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  1. Duvi's Avatar
    You may have noticed a lot of changes around here lately, whether it be our desktop and mobile websites, or on our forums, weve been rather busy. Of course, not to be outdone by all this change, its time for our app to see an update, and its a fairly major one at that.

    So I present to you, the official Windows Phone Central app version 3.0, and the product of months and months of hard work, testing, private betas, and then lots more hard work!

    The update is available to download right now from the Windows Phone Store here, but if you want to find out whats new, read on for a feature list. Video walkthrough will follow in a future article, so stay tuned.

    Our headline feature this time around, and one that with no doubt has been the most frequently requested, is full forum integration. Swipe over to the browse section and tap the forum tile and youll be welcomed to the new forum home screen (you could also tap and hold the forum tile if you want the option to pin it directly to your start screen - see above photo).


    Weve built this forum support from the ground up, based on the Tapatalk API and youll find support for:

    • Posting and editing entries
    • Browsing the forums including sub forums
    • Quick jumping around the forums (just tap the header when youre browsing)
    • Viewing photos attached to posts
    • Following links posted by other members
    • Viewing profile information about users (just tap their tile when viewing a thread)
    • Sending and receiving private messages
    • Deep linking to forum posts from articles and vice versa
    • Viewing recently participated and latest posts from the home screen
    • Searching for a post within the forums


    Weve also made a few other changes you might appreciate:

    • A new live tile to match the new site logo (rolling out soon to the website - this is a preview)
    • Customisable themes for the app and live tile (try out a new Windows Phone 8 colour!)
    • Improved YouTube video support with HD streaming even on mobile connections
    • Rebranded with the new site logo
    • Adjusted margins to bring more content to the front
    • Added jump options to the comments section
    • Fixed a multitude of bugs
    • Made several optimisations to the app
    • Reduced the apps installed footprint to less than 1MB


    Im quite sure Ive forgotten something from that list but hopefully its enough of a change to make you interested! Weve also made all forum functionality available to free users, you guys will just see the same adverts youre used to.

    Without a doubt this has been a very challenging few months for me but I hope youll all feel it has been worth it! Of course, we always welcome your feedback in any form, so please comment, e-mail, post on the forums and generally get in touch!
    11-03-2012 12:12 PM
  2. mjrtoo's Avatar
    Amazing work as always, love the new forums! :-)
    Duvi likes this.
    11-03-2012 12:36 PM
  3. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    This is by far the best way to view and post in the forums on a Windows Phone.
    Duvi likes this.
    11-03-2012 01:29 PM
  4. Duvi's Avatar
    This is by far the best way to view and post in the forums on a Windows Phone.
    I agree. I won't even mention the competition, because there isn't.

    Well worth the $0.99 and more!
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    11-03-2012 03:38 PM
  5. VagrantWade's Avatar
    ARM app and you can have all my moneys for both.
    11-03-2012 03:41 PM
  6. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    ARM app and you can have all my moneys for both.

    It will happen I promise :)
    11-03-2012 06:24 PM
  7. Shobiz's Avatar
    Great update. But it doesn't download high resolution thumbnail pictures when on WiFi all the time.
    11-03-2012 06:32 PM
  8. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    Great update. But it doesn't download high resolution thumbnail pictures when on WiFi all the time.
    Yes I had to make a compromise and test for WiFi in a new thread (otherwise it can fail, take ages, and then crash) so it won't always work. Sorry, but this is a limitation of the OS :(
    11-03-2012 06:39 PM
  9. Shobiz's Avatar
    Ok cool. Actually, I used this app to make sure I was connected to WiFi.
    11-04-2012 01:23 AM
  10. kenzibit's Avatar
    The best app by far. Kudos to Jay and WPCentral. Hope other developers and sites are learning from great examples like this.
    11-04-2012 02:16 AM
  11. Jalik's Avatar
    Very well done. It also loads quicker in my Lumia 800! :)
    11-04-2012 02:21 AM
  12. mjrtoo's Avatar
    One feature id like to see changed slightly is how you navigate the forum pages. Instead of loading each page as you swipe, would it be possible to load when you STOP swiping, so you can swipe to the page you want quickly and the have it load? Might reduce the amount of data etc.
    11-04-2012 11:44 AM
  13. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    I'll look into it mjtroo, the difficult part is knowing when you've stopped swiping as that could be after any of the swipes we're registering...
    11-04-2012 12:50 PM
  14. mjrtoo's Avatar
    Like a few seconds after you release the swipe? I realize that might be difficult. Great update though, all devs should look to this app for how it should work. :-)
    11-04-2012 01:47 PM
  15. Xsever's Avatar
    Try weave news reader too. Very well written too for wp8
    11-04-2012 01:56 PM
  16. Jazmac's Avatar
    One of the baddest apps in the marketplace. Keeps getting better and better. Good job on this one. I like it even more now that I discovered I can get to the forums using it. Awesome code guys.
    11-05-2012 12:29 AM
  17. DJRedLine's Avatar
    Excellent update and works superb on htc 8x

