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Windows Phone Central app v4.4

New update for the WPCentral app v4.4 now available

Happy Boxing day everyone! As we come to the end of 2013 we have a little tune up to announce for our Windows Phone app. This is a minor bump for version 4.4 up to revision 12 and you can go download it right now from the marketplace for WP7 and WP8.

Of course if you want to find out exactly what has changed you can stick around and we’ll tell you all about it below. Also don’t forget to go and check out the first sneak preview of our Windows 8 app if you haven’t already, we hope to be releasing that into public beta very soon!

4.4.12 change list

  • Switched Pocket integration to the PocketWP standard to support multiple Pocket clients on Windows Phone (Windows Phone 8 only)

  • Added a “Three mode” that disables certain features which Three UK incorrectly believe is tethering

  • Made the forums image error clearer, provided an easier to tap workaround – (Developer’s note: I am working out a way to resolve this issue but it’s proved much harder than anticipated)

  • Changed the way images are called from the server

  • Fixed rotation lock on the new settings screen

  • Moved the “Load More…” button up to prevent it being hidden behind the app bar

  • A few other minor bug fixes left over from v4.4

Note that if you have any issues saving articles to pocket your copy of Pouch or Squirrel will need updating, if the relevant update is not already showing in your marketplace it will be very soon!

So there you have it. We’re going to get back to working on that Windows 8 app and we’ll leave you all to celebrate the beginning of another year in Windows Phone!



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visnit14 says:

This app should be made free like other mobile nation apps on other platforms.Common wpcentral!!!

Z10YkakPES says:

Oh yeah, cuz its so freaking expensive

Ali Assaedi says:

its not expensive, but still,  im tired of this fasion where free apps on IOS and Andriod costs 1-3$ on WP8...

its ironic that the site that promote wp8 most, would do the same

if all mobile nation apps are completely free on other platforms, they should be free in wp8,.. 

myrandex says:

What are you guys complaining about...there is a free version.

Ali Assaedi says:

i know,  and i actually bought the app, coz it was really well made.. 
but it kinda sucks to learn that its completly free on other platforms :)

would have felt better if the "buy" button was actually renamed to "donate".. i'd do that in a heartbeat :P

mister2d says:

You guys are so weird...

You complain that there's no free version, BUT there is, THEN you buy the paid version anyway.

purevibz says:

I bought this app twice and never blink an eye and I would buy it again. These guys have been here from day one 2010 and I think they're the best mobile site on the internet....hands down....thanks guys.

amcalexandre says:

@Ali Assaedi yeh, I agree with the Donate Button!

Find an Android or iOS device.  Go try the apps for the respective Mobile Nations sites.  You will see why this app has a charge and those don't.  Someone puts real work into the WP Central app.

guyjkh says:

You are right. I'll stick with the website if the app will not be made free. Why would i pay 1 euro for something i can get for free. I live in Italy and i have the plaffo app, it's well done, has all the news i see here.

Tafsern says:

Then you do that without complaining, and us others keep supporting these great people :)

QilleRz says:

IDK why you guys keep complaining about being free. Clearly there's an ads supported version. So, it's fair since it's a full featured app not like from android central and imore.

Is ONE euro or dollar really gonna make you broke? Support the developer. Geez!

guyjkh says:

Well it's not gonna make anyone broke. But to pay for it, i have to have a credit card which i don't have, so by paying for it, i cannot support the developper. I can support by promoting the website for people i know, by giving news tips and other stuff.

You don't have a credit card, PayPal (which accepts debit), bitcoin, or Microsoft account money? You are saying that you have no type of internet money, or even a basic card?

guyjkh says:

Right now, i don't have anything since i don't use them... But i think i'll go for paypal prepaid card for online payments. Anyway, i would totally prefer donating and not purchasing

The app purchases would double and free app whining would halve if ms just added cellular billingh :(

There is cellular billing?

No if Microsoft added that payment method i said.Nokia Asha series has that option

There is on my Lumia 920 in USA. Maybe just Microsoft hasn't brought it out in your region yet?

