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Official WPCentral app updated, bringing transparent live tiles for everybody

We're excited to announce another patch to our official Windows Phone app today, which you can download right now here in the marketplace (Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7). Whilst this version 4.4.18 is not the biggest update we've ever announced we suspect a fair few people will be quite happy.

Following a flood of e-mails and messages complaining about our live tile's compatibility with the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 we've made sure that tile transparency now works correctly for both of our live tiles. The other headline change is that we've now made all features of the app available to all users.

Full change list

  • Changed method of rendering live tile to add transparency to our custom live tile
  • Fixed a bug with the iconic live tile that caused transparency to fail after launching the app
  • Unlocked all features of the app to trial users
  • Switched to Microsoft Advertising SDK for monetised adverts
  • Upgraded the AdDuplex controls used for backup adverts

It’s worth just saying a quick thanks to Telerik whose controls made it possible for us to render our custom tile with a transparent background!

Free apps and the future

Yes, the “trial” version of our app now effectively becomes the totally free version. Every feature, including our custom live tiles and notifications, is available to those using the trial version of the app – supported by the advertising banner at the bottom of the screen. If you wish to remove the in-app advertising you simply need to purchase the app, and obviously, we hope you do.

As for the future, it is very difficult to transition our monetisation strategy to Microsoft’s new universal app strategy but this is the start. We have to be as fair as we can to the many wonderful people who have already purchased the app (seriously, thank you to every single person for the support!) we will be updating the existing app to take advantage of a few features in Windows Phone 8.1 in the coming months, to continue our commitment to those users. We are discussing how universal apps will work for us in the future, but for now the two will be separate in their current state.

QR: WPCentral app

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josonjoy1986 says:

Thanks alot Jay......:)

dhaval88 says:

But I already had transparent tile of wpcentral app when I updated to 8.1

DennisvdG says:

Yay, was waiting for this :)

dhruv07 says:

Bestest bestest bestest newssssssssss. Dis month is totally gr8 for mee........
Thnx wpcentral team

josonjoy1986 says:

Still shows warning about lock screen on the startup....:(

Jay Bennett says:

Oh shoot really? I'll get a fix in for that soon :)

josonjoy1986 says:

OMG.... That response was too fast.... You are so fast Jay....:)

Sam Sabri says:

Jay seems faster...

Is the 'custom live tile' still unreliable as the live tile configuration says ? Is there no way to have it as reliable as the stock one and yet make it look good ? The stock one looks bad due to the small icon.

dhruv07 says:

I cant download d clock hub app ..!! Any1 experiencing the same problem .??? :/

It must be for wp8.1 only... Haven't tried it, am on wp8

Jay Bennett says:

Hopefully it's fully fixed, but I need everyone to test to prove it!

tbonenga says:

Also if you pick a different accent color you can't go back to transparent. You have to uninstall and reinstall.

Jay Bennett says:

You can, just set back to accent :)

go1020 says:

Jay, how about an option for choosing the theme (dark/light) independent of the system settings? I'd love to see that!

Jay Bennett says:

Quite hard to do, look for that when we do a new app ;)

Action center support coming soon? :) that would be awesome

kwajr says:

I get action center notifications for wpc there is a setting for notification in the settings page swipe right

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

The only option available is toast notifications. But the thing is I don't want to hear an alert when a new article is posted, I don't want my phone to do anything but show it in the action center.

Mayur says:

In that case you switch off banners, sound and vibration in notifications+action centre settings for WPCentral app, simple...

Thanks for the suggestion! Just tried it however wpc does not show up in notification centre for me :( not even aftn enabling toast notifications

Mayur says:

For it to appear in notification centre setting, you have to first receive atleast one notification, and it is same for all other apps too. So, wait until you get first notification from WPC app.

Jay, you rock man.. This app is awesome..I've purchased recently and a update has come today.Happy to see the way you are improving the app . I've recommended this app to my friend today. He has tried the app and will purchase it soon.

Here are few suggestions that i have

 

1) Custom font size for text on live tile - This will be really useful for the people with small screen devices and who turn on show more tiles in start+theme. Once they selected the option the font size is becoming very low even on large tile which is quite uncomfortable to read the text on the live tile. ( with two column tiles, font is very clear..No issues)

2) Custom background image for live tile

3) Number of articles to display on the tile

4) Text color selection on live tile

The above all mentioned features are already available in an app called super calender.

Please add these feautures which will make the app even better.

Thanks once again Jay for developing such a great app.

I'd like custom background, I'm on wp8, but possibly he wont do it as wp8 is going to be obscure soon.

krox1105 says:

One question, Jay. Do you earn more with the advertising in the free version, or with the money from the paid version?

