An app would be nice.
Probably would be easier than the website on a phone.
Pikosu Leonla commented
Yes. Any of these movie names could have been what the user wanted to input. If a user uses this tool https://www.trackthattravel.com/travelblog/15033 and the movie name is misspelled or recommended, it offers suggestions.
If you invest in creating an app it should feature some sort of integration/interaction with the Google TV interface, so we could look for a recommendation on the main screen and the go to the streaming service that has it. Or maybe integrate our wish list into Google's TV library wish list
I'm sure you've heard this one. But an app would make it easier to use. (I'm aware that this is not a cheap or easy thing to produce)
I love your page. It is unique and amazing.
We are using the mobile phone more and more every day and would love to see an app of movielens. I really do hope you make an app.
I don't know how your recommendation works but in order to improve the recommendation you could give recommendation based on other users who have a similar rating for similar movies. The problem I know is defining "similar."
Genre is a starting point. But we watch movies based on the feeling the movie will create. Example... I feel like watching a funny and emotional movie.
The genre can be mapped to a mood and groups of genre and be associated with certain moods and this should be used as a parameter for recommending.
Andy Jewell commented
‘Nuff said:). I’m sure I’m not the first... will help any way I can!
I'd suggest at least making an API available which can be used by indie app developers.
Before you know it, someone else has already written an app to work with Movielens if you provide the API
Matt W commented
Just wondering if there were any plans to create a mobile app. It would be awesome!
Pranav Patel commented
A quick mobile app in something like ionic, cordova, react native or any html5 based app development tool would help make this more usable. It shouldn't take more than a week to create.
The site still doesn't work terribly well on mobile, at least on iOS.
There are performance issues but the major problem is that the search doesn't function properly. There's no button to press to search and the return key on the keyboard doesn't work, so you have to type the name of the film closely enough to select it from the dropdown menu.
Likewise the tags system sometimes work and sometimes doesn't.
Perhaps an app isn't the solution but it would be awfully convenient.
I think you don't need to have a different app for a broader audience, you just need public profiles, public access to movie pages (and the similar movies section) and some share features (facebook, twitter, tumblr?)
Uli S commented
Please don't spend any time an effort on an iOS app ... and an Android app ... and a Windows Phone app, etc.
Everything can be done in a mobile browser, there's no need to waste effort on walled gardens when you can have the same code work for mobile and desktop browsers. Go HTML5!
Mauricio Farell commented
I would love to see an Abdroid app and maybe have access to an API!!!
I would love to see this happen. I really think it would encourage a broader userbase.
Make an (Android) app so I can rate movies the moment I saw them and don't have to wait to sit behind my computer.
@Leon we're filling in the missing features as fast as we can. What, in particular, do you think are the highest priority features to add back in?
I think the current beta site would turn off any potentially interested developers because it just doesn't look like there's much here worth accessing, compared to the old site.
Thanks for the feedback! It might happen - this is one of the motivations for rewriting the movielens server with an API.
However, we're not pursuing that direction right now. We just don't have the time. We'll see if any students come along who have particular ideas and motivation. Alternatively, we might open up the movielens api to developers, in which case apps might spring up independent of our research group.
There are some people complaining about the new design of the site, and in the blog you said that is a way to access with mobile devices, right?
Won't be easier create a simple application to android or iPhone, to quickly access movies, rate and see recomendations?
For more information, the web version would be the best option.