Baconography updated for Windows Phone, improves user experience and adds some killer new features

When it comes to using Reddit on Windows Phone we’ve got two great apps – Baconit and Baconography. Both apps serve the Windows Phone and Reddit community well. Today Baconography was updated to version 1.2 and gained a handful of new features and fixes. Let’s check it out.

Head into the Store and you’ll see version of Baconography available for download on Windows Phone 8. It gained some pretty cool features that we’re happy to see in this update. Here they are in bullet list form:

  • Predictive caching improves responsiveness and lets you browse disconnected
  • User multi-Reddit support
  • Lockscreen and live tile support
  • Send and receive messages, get notifications on post and comment replies
  • New submission support
  • Comment sorting
  • Major performance improvements: more responsive UI, unlimited pinned subreddits, faster load times
  • Double-tap on header automatically scrolls to top
  • User-configurable interaction style for extended links (tap or long-hold)
  • In-app purchase available for ad removal
  • Lots of bug fixes

By far the coolest feature is the predictive offline caching, which you enable in the settings. What is this predictive caching? Basically Baconography will aggregate usage statistics about subreddits, links, and comments that you click. This data is only stored on your device (no NSA worries here) and is used to intelligently guess which links you’re likely to click on. The links that Baconography thinks you’re liking to click on will then be cached on the device. When you click those links the data loads quickly because its coming from your phone and not the web. Pretty freaking awesome right?

An extension of this feature manifests itself in another feature called overnight offline caching. Baconography will download more data at a faster rate when your phone is plugged in and on Wi-Fi. Again, pretty freaking awesome. We can’t wait to try this out ourselves over the next few days.

Some other welcomed features include lockscreen support, comment sorting, performance improvements, and bug fixes. The lockscreen support looks great. You can select which subreddits to pull images from (hello r/earthporn) and even have the top portion of the lockscreen display a news feed from a subreddit.

Feel free to share your favorite subreddit's below! 

Baconography is available for Windows Phone 8 devices. It’s free and supported with ads that aren’t obtrusive at all, but you can remove them with an in-app purchase for just $1.99. The app is also open source, so you can take code and make it your own. Follow the links in the about section of the app to get at it.

Want Baconography? Go to the Windows Phone Store, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app. 

Via: Reddit

QR: Baconography

  • All I saw was the word bacon and got hungry
  • /r/Nosleep, all day.
  • Going to need a dose of /r/aww after reading some of those.
  • What does reddit have to do with bacon? Or is bacon just the brand name of these WP apps?
  • We use Bing around here.
  • Lol awesome :), I thought Bing was only for WP
  • Baconography=Diner Locator App :)
  • Lol no NSA
  • So which is better, baconit or baconography?
  • Tough call. You gotta try them both out and see which is for you :)
  • I'm going to try this one too. See which one I like better.
  • Tried them both, baconit wins in a landslide.
  • Would you mind explaining what you like more about Baconit so that we can improve Baconography?
  • Not the original poster, but for me an oft used feature in baconit is the ability to just flip side to side among all the already open links, as opposed to opening a link, hitting back and opening another link.
  • 100% agree.
  • Touch*
  • Tough*
  • I'm giving it a try. I've used Baconit exclusively but if this doesn't drain my 920's schizophrenic battery I'm all in.
  • I hear that.
  • "pretty freaking awesome". Lol
  • Since Microsoft released Bing news app for Windows Phone, I dare say Microsoft developers need to release a news reader app. I like Bing news better than most news aggregators and it has cool points much like Flipboard.  Having said that, Baconography ain't bad either.
  • Nice app, I like it.
  • /r/TalesFromTechSupport
    Also, I like Baconit's UI better