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Official Windows Phone Central app v3.0 is now available!

You may have noticed a lot of changes around here lately, whether it be our desktop and mobile websites, or on our forums, we’ve been rather busy. Of course, not to be outdone by all this change, it’s time for our app to see an update, and it’s a fairly major one at that.

So I present to you, the official Windows Phone Central app version 3.0, and the product of months and months of hard work, testing, private betas, and then lots more hard work!

The update is available to download right now from the Windows Phone Store here, but if you want to find out what’s new, read on for a feature list. Video walkthrough will follow in a future article, so stay tuned.

Our headline feature this time around, and one that with no doubt has been the most frequently requested, is full forum integration. Swipe over to the browse section and tap the forum tile and you’ll be welcomed to the new forum home screen (you could also tap and hold the forum tile if you want the option to pin it directly to your start screen - see above photo).

WPCentral App V3

We’ve built this forum support from the ground up, based on the Tapatalk API and you’ll find support for:

  • Posting and editing entries
  • Browsing the forums including sub forums
  • Quick jumping around the forums (just tap the header when you’re browsing)
  • Viewing photos attached to posts
  • Following links posted by other members
  • Viewing profile information about users (just tap their tile when viewing a thread)
  • Sending and receiving private messages
  • Deep linking to forum posts from articles and vice versa
  • Viewing recently participated and latest posts from the home screen
  • Searching for a post within the forums

We’ve also made a few other changes you might appreciate:

  • A new live tile to match the new site logo (rolling out soon to the website - this is a preview)
  • New wallpapers featuring our new logo (available in 20 accent colors)
  • Customisable themes for the app and live tile (try out a new Windows Phone 8 colour!)
  • Improved YouTube video support with HD streaming even on mobile connections
  • Rebranded with the new site logo
  • Adjusted margins to bring more content to the front
  • Added jump options to the comments section
  • Fixed a multitude of bugs
  • Made several optimisations to the app
  • Reduced the app’s installed footprint to less than 1MB

I’m quite sure I’ve forgotten something from that list but hopefully it’s enough of a change to make you interested! We’ve also made all forum functionality available to free users, you guys will just see the same adverts you’re used to.

Without a doubt this has been a very challenging few months for me but I hope you’ll all feel it has been worth it! Of course, we always welcome your feedback in any form, so please comment, e-mail, post on the forums and generally get in touch!

