OG Skritter provides the aural pronunciation and tone of each character in a word or phrase, followed by that for the entire word or phrase.
New Skritter is weirdly silent.
The pedagogical benefits of providing repeated demonstrations of pronunciation should be clear: repetition is critical in language learning. New Skritter neglects this opportunity for reinforcement.
It is especially important given how important tones are in Chinese, and particularly given that the individual tone of the first character in a word depends upon the second character and thus changes from its “standard” tone.
We need to continue OG Skritter’s emphasis on pronunciation repetitions, especially to become acutely aware of when a character retains its standard tone within a word, and when it doesn’t. This distinction is lost in the new Skritter.
The ideal is what you were already doing before the new app: provide individual standard tones for each character in a word, and then, when one has completed the review, pronounce the entire word (with its changed tones when that happens).
There really is no good pedagogical reason for not doing this anymore - it diminishes Skritter’s aural training substantially.