Jay Bennett says:

Money in the paid version by far

Oh thats good ! Btw JAY Can you give a round about guess of the kind of money ads give ? I'm planning to make an app soon and I'd like to know what are the financial prospects with ads. You may not want to give details about this app, that's a different thing, but could you just give a small 2 line idea about how it goes ?

kwajr says:

I guess you saw all those comments about your app the other day with them bitching about .99

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

kenzibit says:

Wwoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwww!!!! U guys rock!

My tiles aren't transparent. Can anyone help me with this please.

Mayur says:

Unpin old tile first, go to app and setting, set up tile you want and then pin again to start screen.

tbonenga says:

Uninstall and reinstall. Also you have to keep it on accent color. If you change the accent color you lose transparent tile.

Micah Dawson says:

Ooh yay. It was bothering me that my wpcentral wasn't transparent. Now all is perfect lol

NIST says:

Almost. Now if i can get Daily Glance to show the correct day on the lock screen.

Wasn't it transparent already?

Mayur says:

...and sometimes it wasn't.

shadow118 says:

Live tiles weren't, even the 'dead' tile acted funny

sephiroth111 says:

Found the update while seeing on top paid apps :)
ty for the fast update :)

sephiroth111 says:

The only problem is i cant read the latest news from live tile :)

DennisvdG says:

Yeah text goes off of the tile...

Jay Bennett says:

Try the flip tile option :)

DennisvdG says:

But that one doesn't always render properly :P

Jay Bennett says:

It should now (I hope)

DennisvdG says:

Oh great I didn't know you fixed it! :D you should get rid of the little text in the settings where it says that the tile doesn't always render probably :P

Jay Bennett says:

Well I'm not certain it's fixed yet, so don't want to promise something I can't guarantee!

DennisvdG says:

Yeah I guess that's better

wpgeek820 says:

Thanks Jay! Great work as always. You never disappoint :)

Jaskys says:

Yay now it's free, but still broken at some ways.

Is there any place for feedback?

BeetleComet says:

Got the update! And a fantastic one at that! Thank you Jay, definitely one of the best Apps I have ever paid for! :)

KM2612 says:

Yeahhh....awesome

WPUser111 says:

Support for notification center plz

topleya says:

Works fine on mine

Yes this would be great

sephiroth111 says:

works perfectly on mine too

2tomtom says:

Works fine for me too.

kwajr says:

Looks like we need an article on enabling notifications in action center

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

Hakmi Shah says:

I've been waiting for this

Just bought yesterday

tbonenga says:

Congratulations' you don't have banner ads.

Jay Bennett says:

And it is very much appreciated thank you :)

2tomtom says:

The price for the app is so tiny compared to the great value and service. I have used this app everyday and its a awesome. Buy it, so worth it.

I3unny says:

Wow full version :D

chad08er says:

Awesome job Jay!

kamaelxiii says:

At last! I love you WPCentral!

wetworker says:

I actually like the original tile. It works with my current layout. Is there anyways to choose between Transparent and Opaque tiles in the app setting?

My current layout

http://forums.wpcentral.com/attachments/windows-phone-8-1/62727d13975846...

Jay Bennett says:

Yes if you customise the tile to a specific colour it will stay that colour, only the 'accent' option is transparent

afnan_mc says:

Your app is quite easily the one app that I ended up using every time I unlock my phone. :D
Just wondering if it would be fine to ask for a UI update.?

powerd says:

Yup, an UI update to reduce the clutter would be appreciated. Also support for swiping between articles.

Thanks!

ocimek says:

Thanks..finally I know how to make it transparent..this is the best app i ever purchased..

Mayur says:

Hi Jay, when you click and view article from notification centre, does the tile not supposed to clear article counts? I think it used to work before this update and now it does not. :(

Jay Bennett says:

This was an attempt to fix the broken flip tile render, it didn't work :(

Mayur says:

Thanks Jay for the quick response and giving us the best app for the WP news on the move. No problem about the tile, I just wanted to be sure that you were aware of the problem, Keep up the good work and looking forward to the next update :)

abhishake620 says:

FREE ....sold to the gentleman with the windows phone ....

henry.gray says:

Excellent, well done, been waiting.

Muessig says:

Check the bottom of the forums.

Good to hear. Thanks o/

Milad Fallen says:

Make this app free please :(

Z10YkakPES says:

Give him a brake,he has to pay his mortgage

topleya says:

It is, download trial. Its now the full app on either trial or purchase

Jay Bennett says:

It is free! Read the article!