May be but in my region and most as far as i know .may be it is only for oem locked phones to a particular carrier

guyjkh says:

Not for all operators here, only vodafone have it.

kingjah says:

I simply use the various prepaid visa or american express cards I get from mail in rebates. You can also buy prepaid cards at various retailers. And for crying out load stop complaining about paying a couple bucks for someone's efforts.

guyjkh says:

Well obviously, you don't have any other wp news app. I already said i live in Italy and we have over 4 news apps for wp, all free, most ad-free. That's not called effort? Plaffo, WP Italy, WindowsBlogItalia, Windowsteca, etc .... And they're quality apps too!! I understand if you do something special or exclusive, i would pay for your servives but it's a website in an app man!

scdkad says:

Don't know about those apps but I bet they are not made by Jay Bennett.

ogracia says:

What part of the It's free you don't get? The try its totally functional with ads...so stop saying stupid things

guyjkh says:

Already did !!! But what i was saying above is that there are other apps here in mu region, also made by people who put effort to them, are available for free and with no ads, with a little donate button. This way, anyone who wants to support with money can support and the one who can't pay, will get an ad-free version

Gomez9 says:

Ur so right, to those that want cheap free versions, go join Android or IOS, WP is a better OS yet Windows have fools that think most things in life are free and have the cheek to complain, there people have never developed an app or even know where to start to develope an app, but you complain because you feel free is the best!!!, stupid fucks

guyjkh says:

Well obviously, you don't have any other wp news app. I already said i live in Italy and we have over 4 news apps for wp, all free, most ad-free. That's not called effort? Plaffo, WP Italy, WindowsBlogItalia, Windowsteca, etc .... And they're quality apps too!! I understand if you do something special or exclusive, i would pay for your servives but it's a website in an app man!

AngryNil says:

You'll stick to the website, which is monetised by ads as well. Bravo, genius.

guyjkh says:

I use ad block and i see no ads on my pc... On my phone, i use the mobile website of wpcentral which has everything and is ad-free.

AngryNil says:

If you've used the mobile site, you'd know it's not ad-free.

mjrtoo says:

Becasu you want to support an awesome app.

Madhu T C says:

U guys stay in Italy and cry to pay 1euro, common

schlubadub says:

There is a free version of the app though. It's pointless complaining about there being ads in it.

FrankEpr says:

This app is 10386472947 times better than any of the Mobile Nations app!

The app dosent show profile pics in comments for a start

scdkad says:

And those aren't from Jay Bennett.

WPCrook says:

That's a big number lmao! But you're right. Although I've never owned an Android or iOS phone, I know that their subsequent Mobile Nations apps would be pale in comparison to this one! Jay has done a jaw droppingly good job with this app and it only gets better with each update. And to the person moaning that it should be free, why support a "donate" button but not a "purchase" button? You should be supporting the person/people whom developed this app. Logic.. I hear that's free too.

QilleRz says:

Lol. No. Look at the feature. It's fully featured not like other app from android central and imore. So, $0.99 should not be a big deal. Even more, it offer ads supported for those can't buy it if you didn't know yet.

gamo62 says:

Don't be so damn cheap!

txDrum says:

How many people actually realize there is a free, ad supported version if you just click try...

andrew1967 says:

Here's a dollar, now go sit in the corner,.

rogerhew says:

I like that !!

Yeah i had that arguement and got chewed out for it, so i bought the app and love it!

Madhu T C says:

Download the ad version. And this is better than others

920Walker says:

Whiners are the most annoying thing on this planet. Shut up and enjoy.

visnit14 says:

Its ironical that even freaking crackberry is free on bb10.

Agent-P says:

Nice work as always. Keep the updates coming.

rodrione says:

Thanks, but why does wp takes for ever to show the update on the store?

As far as im aware it checks every 24 hours, i used to get it check at around 11pm now since a hard reset its now about 1pm in the afternoon

It is every 24 hours. My 928 shows the updates at around 6pm every day, though I'm not sure what dictates the time.

Because Store checks updates every 24 hours, they just don't appear instantly.

rodrione says:

Good to know,thanks

DreadVenom says:

Wow Daniel, i guess when you said soon to the user in the previous article you weren't joking. Now that's service.

QilleRz says:

Haha I saw that comment ;)

Applause to Jay..Thank You So Much Once again..

Quin 2013 says:

Damn it, you beat me to it. Lol :D

walter1832 says:

Feels windows phoner!

IamJonso says:

More Windows Phonier?

Quin 2013 says:

you feel a windows boner?

