TV Critic

There are large-format displays dotted all around the SoundCloud offices. They’re used for everything from API graphs to news about who’s visiting from out of town. Teams customise the content of nearby displays. We have a few pages rotating in the Android corner:

  • CI build status
  • Mobile API graphs
  • Google Play reviews

I created the app review dashboard to bring our team closer to our users. TV Critic is a tiny web app that pulls the latest reviews from the app stores and formats them as HTML for the big screen. It supports Google Play and Apple App Store.

TV Critic pointing at android/com.jdamcd.sudoku

The display is an information radiator for user sentiment – clearly highlighting ratings. The reaction has been extremely positive. It’s a motivation boost when the board lights up green, and it provides useful clues when things aren’t going so well. Most importantly, it spreads empathy for our app users and reminds us why we’re building the product.