Rick Doll says:

It was only a buck...you spend more on a bottle of soda...

EMyvett says:

Seems faster ;)

How did you get an emote icon in your comment???

Jonas_H says:

Works with any emoticon! ;) ❤ Edit: Oh, it works only with hearts.. :D

S Vaibhav says:

Yeah,please tell,how did you get an emoticon in ur comment?

blessthejon says:

I love this transparent live tile thing but I wouldn't like having them all transparent. I love how it looks half transparent & half solid.

Yay, love it, thanks Jay...

wetworker says:

True. It look less intreasting with all transparent tiles.

euichii says:

This is awesome!! Now the support for the notification center and we're ready to roll. Thanks again.

topleya says:

I don't get this request. Notifications for this app and all my app come to the notification centre for me already, yet people keep asking for it.

tbonenga says:

It should be obvious. It's broke if you get them and some don't.
CASE CLOSED!!!

josonjoy1986 says:

It is because you see an app's name under notification settings only after you get at least one notification.... Simple....:)

S_C_B says:

..... and downloaded! I ❤ me some WPCentral.

Already update but I went to go update

MikeSo says:

The last few days I've had a lot of error in the app telling me it can't connect, also that it's told me I'm not logged I in when trying to post even when it says I am logged in. Were these issues related to WP8.1?

KEER W says:

I would like to receive notifications in the action center from wpcentral. Please add it..

Jay Bennett says:

Turn it on in settings then ;)

josonjoy1986 says:

It shows app's name under notification settings only after getting at least one toast notification..... So don't panic....:)

KEER W says:

It's already ON and a receive toast notifications, but it has not been appeared in the action settings so far.. So odd! Thanks anyway

Jay Bennett says:

Really? Might be a bug with the OS then as it works as far as I know

KEER W says:

I turned off and on toast notifications in the app settings several times and bingo.. it is here finally :-). It was a bug indeed. Thanks..

Schikitar says:

Paid for it ages ago and would pay for it again without hesitation! WPC is my first and last app I check everyday, keep up the great work!

Hello all, when you guys select for the extra large tile its showing junk values and wpcentral icon is not showing properly

borin srun says:

Fascinating, indeed

pg2900 says:

all ready purchased....

Jay Bennett says:

And we really do appreciate it, you will get the same great experience you paid for with no adverts taking up space. We'll also gradually be introducing new advert types but you'll never have to view those :)

mbooks says:

Cool. Want about showing notifications in action center instead of live tile?

frankiesab says:

If you want notifications in the action center, just enable toast notifications.

alienking70 says:

Transparency only for 8.1? I don't seem to have the option on 8.

Jay Bennett says:

Just set "accent" as your option for a transparent tile

alienking70 says:

Did that. Removed tile and started over. Rebooted. Still not transparent. Odd....

Jay Bennett says:

So if you're using 8 it will be transparent, but that means you'll see your accent colour :)

bartholomew says:

So, unlike what you say in the article, it isn't for everybody then. People with 8 can not get a transparent tile.

Jay Bennett says:

The "everybody" refers to the fact the live tile is now part of the free version. I can only do what the OS allows, and technically the tile on 8 is transparent, just behind it is the accent colour the OS paints

alienking70 says:

No worries, 8.1 is coming. You should talk to the devs of simple calendar though. They have mastered the transparent tile on 8.

twomill69 says:

Well done WPC........About bloody time ;-)

Nice one jay! Top marks!

RoxyMunky says:

Now it really compliment the start screen perfectly. Thank you!

aniket0303 says:

Its free now but with advertisement so no regret that i had purchased it.

Jay Bennett says:

Thanks, I'm hopeful that everyone sees it that way, this is the closest I can get to keeping everyone happy!

Rasetech says:

Thx for the fast update, that tile bug was a little bit annoying

Laion says:

Paying 1-2 € for the effort of making a nice app has never been a problem for me. I can't understand people saying, oh it's so expensive when some app costs 1,99. Compared to the price of the phone it's peanuts and still so important part of the overall experience.

You right 2$ it's nothing for us people who work 5 five days or more a week, but for peoples under 17 especially under 14 it can be a pain, now everyone got a phone !!

Nimdock says:

I agree.

 

When I go to Starbucks it is easily 4-5 bucks for a drink.

 

So I'll skip one of my Starbucks days and get some apps. :D :P

 

Besides, with Bing rewards I haven't actually paid for an app in a while.

Well sadly the Bing reward doesn't work in Canada !!! I don't know if they will put the rewards to Canada or other country.... Btw what is it funny about "Us people" ?? I know my english is not perfect but at least i try.... Or maybe i just forget the comma.... For us, peoples....

