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WPCentral App V3
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Official Windows Phone Central app v3.0 is now available!

You may have noticed a lot of changes around here lately, whether it be our desktop and mobile websites, or on our forums, we’ve been rather busy. Of course, not to be outdone by all this change, it’s time for our app to see an update, and it’s 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 what’s 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 you’ll 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).

WPCentral App V3

We’ve built this forum support from the ground up, based on the Tapatalk API and you’ll find support for:

  • Posting and editing entries
  • Browsing the forums including sub forums
  • Quick jumping around the forums (just tap the header when you’re 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

We’ve 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)
  • New wallpapers featuring our new logo (available in 20 accent colors)
  • 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 app’s installed footprint to less than 1MB

I’m quite sure I’ve forgotten something from that list but hopefully it’s enough of a change to make you interested! We’ve also made all forum functionality available to free users, you guys will just see the same adverts you’re used to.

Without a doubt this has been a very challenging few months for me but I hope you’ll 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!

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upupandawol says:

 

JUST got the update WAY to execute guys!!!!
 
Note: WPC refer to my entry at November 1, 2012, 2:20am under the WP8 contest comments! I submitted in the wrong place before hahah! Again great update guys, the accents are a lil slice of WP8 heaven for us future 7.8-ers!

 

lesnjoro says:

What i truly love about WP apps is the size... 1Mb.. Wonder what a similar app for iOS and android would be

WPenvy says:

^This.... Would be nice to know how much of that "System reserved" space on my phone is actually used haha

Jay, I still can't edit my comments that I posted.

Jay Bennett says:

Just tap delete and your comment will be editable :)

But if my comment is on top and lets say 30 people comment on that thread, if i do that, will I go on the bottom?

tbonenga says:

Does it matter??? Just tap delete, edit and tap the name again that you're replying to and it's done. Very simple.

sholokov says:

You will not be FIRST anymore, if you mean that. And it doesn't matter. We geeks read each and every comment.

 
+100 for reasonable people :)

But it would be nice for him to add an edit button...

Jay Bennett says:

Alright, I'll work on an edit for you seeing as you asked so nicely :)

Desdemona says:

Jay are you working on an app for win 8 RT? I won't tell no one:p. Just give me that hope.

Jay Bennett says:

I am starting work on such an app yes

This is what I call an amazing developer. Microsoft should hire you.

THANK YOU!! LOVE U JAY!!

Jay, did u get the NL920 pentaband?

Duvi says:

w00t w00t!  It's was a beta that seemed like it wasn't even in beta, so I'm sure the final release is excellent.

Rich Edmonds says:

Superb job, Jay. Awesome work on the app. That new logo looks awesome too, patting myself on the back for those squares right there!

kidjenius says:

This is awesome!!

Devmer11 says:

Absolutely wonderful!!!!! Love it

GrayW0lf says:

The new version looks fantastic. Thank you for your dedication toward improving this already-awesome app! Keep up the great work! :)

carlosrdd says:

Wow super smooth Great job !!

RafRol says:

The only 3rd party app that I use every day just got WAY better.  Bravo!

wolovids says:

Sweet upgrade! Now, how about a Windows 8 app? :)

lesnjoro says:

Awesome stuff

N@vX says:

Wow looks awesome!. Great job.

Kristijan87 says:

Well, thank you very much for making your app's live tile the only one worth even looking at on my phone. It's in nice olive accent and now I hate you because the rest of my phone's live tiles aren't in olive. Which means I'll be expecting WPCentral to buy me a Lumia 920 right now because I can't wait any longer! :) All because of your gorgeous new live tile, I want that phone on my desk tomorrow... :P
Anyway, great job, love your app, I'm glad I've spent those 8 kn on it (don't know the price in your currency :D)

zeke009 says:

Very nice! I like the updates and revamped interface and tile.

I do have one issue, I can not sign in to comment on stories. My account works fine via the browser (what I am using now) and I can sign in to the forums via the app.

alijahg34 says:

how do you log in on the app I keep getting a error message for when I try to comment

Devmer11 says:

I love the Steel Accent color it's so beautiful I like how it matches my Lumia 900 in black

J4rrod says:

Frigin awesome!

AmilM says:

Great work.
I wonder why this official app is paid.

Jay Bennett says:

Because I have to feed myself and am not employed by the site :)

mtg1974 says:

I would pay for it again if I could. Thank you for all of your hard work!

Chi28n2k says:

Thanks for all your good work! This is an app I use everyday, and was glad to pay you for! Looking forward to the RT app on my Surface!

erzhik says:

Because everything can't be free in this world. This app costs less than a Big Mac.

