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The Windows Central App now has haptic feedback, animation fades and more!

Windows Central is kicking off the week with an update to our universal Windows 10 app for PC and Mobile. Build 32 should be hitting your various devices in the next few hours (it's live for some now) and with it comes quite a few new features and improvements that we are very excited about.

Let's see what's new!

Windows Central App build 32 (1.1.32)

  • Fade-in animations - Articles now have a subtle fade in effect when loading
  • Haptic feedback - Under the app settings you can now enable haptic feedback aka a small vibration to let you know the article or article feed has successfully loaded. This new setting is off by default and only applies to Mobile.
  • Improved performance for article loading - We say it all the time, but we are making strides here. Along with the animations fades and haptic feedback you should also experience much faster article load times.
  • Jump to First - Last week we brought Jump to Last for article comments and this week we now have Jump to First to let you zip through comments with ease. Note that both arrows (up and down) are context sensitive an only appear when you need them.
  • Fixed some issues with app crashing during comment scrolling - We're still not completely done here, but there should be fewer issues when scrolling. It's a memory management issue regarding how many comments to pull at once versus what mobile devices can handle. We'll continue to improve this area.
  • Fixed article author spacing - A pet peeve of many is now fixed with this release. There is now less space between the title and author in the main article feed.
  • Comment backgrounds - Instead of a gray or off-white background for comments it is now either solid black (Dark Theme) or solid white (Light Theme) for greater contrast

We're quite proud of this release as app performance on mobile is finally reaching where we want it to be on Windows 10. Things like haptic feedback and the animated fade should significantly improve the app experience and make it feel more refined compared to previous versions.

Let us know what you think but more importantly continue to leave feedback and vote on our Windows Central UserVoice page.

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Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

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.