My WPC tile was already transparent, just for a few day i did not receive the number of unread thing on the tile, but now everything is good!!

Well this is interesting. I only just turned on the live tile for the first time ever and now the transparency is gone. It was already transparent before I enabled live tile.

lynetteksati says:

Also having the same problem .. It was transparent for just a few seconds .. Now it's gone..

aniket0303 says:

Just set accent as your live tile color

I already did that. Like I said, the tile was transparent before I turned on live tile. Now the tile is just the accent color like it normally would be without a background image.

rastanac says:

As Jay mentioned, set your font colour to Accent, it worked for me.

rastanac says:

Simply awesome! Thanks Jay & WPCentral team!:)

Great! Thanks Jay!!
I bought the app since day one. Love WP Central and their crew! You guys rock!!

Roun says:

Solid, this is all I needed. Now for Skype...

plugfire says:

Great it's free!! Wait a minute.... I already bought this a year ago... -*-

ramyZgHR says:

I bought it too, but I would pay for it anyway because I don't like ads and I think that support for developers is important. That way we have quality apps.

plugfire says:

Agree. Consider that I have to use this app everyday, I don't mind buy the app to support the developer and to eliminate the ads. ;)

ramyZgHR says:

Great job with transparent tile guys! :)

Sharpmango says:

You should maybe create a subscription service like for whatsapp. E.g £0.99 or £1.49 per year... I paid for your app 18months ago, free since then... That's crazy ppl economics... Plus if Microsoft makes these £20 gift certificates for new phones regularly.. Then lots of your readers will have 'free' money sloshing about

So? That doesnt take money from them, they still get their profit, its microsoft who pays for those free gift cards, no reason to add unnecesary inflation to the platform <.<

Sharpmango says:

I think you misunderstand. I was pointing out that it is unviable really for WPC to have a one off app purchase cost. We can't really expect these updates to be of zero cost to WPC when they certainly take time and effort to produce. As many WPC users have the ability to pay PLUS many have free gift cards, WPC should use that and make us pay a bit more. That's not inflation, that's helping keep the ppl who write for us employed.

spazzmeister says:

I would start using my Android app. It's better than the WP8 app and it's totally free. Got an update this week as well. Has better comment sections. Would pay for a subscription. Have had WhatsApp for three years and they simply haven't charged me for using their services.

oseansaditya says:

my tile no longer transparant after update, what happen?

larrybon says:

As my favorite full size tile.....I thank you!

twomill69 says:

Q2 Jay.....why cant we use emoji when responding to threads ?

Nicely done! :D

Is the transparancy an option though? I'll admit I like to have some opaque tiles interspersed amongst the transparant ones so it would be great for developers to make it optional rather than the only game in town. :)

Sagar Garag says:

Hello guys m following WP central for past 2years.
Really love you folks here. You are awesome.

ravi_singh says:

Like the new app

Sagar Garag says:

Nokia Play To is not working on my NL 720 after I updated to WP8.1. Is anybody else facing the same problem?

crise says:

Looks great, but I feel the font could be a bit heavier so it looks less blurry compared to tiles like the native calendar. They look more clear.

shreyas15 says:

Hi Jay! Wouldn't it be great if we had the choice for both colored and transparent? I actually prefer color sometimes based on what my start screen looks like. I'm sure that's the case with many. After all, as soon as these transparent tiles starts getting boring, ppl will wish they had some extra color on their screens. :D

vikrant6 says:

You can select any other colour from the list and there you have it!!

shreyas15 says:

Oh!! I never knew that. Should have tried. But thanks!

bbraune says:

With this update does clearing the notifications in the action center also now clear the counter on the WP Central live tile? I don't think it did before.

shadow118 says:

  • Unlocked all features of the app to trial users

Oh great, just a week after I bought it :D

Shadow 024 says:

You get better battery life and more screen content with the paid version since there are no ads.

vikrant6 says:

Guys, whoever has not yet bought this app please do... Believe me it will be your best purchase in WP.. And Jay, great update but please fix 'can't fetch image' bug in the forums..

AzmoD3uS says:

i agree. No regrets with the purchase, even with the current move to make all features available for trial users.

AzmoD3uS says:

Have i ever mentioned that you guys are awesome? :) thanks for listening to the community!

jdv.seishin says:

Thanks Jay. Even though the trial version is now essentially the paid version (albeit with ads), I don't regret purchasing the app and consider it to be the best money I've spent in the Windows Phone App Store. Keep up the great work!

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