    Any chance that in the next update we can get lockscreen notifications?
    11-06-2012 04:30 AM
  18. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    Excellent update and works superb on htc 8x



    Any chance that in the next update we can get lockscreen notifications?

    that's actually going to be extremely challenging for the count, as Microsoft have said that we have to use the normal count API (so small number on black circle or square) in order to have lock screen count notifications. At present I have written a custom tile, but we'll explore the options available to us
    11-06-2012 07:32 AM
  19. Duvi's Avatar
    Excellent update and works superb on htc 8x

    Any chance that in the next update we can get lockscreen notifications?
    Show-off! :P

    Excellent update and works superb on htc 8x
    Hope you're enjoying your device.
    11-06-2012 01:49 PM
  20. Duvi's Avatar
    Excellent update and works superb on htc 8x

    Any chance that in the next update we can get lockscreen notifications?
    Show-off! :P

    Excellent update and works superb on htc 8x
    Hope you're enjoying your device.
    11-06-2012 01:49 PM
  21. Adretheon's Avatar
    Since this is the only post about the WPC app I guess I'll post it up here. First of all, I love the app and the new look.

    I would however love the ability to have push notifications for when someone reply's to my comments on articles. I've found myself many times asking a question on an article then forgetting I did or what article it was on. So it would be nice to get a push notification for that.

    Aside from that everything else works and looks great :D
    11-11-2012 09:53 AM
  22. Jay Bennett's Avatar
    Hi Adretheon, push notifications are a little tough to do with our current infrastructure but are something I may look in to. What will be coming pretty soon is email notifications when you receive a response, which hopefully will be a good feature :)
    11-11-2012 01:03 PM
  23. Adretheon's Avatar
    Hi Adretheon, push notifications are a little tough to do with our current infrastructure but are something I may look in to. What will be coming pretty soon is email notifications when you receive a response, which hopefully will be a good feature :)

    That would be wonderful. Just something to remind me I actually commented a question haha.
    11-11-2012 03:05 PM
  24. Muessig's Avatar
    I'm currently on the 'try' version of WPC and i've noticed a weird little bug wondered why it would be happening. I've got WPC tile as the smallest version at the moment and occasionally when I unlock my phone instead of seeing the new logo, I see a black tile and white text "Windows" on the very left side of the tile vertically going down like this:

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    If I load up the app and then go back to the start screen again I see the normal logo again. Why would this be happening? Could it be because I'm on try version?
    11-11-2012 04:35 PM
  25. Duvi's Avatar
    I'm currently on the 'try' version of WPC and i've noticed a weird little bug wondered why it would be happening. I've got WPC tile as the smallest version at the moment and occasionally when I unlock my phone instead of seeing the new logo, I see a black tile and white text "Windows" on the very left side of the tile vertically going down like this:

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    If I load up the app and then go back to the start screen again I see the normal logo again. Why would this be happening? Could it be because I'm on try version?
    Because you have it as the smallest you can have an icon... :P

    Hopefully Jay will have a real answer for you.
    11-11-2012 04:39 PM
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