  • i feel like you guys update this app every day your team working hella fast
  • They had a few weeks with no updates because of everything that was going on but I think we'll get consistent and numerous updates until E3. Windows Central for Windows 10-Nokia Lumia 830
  • Still crashes a lot though
  • Yeah I've noticed that. It's quite annoying.
  • Must be a built in feature to prevent people leaving too many comments...
  • Not going to stop me haha.
  • LOL
  • It is getting way better though. Starts up faster and crashes less.
  • Crashing is more like an inbuilt feature that comes with windows 10 mobile and all its app. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'd have to disagree with you there. Threshold has been very nice. RS1 has its problems (especially with Edge) but it's getting there.
  • Lol
  • Yeah, it crashes almost every time I start it up the first time, then on it starts up ok...
  • Just got to warm it up lol
  • Yes I still have that initial crash issue often.
  • I only really get it crashing when trying to play videos in the app every now and again, and sometimes the box for entering comments won't appear even though I'm logged in. I just view in browser for the videos if it seems to be crashing so don't really notice it much in any of the recent builds.
  • No no I see the most crashing when trying to open the app through a notification. That almost always crashes the app. Windows Central for Windows 10-Nokia Lumia 830
  • Laggy mess that crashes constantly. Oh well.
  • Crashed the instant I posted this comment.
  • It's getting better though. Still a million times better than MSPowerUser's app.
  • It has been on beta since a long time..
  • Yes. And I still really like it.
  • I would like it too if it was usable.
  • I think it's perfectly usable. I can deal with occasional crashes.
  • Lol perfectly useable and crashes in the same sentence
  • Yup. I get crashes maybe 2% of the time. And never when I'm actually using the app.
  • What about when you reply to comments and it doesn't type it, but have to click on the dialogue box to input text. Do you get that? So annoying :(
  • I rarely actually go into the app to reply to comments. Too lazy haha.
  • It still sucks tho so it doesn't matter. The old app has never had this many updates but it worked so much better
  • What about Live Tile notifications? Does this work for anyone else?
  • Not for me.
  • Works flawlessly.
  • Nope, not for me.
  • No doesn't work
  • Also, there was a bug with the last comment not loading. That should be resolved now
  • Reduce spacing between article-comments bar and title. And also line spacing for article title.
  • @rohitth513, manners, manners lol. Also use the feedback site: Not the comments.
  • Yeah.
  • I'll teach you: please be polite. Right now, you are coming off as rude and not making many friends here. There is a reason why you are getting downvoted. We are obviously open to changes and requests, but it would be nice to have a thanks or please once in awhile. We're not your slaves. Thanks.
  • Sorry if it appeared as rude to you. I just wanted to make sure that he knows such things. You know that users never stop saying "what about this...". But this isn't about bring rude. I'm being polite.
  • It appears that English might not be your primary language. In English, if you are asking for something that you aren't entitled to, it's customary to say please so people don't think you are demanding something.
  • That was a request. Sorry. I might have forgot to say please. And if you look at my first comment, it seems like it was neither a demand nor a request. Just a statement. So no offence intended.
  • Overall @rohitth513 you're still a rude and unwanted person here. If you have issues then use the UserVoice page. If you have issues with other people on Windows Central then go directly to jail. Thank you for your cooperation and I look forward to seeing you in jail. Posted via Surface Pro 4 or Microsoft Halo Phone
  • I thought you Muricans are my personal slaves. I am Kenta Kinte, king of ze Dschungel...
  • Please add swipe right to go to comment section . I think only wipe left is not fair
  • Had you carefully read the comments on the last update article, you would have known that it is currently not possible. The article section uses a web view component which does not allow (at least for now) swiping to another part of the app.
  • I'll take your cat avatar and one up you with a fish. Posted from PornHub
  • Slowly getting there, the intention of having a good, working app is there I suppose. Too bad you're not slaves, things would REALLY get done then ;) Well done though, you're getting close to what the old 8.1 app was like. I like that one.
  • oooh is that you're "sexual desires" to be a slave? Posted via Surface Pro 4 or Microsoft Halo Phone
  • Your*
  • The irony of devs wanting 'polite' feedback. Oh wait, you aren't a developer.
  • Notifications still don't work.
  • We said in the changelog that we fixed the notifications, but there are still some OS level issues.
  • Why do you have to be so rude??
  • Are you affiliated with Hells_Angel Posted via Surface Pro 4 or Microsoft Halo Phone
  • Lol... No, we hate each other
  • I just read your original comment before you edited it.
  • Yeah keep down voting me you idiots, atleast Jay never responded like a total ******.
  • @danielgary. Awesome, thank you for all your hard work. The app is shaping up pretty nicely :).
