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Site Announcement: Official WPCentral App hits version 2.0

If you're like us, you woke up this morning to an update for Version 2.0 our official WPCentral App. Developer (and podcast co-host) Jay Bennett has been hard at work these last few months incorporating all those changes and features that you've requested. In addition, new optimizations and layout changes have made the experience even better. So what's new? Let's cut to the chase...

WPCentral v2.0

  • Redesign of the app interface
  • Comments system with add, reply-to and delete (tap and hold to see more options)
  • Offline article reader
  • Brand new wallpapers section - more to come in v2.2
  • Customisable live tile
  • Articles with multiple Apps to download now provide a list for you to choose from
  • Added developers section
  • Multiple optimisations & speed improvements

As you can see, the BIG addition is the ability to finally comment on posts from within the app. Heck, you can reply to specific people and even delete your comment...hoorah! Plus with our new Live Tile system, the app will look even more pretty on your fancy Start screen. Not to be outdone though, Jay is already hard at work on v2.1 which will be some minor bug fixes, so expect that soon too. Then comes version 2.2 with our Wallpaper feed (previewed in the app now).

WPCentral v2.0

A big and personal thanks to Jay for all his hard work as well as staff writer Rich Edmonds for graphic design and Tom Kaminiski for handling the back-end details. The app is free/ad-supported/feature limited or it can be "unlocked" for $0.99 for the ad-free, full-featured version. Pick it up here in the Marketplace or scan below.

QR: WPCentral App

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Site Announcement: Official WPCentral App hits version 2.0

236 Comments

Gonna pop this comment right at the top to say thank you all so much, 142 comments at this point I'm overwhelmed!! It has also led me to realise that with this many comments the app starts to struggle, so expect v2.1 to include some optimisations as well as bug fixes :)

This is fantastic! Love the updates and new features, and appreciate everything you guys do! Keep up the excellent work!!

Awesome app! I love 2.0, cant wait to see what you guys bring to it in the future. Posting from my HD7!

Okay this is odd.  If I use my Quantum's physical keyboard the inputted text is invisible but works fine via the virtual keyboard.  Furthermore if I copy/paste from portrait into a landscaped field, I can type normally until it reaches the next line then it is invisible  again.

there is a all bug, i can not see what i am writing on my screen for the first few seconds. excellent app. the live tile customization is the best thing and i think it is overlooked by many developers. live tile customization os a MUST!

Works great if your password isn't too strong. The app won't login if you have a strong password (special chars). Just an FYI...

AWESOME!!! The only thing missing now is the ability to zoom an image by clicking on it directly in the article without having to go to More/Pictures.

But other than that, I'm in love with the update!!! Thanks guys!!!!

yes it should be free. It just a waste of time has I seen many free apps already that shows WP central info. So yes it is a free world :-P also only thing good about app is how nice it looks. Nice looking app don't make the consumer buy it. Build an app that will be helpful & useful for the consumer. Than that will be a buyers app that not free. You just don't know the web business.

Do you work for nothing? Didn't think so...
Anybody as smart as you can use the website but the app is a totaly different experience. Get it?

This app has two versions. Free and paid. I think that there are about 20,000 downloads so far, and even if somehow only 10% of downloads were for the paid version, I'd say the app could be considered well-received. I feel that even the first public version of the app was easily worth paying the asking price, which I feel most people opted for. Many updates later, including this major overall, I wouldn't hesitate to pay for it a second time.
The development team created a great product that I am willing to pay for. Seems like pretty simple economics to me.

What gives WPC more money, ads over years or a USD now? (serious question FYI) PS: would love a way to get notifications regarding comments.

To answer this, I receive money only from app revenue, not from WPC themselves. Believe me the AdDuplex revenue is unfortunately pittance, realistic revenue comes from app sales. I really don't feel like £0.79 is asking too much for the app and I promise to continue supporting it, hopefully that's been recognised by 99% of our community

Surely that's an argument for paying for the app? It's an extra service. And, there's a free trial version anyway so you've got nothing to complain about.

Yes I know there's a free trial has mostly all WP apps offer free trial. No need try it if you can get same info from other free apps. People here just like how it's designed but will not purchase it. It's up to consumer.

If it isn't such a big deal as you make it out to be, why complain?.

Have fun using IE9, It works pretty well btw. And I'm happy it works for you. You know what works for me though? An App WPCentral has decided to provide at the low price of $0.99 cents. It has everything I need and more.

