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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!

270 Comments
  •   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.
  • THANK YOU!! LOVE U JAY!!
  • 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. http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=e6c3c78a-4382-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8
  • 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 update.......so 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 though I have latest version installed. When I click on update it saya no download available.
  • I like the features, very nice..
  • I like the mauve theme, even though you misspelled "mauve."
  • Whoops!
  • accents... just love 'em! Thanks, guys! Next.. W8 app, yes? :)
  • Wow, guys. Absolutely beautiful.
  • Some of the best app dollars for Windows Phone you can spend.  Even the live tile works.  I don't see the update to 3.0 yet but I guess its coming.
  • Search the app in the marketplace and it will usually trip on the update
  • Yep. Got it. I like this app.  I'm stil waiting for the Windows 8 app. Modern UI goodness.
  • Does it have the 3 size tiles for us using the 7.8 beta ?
  • Great job on the update! Thanks!
  • Very nice...
  • Everything looks nice, and i agree with others, why use the site when we have this ;) I don't fancy the white splash screen though. It lights up too much....
  • +1
  • +1 Black would flow better. Although I never use the white theme on my phone.
  • Jay,
    If you change the apps theme color, to say cobalt, while the phone is using a different theme color, say lime, highlighted text is still lime. No big deal, just passing on the info
  • Which highlighted text? Obviously something I missed somewhere :)
  • Like if I'm typing this message, like I am now, and highlight the text to copy it, like I am now, it is lime, even though I have the app set to cobalt. It might be a system thing you can't override, just pointing it out.
  • Ah yes I might be able to, thanks for pointing it out :)
  • Great application. Good work
  • Awesome app guys!! Way to go!!
  • Just registered to comment the app!!
    The new version is really fast! If all apps were like that.. Nice job
  • Hey Jay, when the wallpapers load the app crashes.
  • I was able to "save to phone" wallpapers without issues
  • Nice!! :)
  • I love the update you guys have done a great job
  • jump to last - woohoo! Thank you!
  • Jay, imma give you 1 billion pounds because you are that amazing!! Well, if I was rich.
  • It's still version 2.3 here in Canada...
  • OMG! Why I can't download it from Indonesia?
    It says "unavailable"!!! Please make it available in my country!
    :((
  • I use your app everyday. Love the update and forum inclusion.
  • Loving the update, looks nice. But im not too sure if I really like the new logo much.. Who has an empty space on their tiles like that? Lol
  • We thought it would be something unique, but clearly not everyone is a fan...
  • I love it.
  • Not sure, it may grow on me. But it just looks out of place on my screen amongst the other tiles now
  • The new logo is different and unique, but as Shantek pointed out it doesn't look so nice on my home screen. Is there anyway we could have the old live tile options back? That way people can decide for themselves whether which one they'd prefer yo use like they could before :) (personally I used the big circle that shifted to the right to make space for numbers). Other than that it's looking really good!
  • I think the new tile looks great. Really pops and stands out.
  • That's the main reason im not fond of it, it stands out too much from my other tiles and doesn't really follow the standard tile look.. Just my own opinion. The app overall is a seriously solid improvement with forum support! Nice work!
  • Just updated it WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Good Job :-D
  • There is a bug with the forum login screen when you change to horizontal layout, the password entry bar disappears, also even when logged into the forum you have to login again for blog comments and then that login page doesn't allow horizontal username and password entry.
  • Thanks Tatey, can you send that in an email to the feedback address?
  • 2nd that. Just noticed it myself.
  • Here's the work-around I just found. Go into the "settings" (cog icon) from the main screen, then swipe over to "Content", then choose "Delete WP Account Login Data". Exit app and restart app. This version of the app maintains TWO areas where you will need to put in your WPCentral login info. First, go to any article and then swipe over to the "Comments" tab. Then, attempt to reply to any comment. It will prompt you for login info. Secondly, swipe over from the WP Central App home page to get the page with all of the WP Central tiles (Forums, Podcasts, etc). You should see a "Sign In" Tile with a Cog Icon. Click that and sign in again with your WP Central Login credentials. You will now see your login username at the top rather than "not signed in". Note: you will now see under the "Content" tab on the main app settings TWO buttons allowing you to delete separately both the Main App login info AND the Forums Login info.
  • Forums aren't working.
  • Love the new version, especially the live tile. Looks awesome!
  • One thing I noticed now is that I can set colors for the app that is separate from the main theme color I set for my other tiles. So other apps will be able to let us change the accent colors separate from our main color.
  • Very nice update WPCentral.. :-D Although my phone crashed upon the first boot (omnia 7, soon the 8x.. :-P) its still very fast and easy to use app.. :-) The new accent colors look great aswell.. !
    Also I noticed before I could post this I wasnt able to login, only got bad user autho.... Reinstalling did the trick tho and got the message to login..
  • Love the app. Great job!
  • This is an outrage! Just sayin, its an outrage, its awesome! Im drunk.
  • Well done guys! It's fantastic! :D
  • Everytime I see a survey asking what's the best Windows Phone app, I always enter WPCentral. It's always at the forefront of what WinPhone apps should be like.
  • The update is not available in malaysia.. :(
  • Using the app now and it's great!
    Thank you :)
  • You got forums pinned on the start screen! I can't do that. Is that a windows phone 8 feature?
  • Press and hold the forums tile in the browse screen and it'll offer the "pin to start"
  • You've out done yourself Jay, well done!
  • Good job WPCentral!
  • Trying to update...just getting an error
  • Looking good indeed but if go to forum it says I'm not signed in an I can't find where to sign in
  • Love it!
  • Awesome
  • Nice app. I like how you changed the forum section
  • Nice update!
  • thanx guys
     
