windows phone central app v4

Now Available: Windows Phone Central app v4

Over the weekend we gave you a sneak peak at version 4 of our official app for Windows Phone, and we're pleased to say it has now passed certification and is available on the marketplace right here.

So as always please download at your own leisure and enjoy the new features (which we've listed again below). Please note though that voice commands is a paid only feature and is currently only available in US and UK english, something which we're working to improve!

  • New Iconic live tile option
  • Full support for the Unification system
  • Voice commands and read-back (UK & US only)
  • Launching of app from external websites or apps
  • Social network sharing in the forums
  • Fixed time display bug in forum threads
  • Fixed issue with Windows Phone 7.8 live tiles
  • Improved live tile setup process
  • Several other minor bug fixes or UI corrections

We've seen one known issue which was not found in our extensive beta testing which can affect some Windows Phone 8 devices. If the app launches and then immediately exits it means your phone somehow does not have any speech languages installed or is set to use a language you haven't downloaded. This shouldn't be possible but I have seen it on a few development devices. Just go to your phone's settings > speech > speech language and select your language again (if it has a MB size listed that means it's not installed). Your phone will then go through an update process to add the chosen language. In the meantime we're working on a fix to be released soon.

We always appreciate your feedback so feel free to use the app's feedbackk button, or to get in touch through the comments and forums!

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Danielrego says:

Why you guys so amazing?

I know right? I think WPCentral was the first app I actually paid for and it was definitely worth every penny.
Now if only the update notification actually worked. I just checked and I had two updates, but one was for Foursquare and the other for Unification. Going to WPCentral's app page in the marketplace gave me the option to update though. Not sure why this is even an issue. Is it like this in WP8? I'm still on 7.8.

Danielrego says:

The store is an odd place. I might be wrong but I believe there is a certain time, which might differ between areas that determines when updates show up on the list. Mine is at like 2 o clock in the morning and somewhere in the middle of the day. But I have the amazing wpcentral team keeping me updated. So I rarely miss an important update.

BK-one says:

First to download. Bam!!

hopmedic says:

Just installed

Luke Morris says:

About time best app on windows phone.

sarim_xyz says:

Please make it free. For a while at least. AAWP, Engadget, all have their own free apps.

m4tthall says:

It isn't exactly expensive?

MilkyTee says:

Jesus, its .99c for a quality app. Don't tell me you cant afford that. Its also a small team, not some behemoth studio, behind the app, and they deserve to get paid for their fine work.

Nickkk101 says:

The small team is one man, Jay, i believe?

MilkyTee says:

Wow, what a man. He does good work.

sarim_xyz says:

The only reason why I can't buy it is that I don't have any payment options :(

pankaj981 says:

No credit card? No PayPal?

sarim_xyz says:

Unfortunately no. I'm a student. :|

pankaj981 says:

Well i had my first credit card when i was a student :P

Zamir Yusof says:

you must have a bank account right? get a debit card then (but make sure it's compatible first)

sarim_xyz says:

Does debit card work? I'll check it.

Zamir Yusof says:

yes it works for me, no problem

akshayar640 says:

From India here, and Debit card not working. No Paypal, nothing. Just credit card which I dont have unfortunately.

sarim_xyz says:

Exactly. Same here, that's why I asked. I think there's some other requirement with the debit card.

A debit card works if its a Visa or a Master Card. Ask your bank to issue one of those. The other ones like Maestro won't work.

sarim_xyz says:

Thanks, I guess that's the reason why it doesn't work. :-/

Rodeoz says:

Indian here. My HDFC Visa Debit Card works just fine. It opens up Verified by Visa in IE after you enter your card details and you are good to go.

WavingReds says:

get a prepaid credit card!

Sean Burns1 says:

And students often get into debt and you have no payment option?? Not even a bank account?? Where are you living in ancient times??

sarim_xyz says:

My debit card is not visa/mastercard. that's why it doesn't work (as GreatDharmatma pointed above). For basic student needs, it is enough.

