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Official Windows Phone Central v3.1 app now available

There aren't many things that I am certain of in this world. But something I know for a fact is that after a big app update, the public are amazing at finding bugs that a developer would miss.

With that simple fact I direct you here to find the v3.1 update to our official Windows Phone app. This is entirely a bug-fixing release which addresses several areas mostly within the forums, a few are listed below...

  • Fixed 4 forum response bugs which caused the app to crash
  • Fixed 2 instances of live tile refreshing causing the app to crash
  • Implemented an improvement for the live tile not rendering bug (more on this below)
  • Fixed a design oversight when viewing videos with the light theme
  • Fixed a bug where old or saved offline articles would cause the app to crash
  • Added bitmap caching to certain image viewing pages to hopefully resolve memory problems on certain devices

I should comment that the bug which causes the tile to incorrectly render with the word "windows" on black rather than our logo is not fully fixed in this version, but should occur less frequently. The good news is that I am currently testing a build which I believe has completely fixed it, you'll find that soon as a v3.2.

As always your feedback is welcome in any form you chose to give it to us, but to answer 2 questions up front:

  • A Windows Phone 8 version is currently being worked on, but right now supporting Windows Phone 7 is my priority to cover all of our users
  • A Windows RT app is in the early stages of design, don't expect it soon but it will happen

With that I bid you happy browsing, reading and posting!

QR: WPCentral

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Editing button please Jay!

schlubadub says:

Press delete and you can edit your post ;)

1jaxstate1 says:

The best app in the marketplace.  Really shows off "metro". You should go show those poor saps at WMPU how to make a proper app. LOL.

theDenver says:

Since this site will be covering Windows tablets and Windows 8, I'd suggest renaming it to Windows Central; just saying...

nokialove says:

Kind of makes sense.

schlubadub says:

I'd actually like a setting to filter out non-WP news. It was interesting to hear about the W8 & WP8 launches, but I couldn't care less about W8 now :P

MrSean490 says:

Yeah and maybe allow us to filter product news.

holmesr says:

Weird, says the app is not available for my device. L920 here in TX.

You're not alone, I have that too but George updated his 920 without issue. So I blame MS and the Store...give it a few hours.

slpaige says:

I'm not seeing it on my focus s with att either. I'll check again in a few hours to see if it shows up.

NickA says:

Sorry if this has been asked/answerd before but... Why isn't it free?  Aren't the other official apps on the Mobile Nations sites free?  I don't remember having to pay for my iMore or AC app.
 

Jay Bennett says:

Depends how you value the quality of each app i suppose. But ultimately WPCentral don't pay me for the app, my only revenue comes from the app. Of course there's the free trial version which lasts for ever...

Piro.Garay says:

It's only a dollar bro, you can find that under your couch...

iamoniwaban says:

I bought this app 2 years ago and its by far one of the most useful, updated apps on the marker place. The developer always response to my emails, and as a developer myself, its nice to get a little something for our time.

polychromenz says:

Yep is so cheap and I use this every day. As someone else said, I'd be happy to  pay again - Jay please have a donate button somewhere - $20 NZ  here for you - might buy a beer in London after you're done with the RT version ;)
 
Keep up the great work - as a dev I know its hard to find time for this stuff. And I'm sure you havent covered the cost of your hours - would have been better off working at McD's if it was about the money!

Jay Bennett says:

You can send a paypal to my email if you really want to, thanks dude

NickA says:

It's not the money or anything like that, I was just curious.  Since there seems to be a unification of all the sites under the Mobile Nations umbrella, it would only make sense to give the app away.
Not understanding why they just don't pay the developer.
 

Cristoby says:

Done. Logo me like.

micha_beck says:

Not available for my phone. Lumia 800 in Germany.

iamoniwaban says:

You mention a windows phone 8 version. Will you please consider a windows 8 app to use on my surface? If I say please again will that matter? (please)

Jay Bennett says:

Second bullet point ;)

iamoniwaban says:

How did I miss that. Thanks so much.

More importantly, Verizon is getting the HTC 8X in stores tomorrow.  Why is this not a story yet?

Nickkk101 says:

...looks like you already have the news you need... smh.