  • App is getting snappier and nicer. Now only deep comment linking and its perfrect :)
  • Things are looking great I like how you guys have applied all of the new apis to the app and fully taken advantage of what windows 10 can offer app wise. It is a great example of all you can do with an app with all of the new development options Microsoft has put out. Can you please add the windows central store to the app so there is a more direct way to purchase your items to help support all of your guys' great work?
  • Please add fade when the article page is refreshed and a new article comes up. Just like in the old app.
    And a Crimson red theme. Right now Red theme looks like Orange.
  • This update is just awesome!!!!!!!!!
  • Thank you WC team
  • Now it's time to remove the beta tag from the store.
  • I don't get how others are not having issues with this app. You can't comment or sign in or out of it. Im back to using the old app on my lumia 950xl because the new one doesn't work. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling still no go.
  • I'm having the same problem with the app. I like using my 1520 for certain things like the WC app, but there isn't even an option to sign in anymore. I have been using the iPhone app, but it is pretty shabby, to put it nicely. But at least I can sign in!
  • I have the issue with commenting since the recent changes, but the apps solid otherwise - Great for reading content, and replying to comments is consistent for me - It's just writing a new comment but that will be sorted and ironed out.
  • Niiiiiiiiice
  • I like the app and the fact that it's getting updated all the time. It's still a little slow to load articles but I know it'll improve with time. Great work!
  • Sometimes app was crashing while loading comments , I hope update fix this issue
  • Thanks for your hard work, WC. Cheers!
  • The app is really looking good. I liked being able to navigate between articles from within the article though. Maybe you can make swiping on the ellipsis menu navigating between comments and then everywhere else how you navigate the pivot.
  • @Zachary
    I agree. I loved that feature and think your idea is a good one :-)
  • I think it's a good idea too;) Haha I understand you shouldn't try and shove too many gestures into an app but I think using the nav bar is a good way to divide the "windows" if you will that decide what happens if you do a particular gesture
  • What about the formatting problem when switching from landscape to portrait?
  • I just re-read the changelog and didn't see it mentioned.
  • Lol!! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
    Using My Beastly 1520
  • Manners please. We're not your slaves, sometimes toning down on the sarcasm would be nice. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Please don't listen to him, Daniel. I come to read just your comments lol Otherwise, it's more WhineCentral than WindowsCentral
  • Pfft lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android... I'm sorry
  • My windows central apps crash every time I scroll the comments. It happen randomly. Lumia 650 with latest win10.
  • Are you on the Public Release or Windows Insider? Posted via Surface Pro 4 or Microsoft Halo Phone
  • Really great update. Articles load much faster
  • This app just keeps getting better! Thank you! Would be cool to have "Jump to First " and "Jump to Last" for the forums as well
  • A lot of the smaller changes will likely worth their way into forums once we start on that section.
  • Thanks Daniel!
    Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
    Using the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL for Windows 10 (Redstone)
  • The overall experience for reading articles is great so using the browser for the forums is no biggie. Great work so far and from all the recent updates really like the new layout with comments to the right (on applicable devices)
  • Really, my only issue with this apo has been the crashing. Glad to see that addressed in the change log.
  • And it just crashed on me while scrolling comments (slowly) in this very post, so still work to do on that end. -- Lumia 640 (Windows 10)
  • When I move down navigation bar on 640XL I see "Pull to refresh" message in top Home screen.
    Please change color notification bar in app to gray.
  • It also crashes ir fails to load.
  • I hate how Windows phone 8.1 is left out
  • Out with the old, in with the new.
  • But I really hate how Windows Phone 7 is left out.
  • Bah, what are you young'uns complaining about. I hate how Windows Mobile 6 is left out. Come on MS, support your devices
  • Why won't the app install on my Pocket PC?
  • That's nothing... I hate how MS-DOS is left out of this. Why isn't there an DOS program for Windows Central? Posted via Surface Pro 4 or Microsoft Halo Phone
  • The 8.1 app is much more reliable though.
  • So is the OS itself.  
  • Very true.
  • Yeah but only reliable if you use Windows 8 and pay to remove ads Posted via Surface Pro 4 or Microsoft Halo Phone
  • Okay sorry for the dumb question but how do you log into this app? I had it before but recently reset back to a stable build and get off Redstone. Now I can't find the app login so I've gone back to using the old windows central app. Thanks.
  • Most likely the button is invisible. We have a small number of users that have reported this. Tap the blank space beneath the settings cog and tap logout. Then close the app and try to login again.
  • Thanks for this.
