The WPCentral app for Windows Phone gets 1080p support, custom notification and more
We spend much time around here posting about app updates for Windows Phone and today, it is our turn. The official WPCentral app for Windows Phone 8 today is going to version 4.5.4 and with it, a significant amount of fixes, new features and improvements are in store for you. Many of these additions have been in the making for awhile, and we are positive that if you use our app, you are going to like what is new.
Let us take a look at the full changelog and then you can go grab the update, which is now live in the Store!
WPCentral v4.5.4 (Windows Phone 8.x only)
- Implementation of the Mobile Nations passport system for forums and comments - now possible to sign in with Microsoft Account, etc.
- Pull to refresh added to the main news list
- 1080p high-definition support on all pages (note that landscape support has now been removed to allow for this scaling - apart from on the image viewer)
- Custom notification sound for notifications from WPCentral (requires WP8 update 3 or higher)
- Improved scrolling performance of article listings
- Fixed an issue where images would not load in the WPCentral forums
- Swiping through forums pages starts at either the top or the bottom now depending on the direction of the swipe
- Cleaned up some unrequired code to optimise performance
- Fixed a bug where loading from toasts would fail
Although bug fixes and scrolling improvement are excellent additions for everyday usage, I'm excited about the 1080P support and custom notification sound. For the HD support, those on a Lumia 1520 now have a better experience, with the section Tiles and the fonts for articles being proportional.
Regarding the custom notification, note that the term refers to it being custom for us, not the user (though Windows Phone 8.1 users can obviously do their own in the OS Settings). In short, our default sound now for new articles with push notifications is the chime taken from our video bumper. It is our own sound and if you have seen our videos before, instantly recognizable. If you are on Update 3 or higher, there is nothing to do except to enable notifications.
The ability to login through your Microsoft Account (via our Mobile Nations Passport) goes a long way to answer that frequently asked question. Finally, the pull-to-refresh is a familiar gesture in apps these days, and we are glad finally to support it now too.
More to come
Besides this app update, Jay Bennett (@jaytbennett) is hard at work on our Windows 8 app, which is available for free in the Store. Plans for that app update include:
- Passport integration for the Windows 8 app for Microsoft Account
- Custom colors
- And more…
After that, Jay is taking on the big task of making our app a real Universal app. Although to you, this may seem like a trivial undertaking, it is a big job as the app for Phone is basically being re-written, as it overlaps in code from our Modern app. This project is still some months out, so please have some patience!
Finally, you can expect an actual site redesign starting in the near future as well for you web experience. Now go grab those apps! (Editor's note: The WPCentral 4.5.4 update is very new, so if you do not see it yet, try back at a later time)
- Download WPCentral app for Windows Phone v4.5.4 here in the Store; Free (99 cents to remove ads)
- Download WPCentral app for Windows 8.1 here in the Windows Store (opens in new tab)
Do you have a feature request or are you having issues with our app? Don't forget to jump into our WPCentral app support forum, where Jay takes his time to read your posts.
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And, one more thing..... Does MS make anything easy❔❔❔❔
.......... I work at DFW airport... Can you tell me why out of all of the advertising on every wall of this airport you see Samsung, and all over the biggest buildings in DT Dallas there's huge iPhones, but driving down the highway, going to big venues, malls, conventions,,, MS is nowhere to be found?...... Marketing!! MS doesn't take risk, and if they do try somthing big it's only for a few days.. Nothing ever sticks... Whatever happened to Robert Zemeckis??... Those were really great commercial's, but only two over a year ago?... It's like MS doesn't really want WP market share to increase...
But, now that they control the whole show lets see if marketing improves.. Maybe they'll prove me wrong... But, can you believe I'm still saying this in mid 2014???... Im not sure if WP marketing will ever be sufficient, which is a real shame, because WP could be so much more with more support from every angle..... I hope Satya understands this..
And even on my "lowres" 1320 it looks much better now
Q: Was landscape mode really necessary to remove? :(
Thanks a lot for your efforts and the quick answer.
Would be very nice if you manage to bring the feature back sometime in the future.
But the forum takes more time to load than before
That's a great feature too I suppose
Pls 'one more' request hehehe - can you implement the comments such that they have a clearer hierarchical structure like on the web interface (or like readit style?)
I hope other developer will follow your lead...
Probably the only other thing I would like added, and to be honest damn near no apps utilise it, is to retain the time in the top right corner of the screen. Only one other a sip does this, my jb hifi now app. It even has it in the colour of the app itself (Yellow) and it's just really handy.
Not exactly high on the list of priorities I imagine but would be very cool nonetheless. Actually, thinking about it, things are smaller and easier to read.