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The Windows Central app heads to build 15 with new Live Tile options, fixes

Seems like just yesterday we updated the new Windows Central App for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. Indeed, we did! It fixed a lot of small bugs and improved overall app loading and caching. We're not done yet as our head developer Daniel Gary has been busy adding even more.

Today's update is rather nice, too. Not only are there some fixes for some really annoying things (cough, dead space at the top of your phone's display), but we're adding some Live Tile options as well.

For build 1.1.15, which is going out in the next few hours you will find some new Live Tile features that users have been asking for on our UserVoice. There are now Live Tile unread article counts (badge) and new options like Peek (the current style, where the image slides in), Background (image is static with article title overlay) or Disabled (just rotating article title). That should satisfy most users for now.

Caution: We have found one small issue where you set the Live Tile feature to Peek, Background or Disabled and the setting may not stick. You may want to close the app and re-check the settings and set again. Afterwards, it should be fine. We'll address that in the next release. Some may also experience a small delay for the Live Tile to initially kick in.

There are also some general improvements to article notification reliability (we're really trying to nail these, so have patience), persistent login, and we fixed that press release rendering issue noted earlier in that BlackBerry article (we're fast, right?).

Ironically, while some people are getting zero notifications, others are getting doubles. Clearly these folks are greedy and are taking your notifications. We'll sort it soon.

Enough chitchat, let's get to the full changelog.

Windows Central App build 1.1.15

Features

  • Lock screen badge support
  • Live tile article options
  • Live tile image options
  • Live tile unread article count
  • Cache management
  • Send feedback button in navigation menu

Bug fixes

  • Dead space at the top of the app (thanks, Jay!)
  • User logins should now persist and appear instantly at app launch
  • Notifications should now be delivered properly
  • Press Release should now be readable in dark mode
  • Live tiles should be livelier

The update was just submitted so it could be a few hours before you see it hit your PC, tablets and phones.

Remember, take advantage of our Windows Central UserVoice page for feedback and thanks for all the positive vibes. We're a small team working diligently on this project, and it will only get better!

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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