JHunsaker says:

You could join Bing rewards and get a 5 dollar gift card for free after getting 525 credits by doing searches.

sarim_xyz says:

How does that work?

edit: Bing rewards is not available in my region. :(

toph36 says:

The trial version is unlimited, it is just add supported and some of the functionality found in the paid version is not available, but it works!  I was using the trial version for awhile and it was fine, but I wanted those additional features so I paid for the full version.

tstray says:

There is no operator billing there? That's how I pay for mobile purchases.

sarim_xyz says:

nope. I wish it was available.

uselessrobot says:

Some people really have no conception of the amount of work that goes into these apps.

Zeeshan360 says:

I stay in India .. HDFC as well as ICICI debit cards work .
I hope u activate online banking on that card first or else it won't work

dkp23 says:

Check under your car seats and couches, you will find 99 cents,

Jaskys says:

Would install this update, but sadly Other folder says NO...

sasukeluffy says:

Just use shrink storage :)

toph36 says:

I am over 9GB in my "Other" storage, on my 16GB Lumia 822.  Would like to shrink it, but the firmware update is not available yet to enable the Storage Checker application from Nokia.  Any ideas how to do this before that is available?  I guess I could do a phone reset and start from scratch, but I don't want to do that.  I have 252 MBs left, but it is running out quickly.  Thankfully I have a 64GB micro-SD for my Photos, Videos, and Music.  I literally only have my apps installed locally (3.59 GB).  The rest is the Other (9.10 GB) and the System (1.91 GB).  This is really a problem.  I need to kill the Other!

deloa84 says:

I would take out the micro-SD card and install the app "phone storage cleanup" or "shrink storage". Run it a couple of times and that should clear memory from the "other" storage. I used both and I really liked the phone storage cleanup and I managed to get the other section down to 1.55GB on my 810.
Good luck! Let us know if that works.

toph36 says:

I tried the Shrink Storage app before and it didn’t help at all.  I tried both again, like you suggested.  The Storage Cleanup app didn’t remove anything.  The Shrink Storage this time actually freed up some storage this time, albeit only 42MB (262MB to 304MB).  I tried running them again and I actually lost 14MB, now I am back to 290MB free after putting the SD card back in and rebooting.  Better than nothing, but I think I need the firmware update really clear out this mess.  Thanks.

Jaskys says:

I tried it 5 times before, it doesn't free any memory up.
And i hate that htc doesn't create an app for cleaning like nokia...
Just makes me upset that i tried WP... I like everything about it but memory managing is horrible...

TrCeaAstTer says:

Don't take it out on WP as much as HTC. Look at all the corners they cut on android too, before the ONE. If you even remotely liked WP then give NOK a shot because they're the leader and you'll get the support and quality out of your device. 

Jnbs says:

Do you have a Lumia? If not bad luck.. Choose Nokia unbranded/unlocked devices lol

Daniel_H_UK says:

Updated :) thanks for letting us know

MilkyTee says:

Best WP8 app just got better.

dkp23 says:

hmmm, today the existing wpcentral would crash on me after about 5 seconds. 
I just downloaded this update and the app crashes right away it wont open. 
IM on 620 in the u.s. did a reinstall and still doesn't work. 

dkp23 says:

ya, can't get it to work, anybody else having crash issues?

pankaj981 says:

No issues here

thukai says:

Paid version crashes, free don't. Tried several times.

natakur says:

The live tile does not flip, don't know what I did wrong, but as far as I am concerned it is enabled in the settings, etc. WP 7.8

traduma says:

The same with my Lumia 820.

pankaj981 says:

Uninstall reboot reinstall

dkp23 says:

Still doesn't work.  I had no issues with the app prior to this, until this morning.  Nothing changed on my phone. 
Now it wont work at all, just crashes at the load screen.  Odd, this sucks. 

