The WPCentral app is the #1 New & Rising app in the US, big update inbound

Last week, we finally took the veil off of the official Windows 8.1 app for Windows Phone Central. Since then, it received a quick patch to address a network issue. It’s also maintained a healthy 4.6 rating (out of 5) with many positive reviews from all of you.

But you deserve better, and we’re prepared to deliver. Our lead developer, Jay Bennett, is expecting version to land in the Windows Store this week, maybe even as early as tomorrow. I’m looking at the changelog and see no less than 17 new or improved features.

Here’s just a tease:

  • Added option to sign in from settings
  • Added font size and style options
  • Links in comments can now be followed by clicking on them
  • Tapping the number of comments in the article page now brings comments into view
  • Tapping anywhere on the lead image will navigate to that article

And there’s more to add to that list, which we’ll pass on when it’s published. We’ll of course tell you when it goes live, as it’s just entering certification now.

There’s also an update for the Windows Phone app that will include a few fixes and patches, including one for bulleted lists. Likewise, we’re expecting that to drop at the same time as the Windows 8.1 app update.

The #1 New + Rising app for News and Weather

We’re also happy to see our app trending as the #1 New + Rising app (under News and Weather) in the US for Windows 8.  The app is also doing well in the general category of New + Rising for all apps and games. Likewise, we’re seeing similar numbers across the UK and other markets, meaning we evidently have set the stage with our mobile offerings.

Hopefully with the update, we’ll go a long way in addressing your concerns. Haven’t tried our free Windows 8.1 app yet? Grab it right here in the Store (opens in new tab).

