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  1. Duvi's Avatar
    Yes everyone, you read that right. After months of planning and developing, we are excited and proud to deliver our very own, official app. What's more, it is chock full of features, delivering almost every feature of our website in a streamlined, minimalist fashion.

    Developed by Jay Bennett, the app has been submitted to the Marketplace and (fingers crossed) it should be live by Monday evening. So, enough chatter, lets hit the features:

    • Read homepage, reviews, apps, games or how-to sections
    • View comments associated with each article
    • Watch videos and view pictures posted in each article
    • Full search for any previous articles, including by section
    • Search through YouTube videos from the site
    • Deep links to the marketplace with articles featuring other apps
    • Listen to the latest podcast on your device through the app
    • Clean, simple user interface design and great user experience
    • Sharing of articles through E-mail, SMS or Twitter
    • Full landscape support
    • Live tile for the latest headlines

    Not too shabby for a v1.0, eh? The app comes in two flavors: the full, premium-experience version is $0.99--no ads, all the features or the free, unlimited "trial" version (same as full version, but has ads and some missing features--unlimited use though).

    So check out the vid for the tour and in a few short days, you can be using it too. Feedback is welcomed, so comment away.

    YouTube Video:
    Last edited by duvi; 05-21-2011 at 02:31 AM.
    zSoftware likes this.
    05-20-2011 05:27 PM
  2. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Yes just watched the review, looks fantastic, very comprehensive. Can't wait to give it a spin. Well done Jay!!
    Jay Bennett likes this.
    05-20-2011 05:41 PM
  3. jalb's Avatar
    lol, I saw this thread and immediately tried to download it. I should have read the OP first! :P
    05-20-2011 06:09 PM
  4. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    Thanks guys, long time forum user as many of you will recognise my mug on the left. I'm very proud of what we've accomplished and even more keen to get version 1.0 in the wild so I can identify anything we may have missed in our (exhaustive!) testing. I guarantee you'll see a version 1.1 within 10 days of publishing!
    Dave Blake, Duvi and starblade876 like this.
    05-20-2011 06:50 PM
  5. WayCool's Avatar
    Looks good! But I did the same went straight to marketplace to find it lol! Guess I'll check there on Monday.

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    05-20-2011 07:01 PM
  6. Dave Blake's Avatar
    Very nice but how come I'm the last to know? Daniel WTF! ... LOL... I didn't get you guys anything

    Seriously Jay very nice work I can't wait to point this app out to a few of my Android Central buddies. Jay judging from the video which I watched all the way through twice you have done a great job showcasing everything you can do with a WP app of this type. I can't wait till this hits the market I will be one of the first in line to buy it.

    05-20-2011 08:51 PM
  7. cdook's Avatar
    Looks pretty awesome. I can't wait to check it out. Hopefully you guys are working on allowing commenting. That's one thing the mobile site lacks too.
    Mr Bigs likes this.
    05-21-2011 09:42 AM
  8. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Great looking app. I hate ads so I'll get the full version. I'll be looking out for it Monday night. I'm impatient. Where's the app! :)

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    Last edited by 1jaxstate1; 05-23-2011 at 02:38 PM.
    05-21-2011 09:49 AM
  9. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Hmmmm it's 8.35 PM here in the UK and still no wpentral app.

    I take it it will be available in the morning here after arriving in the marketplace in the wee small hours ?

    How will I ever get to sleep ? :o)
    05-23-2011 03:36 PM
  10. enahs555's Avatar
    I think they are finding, like I have many times, that the thoroughness of the testing procedure is quite detailed. Sometimes it takes longer then you think, and sometimes it comes back with failures that are like "wha". They test so many crazy combinations of hitting the back button and doing this and that with the app, and doing things it is just not designed to do with it.
    05-23-2011 03:39 PM
  11. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Yeah maybe enahs555, thanks for your reply. I'm sure it will be here soon, I just hate waiting for my goodies. :o)
    05-23-2011 03:59 PM
  12. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    The Monday estimate was based on my previous experience that it took 3 working days for certification, we submitted last Wednesday but as of yet we've not received certification. Rest assured the moment we have certification there will be an announcement :) stay tuned to the Twitter feed/site!
    Dave Blake likes this.
    05-23-2011 04:17 PM
  13. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Will do, thanks Jay. :o)
    05-23-2011 04:23 PM
  14. Duvi's Avatar
    Thanks for the update.
    05-23-2011 06:54 PM
  15. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    Just to keep you guys on the forums up to date (assuming you haven't already seen the announcement on Twitter), the app has failed certification due to the use of logos. I'm working hard with the guys here at WPCentral who have made this their top priority and we'll let you know when we have more information to give you.

    The good news is that this means we'll be launching with v1.1 which I've been developing based on feedback from some of our advanced testers. It contains 5 bug fixes & 4 optimisations and generally enhances the experience & performance of the application, rest assured work is still going strong!
    Last edited by JayTBennett; 05-24-2011 at 08:06 PM.
    05-24-2011 07:18 PM
  16. foosball's Avatar
    Thanks for the update! Darn logos!
    05-24-2011 09:29 PM
  17. Dave Blake's Avatar
    Thanks for the hard work and the update.
    05-24-2011 09:40 PM
  18. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Is it in the marketplace. I don't see it.

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    05-24-2011 09:41 PM
  19. enahs555's Avatar
    If you need/want another developer to test it out I will happily help you. And you can never judge Marketplace certification times, sometimes my apps take 7+ days and sometimes it is done in 1 day!
    05-24-2011 09:58 PM
  20. Danielpena's Avatar
    I have been patiently waiting good to know that you are working on it! :) Can't wait!
    05-25-2011 04:48 AM
  21. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    We have resubmitted guys, just a case of certification now. Thank you to everyone for your patience and enthusiasm!
    05-25-2011 06:31 PM
  22. Duvi's Avatar
    w00t w00t
    05-25-2011 07:03 PM
  23. Tobyus's Avatar
    Can't wait! I've been searching the marketplace for it ever since the first announcement. Now I know why I haven't found it :)
    05-27-2011 02:36 PM
  24. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    We're live folks! Now available: the official WPCentral app for Windows Phone 7 | wpcentral | Windows Phone News, Forums, and Reviews looking forward to hearing your feedback, hope you enjoy it!
    05-28-2011 06:36 AM
  25. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Congratulations Jay, purchased it straight away. Only moan I have is about the coloured background gradients, they look awful on the Super Amoled screen, but that's not your fault.
    05-28-2011 06:42 AM
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