Jay Bennett says:

Read the article, you may have the speech issue i mentioned ;)

dkp23 says:

doing now, hope it works.

dkp23 says:

dammit, it forced me to go through the cogs of death to install.  wtf.  this thing better not brick. 

Jnbs says:

Yeah I hate when I have to go to the update screen since Nokia doesn't provide international warranty is always thrilling because if it bricks then I'll have to reflash it :(

dkp23 says:

that is what i am afraid of, i dont want to go through flashing. 

dkp23 says:

ok that fixed it. whew. thanks!

Bagsy says:

I'm having the same issue. Didn't have it before today. I have updated and still have the issue. My phone language is set to English UK and I'm in the uk.

Jay Bennett says:

It's your speech language that needs setting, and before you think it's definitely set you should check because I have seen some devices have their speech language set without the pack actually being downloaded

Bagsy says:

I'm positive that the speech language is set to English UK and the language pack is downloaded. Any other suggestions?

Jay Bennett says:

Hmm, send me a screenshot of your installed speech languages if you can. Otherwise uninstall and then redownload the app

Bagsy says:

I've emailed the screenshots to the app feedback ok? If you want to see first hand evidence then email me and I'll send you my skype address.

15Nada says:

thank you it worked like magic, I have Lumia920 the speech was set on english UK

Visioal says:

I'm already buy this app , today I'm upade and run it but close quickly , uninstall and reinstall and force close again , uninstall and installed from marketplace and I choose try over buy and it's work but after buy won't work

Visioal says:

Change spech to US and that's OK

Sean Burns1 says:

Happened to me before update too and it would just go back to standby. Kept happening whilst Nokia live link was on air. Maybe WP Central got bogged down

Mine crashes right at the logo screen.

Oqer says:

I can see the app but can't download it... Only WP8 bug ?
EDIT : That's ok for me !

ricardios says:

Updated. Testing comment

cruisezero says:

nice update log :)

jmwhite19 says:

Yay 7.8 live tile is alive again!

Flavio76 says:


dkp23 says:

there is an app called unification, its a notifications hub for 3rd party apps. 

Codesmith says:

Unification works perfectly for apps that support it. If your apps don't support it, its a shame, as its AWESOME. So glad WPCentral app has it now!

Nik Rolls says:

Anyone else having issues connecting Unification in the new app? Other ones work fine, but WP Central just kicks me back to the settings page after logging in.

morpheus1982 says:

This app is the only app I have we unification support, and it doesn't work. Both apps authorised against my account and nothing happening.

woohoo. yo, next release yall should make it so metrotube opens instead of standard yt app for videos! they just announced it can be done..

Jay Bennett says:

That is already in progress ;)

blackhawk556 says:

This is an epic feature!!!

Duvi says:

Updated. Nice. Thanks.

Use this app every day. Thanks for the update :)

dkp23 says:

Did anybody notice the brief post about the instagram twitter sight for WP?  i thought i had saw it on the wpcentral app before it crashed and now its gone. 
hmmm, assuming its a fake thats why the article was pulled?

SchueyF1 says:

Noticed that as well weird. Maybe it was so fake it was not worth reporting?

Samst22 says:

Nice Spot. The article title was: "New Instagram Twitter account appears, what could it mean?".

Sounds like teasing to me, maybe they jumped the gun a little too early? And so had to pull it back. Here's hoping anyway. Or else it's fake :(

dkp23 says:

Yes to get it pulled that quickly, im thinking it was minutes seem odd.  You can take it two ways though. 
It was such a fake, no point of keeping it up causing another bitch storm on the comments section. 
Or its legit and it wasn't supposed to be announced yet or supposed to be secret. 
All i know is, wpcentral have posted about many things that turned up to be hoaxes and left up the story, odd they would just pull this one that quickly for this situation.  We all know instagram is a touchy subject however. 

Jay Bennett says:

It's a fake guys, nothing to see here I promise

rahul4aug says:

Now nokia us is also following it. Hard to ignore fact

Samst22 says:

I want to know if anyone actually managed to read it. When I tried it said access denied.

