BBC News Mobile updated to take advantage of Windows Phone 8

BBC News Mobile for Windows Phone 8

The updates for apps to take advantage of Windows Phone 8 features keep on coming. Today we get the popular BBC News Mobile for Windows Phone hitting up the Marketplace. The app is a popular way for readers around the globe to access the BBC News website in an optimized format for your device.

It’s been a little over a week since we showed you what to expect in the version 4 of the app (completely rewritten), but here is a quick refresher of some features you can look forward when updating:

  • Lockscreen support – Use a new picture from the In Pictures blog as your lockscreen, will update daily.
  • Improved performance
  • Support for small, medium, and large Live Tiles
  • New welcome experience – Walks a user though setting up the app when launched for the first time.

I’ve updated the app and already notice the improvement in performance. It wasn’t really a slouch before, but the app is really fluid now when swiping between panorama view or opening articles.

If the BBC is your source of news, this app is worth download or updating right away. Obviously, those improvements above like lockscreen support and different tile sizes will work for those running Windows Phone 8.

You can download the app right here in the marketplace or use the QR code below. It's available for free.

BBC News Mobile QR Code for Windows Phone Marketplace


Reader comments

BBC News Mobile updated to take advantage of Windows Phone 8


I'm kinda excited to see someone actually using my app lol (the logo in the pic that says PS, for Photo Shader)
But anyway, BBC News Mobile was my favourite news app on WP7, one of the few that offered a live tile that showed actual news on both sides. Think I'll go download this now.

I just downloaded this a day before this post was made. Its a very nice app. The tile on the home screen is fairly low rez looking on my 920 though, minor thing ;)

I think its more the logo on the tile that is the culprit. But VERY minor. Anyone seen the Weave live tile? Now that is poor res!

All these apps getting WP8 love, what about this one?

I checked again after the update. It forcibly removed my tile, but when i put it back it was high rez :)

yeah same here on my 820 the app opens and crashes pretty much straight away. annoying because its actually a really cool app...

Love this app but unfortunately the update crashes on launch on my Lumia 820.

Hopefully a fix comes soon.

Useless WP marketplace fooled me again, saw an update for the app and have been downgraded to ver 3.8. When will Microsoft get their act together?

Thought there was an update. Now back to 3.8 & its choppy as hell. Just had my 1st reboot while using the app. WTF!