  • Thanks, this was driving me crazy. FWIW, the invisible log in button occurred on W10 current fast ring insider preview.
  • Also same problem with me (I'm using the public release - W10 Build 10586.318) Posted via Surface Pro 4 or Microsoft Halo Phone
  • Okay I'll try that thanks Daniel
  • Bottom of the hamburger menu.
  • How can i sign in pfff i am unable to see where to log in tu turn on all notofications
  • Does the developer use a virtualized panel for comments? It seems like that would solve most or all comments memory use bugs. Even if you load all comments into memory at once (remembering to dump them when done of course) the UI elements to show the comments take much more memory, and the virtualized containers take care of loading the visible elements and keeping the rest of the elements out. The virtualizing panels also recycle UI elements, so it's very lightweight. Of course, if you find that loading all comments at once, and virtualizing the visible UI elements isn't enough, then of course load only small portions of comments at a time. Developer 2 cents.
  • Yes, I'm actually using an ItemsStackPanel, but I also have to parse through the comments since we support nested comments as well as re-ordering them. It's not as simple as "just use a virtualized panel"
  • That's fair :)
  • What's up with the signature bug? :D
  • This sounds better. Hope this solves much of the crashing.
  • Haaaaaa I was just typing on Mobile how good it feels, but finished my comment and it will not allow me to post, the > is totally none responsive :(
  • Article loading is very quick now
  • Getting better and better! Well done WC team, have my 5 star rating on the store!
  • They are right! Much faster on Mobile!
  • It crashes many time. Solve this.
  • Is there any setting in present/future app build for changing image quality?
  • Yeah
  • Delete this comment before Windows Central blocks you for mentioning other websites here. LOL!
  • Lol,right away Windows 10 Mobile
  • Like the hepatic feedback but and you do this for when the app loads and not just when articles load cheers
  • I like
  • Lovely update. Thanks a lot for keeping the app updated and adding new features. Left my feedback where it was supposed to be left and came here to thank you for the work ☺
  • Wish I was able to sign in so I can post comments Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You guys are getting quite fancy!  Keep it up.  The Windows Central app is a good place to showcase the Win 10 capabilities.
  • Why can't you order(jump to last/first) the comments in the forum discussion pages?
  • They said they are currently working on news section and soon they'll go for forms section Nokia Lumia 730 on build 10586.318
  • Your update log has more news than the whole Windows mobile ecosystem
  • Crash while i m scrolling down in comments...looks the old central app is work good for me still...this app is need way long to go
  • Agreed
  • Agreed. I don't look at this app as "daily use ready" yet, obviously. It's got potential but I'm not holding my breath that it will ever be as good as the previous app by Jay.
  • Very solid update indeed! Article loading speed is drastically faster, main screen layout perfect...
  • I really miss the previous way of accessing comments. Swiping the bottom bar was so intuitive and fast.
  • Can still swipe the bottom bar...just swipe horizontally instead.
  • Wow some backward people still using windows mobile
  • Beautiful Build. Enjoy it!
  • When will background loading of new articles come back? Got rid of the WP8.1 version and am now missing this feature, but also don't want to have both versions installed at the same time
  • Can't seem to long in to enjoy community conversations did I miss the login memo
  • See earlier posting. Tap under settings where login should be. Appears to be blank space on some devices like mine - 650.
  • Yea its blank on my 950 XL too that's why I was being sarcastic about missing the memo.
  • Keep up the good work Windows Central and Developer! Thumbs up!
  • Every little bit helps...
  • Good job
  • Seems faster
  • Its much smoother on my L550 but swiping from side to side does not alway load the next section. It can take about 30 second to see the next section (app-band-all etc).
  • Hi guys, thanks for all the updates. You guys are workhorses!
    Recently you made the change to how comments are accessed via the top - just some quick feedback on that - essentially this forces people to stretch (on a 950xl) to the top of the screen to access comments. Quite a jarring change when used to simply scrolling up. Maybe add a right swipe within the article itself (I know right swipe works at the top) to balance this out. Other than that, very happy customer here, keep up the great work!
  • You can actually swipe on the app bar(the bottom menu) for easier access!
  • Sadly still no nice jump buttons for the forums that it is a pain to read longer threads.
  • Can you make the app detect current accent color? Also, we should be able to download the images to the saved folder like the Windows 8.1 version.
  • I haven't been able to download the app lately no idea why... :( Gives me an error at the end of the progress bar when trying to install.
  • Can anyone tell me where is login option in this WC app? I cannot find it. Also while typing a comment, it does not show any text at all!
  • Thi
  • This app is still totally broken on mobile.
  • I think the previous floating dialogue for new comment was better.