TruPlaya187 says:

Hey!!!!! Ok I didn't dream about that. I saw the little pic and title on my Wpcentral live tile but when I opened the app the article was not there.....

Oxymoron428 says:

Updated! I've been waiting for this! :)

RN50 says:

Amazing app and well worth the money. Gonna a wait until the app update pops up on my store tile though. Wanna see if the update function works.

Jayflip says:

Updated, thanks for letting us know!

RaRa85 says:

Updated baby!

VineRider says:

It's a great app.  My only complaint is I was hoping for a fix to the way forums work.  In a previous version, If I was in the Windows RT forum, and hit the back key to go to the list of forum tiles, it would take me back to the tiles with the forum I was just in on that screen.  Now (and in the prior version this one just updated) it takes me all the way back to the first forum tiles.  Then, I have to scroll all the way back to where I was.  This is a problem when you want to go from the Windows RT forum to the Windows Surface Pro forum.  If you were just in the RT forum, you have to scroll all the way from the first forum in the list to the Pro forum.  Since it's right next to the RT forum in the list, it would be better to just go back to the forum list with the forum you were just in on the screen.
Hope you can fix this in an upcoming version.

Jay Bennett says:

I'll add that to the list, in the meantime try tapping the forum title on that screen, you can jump straight to the forum rather than swiping :)

VineRider says:

That works great!  Thanks for the tip!!!!

Matt Sharp says:

FAST!! It was never slow, but holy smokes its butter now.

rahul4aug says:

its more fluid now than ever on my wp7.8.  can opening app from link be done for wp7.8 as well?

Jay Bennett says:

Unfortunately not as it's a wp8 sdk feature :(

Codesmith says:

Loving the Unification support! So nice to see a clean history of everything and search via Unification for the exact articles I want! Awesome job guys!

m4tthall says:

Is it working for you, mine doesn't appear to be working yet. Do I need to do anything? It is working with giffgaff.

m4tthall says:

Ignore, seems to need toasts enabled

Is there any way to sign in to the app when the only way I'm signed up to the site is with my Microsoft Account?

Jay Bennett says:

Not at the moment but it's on the bucket list, for now you need to use the site to create a mobile nations password for your Microsoft account

Blkacesvf41 says:

This app rocks big time!

Residing says:

Still cannot 'Like' comments in the forums using the app - you have to use the browser; I wanted to purchase the app, but it seems that I can accomplish everything thing I need via Internet Explorer on my device.

Will definitely purchase once that functionality is incorporated into the app.

m4tthall says:

Sheesh, so it isn't worth 99c without a like button!?!?

Residing says:

Not my 99 cents.

m4tthall says:

Give yourself a pat on the back

DJCBS says:

It's the second App that supposedly supports Unification...but it doesn't work (the other one is Social Reads). So far I haven't found any use for Unification.

Jay Bennett says:

You need toasts enabled and for a toast notification to come through before anything will appear in unification :)

m4tthall says:

Ah, toasts, that is the answer thanks :-)

This app is not available for your phone...

leokime94 says:

Very good app :-}

Not available for 7.8 version?

Havn't you read the article? It clearly says fixed problem with WP7.8 live tiles

Having some problems with the new version, when loading older articles app just freezed. Restarted reinstalled no luck..sometimes clicking on a article opened the wrong one.WP7.8 L710

Skynetz says:

I have that problem that it just closes after you open it.

Skynetz says:

OK, now I have checked that speech settings and now it's all working ok.

joeynox says:

Still the same only app as before. I dont see any new additions.

Darren Walsh says:

Best 99 cent i ever spent, nice to be first in the loop about news and updates! Cheers from ireland !! L920...

Cannot pin the Custom Wide Tile on Samsung Omnia W (WP7.8), although iconic tile works ok in the wide mode. As nobody has compained yet, I think I'm doing something wrong. Pls help.

Orlok1138 says:

Same here, can't get double wide tile on my l900 7.8. And is the live tile now no longer suppose to have a brief description, just picture?