  •   JUST got the update WAY to execute guys!!!!
    Note: WPC refer to my entry at November 1, 2012, 2:20am under the WP8 contest comments! I submitted in the wrong place before hahah! Again great update guys, the accents are a lil slice of WP8 heaven for us future 7.8-ers!  
  • What i truly love about WP apps is the size... 1Mb.. Wonder what a similar app for iOS and android would be
  • ^This.... Would be nice to know how much of that "System reserved" space on my phone is actually used haha
  • Jay, I still can't edit my comments that I posted.
  • Just tap delete and your comment will be editable :)
  • But if my comment is on top and lets say 30 people comment on that thread, if i do that, will I go on the bottom?
  • Does it matter??? Just tap delete, edit and tap the name again that you're replying to and it's done. Very simple.
  • You will not be FIRST anymore, if you mean that. And it doesn't matter. We geeks read each and every comment.
    +100 for reasonable people :)
  • But it would be nice for him to add an edit button...
  • Alright, I'll work on an edit for you seeing as you asked so nicely :)
  • Jay are you working on an app for win 8 RT? I won't tell no one:p. Just give me that hope.
  • I am starting work on such an app yes
  • This is what I call an amazing developer. Microsoft should hire you.
  • Jay, did u get the NL920 pentaband?
  • Great job!
  • w00t w00t!  It's was a beta that seemed like it wasn't even in beta, so I'm sure the final release is excellent.
  • Superb job, Jay. Awesome work on the app. That new logo looks awesome too, patting myself on the back for those squares right there!
  • Thx rich.
  • This is awesome!!
  • Awesome job!
  • Absolutely wonderful!!!!! Love it
  • The new version looks fantastic. Thank you for your dedication toward improving this already-awesome app! Keep up the great work! :)
  • Wow super smooth Great job !!
  • The only 3rd party app that I use every day just got WAY better.  Bravo!
  • +1
  • +1
  • +1
  • Sweet upgrade! Now, how about a Windows 8 app? :)
  • +1
  • Awesome stuff
  • Wow looks awesome!. Great job.
  • Well, thank you very much for making your app's live tile the only one worth even looking at on my phone. It's in nice olive accent and now I hate you because the rest of my phone's live tiles aren't in olive. Which means I'll be expecting WPCentral to buy me a Lumia 920 right now because I can't wait any longer! :) All because of your gorgeous new live tile, I want that phone on my desk tomorrow... :P
    Anyway, great job, love your app, I'm glad I've spent those 8 kn on it (don't know the price in your currency :D)
  • Very nice! I like the updates and revamped interface and tile. I do have one issue, I can not sign in to comment on stories. My account works fine via the browser (what I am using now) and I can sign in to the forums via the app.
  • how do you log in on the app I keep getting a error message for when I try to comment
  • I love the Steel Accent color it's so beautiful I like how it matches my Lumia 900 in black
  • Frigin awesome!
  • Great work.
    I wonder why this official app is paid.
  • Because I have to feed myself and am not employed by the site :)
  • I would pay for it again if I could. Thank you for all of your hard work!
  • Thanks for all your good work! This is an app I use everyday, and was glad to pay you for! Looking forward to the RT app on my Surface!
  • Because everything can't be free in this world. This app costs less than a Big Mac.
  • No need to get aggravated.
  • I bought this app when it came out I would have paid again for v2 and I would pay a 3rd time for v3 it's the best app for WP
  • Fantastic update to an already great app. Hands down the best app I use. Bravo!
  • How do I sign into the forum section.
  • Just tap "sign in" from the forums section
  • Thanks I didn't realize I there was an option screen.
  • I cannot find that sign in field (and I did clean my glasses)? I obviously signed in to be able to comment here, but in the forums it says "not signed in". Great improvement.
  • I meant, great improvement otherwise, not sarcastically.
  • Oh, found it. Swipe to the left. I was just way too excited ;)
  • If you're having comment troubles guys, go into the app settings and delete your wpcentral account, then restart the app and try logging in again :)
  • I've tried, but still unable to sign in for commenting. I have a delete forum account, cache and purge log file options only now. I'll try another uninstall/reinstall. Update:
    Didn't work :(
  • Zeke, drop me an email and we'll get it sorted
  • +1 for being an engaged dev
  • Nice ..i like it
  • "This application is not available for your device" WTF!!!
  • To add, I'm located in India and using a lumia 800, latest firmware. Any suggestions?
  • I'll look into this straight away, I may have accidentally not published in India as it's listed as having restrictions
  • You do that!! :P Its normally my only point of contact with wpcentral (its that good that i rarely need to access the site).
  • Sorted. Successfully updated. Thanks Man. Updated version looks great. And I just  love the 'accents' option. :D Cheers!!
