Poor design choices for Hexathlon results sheet
There were two ways to see Hexathlon results in progress:
1. Go from the scanner to the Niantic events page to your local event and tap on "Progress" to see a nicely formatted page with your personal progress including Elite status. Nice, useful, and not advertised in any official Niantic communications that I saw. Got a 404 if you tried to view it directly without following the cookie crumbs from your scanner.
2. Follow the link advertised in the media drop and official email to get the following page:
Two things stand out in this screen capture:
1. Whoever laid out this page didn't stop to think that maybe, just maybe, important white text becomes illegible when viewed against the white portion of a background image.
2. Whoever laid out this page didn't stop to think that maybe, just maybe, it might be nice in Hexathlon conditions with heavily overloaded mobile networks, and intense device use to have a fast cleanly loading page without superfluous graphical elements taking up network bandwidth and device processing capability. Several times I went to this page and the background jerked and stammered and tiled awkwardly a few times before settling down, even though I took the precaution of closing all browser tabs except Hexathlon results and all apps except scanner and Chrome.
The Hexathlon was fun and cool and Ingress mostly worked. But the realtime presentation of results, while accurate and useful, was significantly marred by Niantic design choices and communication lapses.
Device: Pixel 2XL with current Android. 100% screen brightness, as that's what it takes to make Ingress playable in bright sunlight.
Network: AT&T unthrottled.
Browser: current Chrome