Well, this update is not turning out to be so great.
Back on October 1st, we reviewed the updated Fly Delta App 5 for Android and I was under-impressed at the time.
To be fair to Delta, the error I get above, was happening in the old version 4.2 of the Fly Delta App so it happening in the new version 5 is no great surprise. Having said that:
Oh my. I HATE the new silly color branding themes. Take a look at the Delta One seat map above I am booked on. On the left is the old, clean, simple, slick, simple map in version 4.2 on my Android phone; the one on the right is the new version in 5. Ugh! But what can we do? We can manually downgrade (think C+ seat to exit row maybe). Well, at least we Android users can manually downgrade if we want to.
Here is how. Softpedia.com has, not just the 4.2 Fly Delta App APK (Android Package Kit) file that we can download and install, but a bunch of older ones as well. All of them may not work as Delta has blocked some of the really old (sweet) ones that prevented auto-checkin from happening (grrrrr by the way grrrr). But at least we have choices.
You will have to tweak a few bits in your phone to do this 4.2 “downgrade”. First, you will have to uninstall the new version 5 of the Fly Delta App. Then, I recommend, download the 4.2 version of the app. Set your phone to allow external APKs to be installed. And finally, turn off “auto updates” or your phone will simply re-auto-update your Fly Delta App to the new 5.
What about iOS folks? I have never had an iPhone or an iPad or anything iOS (cuz clearly Android is better)! 😉 Chris shared a little of how iOS phones work and told me that because app updates are no longer handled in iTunes (why would a music program handle app updates?! 😉 ), downgrading to a previous version is rather difficult.
Maybe you are thrilled with the new Fly Delta App 5. If you are, clearly this post is not for you. But I am not thrilled. I have downgraded and am again thrilled. I hate it that Delta keeps breaking what was once amazing. And I am not the only one upset. Look what Flyer Talker Pianoman109876 said recently:
“My app has crashed 38 times this morning. Multiple restarts, failed logins…it’s a joke.
reinstalled the app, reset my phone, everything is updated, it is just …..“
Not sure if Pianoman109876 is an iOS or Android user but it may not matter all that much really – ouch! Let’s look at a few more. User Goldmedallionflyer says:
“On my iPhone it takes about a minute to open my itinerary, about twice as long as it used to.
My biggest grip is that it now takes over 6 minutes (you read that right SIX MINUTES!!) to open the seat map for a flight, even when I have two bars of cell coverage and am connected via Wi-Fi
I work in the software industry, and if I delivered this kind of ‘performance enhancement’ to one of my customers, I’d be out looking for a job right now“
Yikes. That is harsh. I have to agree the new ver 5 is dog slow. Could not stand it. Let’s look at one more from Flyer Talker Zorak in answer to the above user:
“Same on Android. “My Trips” frequently comes up alarmingly empty, and even when it doesn’t (refreshing it can take a minute or more) tapping into an itinerary to view the details sometimes also takes 1-2 minutes before the info comes up.”
I think that is about enough to make my point. I will simply stick with 4.2 until Delta breaks it so I can no longer use it just like I did with the last round of app updates.
I get that Delta wants to use it’s IT as a max sales tool but I really wish they could wait to dump stuff like this on us until it has been tested enough and there is enough feedback on the horrid color changes.
Your turn. How do you like the updated Fly Delta App. Love it or hate it or something else? Do you like the color changes to match the “branded” Delta fares etc.? Are you an iOS user or Android? I would love to know! – René
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