  • I am getting the same thing!
  • Att HTC titan
  • Please list your region if you can't download guys
  • I'm in the US Nevada
  • Ok I got it to work, I had to launch my marketplace, following the link in this article it wouldn't work, at first I got the 8000 error but retried and it worked
  • I'm in the US. AT&T Lumia 900. Getting the not available for your device message as well.
  • So I went to the market and searched for it instead of using the download link in the app. When I click update I immediately get the 8000ffff error. Herr is the link I used.
  • Don't know when but at some point it finally got the update installed. Noticed it with the new live tile (which I like, btw).
  • Arizona
    UPDATE: After a couple of the 8000ffff errors and cancels... It worked.
  • Hmm. Just tried to give someone a (plus) 1 from my device through the wpcentral app. The (plus) symbol didn't work. Gonna add three of them right now then go to the site to see if they show:
    + + +
  • Yep. I can see them on the site. Odd.
  • Now giving me error code 8000ffff
    [Update] Issue Resolved.
  • Dell Venue Pro, California, T-mobile. Installed and works great.
  • Excellent work as usual Jay. You da man! ...and thank you. Eagerly awaiting the Windows 8 app surely you have planned.
  • Hmm
  • Playing with the new app right now. It is awesome job, while few things, if could be changed, would make it perfect, one of which is change of text color in comments as the white text do not always work with every accent. I updated the app and first of all changed the accent color to yellow to get some feeling of wp8 but found some difficulty reading comments due to above stated reason. BTW i much like the two finger text zoom, its nice.
  • A round of applause for Jays hard work and contributions to the growth of Windows Phone Central. Great job on the app brow you rock.
  • Much better.
  • Nice job Jay. This app is still one of the best (if not the best) tech blog app on any platform.
  • Great update, will be easier to participate in the forums now. Also I now know for sure I'll be using the Crimson accent when I get my next phone :)
  • Awesome.
  • Well done on v3.0. Very nice and loving the new colour accents too. Congratulations!
  • Very nice!!
  • Dude, the wallpapers are awesome.
  • I am speechless! Amazing job sir!
  • The new version is exquisite, I am loving the olive theme.
  • Nice and smooth, good job
  • Awesome changes!  This has always been one of my favorite apps - I access it every day.  Now it is even better.  Thanks for all the hard work!
  • Great job guys!
  • Well done.
  • Sweet update Jay:)
  • Superb update, love the new forums. I like how you swipe to go forward or back a page, but, I'm wondering if it might be 'better' if you could swipe pages before they load and show the page number you will be on. It works fine now, but it just takes 'a while' to navigate to a specific page.
  • Good improvement :)
  • Great update! Premier app!
  • I access this app more than any other on a daily basis. GREAT improvements!
  • Me too, LOL!
  • Nice touch with the new wallpapers too!
  • Excellent! Love everything about it!!!
  • Thanks for the hard work Jay! Forum access is awesome.
  • Great update. This app needs to be preloaded on every device.
  • This
  • Awesome update. Now this is how a WP app is done. Steel is my new favorite. :-)
  • I'm celebrating with Four Lokooooo =)
  • AWESOME!!!!!!
  • Not available to download for my Omnia w :'(
  • Two thumbs up!
  • Great work!
  • Wonderfully done.
  • I love the new logo, and icon. I wish all my apps had to conform to accent colour and white.
  • New accent features is awesome
    I'm check this app everyday this is really good update
  • Love the update great job
  • Nice. Windows 8 app soon? :)
  • YAY!! I LOVE U JAY! Now a windows 8 app. :-D
  • Nice app Jay! Interesting thing though. I can't see the (plus) symbol on the app. Only on the site. Tried to give someone a (plus) one and didn't show. Also I can see where someone else gave a (plus) 1 and I can't see the symbol on the app.
  • Hi! Great update but I would like to be able to see much more posts in the recent page. Could that be done?
  • Good job WPC
  • Love the new start screen title 
  • This update looks great and I'm really liking the new logo. The accent colours are a glimpse of future WP8 goodness :)
  • Fantastic job Jay....loving the updates to the app!
  • I was getting the error too. I uninstalled, reloaded and works fine.
  • Great job!
    Just a suggestion: I think it would be great if the accent colours supported the official sky blue-like colour of the wpcentral logo.
  • OK Here is another one who is disappointed! I have version 2 on my phone which I obviously paid for. Couldn't there have been an upgrade price instead of the full price? Now everyone pays as if the app is downloaded for the very first time. If there ever will be another update of this otherwise great app could you consider that the download recognises an older version and sets the price accordingly (first time download full price - updates discounted)?
