a search feature is beyond ridiculous. I hate the new app, and I am a subscriber.
  • Very poor newspaper

    By Heights reader
    It’s hard to tell you how bad this is as a daily newspaper. It looks pretty but don’t let that fool you. I have gone back to reading the actual news paper paper. I would give it a -1

    By GoodFlatPicker
    This is awful. Please bring back the replica of a paper-style newspaper. This version, look and feel, is now no different than all the other online garbage publications. I rate this format ZERO stars! ZERO ZERO ZERO ZERO, BUT IT WILL ONLY ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 1 STAR, BUT ZERO IS MY ACTUAL RATING
  • Awful. Why did you do this?

    By PeaceOnEarthAndGoodwill
    Boo!!!!!! Come on folks - Houston is one of the largest metros in the USA - every other big city newspaper app works great -why not just step it up? You can do it! Or can you? And I pay for this?! Your old version had relatively good functionality albeit the hangs and crashes were extremely aggravating. This most recent version is horrid - No. 1 - what? no search? Why on earth? Stale news. Aggggghhh! Holy Frustrations Batman! Obituaries - just a list of names? Really horrible... Can’t find stories you see on the print version. Bad synchronization. Why do I see what I see in my front page - now your content is filtered by who knows? Sure isn’t relative to me. Can’t even go look to find a news story. NO SEARCH FUNCTIONALITY— Bad bad bad... What were you thinking? You did not need to totally redesign the app, just needed fix whatever made it crash or hang. The other versions crashed, but this design is near useless. You took away functionality and you should never do that - Rule number one in app development... Don’t take stuff away unless you put it out for subscribers to vote and you get a big majority supporting that. So you put out a survey afterwards. We answered it (some of us)... Now you’re getting low ratings here on your latest version. When will you fix these issues? Do something before cancellation is our only option!
  • Not a good alternative to paper edition

    By drishsu
    I wish there was a way to sort for current news. I used the HC app years ago and at that time it mimicked the paper edition. It was much easier to navigate and see current articles. Was surprised to revisit it now and see what a mess it is. Not impressed.