142 Comments
  • So frequently updated, excellent. Hoping they include the option to pick low res photos when on mobile network. And yes, it will be coming to uservoice.
  • Absolutely! Really great new features and support for this. Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • Who's working these codes, Jay Benet or someone else?
  • A new developer named Dan. Not to be confused with mister Rubino
  • Yep this is all Daniel Gary's work, I just wrote that one bug fix above
  • Ahh yes, the dead space at the top. I could see it was simply because the system tray bar was set to not be visible. Well done ☺
  • Could you tell how you fixed the dead space bug? I also have it on an app I write as a hobby, but can't find a solution :/
  • I am not the developer of the WC app, but the issue was because the system tray was not being displayed on the Windows 10 Mobile version. To fix this, you can either leave it that way and move your content to reach the top or show the system tray. To do the 2nd option, simply go into your App.xaml.cs file, under"OnLaunched", add this code: await StatusBar.GetForCurrentView().ShowAsync(); Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • So I put the part you mentioned in my code, but still on my mobile device it doesn't display the status bar and has this "beautiful" dead space :(
  • Hmm it could be a different issue then. If you could send me some screenshots to my email, I could try my best to help you. My email is zackthenever@outlook.com Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • I like the look of this app. The support is great too! In just a couple builds its already so much more polished and stable. Nice work!
  • Those who support option to use 3rd party YouTube app to watch videos than embedded video, please vote..
    https://windowscentral.uservoice.com/forums/348765-general/suggestions/1...
  • Lol! "Clearly these people are greedy and are taking your notifications." Love you guys!
  • Stop stealing my notifications! ;) Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Wow! If only all apps could be updated this fast :-( I know all apps differ in complexity etc... so it's not possible. One can dream :-)
  • Dont let your dream just be a dream! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You can make your dream come true Posted via Universal Windows App on Lumia 950
  • Nice!
  • Good job guys! Btw am I the only one who like the light theme more than the dark one? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • You are not the only one...
  • I like the light theme too
  • I like the dark one more, because it suits better my dark overall system theme :D But everyone has different opinions ;) Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Wrong! You're wrong and I'm right!
  • I prefer the the light theme for this app :) My overall system theme is dark though.
  • I prefer the the light theme for this app :) My overall system theme is dark though.
  • You arent the only one. Bro. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Is this app just for beta testers or is open to the public?
  • It's an open preview. Get it here: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co... Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • Its beta and at the same time open to public. This WC app is so nice. Have it on my w10pc. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Good news because every time I loaded the app it was an empty black screen.
  • Since I don't have Windows 10 mobile I used this app on desktop PC. App is awesome, responsive and so much faster than their website. Only pictures in articles are way too big in my opinion. All in all great work!
  • I propose you rename your Facebook page to Windows Central since it covers news from PC to tablets to phones and more windows devices
  • unfortunately renaming a Facebook page may remove older content, and so that's probably why Mobile Nations have avoided changing it. Posted via Universal Windows App on HP Elitebook / Lumia 950
  • Another issue is that the page could become private/ not work anymore. I've seen many Facebook pages do some weird stuff after the name was changed. Posted via Universal Windows App on HP Elitebook / Lumia 950
  • ohhh..it's really getting better!!!! Awesome guys! congratz!
  • Thanks for the nice feedback! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 (Ludicrous Speed Ring)
  • 1- please fix multiple clone notification issue.. Because i am getting signal/same notification 3 times back to back.. Please fix this.. 2- also add "go to last comment" option in comments section. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 Mobile
  • Hey dan my store is currently showing build 13 as the latest update
  • Check for updates
  • I tried but it only shows open app option
  • My livetile just refuses to work.
  • Give it a shot with build 15. If it still doesn't work, let me know! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 (Ludicrous Speed Ring)
  • Works again, just needed to turn it on and off a couple of times.
  • And it stopped again..it suddenly just stops when I exit the app with the back button.
  • Works fine on my 720 as of now. But crashes occasionaly on opening. Then crashes again a few times when trying to open before opening normally again :p Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Yes.. Live tile still not work properly in build 15.. Sometimes work but most of time it refuse to work Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 Mobile
  • Yup same here. 950 XL live tile doesnt update :(
  • A full changelog? I'm already impressed!! :)
  • Funny!! I found update for your app but not for core apps :D
  • where is 'vibrate when new content loads'? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Planned, but not implemented. I don't know if it's on UserVoice yet or not, but you might post it there! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 (Ludicrous Speed Ring)
  • Hey Daniel, does Mobile Nation plan to roll out a similar app for Crackberry and Android Central in the future? Posted via Universal Windows App on HP Elitebook / Lumia 950
  • I know iMore and Android Central are planned. What's a....BlackBerry?
  • Pfftch lol Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Hahaha lmao :'D
  • You mean Android Central and iMore apps for Windows 10? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Can't see no update on site, just the same ancient version I already have installed
  • This is for Windows 10. It's actually a different app in the store. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 (Ludicrous Speed Ring)
  • This is for the Windows 10 universal app. If you're on WP8.1 or W8, then upgrade your device :) Posted via Universal Windows App on HP Elitebook / Lumia 950
  • Daniel, why are there vertical grey bars inside articles? Are you going to remove them? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Sorry but I don't see them on any of the monitors I have. Have you attempted to restart the app? Posted via Universal Windows App on HP Elitebook / Lumia 950
  • Yes I have. I am seeing them right now. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Just got build 1.1.15 on my desktop PC and now I'm finally getting new article Notifications!  Update - Mobile too! :) Looking good thanks guys!!
  • Thanks John! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 (Ludicrous Speed Ring)
  • Daniel, I just got the notification of your reply but when I clicked on it in Action Center (desktop) it jumped me to the home page and not the comment within this article. Is this intentional or are you adding more functionality to this later? Thanks again!
  • We don't have all the deep linking working ATM, but it's coming. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 (Ludicrous Speed Ring)
  • Got it thanks!!