Yes. When I configure custom tile and pin WPCentral to start, I get only small & medium tile options. But if I configure iconic tile, then double wide tile is available.

Ok. Just saw the message in custom tile settings that double wide tile is not supported for WP7 devices... :/

As Jay stated, the only way to have a doublewide tile on 7.8 is with the Iconic tile. He dropped support for the double flip tile.
You're not doing anything wrong. It's by design, :)

DaSchnee says:

Is just me or is the iconic tile missing a backside? 

The iconic tile is not supposed to have a backside. It's like the messaging tile. It doesn't have a backside because all of the info is shown at once. :P

pierrerv says:

Using it now. But on the HD 7, which means WP 7.5 mango. Can't get all the goodies.

Wow! You can now pull down the system icons in the app. I'm pretty sure that's new. Overall it's a great update. Congrats to Jay! YOU SIR IMPRESS ME.

iamoniwaban says:

Nice. Now about that surface/win 8 version?

Live tile on lumia 900 wp7.8 not working. I set it up and it goes back to a static tile each time.

Have you tried in the Settings menu of the app to set the iconic tile? That's the one that has double wide option on 7.8 and it's live but static.
That's not to say you can't use the flip tile if you want. That's also live. If not, I would suggest you reinstall the app.

wetworker says:

Thanks guys,I would love this app on my Surface. Are we going to see that anytime soon?

JoeMeekFan says:

Great, but still, the comments are in the wrong order. Other way round would definitely be better.

R0bR says:

The update downloads but won't install, gives an error and says to try later. Not sure if that is an issue with speech but I definitely have both US and UK installed.

guidorobben says:

When in tile setup, the finish button is not the complete width of the screen. Just like the other buttons.

RetroMan71 says:

Just upgraded to V4 on my Lumia 620, and the advert bar has appeared..

EDIT: just uninstalled and reinstalled and now crashes just after launch screen

Jay Bennett says:

You have the language issue from the article, read that for how to fix it :)

malih says:

a windows phone app that doesn't follow the Windows Phone guidelines, why is the setting and refresh button not placed in the bottom bar, feels inconsistent and android-ish,
other than that I don't have any complain, I like it.

zrob7 says:

Thanks Jay....great job, and I appreciate it 

killer rin says:

Nom Nom Nom ;)

Jay Bennett says:

Yay someone found that!

Dre325 says:

Still having live tile issues with 7.8 8862 even though this update was supposed to fix them. Sent an email with my feedback.

Jay Bennett says:

Have you tried to use the iconic tile?

RetroMan71 says:

Yaay! Fixed the crashing by updating the speech language...

helsten2 says:

OK, the App crashed at startup.
Reinstalled the speech language as suggested in the article.
The phone rebooted, and now I am stuck at the turning cog wheels!
It stayed on the cog wheels for approx 5 min. Then it rebooted and started to recover my data ... in 4 passes ... Took 10-15 min.
I was just able to start the App....
And it looks like I am back in business 
(Sorry for the false alarm)

Jay Bennett says:

How long has it been installing the language pack for? It absolutely should not brick and I've never heard of anyone being bricked from a language pack install

Jay Bennett says:

Glad to hear everything is sorted for you now :)

Thx guys reinstall fixed everything

damo579 says:

Is lock screen support coming in a future update?

chad08er says:

It's doing a number on my battery.

jacob114489 says:

GUYS!!!!! Instagram for WP is real look : That is too much evidence to say otherwise... 

gamo62 says:

I may have been charged again for downloading 4.0. I had to uninstall 3.0 because the update was rolling back.

silverdoe says:

Flip wide tile worked just fine before on WP7. Why eliminate it?

Jay Bennett says:

You are the first person to tell me your wide flip tile worked on wp7, which is why it was removed :(

camptime says:

Fantastic, quick and smooth as silk

HupigonX says:

Boom! Can you tell me whats going on? I noticed a crash issue on my HTC 8S. Works fine until I scroll news down to where Rubino's post about Lumia 925 forums are. When I reach that post, WPcentral crashes.