No, I thought it got slower? /s

Yup Jay...Silky Smooth...

sicnus says:

Better not suck...

kiddj55 says:

Why hasn't wpcentral written an article on Squirrel the pocket app?

Jay Bennett says:

No one's tipped! ;)

kiddj55 says:

That's what @wpscoops is for ;)

aaa6112 says:

Regarding the forums image error, when I click on that error message, it takes me to the mobile webpage and asks me to sign in. After entering username and password, I expect it to load the image. It doesn't. It takes me to some post-signin page on WPC. If I go back to the app and click on the error message again, it asks me to sign in again. Stuck in infinite loop. Any way around?

Muessig says:

You need to sign in on the page and then it will open the image attachment. You only need to sign in once.

Darren Walsh says:

Yeah you just need to go to google on your phone and search wpcentral there then log on to wpc there, then you can go back to failed to fetch image and click it and your good to go, it used to happen to me too and that sorted it!!

QilleRz says:

In short, you just need to sign in first in the web browser right? Then open the error part in the app and, bam, you are signed in. :)

Darren Walsh says:

Yup, it won't work if you sign in on the page after you tap on failed to fetch image, you need to do it through IE separate

leokime94 says:

Very Useful App! Good Work guys :D

wpguy says:

Like buttah!

Can't W8.x for the next one.

Darren Walsh says:

Stephens day here lol, good stuff Jay, hope ya had a good one !!!

AskaLangly says:

Always nice to see an update to the best WP news site.
I just wish WP Store allowed you to check for updates a la Android.

I totally agree with you. About time Microsoft updated the presentation of apps on the store. It is very hard to"discover" apps.

And yes the store badly needs a "my apps" or "purchased" section to check updates

phstratton says:

Would be nice to be able to pin specific phone forums to your home screen.

Still can't sign in with a Microsoft account. Add that ability and I might consider buying it. Until then...free version for me.

Thanks...that worked. Now if they would just put a disclaimer on the login screen in the app with that info. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

mrappbrain says:

Updated. Thank for the update Jay!

John20212 says:

Just out of curiosity what is Three UK considering as tethering that has to do with your App?


Marco Gomes1 says:

I haven't got a clue.

jedibeckett1 says:

I am with three and when using this app sometimes three stop my internet saying i am tethering. As three wont fix their end Jay as put in a setting so we van still use the app.

Jay Bennett says:

Basically the way I retrieve the app names for when we list apps mentioned in an article was making Three throw a wobbly, so I've disabled that feature in Three mode

Racxie says:

Have you had many complaints/feedback regarding this? I'm with Three and haven't had any issues (yet at least). If I enable the setting will the app names not be retrieved any more?

Jay Bennett says:

I have had a few yes. If you enable the setting you won't see app names I'm afraid. I'm actually with three myself, I complained repeatedly that their system was reporting a false positive and they fixed it, at least for my account

Racxie says:

Sorry, meant to say I am with Three and not had any issues (fixed). Maybe your feedback to them has had a knock on effect for others, in which case thank you :)

Roach26 says:

Happy "Boxing Day" to you too sir...

Superb work! Thank you!

Great ! thanks for the tip.

REALLY love this app.

david90531 says:

At first glance I thought we're advertising for android kitkat now xD

Marco Gomes1 says:

Business as usual @WPC. Thx!

No different notificationtone. Why not?

Jay Bennett says:

The staff can't decide on what it should be!

Well, call in the help from Armin van Buuren. ;);)

jedibeckett1 says:

Great work,thanks for the three setting.

Rem97 says:

This is a little off topic, but ThreeUK think I'm tethering whenever I try to watch a video on myTube using my mobile data. What's up with that? Its very annoying!

Btw, great app Jay! Can't wait for the W8 version.

bayotte says:

So stoked for the Windows 8 App to come out. Is there an ETA on that there Mr. Benett?

Jay Bennett says:

Should be weeks not months

cesar ruiz1 says:

Ever since I got my Lumia 1520 I had to re login to my account at least twice a week and when that happened my live would show 99+ articles. I hope this update fixed the bug.