  • Hmm, that's strange. I had the v2 app and updated for free. I'm sure most people here did the same.
  • Perbear the update should be free for you, I'm really sorry if it isn't, but please contact Microsoft as clearly their store isn't recognising it for you
  • I upgraded from v2 to the awesome new v3 free, like with all apps in the marketplace. I've never had to pay to update a paid app except when I changed my live id associated with my phone and lost all of my app history. :(
  • Big ups to Jay and WPCentral. The best app ever.
  • Gimme gimme gimme. And got. lol. Finally.
  • Wow finally an app worth updating ;)
  • Loving it, Jay! Thanks!!
  • Sweet job jay. Im loving the new forums features and the new logo look pretty dang cool ^.^
  • Look nice. Good job ;)
  • Jay... you 'da man! Keep up the already excellent work!
  • I love this app, one of my favorites. You guys should get an award from Microsoft for your work.
  • Awesome job Jay, my favorite feature is the "jump to last"...finally, my finger will no longer feel like it's going to fall off, lol.
  • Jay keep it up man, this is quality.
  • I agree, a W8 app would be nice to.
  • Nicely done
  • Tremendous work Jay! The best app in the store just got better
  • Great job as always... I think it's actually faster... :)
  • Love the new logo! Great work as usual Jay!
  • Nicely done. No matter what phone I'm testing/using you guys are always the top app.
  • That and weave.
  • Great update n app .... Thanks alot bennett WPcentral
  • confratulations guys on a job well done! you guys are just like microsoft: you're
    working your asses off to give us the good stuff!
  • It's amazing guys, nice job. Why don't release a talpatak app? The forum support is just perfect.
  • Yayyyyyyyyy :)
  • Downloading now! The WPCentral community rocks! Thanks guys.
  • Commenting from my new Update! Awesome work..
  • Jay, I think you have a resounding yes regarding the app
  • Wow this update is amazing!!
  • This is really hot!
  • Great update with the inclusion of the forums and different accent colors Although the new live tile and forum tile look really odd or unfinished to me. More so the forum tile. I'm gonna miss the old one sliding to the side with the large new article number. But everybody has different taste I guess. Now if it moved around like the people hub tile it would be ok. But app is running buttery smooth. Keep up the good work guys.
  • Beautiful!
  • Test
  • Awesomeness
  • Great! I'll be sure to check it out soon, guys. Thanks! :D
  • How do I sign in ? Lol
  • I deleted the account details in the app, cleared the cache, purged the log files and restarted. Then it worked :)
  • Excellent work, guys.
  • Excellent work! App looks amazing! What about a Windows 8 version?
  • It didn't want to install on my Lumia 900, but a reboot got it done.
  • Great work, you guys! Love the support/work you guys provide to make the site experience better for us.
  • Great app comes wid great big thanks to developers...!! Its amazing n 1of ma fav. App.....:)
  • Beautiful work!!! And love the new tile as well.
  • Awesome
  • oh god the logo is ugly!
  • I tend to agree. It grows a bit when getting used to, bit I have to say I'm not a fan of the logo...
  • The feedback is taken onboard guys, we'll looks at an alternate live tile style for the next release
  • I hope there will be another live tile available. Don't really like this one.
    Otherwise, very nice !
  • Good job guys great app
  • Great work Jay! This is one of a few apps I view daily (ok, many times per day). Love the update and new colors! My only suggestions (and these are the same as my feedback at the last update):
    -Make links viewable right from posts (underline them and make them clickable). I hate not knowing where the links are and having to swipe right, hit Links or Download App to follow a link. Bothers me every single day and I miss a lot of links I would otherwise follow.
    -Make external links open within the app.
  • This is a valid request. Often times there are references made in the articles that are only indicated by the linked text within the article. From the app, not knowing that some text in linked sometimes causes confusion.
  • Bug: on Wifi pictures are not downloading in High Quality. The setting is check ON
  • Nevermind its working
  • Update: not working again
  • Shobiz: unfortunately it's on and off, I have to set the WiFi test to be on a different thread because otherwise the app can crash where Windows Phone can take a very long time to determine the connection type.
  • Just wondering what on and off means? I noticed this also when sitting images to low quality and checked high quality over WiFi... The high quality never showed up unless I selected to always show high quality.
  • Great job guys!
  • Thank you for the hard work. Feel like I should pay again for the effort put in!
  • Thank you guys.
  • Nicely done
  • That is a laundry list of features and updates way to go.
  • Nice. Thanks love this app.
  • It is asking me for update th