EAA575 says:

No need to get aggravated.

malachijd says:

I bought this app when it came out I would have paid again for v2 and I would pay a 3rd time for v3 it's the best app for WP

j i AmnesiAc says:

Fantastic update to an already great app. Hands down the best app I use. Bravo!

Duckhole says:

How do I sign into the forum section.

Jay Bennett says:

Just tap "sign in" from the forums section

Duckhole says:

Thanks I didn't realize I there was an option screen.

mcheiron says:

I cannot find that sign in field (and I did clean my glasses)? I obviously signed in to be able to comment here, but in the forums it says "not signed in". Great improvement.

mcheiron says:

I meant, great improvement otherwise, not sarcastically.

mcheiron says:

Oh, found it. Swipe to the left. I was just way too excited ;)

Jay Bennett says:

If you're having comment troubles guys, go into the app settings and delete your wpcentral account, then restart the app and try logging in again :)

zeke009 says:

I've tried, but still unable to sign in for commenting. I have a delete forum account, cache and purge log file options only now. I'll try another uninstall/reinstall.

Update:
Didn't work :(

Jay Bennett says:

Zeke, drop me an email and we'll get it sorted

WPenvy says:

+1 for being an engaged dev

juanynfante says:

Nice ..i like it

rohitsingh says:

"This application is not available for your device" WTF!!!

rohitsingh says:

To add, I'm located in India and using a lumia 800, latest firmware.

Any suggestions?

Jay Bennett says:

I'll look into this straight away, I may have accidentally not published in India as it's listed as having restrictions

rohitsingh says:

You do that!! :P Its normally my only point of contact with wpcentral (its that good that i rarely need to access the site).

rohitsingh says:

Sorted. Successfully updated. Thanks Man. Updated version looks great. And I just  love the 'accents' option. :D Cheers!!

gdarlington says:

I am getting the same thing!

Jay Bennett says:

Please list your region if you can't download guys

gdarlington says:

I'm in the US Nevada

gdarlington says:

Ok I got it to work, I had to launch my marketplace, following the link in this article it wouldn't work, at first I got the 8000 error but retried and it worked

Fiann says:

I'm in the US. AT&T Lumia 900. Getting the not available for your device message as well.

Fiann says:

So I went to the market and searched for it instead of using the download link in the app. When I click update I immediately get the 8000ffff error. Herr is the link I used. http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=e6c3c78a-4382-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8

Fiann says:

Don't know when but at some point it finally got the update installed. Noticed it with the new live tile (which I like, btw).

WP7WasMyIdea says:

Arizona
UPDATE: After a couple of the 8000ffff errors and cancels... It worked.

WP7WasMyIdea says:

Hmm. Just tried to give someone a (plus) 1 from my device through the wpcentral app. The (plus) symbol didn't work. Gonna add three of them right now then go to the site to see if they show:
+ + +

WP7WasMyIdea says:

Yep. I can see them on the site. Odd.

rohitsingh says:

Now giving me error code 8000ffff
[Update] Issue Resolved.

NIST says:

Dell Venue Pro, California, T-mobile. Installed and works great.

holmesr says:

Excellent work as usual Jay. You da man! ...and thank you. Eagerly awaiting the Windows 8 app surely you have planned.

Playing with the new app right now. It is awesome job, while few things, if could be changed, would make it perfect, one of which is change of text color in comments as the white text do not always work with every accent. I updated the app and first of all changed the accent color to yellow to get some feeling of wp8 but found some difficulty reading comments due to above stated reason. BTW i much like the two finger text zoom, its nice.

Dave Blake says:

A round of applause for Jays hard work and contributions to the growth of Windows Phone Central. Great job on the app brow you rock.

maghedo says:

Much better.

sepatown says:

Nice job Jay. This app is still one of the best (if not the best) tech blog app on any platform.

Tahiti Bob says:

Great update, will be easier to participate in the forums now. Also I now know for sure I'll be using the Crimson accent when I get my next phone :)

KustomAU says:

Well done on v3.0. Very nice and loving the new colour accents too. Congratulations!

Sunofabob says:

Dude, the wallpapers are awesome.

TheDarKnight says:

I am speechless! Amazing job sir!

ladydias says:

The new version is exquisite, I am loving the olive theme.

rocky 710 says:

Nice and smooth, good job

Dean87229 says:

Awesome changes!  This has always been one of my favorite apps - I access it every day.  Now it is even better.  Thanks for all the hard work!