  • Also, think you guys could add the option to remove a comment again? I talk way too much haha. Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • It's planned, not implemented Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 (Ludicrous Speed Ring)
  • Great to hear! Also, any intentions on adding a refresh button to the article/comments view? Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • It automatically updates when there are new comments Posted via Universal Windows App on HP Elitebook / Lumia 950
  • Live tile notifcations not working...same problem the notifications for articles gets off after exiting the app...Not recxeived any notificatioins till now.earlier had two same article notifications. now not even one.Plz fix it asap.
  • Live tile notifcations not working...same problem the notifications for articles gets off after exiting the app...Not recxeived any notificatioins till now.earlier had two same article notifications. now not even one.Plz fix it asap.
  • It's showing an update for the phone as well, but getting an error code when trying to update.
  • Notifications ☺ Hallelujah!! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • What do I need to make a W10/W10M app? In terms of books & software.
  • For software, Visual Studio Community Edition and Windows 10 SDK Books? There are plenty of tutorials and reference material online. Great place to start is https://dev.windows.com Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 (Ludicrous Speed Ring)
  • Cool beans! Tks!
  • Yeah,to go along with Daniels comment, I learned well using Microsoft Channel 9 and their Virtual Academy. It has tutorials for complete beginners. Check it here: http://mva.microsoft.com
  • Awesome sauce! Tks!
  • I liked the article font better on the 8.1 version. This one hurts my eye
  • You can use the native system font for article reading. Head to settings -> general -> Use system font in articles
  • Very slow to load articles when starting app on mobile , pc is ok.
  • It is faster now after the update check it out Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • No same problem , afther splash screen  i need about 4 s to load content. Lumia 640 latest build .
  • oh come on, you're saying you cannot wait 4 seconds to load content??? Posted via Universal Windows App on HP Elitebook / Lumia 950
  • I did that still not quite the same
  • Forum needs some love. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • It's planned. One issue at a time
  • Loving the frequency and added features in each update. Great job Daniel squared!
  • Thanks!
  • Why is there no donate button? I appreciate the effort Daniel is putting into this app on a daily basis. I wouldn't mind a $4.99/€3.99 donation button...
    Posted from my Lumia 950XL
  • Very slow to load articles when app start on mobile .
  • sweet news
  • I just updated the app on my 950XL and now it crashes all the time on startup :(
  • Please try to uninstall, then reinstall the app! Thanks! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Thanks, that fixed it :)
  • Just downloaded. Completely different than previous version for w8x and slower on my 950. After touching article title, phone appears to be stuck for some time...
  • Thank you for the update. I have now replaced the 8.1 live tile with this one, even though I prefer the list of headlines like on 8.1. Nice fixes and additions. Thank you!
  • Doesnt start
  • Nice ty for the update :) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So happy to be seeing the new app taking off! Good job team! It's so modern and nice.
  • Hope you'll add settings to change font sizes
  • Already possible!
  • The hamburger opening with a slide is do infuriating. It always opens when not expected. It's even worse than the search button on the bottom of the screen.
    Anyway great work until now, except that menu opening when I don't want it too.
  • They added that so we don't have to reach all the way up with our thumbs to open that menu. Try to get in the habit of touching the middle of the screen and then swiping and it should fix the problem for you.
  • I must say... this new WC app is pretty slick.. its truly a joy to use.. Well done guys, well done. keep the app updated and keep listening to feedback.
  • Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
    Microsoft 950 XL and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Platinum Gold
  • Just got the update looks great Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
    Microsoft 950 XL
  • I didnt got any update after build 13
  • Keep the updates coming! http://behance.net/kevingates
  • Would be nice if you had a "participated" tab in the forums so you can see threads you've participated in. A "recent" tab as well with trending threads. The old WC app had this and I loved it!
  • So happy notifications for articles are working and the live tile has a counter woohoo Posted from Rebel Base, Hoth.
  • Live tile doesn't update on my 950
  • Sooooooo much better.. It gets better with every update. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • How did you fix the dead space at the top of the app thing? I've got this problem with an app I programm as a hobby, too. Can't find something on the internet on how to fix it. Would be nice if one of the devs would read this and have the time to answer :)
  • Forums still unusable in landscape mode on DVP8
  • I'm seeing the notifications now with this new build and this is the correct way to do notifications. This app is quickly becoming my favorite Win 10 app. It already deserves to be featured on the Win 10 store. Great job WC team. You are inspiring to a web dev like me. I need to learn UWP development asap and join in the fun. Especially with the Xamirin aquisition announcement today.
  • Would like the option to sort comments by age. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • This should be a standard for windows apps...
  • Awesomeness!!!
  • Outstanding work. I'm a WC desktop consumer because it just worked better for me. But I've just taken this app on about a 30 minute spin. Sweeeeet on the 950!
  • Liked the parallax scrolling the Android app has
  • The new live tile doesn't work on mine..the settings persisted but the tile doesn't have anything on it..and by the way, thanks for adding a quick link to the uservoice inside the hambutton.
  • I can login on my PC, but can't on my Lumia 532. It crashes at first [on my PC] and it crashes again and again on my 532 when I tried to login.
  • Love the new app!
  • How do I get the unread counter to work? I have the life tile option on with images off but im getting nothing. Is there a setting im missing?
  • You know what, I'm done waiting for Edge to gain extensions before I upgrade my Surface Pro 2 to Windows 10. Taking and image backup (just in case) and doing it tonight!!
  • I can't see no update?? L640 windows 10.
  • Yes cant see update on windows 10 mobile
  • Build 15 is still not available on store
  • Hi, these app looks very nice and complete. Maybe in the future there comes an option to make a choice to also read news in Your own language.
  • Absolutely love the new design for W10. Didn't think the 8.1 style was very intuitive on PCs.
  • Hi
  • Just checking commenting.
  • Hi after the new update, application failed to open. Did anyone having this issue?
  • Live tiles hasn't been working for me after the latest updates. Posted from the sweet LG G4
  • Live tile doesn't show unread articles
  • Lumia 930 in fast preview ring
  • What a great job with your Universal App. It works so well for me and the quality is top notch on both platforms. (PC and Phone) Thanks a lot for such a great app. Me Happy.
  • Text color contrast must be better in both light and dark modes. Som texts are barely readable.
  • Scroll bar on the right side not working.