Now that I think about it, won't you agree that it's nice we are both able to share our opinions? Good day sir, and hope whichever method you choose to get your WP fix does the job for you, to your needs.

I gladly paid for the app when it was first released. I use wpcentral as my source for all of my WP news. I consider that information to be very valuable. From my perspective I think that these guys probably like to eat, and I find value in their research, so who am to NOT pony up NINETY NINE CENTS for the cause! Come on people, if you don't want to pay, don't! Stop your belly aching and keep watching those ads! Sent from my Focus v1.3 on a paid v2.0 fantastic app!

There's nothing free in this world. 99cents isn't that much I paid for it. And that's how I'm showing my support for those guys. Plus you get more then just info from WPCentral. Love app and love new update. Keep up great work.

Great job on the redesign. It's a shame that big companies, like TripAdvisor, can't do anything as sexy as this.

I love this app! I'm on wpcentral every day checking what's new and this makes it so much easier. Thanks for adding the comment feature!

Great improvements...i love it!! Gives me everything I want in this update..ESPECIALLY THIS COMMENTING ABILITY...!!! Good job guys...

As I mentioned in the forums, a refresh button in the comments section would be great so as not to exit the section to come back in to see new replies.

This is wonderful, the only issue I am having is that the custom style for the live tile isn't updating for me. It is staying at the default.

The app is my most used app, great job! One suggestion: I think it would be better if the refresh and settings buttons were in the bottom tray. My only complaint :)

Great update thanks for the comments replies and customized tiles. Forget the freeloaders...you got my 99 cents. Forums next update please!

First comment from the app!!
Great job guys! Love the new look, the tile customization is a great feature (besides the posts comments :P), and finally the wallpapers are really impressive. Looking forward for future updates.

Totally in love with it.. I mentioned in the marketplace review one feature that could be added and I just want to highlight it again: could we have a next article button so we can skip to the next story without having to press the back button and selecting the next article. It would definetly streamline things:]

No way. There's too many apps like that. Maybe if they make that look an option, then that would be great.

I bought it sight unseen. I love me some WP. As a matter of a fact, it was my first purchase with my 25$ ap card from buying my "S"! :-)
I was disappointed to see no forums support, but I can keep my internet shortcut for that. Glad to see from an earlier response it is coming!

V2 of your app is awe-freakin-some! Since u already have wallpapers built in, why not a little ringtone love? Just asking but this app is great... And for those that got the issue of the .99 cents... That's just petty my people! Support your devs! GREAT JOB ON A GREAT APP JAY!

This app looks fantastic!  Definitely on my 'to purchase' list once I get a Nokia WP device. 
 
Really, really impressive.

wow, never seen so many comments on one article, the people are loving this, they're like ants to us D. Rubino...

Lol, I use a custom color via homebrew for my tiles (a nice solid blue) but your app doesn't recognize that color, it instead makes all the tiles in the app PINK!! Of all the colors it could have picked to replace my nice blue with, it chooses PINK! Other than that though, excelent app update, keep up the great work! :)

Once again Jay has produced another very amazing app. Love the changes, and the comments! Keep up the good work. (I was surprised I didn't have to re-purchase.)

loving this (am commenting from the app now)!

only complaint is that the customized live tile with large number count on the front looks weird.. pinned next to my messages the numbers look bigger and thinner..? is there a limitation preventing 3rd party apps from matching the system tiles or something...?

Haha. This is the most comments I've seen on any article. I guess everyone is taking advantage of the new features.
I love the update guys! I paid for it as soon as I found out your site had an app long ago. And I haven't regretted it. :)

The keyboard blocks the log in button, and when I go to type a comment, the keyboard blocks half of the text box until I scroll ot manually.

love the way the app looks and feel. Its a little laggy on the Arrive. I love it though...

Great app just made better. I paid for the app to get the direct link to app downloads working. Worth .99 for the convenience. Nice wallpapers, customizable live tile, AND comments too... well done.

Congratulations on an app well done. This is the best web site publication app I have used on any platform, and i have used dozens of them in all the major ones.

I absolutely love this app!!! Though, landscape mode isn't working all that well. Especially with my slide out keyboard on my LG Quantum.

You guys have really stepped up the game. You took my favorite app and made it better..thanks for all the hard work!

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