Troyseph says:

Great job guys!

chad08er says:

Sweet update Jay:)

mjrtoo says:

Superb update, love the new forums. I like how you swipe to go forward or back a page, but, I'm wondering if it might be 'better' if you could swipe pages before they load and show the page number you will be on. It works fine now, but it just takes 'a while' to navigate to a specific page.

Cellus13 says:

Good improvement :)

coeus89 says:

Great update! Premier app!

cdbstl76 says:

I access this app more than any other on a daily basis. GREAT improvements!

aubreyq says:

Me too, LOL!

cdbstl76 says:

Nice touch with the new wallpapers too!

aubreyq says:

Excellent! Love everything about it!!!

dharmababa says:

Thanks for the hard work Jay! Forum access is awesome.

Shobiz says:

Great update. This app needs to be preloaded on every device.

Bushybro says:

Awesome update. Now this is how a WP app is done. Steel is my new favorite. :-)

lolpetewtf says:

I'm celebrating with Four Lokooooo =)

DieNadel says:

AWESOME!!!!!!

nalinbarola says:

Not available to download for my Omnia w :'(

plp85 says:

Two thumbs up!

turbodex says:

Great work!

iMiah says:

Wonderfully done.

plp85 says:

I love the new logo, and icon. I wish all my apps had to conform to accent colour and white.

rocky 710 says:

New accent features is awesome
I'm check this app everyday this is really good update

Love the update great job

laserfloyd says:

Nice. Windows 8 app soon? :)

YAY!! I LOVE U JAY! Now a windows 8 app. :-D

WP7WasMyIdea says:

Nice app Jay! Interesting thing though. I can't see the (plus) symbol on the app. Only on the site. Tried to give someone a (plus) one and didn't show. Also I can see where someone else gave a (plus) 1 and I can't see the symbol on the app.

DBDev says:

Hi! Great update but I would like to be able to see much more posts in the recent page. Could that be done?

alphahalo23 says:

Love the new start screen title 

Fludlyt says:

This update looks great and I'm really liking the new logo. The accent colours are a glimpse of future WP8 goodness :)

JLP says:

Fantastic job Jay....loving the updates to the app!

ebradley says:

I was getting the error too. I uninstalled, reloaded and works fine.

Revant says:

Great job!
Just a suggestion: I think it would be great if the accent colours supported the official sky blue-like colour of the wpcentral logo.

perbear says:

OK Here is another one who is disappointed! I have version 2 on my phone which I obviously paid for. Couldn't there have been an upgrade price instead of the full price? Now everyone pays as if the app is downloaded for the very first time. If there ever will be another update of this otherwise great app could you consider that the download recognises an older version and sets the price accordingly (first time download full price - updates discounted)?

bokchoy1 says:

Hmm, that's strange. I had the v2 app and updated for free. I'm sure most people here did the same.

Jay Bennett says:

Perbear the update should be free for you, I'm really sorry if it isn't, but please contact Microsoft as clearly their store isn't recognising it for you

Munkeyphyst says:

I upgraded from v2 to the awesome new v3 free, like with all apps in the marketplace. I've never had to pay to update a paid app except when I changed my live id associated with my phone and lost all of my app history. :(

kenzibit says:

Big ups to Jay and WPCentral. The best app ever.

ZuNuKoo says:

Gimme gimme gimme. And got. lol. Finally.

Wow finally an app worth updating ;)

Loving it, Jay! Thanks!!

ShortStuff says:

Sweet job jay. Im loving the new forums features and the new logo look pretty dang cool ^.^

touni says:

Look nice. Good job ;)

MaulerX says:

Jay... you 'da man! Keep up the already excellent work!

mmoses1978 says:

I love this app, one of my favorites. You guys should get an award from Microsoft for your work.

Awesome job Jay, my favorite feature is the "jump to last"...finally, my finger will no longer feel like it's going to fall off, lol.

mmoses1978 says:

Jay keep it up man, this is quality.

lancguy says:

I agree, a W8 app would be nice to.

DaSchnee says:

Tremendous work Jay! The best app in the store just got better

stevethenerd says:

Great job as always... I think it's actually faster... :)

Love the new logo! Great work as usual Jay!

tedfordz says:

Nicely done. No matter what phone I'm testing/using you guys are always the top app.

tedfordz says:

That and weave.

maverick2787 says:

Great update n app .... Thanks alot bennett WPcentral

pr0phecy says:

confratulations guys on a job well done! you guys are just like microsoft: you're
working your asses off to give us the good stuff!

lonbraj says:

It's amazing guys, nice job. Why don't release a talpatak app? The forum support is just perfect.