  • Great update. I like the new comment text box too. But please allow swipe gesture to get to comments. Thanks for all the hard work. Now if we just had a surface phone to view this all on.
  • Great
  • The app is great, what I still miss it's the pink splash screen...
  • This!
  • Crashing while scrolling comments is worse than ever for me. Crashed on me four times while trying get through the comments in this post before I gave up. And I was scrolling slowly. Not complaining, just making an observation. I really love this app otherwise. The only thing I like about the Android app over this one is the stability.
  • Great just got an Android phone. Will still update on my lumia Posted via the Windows Central App for Android... I'm sorry
  • Still not getting Notifications!
  • Great update but the app still crashes while scrolling through the comments.
  • Still crashing when scrolling through comments and when you resume the app.
    In 10586.318 mobile lumia 735
  • Still haven't got the updated version of wpc, mine is still the wp8 version on wp10 has never updated.
  • There are two version, lookout for the windows 10 version Posted from Windows central app on Windows 10 Mobile
  • Good work, it's really coming together. Is there a reason why we can't see stickied posts in the forums or am I just missing it?
  • Still only seeing build 31 on my Lumia 930 in Australia.. it's been a few hours but will wait a few more.
  • Please put comment link back at the bottom.. The app was very right thumb friendly and now it's not at all (950xl). Put the old button back at the bottom and put feedback in place to see usage of top against bottom. If it was possible to side swipe full article to get to comments it wouldn't be an issue but having to reach up to the top left is jarring.. It's as if it was always planned for full article swipe, then the dev realise this wasn't possible but left half the ui in anyway..
  • Haven't you noticed that swiping across the toolbar brings the comments. Nokia Lumia 730 on build 10586.318
  • Not for me on 950xl, I can swipe from comments back to article, but not from article to comments... ** 950xl and loving it !!
  • Toolbar! Toolbar below swipe across toolbar ! Nokia Lumia 730 on build 10586.318
  • Pardon ??
  • Ahhhhh found it !!! - I would prefer to be able to swipe just the Article if possible, but this will help at the moment, I just need a thumb stretcher :)      
  • Cool. Pretty sad that uncommunicated, undiscoverable features seem to be part of Windows DNA now..
  • Awesome...!
  • Hey guys. The live tile is not working in terms of showing the number of new feeds
  • Laggy, constantly crashing mess.
  • Thanks guys
  • Well, i like the app. But the haptic feedback is more like annoying then helpfull:)). Off it goes.
  • Come on WC. Im glad you guys are building a new app, but if it doesn't work on the newest more powerful phones then it im unhappy. It was working before but now I can't comment or sign in.
  • Log out and log back in again Posted from windows central for windows 10 mobile
  • Swipe right for comments section?
  • Probably not. It is powered by a WebView which doesn't allow if swipe as it is considers it as it's own gesture for Horizontal Scrolling. This message is an Auto Reply. Powered by AutoRe Version 1.2
  • Please list the known issues in the article so we can give better feedbacks.
  • I like app on PC but I would be happy if I could close comment section because I don't need it all the time!!!
  • Test post
  • Yay !!! Log out then log in again has cured my inability to not posting via mobile... ** 950xl and loving it !!
  • Now the + comment box is not showing up, can only reply to an existing comment...
    ** 950xl and loving it !!
  • I like this app
  • Took do much time downloading, I guess it's the store
  • How do i login to the new Windows Central app? Can't see any option anywhere.
    (Posting this comment from the old app)
  • Still very buggy
  • Here are some issues that need to be fixed about the app. Hopefully Dan can resolve these issues.
    1. App keeps crashing while scrolling through article list and comments. I recommend enabling lazy loading (if not already) as it even crashes on my 950.
    2. The margins of certain elements needs to be fixed.
    3. Sometimes swiping the menu opens other pages like Forums, Videos while reading an article.
    4. My Live Tile has stopped updating since Build 31 and I have tried reinstalling and logging out (and then logging in).
    Please fix these issues as they can annoy one at times.
  • the comment should be present at the down side only instead of upper side tabs. - Windows 10 L730(10586.318)
  • Want save articles offline feature...
  • There's an issue with the app, at least ok my L640, when I put the phone on landscape more and then back to portrait the article headline will not display properly. It will get cut off and unable to be read unless the use actually tap on the article for the full version.
  • I feel really stupid, but on my L950XL, I cannot find any option to sign into my WIndows Central User Account (thus I cannot leave comments, etc.). Any help appreciated....well, just read back through the comments, and don't feel stupid anymore, since it simply does not seem to work ;-). Great otherwise, but the sign in option should be fixed.  
  • Seem like a decent app. But I still can't figure out how to sign in.???
  • Hey Daniel Rubino... Don't think we didn't notice that the actionable notifications have been updated finally to spell Reply properly, thanks!