Tafsern says:

Superb work guys, keep it up!

myrandex says:

That looks like a green Lumia 900 in the picture...

hfcas says:

Awesome. BTW,this is the first app I bought. Love it. Keep up the good work!

gamo62 says:

How do tell what version you have?

pankaj981 says:

Forums >> Help & About

Jay Bennett says:

Or just the main screen > help and about

pankaj981 says:

Ohhh well...I never scroll down, just click on the forums link directly... -_-

Jay Bennett says:

That's fair :) it's easier to find in forums :)

Bacchus1976 says:

Could you make it possible to copy text from forum replies?

Jay Bennett says:

I'll look in to that yeah

Still waiting for a way to set a default video player instead of having to choose mytube everytime I watch a video from an article... Etc

freshfelicio says:

Instead of "Load more" and "Refresh" it should have "Pull to refresh" and "Pull to load more". Also, they shoul ditch this double-flip animation when tapping a tile and this animation when opening an article and use the animation that comes up when starting an app instead.

kc77 says:

Seems faster... I wanted to be that guy -_-

Ecurb87 says:

Sweet, happy that the "load more" is no longer behind the bar.

jfa1 says:

Its really great app on my 920 not so much on my venue8 pro. My most rent article is from 4 days before christmas

Jay Bennett says:

We don't have an official app on the venue 8 pro yet ;)

Hey can u pls bring that refresh button back to the top because it is covered by ads also pls consider adding option to use emojis pictures and gifs in comments,also a quick scroll to reach quickly to the bottom or top like Facebook app unlike in the options,also show profile pictures in comments and also a small messaging service

What is "Three Mode"?

On the 'Three UK' network, the operator sometimes thinks you're tethering when on the WP Central app and certain others. If you don't have tethering in your package it disables data until you restart the phone or go into flight mode for a while. It's really annoying.

Not an issue i've been experiencing and i have been with Three for over 3 years. I think because i am on the 3Pay tarriff and frequently buy 2GB Internet add-ons and tether that way and you can now tether if you have all-you-can-eat tarriff

I do know that if you have a Mobile Broadband dongle and take the sim and put it into your smartphone, Three will disable your data until you put the sim back into the dongle, i experienced this a few times before i got BB installed.

Good luck trying to explain the issue with Three Tech Support though, no one understands your issue but instead they will fob you off with bullsh*t

Three mode! Yes! These guys really need to loosen up when it comes to tethering. My mobile data is getting disabled daily...

Ali Alenezy says:

What about support full HD 1080p resolution for Lumia 1520
I have Lumia 1520 ( big screen and high resolution full HD )
But still WPcentral app doesn't support it

Might have something to do with the fact that the Lumia 1520 is a relatively new device and the only one with a 1080p HD screen.

Can't see many UI changes from prev. version. One suggestion from MS was to lose the double flip tiles and splash screen. They still remain. See the sections have headings now..

Yeah i don't think the double flip tiles is in keeping with Windows and Windows Phone UI/UX elements but i think Jay is doing his best since he's developing the app himself and using his own time and resources.

ogracia says:

Great Job Jay! Looks even faster! Best App ;)

shreyas15 says:

Umm.. The settings page still seems to have the latency.

I buy this app! I loved! tkxxx

FletchyT says:

What up with the peach L920 and turquoise 900? Where does one get such beautiful colors?

Jay Bennett says:

Ha, that was just the colour shade which came from soft lighting in the shot :)

AndrewL920 says:

I prefer browsing wpcentral in internet explorer because this shit should be free.

Jay Bennett says:

Then download the unlimited trial version which has ads at the bottom, doesn't cost anything, and stop whining

AndrewL920 says:

I don't like ads.

Jay Bennett says:

Then how do you propose we make money to stay in business?


I couldn't add articles to sqirrel

Abb4d0n says:

Scrolling the news is still stuttering

gahbmwm5 says:


Thanks for the update on a very well coded, functional, informative app...

Am curious as to why the Windows Phone Store did not pick it up as update?

I still had version: (as of this morning)...Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that once a app is(updated and accepted/published by the MS Store) that you would then get a 'notification-update' on your store icon...? Lumia 920 on the AT&T Network (USA)...


Also, regarding the 'Search' function: I entered: Sneak Preview of the Windows Central app for Windows 8.1---->pressed enter----->App came up with: Nokia Lumia 1520 will have a 3400 mAh battery; Nokia tablet due on AT&T "early November"

Search parameters are set---->everything