Introducing the All-New BigOven Android App: Cooking Simplified

We’re proud to be introducing a brand new version of our Android app next week! Want to get a sneak peek now? Join our Early Access Program.

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The all-new BigOven gives you delicious, seasonal recipe ideas every time you launch the app.

The BigOven app for Android is a ground-up rewrite that we started in our studio over a year ago. We’ve taken the things you love about BigOven — recipe lookup, shopping and sharing — looked closely at each area, and made them better. We’ve streamlined them and added some important new capabilities. We’ve added new ways to see the activity of the cooks you like, follow new ones, and see the activity on recipes most relevant to you. Our goal is to make it even easier for you to get a delicious homemade meal on the dinner table.

We aim to be the most-used, best-loved app for home cooks. We want to help the home cook as they cycle through discovery, planning, shopping, preparation and sharing meals every day of the week. We constantly look at each of those activities to see how we can make it easier.

 

We need your feedback below

We’ve put a lot of work into this app, but we know we couldn’t possibly get it all perfect in one go. So please, help us help you. Our development team is reading the comments section below, so let us know if we’ve missed something important to you and we’ll be sure to consider it for a future update. We plan updates for the indefinite future, so let us know what would make your tasks as a home cook, menu planner and grocery shopper easier!

 

What’s new

  • Get inspiration from friends, family and food bloggers
  • Find recipes even faster with all-new Search
  • Shop faster at the grocery store, including off-line and household account sharing
  • Get around the app faster with clearer navigation
  • See activity on your recipes with an all-new Activity view
  • All-new technical foundation: fully rewritten in Swift, with a new back-end to power it

Get inspired by your friends, family and favorite food bloggers

Now, when you join or link by Facebook, you’ll see all your friends that use BigOven, and can follow them. When you follow a cook, you’ll see recipes they love (rate 4 or 5 stars) right in your home screen feed. You’ll also see recipes added by your favorite bloggers, who you can also follow right from the app.

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You can now follow food bloggers, like Half Baked Harvest, in the app.

BigOven makes recommendations for you the more you use it

BigOven will bubble up recommendations based on how you’re using it. Our goal is to help you get unstuck, and eliminate that “what am I going to make tonight?” problem we all encounter.

Getting around BigOven is easier

BigOven’s navigation has been streamlined to get you quickly and easily from one feature to another. Whether it’s getting recipe ideas on your home screen, accessing your own recipes, creating a grocery list, making a meal plan or checking on messages, it’s all within easy reach with our updated navigation bar.

Activity keeps you up-to-date

View your messages in one place. Find Facebook friends who are also on BigOven. Get a message if someone comments on a recipe you’ve posted, if an action has been done on a recipe you’ve commented on, or if someone has @mentioned you. Personalize your profile page by adding a photo, see your recipe count, along with how many cooks you follow and how many cooks are following you.

Find recipes even faster with all-new Search

Looking for a recipe? Just type in the title, ingredients or any keyword. You can get back to all the recipes you’ve viewed recently by tapping on the magnifying glass and then “All Recipes”. More recipes are displayed on each screen, and related recipes are shown to you right on the recipe detail screen.

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The Search area of the app (magnifying glass) gives you easy access to your search history, most recently viewed recipes, recent raves and more.

Searching is faster

Some searches of your recipe collection are done locally on your phone, making them very fast. Plus, with an all-new search back-end, you’ll find many common searches are faster than in the old app, particularly seasonal collections.

Autocomplete saves you typing

BigOven now autocompletes your recipe searches with some of the more common recipe titles. (If you don’t see it suggested for you, be sure to search anyway; these are just the most common recipe titles.)

BigOven remembers your most recently viewed recipes

Enter your search, and you can choose to target all the recipes or just your own recipes. BigOven shows you the most recent recipes you’ve viewed. And a handy autocomplete will suggest searches for you based on what you’re typing.

Tap the magnifying glass and choose how you’d like to search within the app. Are you on a quest to discover new inspiration from BigOven’s 350,000 recipes? Or would you prefer to locate a specific recipe in your recipe box? Or would you like to find a particular cook, blog or website on BigOven? We have many options for you to choose.

Faster, Shared Grocery List

We recently debuted a shared grocery list and with our redesigned app, it works even better. Now your household can have a common grocery list and you can avoid unnecessary return trips to the store.

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Tap to strike-through an item when you’re at the grocery store. A long press on each grocery line item allows you to edit the item.


We’ve added enhancements to make our grocery list easier to use as you add items, sort by department or by recipe, and mark off or delete as you grocery shop:

  • Tap on an item to strike it (tap again to unstrike it)
  • Edit an item by doing a long press on the ingredient name
  • It’s faster — far fewer “synchronizing with server” moments
  • It’s local — you don’t have to be connected to the server to use it
  • Multiple BigOven accounts can share the same grocery list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming features

We will regularly update the app to add features and improvements. We are in fact in the midst of adding more features to menu planner. Future updates will include: the ability to edit recipes, add recipes from your menu planner to the grocery list, and much more.

BigOven continues to help home cooks get inspired and organized, in the kitchen and on the go. Give our redesigned app a try! Sign up for Early Access if you want to get the latest version before anyone else.

We want to hear from you so let us know what you think! Happy Cooking!

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