Windows Phone Central app v4.0

Sneak Peek: Official Windows Phone Central app v4

It's been a little while now since we last updated our official app for Windows Phone, but fear not as version 4.0 was submitted to the store earlier this week and is right now undergoing certification. Of course we know that just waiting is never as fun as seeing the changes for yourself so we've put together a quick video to demonstrate the headline features this time around.

So, keep reading past that break to see voice commands, new live tile options and Unification support in all their glory. We expect the app to be published next week and will of course post an article as soon as that happens reminding you to grab the update.

In case you missed all the changes in our video there you can find them listed below:

  • 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


Get involved and help translate

Now, about that current limitation on the voice commands, we know it's a pain but unfortunately I only speak English as a language. If you are in another country and want to be able to command our app in English you just need to set your speech language to English (United Kingdom) or English (United States), an option you'll find under phone settings. In the meantime, if anyone wants to be able to speak to our app using their language and is willing to translate my English commands, please get in touch with me via Twitter.

If you haven't already installed the app, you can find it here in the store for $0.99 (free trial available), as always we welcome your feedback via e-mail, comments or on our forums.

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abel920 says:

Thanks! Best live tile.

kaynachtsman says:

Awesome as always :)

FrankEpr says:

Honestly, I can't imagine how you guys can make this app even better...

R0bR says:

I know, a nice Windows 8/RT companion App! ;o)

He said he is planning it.

camptime says:

Yes Windows 8-RT please.

NIST says:

Yes. Win8\RT version!

Heavy Rain says:

Add emoji support please.

Sarang68 says:

Please Please pretty Please prepare a Windows 8 app!

Sam Sabri says:

He's only one man!

(I completely agree. Jay, get on it! :p )

Sarang68 says:

Really? Then no problem. I can wait.

Jay Bennett says:

This is next on the list now that I'm pretty happy with the phone app :)

Sarang68 says:

Thanks. You are the man.

Sarang68 says:

One slight issue. When i change the accent colour on my phone the app does not do so. I have to go to setting to do it manually. Is it a technical issue that can't be overcome?

Jay Bennett says:

If you're talking about the tile yes, you need to launch the app once for it to pick up the accent. If you're talking about the app accent colour then make sure it's set to "accent"

Bigsro says:

I thought the bbc news app was disabled/discontinued? Great new features btw!

Raesu says:

Thus app knocks the socks off any other news app. Beautiful and worth every penny. Can't wait for the w8 app!

Great news. Thanks for all the hard work.

mondokjm says:

Thanks Jay! Can't wait to make use of your brilliant work.

DreadVenom says:

+100. Thanks Jay for creating this, my most launched app.

sakkee says:

finally fix for the live tile! mine hasn't worked since 2 months ago or something lol

Jay Bennett says:

Yeah I must apologise for the problems Windows Phone 7 users had, it took a long time to work out the problem which wasn't made easier by not having a 7.8 device at the time. It is definitely sorted this time though :)

Quick question, is it actually possible for you guys to make it so, if we read an article on the web page, it will mark it as read on the phone app? Knowing we are logged in on the web and app?

Jay Bennett says:

Unfortunately no, that's not possible right now

techwatch69 says:

Live tiles has not worked for over two months for Lumia 920 also. It's not just a WP7/7.8 issue. Hopefully it's fixed there also.

If the Live Tile works on Lumia 900 WP 7.8 than you have a beer from me ! :)
Thx for the hard work .

tds101 says:

Hurry up already!!! ;)

jusatin says:

Don't really think this update is enough for 4.0 but should be 3.1 or 3.5 at max.

Jay Bennett says:

We were already on 3.11, we should have completely changed to v4 when I split the app to support windows phone 8 but I hadn't finished sorting out the codebase properly. I've done that now (a lot of work on this version you won't ever see, believe me it's worthy of v4), but you can consider v4 a consolidation of all that work and a better way of numbering the wp7 and wp8 versions my Windows RT app? :)

pipe7 says:

No voice command and read back for Canada?

"Launching of app from external websites or apps". Love it. Wish more apps did this.

holmesr says:

Nice little Easter egg there at the end Jay. ;-)

wiseguywood says:

Looking forward to v4!  Looks great!

kaynachtsman says:

Jay if I want to help you to translate your voice stuff it only means translation work and not any dev work ?

Jay Bennett says:

Yep, you can find my email address here, get in touch

kaynachtsman says:

I sent you a mail :)

Acbuono5 says:

Looking good!

Sean Burns1 says:

Excellent!! Love WPCentral

Yay!!! Thank you Mr. Bennett for all of your hard work!

Like the read back feature!

Kenjoe says:

Woooo nice nice

tim3804 says:

Any idea when it will be out of certification

hacer619 says:

Hey Jay, What's the best phone? 
I want this version as soon as possible

iboypx says:

what are the features i will miss If i install trial version? and is is trial only for few days?

Why don't you 'try' the 'trial' and find out?