I do, but it's a Windows Phone dedicated site and I'm sure there are numerous other users out there who would like to know when Verizon is getting the phone.  At least judging from many comments I've read in the past.

ejlee072006 says:

Ahh the wp8 will not work with wp7/8??? Wtf

Lanceloni says:

You will be covered, the fixes he mentions here are for the 7.1 OS (7.5) app. The WP Store detects which OS you have and DLs the proper XAP to your device.

Nickkk101 says:

Nice work Jay. Am i alone in not being able to view/ activate links in forum posts when viewing the forums via the app? Asking too much? or is it on the list?

Jay Bennett says:

Just tap links next to the forum post in question :)

If you can manage to get links and pics into the word bubble the app gets 5 stars easy?

Jay Bennett says:

Very difficult to do whilst keeping performance high but we'll see. Certainly images aren't likely thanks to the overhead they'd add

Z3MN says:

Why it's not available in Indonesia? So sad...

Awesome. I know I've sent in a handful of crash deports. Hole they are helpful. Keep up the good work. I love the app and I am generally not too keen on forum replacement apps.

Sergio0694 says:

Thank you so much!
I keep having "authentication code" errors when posting a comment, though :/

wpguy says:

Great job!

ElvirBelize says:

Nice work Jay. Writing from my recent updated WPCentral app. Loving it!

LCARS says:

Excellent! Thanks Jay!

LCARS says:

Jay: By the way, can you do an article or share with us what the cause of the live tile becoming black is? I am a developer myself, and I've seen some strange behavior with creating custom tiles. It might be related.

Jay Bennett says:

It's down to how you thread the app. You have to be on the main UI thread to let things render properly. For now just ensure you're not putting anything on a background worker or addressing static methods from within the static class with an absolute reference. That's done the trick for me

man1up says:

Thanks for the hard work!

Corepc says:

"windows on black tile bug" thought that was a feature...:-D
Have live tile/toast turned off..

lottidah says:

Thank you. I bought the app the other day when I realized how invaluable this site has been to me. The site and the app are both terrific and impressive.

lerimer says:

Question, when the wp8 does come out, is it going to be a update to the current app or is it going to be a whole different app where we'll have to make a new purchase?

gmantione says:

About to get that right now! But I would also like to point out a bug where, when I go to view a video, the "HD/SD" choice appears as a black box. The buttons are still there, but you mostly need to press and hope for the best.

Jay Bennett says:

That's the 'design oversight' ;)

Corepc says:

have that has well with 3.2

Jay Bennett says:

Assuming that you mean 3.1 as that was the update, really? Seems to be absolutely fine on my device now? Did I somehow miss it in the one I submitted?

Nakazul says:

Jay for Jay :-P

wetworker says:

Nice. I can't wait to get the RT version for my Surface.

cdb033 says:

Love this app!

Gomez9 says:

The update doesn't work on W8

Jay Bennett says:

Do you mean WP8, and if you mean it's not available then it's likely still rolling out on a couple of marketplaces, give it time

ricardios says:

thanks a lot, real quick turnaround

nichitandrei says:

Nice to see that we receive constant updates and I hope that in the next update you will fix the problem with video: if you press to watch a video it will pop up that video quality menu with SD or HD and if you swipe to left/right that menu doesn't disappear. I would like to to see wide live tile with the last news. Good job guys, keep it like that.

Jay Bennett says:

Good point, just wrote that into the app and will be in the next release

nichitandrei says:

Thank you so much than, I can't wait for the next one:)

Agent-P says:

Great work! I appreciate the constant improvements. I wish more app developers took the interest in their apps that you have.

Seany72 says:

Great this app gets better and better. I did notice the bug where the live tile would turn black

ngreader says:

Great work Jay. Looking forward to Windows 8 version.

Seany72 says:

Ok I have a strange issue. I have already downloaded the update of the app and I restarted the phone to make sure. But everytime I go into Market Place it keeps telling I got one update to download and it shows WPCentral app. Everytime I click on it nothing happens. Really strange

mr_808 says:

Just out of curiosity, why would I buy an app when I can go to the website for free.  What's the benfit here?