    really guys you guys are really taking lot of efforts for us and really thanx for that you have reaaly amazing passion for you'r work and thats really great you'r site is amazing you'r app is amazing oss work guys
     
    nokia lumia 920 black
  • About time, guys! Never liked the roundish approach.
  • Can't wait until I get my WP! Really want to see what the WP Store is like and what the os brings to the table.
  • Updated app yesterday. Wow! Still trying to work through everything. Well done. Lovely to use. Always pinned to start...thanks
  • Used the app for a day now and loving it. This app is still perfection, and as such, i love it. How ever, the wallpapers (beautiful) look a bit low in quality, sees pixels on my HTC Titan.
  • Excellent: Fast load speed. Beautiful clean and smooth metro interface. Great tile design, love the new news number. Whoever did this should be highly commended.
  • Thank you very much :)
  • Weird, ever since the update, the marketplace tells me there's an update available. But clicking makes it disappear. Happened twice so far.
  • Comments section jump FTW :D
  • In a world where people rarely take the time to speak up when something is done well vs. When they want to complain, let me say "Well done, Excellent". You guys are rapidly becoming the model for how App-Development should work; You take the initiative for provide more value when you see the opportunity to do so, rather than waiting until the criticism of the lack of wanted features becomes overwhelming and results in a half-hearted upgrade. With every upgrade, the WPCentral app has become simpler, more beautiful, more intuitive, and more powerful. Those are the hallmarks of any truly great product and you guys should be proud of taking pride in your work-- something that we see way too little of in the App-Development world.
  • Also, loving the ability to have a different "tile accent color" versus the "in-app accent color". This allows me to have a tile on my start screen that is a different color than my other tiles (to show off the beauty of Windows Phone to others as those colors "pop" and stop everything from blending together). Then, within the app itself, I have "XBox-Green", which is s striking contrast with white text entry boxes and black background. Not sure if this is a new feature or if it's just "New to Me", but again-- well done guys.
  • Another potentially "new to me" feature is that while in the comments for an article where there are many comments, pulling up the 3-dot menu gives a "Jump to First" and "Jump to Last" option. If this was there before, sorry for missing it. It's so useful though that mentioning it again here is likely still valuable as a reminder for existing users and for our "new former iPhone and Android" users that should be getting involved here soon. ;-P
  • Both of the features you mentioned in these few comments are brand new, and I'm glad you're enjoying them thank you for the kind words
  • You make it easy to thank with such a great app and for taking the extra time to address comments here over your weekend. Enjoying it as I'm sure others will once they have a chance to look at it.
  • For some reason I can't upgrade to the new hotness! Im on a HTC HD7
  • I really want to try this out! My Windows Phone 7, an LG Optimus, died shortly after the 7.5, Mango, release. I have been out in the cold this whole time. Looking through the window at all the nice apps you guys have. This will be an install, day one on my WP8 handset.
     
  • Thanks for a great app!! Could you add a button to go back to the beginning of articles like the one going to last article?
  • its not available in the UK market. HTC Trophy.
  • ok, got it after restarting my phone :)
  • Awesome app just got better and better. loving the new logo and accent colurs. Great job guys!! :)
  • On the tile, I like the way it resembles the Windows Phone Platform. I'd like it more it is represented the "colors" people will associate with Windows Phone, so each piece of the tile would be a different "Windows Phone" color. And the "black hole" might be good to remove. Constructive criticism for an awesome app!