Guakala says:

Downloading now! The WPCentral community rocks! Thanks guys.

Chix018 says:

Commenting from my new Update! Awesome work..

Bushybro says:

Jay, I think you have a resounding yes regarding the app

slpaige says:

Wow this update is amazing!!

cdb033 says:

This is really hot!

vdubskey says:

Great update with the inclusion of the forums and different accent colors Although the new live tile and forum tile look really odd or unfinished to me. More so the forum tile. I'm gonna miss the old one sliding to the side with the large new article number. But everybody has different taste I guess. Now if it moved around like the people hub tile it would be ok. But app is running buttery smooth. Keep up the good work guys.

cdb033 says:

Beautiful!

topleya says:

Awesomeness

Tense says:

Great! I'll be sure to check it out soon, guys. Thanks! :D

How do I sign in ? Lol

bokchoy1 says:

I deleted the account details in the app, cleared the cache, purged the log files and restarted. Then it worked :)

jkercado says:

Excellent work, guys.

Lobbie1978 says:

Excellent work! App looks amazing! What about a Windows 8 version?

tds101 says:

It didn't want to install on my Lumia 900, but a reboot got it done.

Agent-P says:

Great work, you guys! Love the support/work you guys provide to make the site experience better for us.

amit.nfs says:

Great app comes wid great update.......so big thanks to developers...!! Its amazing n 1of ma fav. App.....:)

mjfadaway says:

Beautiful work!!! And love the new tile as well.

DaltonCarl says:

oh god the logo is ugly!

patiua says:

I tend to agree. It grows a bit when getting used to, bit I have to say I'm not a fan of the logo...

Jay Bennett says:

The feedback is taken onboard guys, we'll looks at an alternate live tile style for the next release

blob741 says:

I hope there will be another live tile available. Don't really like this one.
Otherwise, very nice !

andrijankara says:

Good job guys great app

Dre325 says:

Great work Jay! This is one of a few apps I view daily (ok, many times per day). Love the update and new colors!

My only suggestions (and these are the same as my feedback at the last update):
-Make links viewable right from posts (underline them and make them clickable). I hate not knowing where the links are and having to swipe right, hit Links or Download App to follow a link. Bothers me every single day and I miss a lot of links I would otherwise follow.
-Make external links open within the app.

Munkeyphyst says:

This is a valid request. Often times there are references made in the articles that are only indicated by the linked text within the article. From the app, not knowing that some text in linked sometimes causes confusion.

Shobiz says:

Bug: on Wifi pictures are not downloading in High Quality. The setting is check ON

Shobiz says:

Nevermind its working

Shobiz says:

Update: not working again

Jay Bennett says:

Shobiz: unfortunately it's on and off, I have to set the WiFi test to be on a different thread because otherwise the app can crash where Windows Phone can take a very long time to determine the connection type.

slpaige says:

Just wondering what on and off means? I noticed this also when sitting images to low quality and checked high quality over WiFi... The high quality never showed up unless I selected to always show high quality.

micha_beck says:

Great job guys!

man1up says:

Thank you for the hard work. Feel like I should pay again for the effort put in!

WPSteve says:

Thank you guys.

lokiduck says:

Nicely done

Vheissu says:

That is a laundry list of features and updates way to go.

iamoniwaban says:

Nice. Thanks love this app.

HKModi says:

It is asking me for update though I have latest version installed. When I click on update it saya no download available.

monigal2 says:

I like the features, very nice..

ianthe says:

I like the mauve theme, even though you misspelled "mauve."

rastanac says:

accents... just love 'em! Thanks, guys! Next.. W8 app, yes? :)

Wow, guys. Absolutely beautiful.

Jazmac says:

Some of the best app dollars for Windows Phone you can spend.  Even the live tile works.  I don't see the update to 3.0 yet but I guess its coming.

Munkeyphyst says:

Search the app in the marketplace and it will usually trip on the update

Jazmac says:

Yep. Got it. I like this app.  I'm stil waiting for the Windows 8 app. Modern UI goodness.

DavidinCT says:

Does it have the 3 size tiles for us using the 7.8 beta ?

frnlh says:

Great job on the update! Thanks!

patiua says:

Everything looks nice, and i agree with others, why use the site when we have this ;) I don't fancy the white splash screen though. It lights up too much....

vdubskey says:

+1 Black would flow better. Although I never use the white theme on my phone.

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