Finally, a big thanks to our developer, Jay Bennett, and to all of you for your feedback, reviews and ratings! Remember, if you have a problem, concern or request, head to our help forum for our app.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Congrats WPCentral and Jay Bennett! To inifinity and beyond!!
  • Jay, can you guys tell how many times people have downloaded WPCentral app?
  • Yep well done, given the quality of the WP8 app this win8 version is just going to get better and better!
  • I wouldn't say the quality of the app is superb but not horrible either. Just above average. Sometimes the live tile I pinned turn black for no reason, article scrolling can be off sometime (going to the article while I was scrolling and tapped to stop etc), UI design still windows phone 7, still no profile setting, and the list goes on.
  • Can you post the pay/addfree version soon please..
  • Congrats!
  • Kudos to Jay and the WP central team!!
  • That's because they put it on Android
  • This is in the Windows 8 store, so even if every android user downloaded it, it still wouldn't have any impact on the Windows Store.
  • Fandroid fail.
  • Congrats indeed, finally adding the option to sign in actually makes the error about needing to sign in useful!!
  • Congrats WP Central I love the App
  • Awesome... Well deserved.
  • As expected it would.  UPDATE COMING YOU SAY??
  • Well done!
  • So just out of curiosity... Are the other mobile nation apps coming to Windows 8?
    Btw Jay, congratulations! The app is awesome.
  • Yup, eventually.
  • And wp8 too?
  • its morning 8 AM here in India , i checked windows store for updates , and got an update for wpcentral , it's the same new version Daniel mentioned "" , does India get quicker update ? the same applied for rayman jungle yesterday ?
  • Lol :D
  • tut tut
  • India does genuinely seem to get our updates first! You can check your version by going to help & about in the settings charm menu
  • Yes jay it's the latest one 
  • nice :)
  • When is iOS app coming out
  • As soon as :P
  • I really do love WP8 and w8.1 and it wouldn't be quite the same without all I've learned from this app!!
  • Hopefully in the future the app will have a live tile not unlike the IE-pinned tile. Glad to finally have the app though!
  • It already does, or am I missing something?
  • It just showed up for me. (Before, it was just the plain icon and it didn't have live tile options in the context menu.)   Yay!
  • Great apps, both! Congrats!
  • Make it FREE!!!!!!!!!!!
  • There is a unlimited trial with ads that is free. So if you are hurting for 99cents, use that option - otherwise I could not thank Jay enough for bringing my most used tech wesite as a native app on WP.   As a matter of fact, I wish Jay also releases a paid version of the Win8 app. Would definitely buy it to remove ads in best case scenario and even if that does not fit into WPCentral's vision for future - I will buy just to support the developers for an app I use daily.
  • Wait, there is a paid version? This is an app that I would buy to support the awesome work done on it. Don't know if I'd want to spend $4.99 though. But still would be happy to support the developer :)
  • I'd donate $49.99...
  • It is free.
  • Wpcentral is awesome!! Thx u team.
  • Great! Jay is a good coder and developer! Keep up the good work!
  • Congrats!!!
  • you guys should consider porting the exact windows 8 app to the lumia 1520 and other humongous phones. congrats.
  • Doesn't quite work like that (just yet).
  • congrats guys...... you're app is my number 1 most used application on windows phone...... keep up the good work.
  • Kudos!
  • Great job Jay & WPCentral. Love it!
  • That's great, Congratulations.
  • i wish Jay would bring the Wpcentral win 8 app look to their WP app :D
  • My real interest is in the windows phone app but if I ever do move from w7 to w8.whatever I'll look it up for sure.
  • I'm not one to laud but the WP app is by far the most used app on my phone. The new Win8 app will doubtless gain the same prominence in no time flat. Testament to such great work by the folks at WPC and by Jay.
  • I have three aps that I use every day. Windows Phone Central being one, Weave newsreader being the second, and TV Guide(I think that's it). Of the three, the first two I have on both my W8.1 machines and my 920. Love all three apps.
  • Awesome!! Congrats, and thanks Jay for another great app. Question: Is there a way to send suggestions for features?
  • So where's my present?
  • Updates inbound! Woohoo!
  • I know its probably been covered, but looked twice and don't see it. Any plans to add support for the forums?
  • Yo dawg we heard you like windows phone central we put a windows phone central article in a windows phone central article so you can read both article at the same time :P ......
    Anyways good stuff thanks jay !
  • LOL !
  • Yup, on the roadmap!
  • Just got the update, posting this from the app itself. Tho I must say I somehow prefer the webiste (since I am on a laptop with a mouse n everything). Looks great tho!
  • Is there no stopping the Rubino movement? How big is his head now?
  • Font sizing: much needed.
  • This is a must have app for windows phone, if you show interest in the growth of the windows phone platform, the news is always accurate, we get first access to apps and games, i used to rely on engadget but wp central is better at bringing wp news
  • Love this site! Great work, kids!
  • Congratulations! It's a must have for tech enthusiast especially WP users. I have it installed on my WP & Android phones as well as on my RT & W8.
  • Nice!
  • Congrats Jay! Are there any plans to add the forum to the app or am I not smart enough to figure it out on there. Which is entirely possible.
  • got the new update here in India :)
  • Keep up the good work guys. It is appreciated!
  • The update is already live for Windows 8.1!
  • Got the update as well, what an awesome job Jay! Congrats!
  • Got the update, Nice to see font size but It starts with: 'server error'. O, well.
  • Congrats Jay and WPCentral team !!!
  • Sounds great. I'll update my Win 8.1 devices in the morning. Keep up the outstanding work Jay! Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I miss a number on the live tile as on the wp8 app. And of course sync between the apps.
  • Great! As it should be! Thanks guys!
  • What a waste of space that lead story is.
  • Congratulations!
  • What's (also) great is that this raises the profile of Windows Phone, to users who would otherwise have no idea that there's a third option! Good stuff guys!
  • This means that only wp fan boys and similar are using wp?! Gives to think...
  • I left you app "open" in the background last night and it drained my phone battery. Normally my phone can go all night without going dead. This app was the only thing I didn't close out of. Its not the only app that will kill a battery even when in the background. Please fix this. Thanks.
  • I'm One those millions.