Jay Bennett says:

That is completely bizarre... I'd suggest a reinstall there

HupigonX says:

Made no difference. No matter if I scroll down to that point fast or slow, crashes around same spot every time. I'll give my two cents to the very limited space on this phone. Temp file might get too big to fit in. IF there is some kind of temp for loaded news. If not, I can't provide more useful tips.

giorgio h says:

This is the best community ever!

WPCentral app is amazing. Buy this app guys.

guidorobben says:

Updating and toast message do not work on WP7.8. Tried every setting.

guidorobben says:

Toast messages work now.

slpaige says:

I had paid for this app around version 2 but now it's asking me to buy again. Did something change?

dtr230 says:

Same thing here!

sigfrid696 says:

I think it's not possible to log in in the app with a Microsoft account, as in the site...when will this be possible ?

jfivieght says:

7.8 double wide tile is gone; tried repinning but no change, regular and small work however

JimmyRespawn says:

Where is fast resume feature

rAj06 says:

Great app.. Thx dev!

Fndlumia says:

Never had any bugs before this update now I do! Fails to notify live tile story count and whilst scrolling comments they sometimes disappear, for the best WP news app massive FAIL

barnettb99 says:

Won't update on my 920. Fails half way through...

barnettb99 says:

Just uninstalled old version because it wouldn't update went to download new version and now wants me to pay again. What's going on? AT&t Lumia 920

I'm not sure why, but I didn't receive the update. I even tried uninstalling and purchasing the app. Nothing. I hope the app is aesthetically pleasing like Wiki. Lumia 920. AT&T.

azoufan says:

So I buy the app AND I get the pleasure of viewing ads? Rule of thumb, charge for your app OR put ads in, not both. Raise the price to cover whatever shortfall you have, but don't ask me to pay money AND watch ads. Come on guys. 

Jay Bennett says:

If you bought the app you absolutely should not have adverts. You have either accidently downloaded the trial version or something failed when your phone tried to mark the app as a full paid one. You might need to re-download the app to see it as the full version.

Believe me we would never charge for an app that wasn't fully featured, to do so is a ridiculous proposition for consumers.

dtr230 says:

Something funny happened with the store, perhaps. I had purchased this app since V2 but I was not able to complete the upgrade to V4. The bar would go halfway and then fail. I tried deleting the app to reinstall, and I get the surprise that I need to pay for it, and seeing these kind of comments, I will probably wait a bit with just the trial for now.
I love the app, congrats on the great work, and would buy it again! I just want to make sure that I can get the full version if I do.

slpaige says:

I've had the same issue in that upgrading to version 4 errored out and I uninstalled the one I had. At first, I accidently installed the trial so I uninstalled it and tried to "buy" the v4 like you would normally do with purchased apps. Except this time I'm being asked to pay again.
Went to view my purchase history on windowsphone and I'm not seeing nearly any of the apps that I had purchased over the past several years. Nothing before 3/14/2012 and I've had my phone since 11/2011. Something obviously wrong with the app store.

Good! It works like a charm.

Jazmac says:

It may just be my L920 but since this update, the app no longer updates live tile and it seems to be happening after I setup Liquid Daffodils' Notification app.  Only two updates happened in the notification app on day one and none since. Now no updates come at all on either apps.  And council here?

RetroMan71 says:

Got a new Lumia 620 yesterday, other one died... SAD TIMES!!!
Anyway, I've just installed the language packs and re-installed WPC app but it's doing that CRASH at start again.
I've un-installed, change language etc. but the WPC app will not load.
Any help is appreciated, thanks!

When is this update happening? Stays v4 when I load app but nothing has changed. Would really like to see this update. AT&T. Lumia 920.

mrZoSo says:

Purchased! Great App! great Site! Keep up the Great work!! And Thanks :)