Jay Bennett says:

The trial will never expire, and it provides every feature the website provides for free :) the full version just has a few extra features like the live tile and the voice commands, of course as well as the extra screen real estate from having no adverts

diplomat696 says:

Nicely done. Hey Jay, I do have one issue, I'm a registered member of the site but when I go to the forums in the app on my 920 it keeps telling me my password is incorrect even though it is not? Any suggestions?

Andr3sfc says:

You're probably registered with an Outlook/Google/Facebook/Twitter (one of them) account, like me. I had this same issue.
Login here in the website, go to your settings and set a password. You shall login just fine in the app after this.

diplomat696 says:

No dice, lets me log in via browser on my phone but when I go to the forum section in the app it says bad pass :(

I can't say I love the design of your app. In the "read" section, the settings and update icons should be in an app bar instead of up there, in addition to some of the icons you use other places really isn't aestetic - like nearly all the icons on 3.43 and 4.29. In 3.43, the Internet Explorer icon is wrong, and the other icons looks really bad - not in line with Windows Phone's aestetics. In 4.29, the wrench tile, the apps tile and especially the podcast tile should be redesigned. Also, in the "read" section, there shouldn't be a gradient between the heading and the picture.
After all that critisism, I also want to say that your app is really amazing functionally! Keep up the good work :) PS: The speech thing is simply awesome.

Jay Bennett says:

The design has been that way since v2 (and in some cases v1) and at that time was hailed as being an evolution of the Metro language, then subsequently copied by several other apps. Interesting to hear complaints against it now...

I'm sorry - I didn't mean to be harsh.
Maybe you could take a look at these official icons released by Microsoft in 2010 and use them for some of the basic commands :)

R0bR says:

Why not create an app yourself, have it showcased on WPCentral so we can all critique on your design expertise.

Chef316 says:

Ease up dude....seriously...

trashr0x says:

I can do Greek, hit me up on Twitter @trashr0x

Simon Tupper says:

Keep up the good work.

exyaster says:

Tried to download the app before reading the article, only to find out its not there yet! Then I realized that I haven't rated the app yet. Gave it 5 stars. Good job. :)

Luke Morris says:

I hope the next version supports lock screen notification info not just the icon with a number next to it. Otherwise love the app i use this along with Weave.

Jay Bennett says:

Only the icon, if you mean can it support changing your lockscreen wallpaper than I have plans for the next part of v4... It was most important to get this update out first for the WP7 users so I didn't include lockscreen wallpapers this time around :)

Luke Morris says:

Hi Jay i wasn't nitpicking i meant on the lock screen i would like to have a few lines of like a new article that has arrived just like when we have our emails show a few lines of what the email is about. But no rush your doing a fantastic job with this APP and your doing your best to make it better. Looking forward to this update. :)

DavidinCT says:

I found on the current version, I could not view or listen to a podcast that you did on it. Would love a update that would allow that.
I found myself away from a PC or tablet and had an issue trying to at least listen to your podcast live.

Quin 2013 says:


I can't wait til it's official!!

Codesmith says:

I love this app so much, and having Unification support is AWESOME...deep linking right into the article, cool!

Yeah, Unification support is a really nice addition. I also really enjoy the 'Read Headlines' feature.

Canada speaks the same English you do in the US. No support for voice commands here?

Finally bought the app and made an account here. Can't wait for the update to come out!

This is such a trivial issue, but I have always hated the splash image to the app. The flag icon in white on a black background with some white text below it, (like Nokia apps,) wouldn't look as jarring. Or, no splash image at all on WP8 devices, as it seems to only be there for a split second anyway.

Regardless, great app, great site, finally got myself involved!

Andr3sfc says:

Agreed that the splash image to the app should get lost.

And welcome!

Aaron Cortes says:

Yup, the splash screen image is definitely not suited for this app... I bought it today too, the live tile is nice :)

ajua says:

Nice changes. I just sent Jay a tweet to translate the app to Spanish :)

Aaron Cortes says:

I can help... Twitter: @aaroncortesr

danjer says:

Did you fix the live tile this time? You blamed 7.8 but with the latest build your app is the only one that does not update.

Jay Bennett says:

Yes, as stated in the article and comments further up :)

Chef316 says:

Did you read the article?

Jazmac says:

Lets do it.  Looks pretty good and I like the enhancements.  The Voice feature is interesting.

This thing is just getting better and better ...

Residing says:

Jay, I didn't watch the demo (yet), but read the bullet points of the new/updated features.  Just want to know if we will be able to 'Like' comments on forum posts?  Right now, only the 'Thank' option is available. I really want to be able to 'Like' comments from the app...

GDannyboy says:

Is that actually a clock in the upper right of the screen I see?! My only complaint about this app has been the loss of sense of time I get when using this wonderful app. I've been late back from lunch because of it, so I suggested the clock be displayed when in the app so users don't have to back out and in to keep their schedules. Looks like that's been added?

cybermoose89 says:

Im confused it already has that on the 920 i can see the time wile using this great app dude

Andr3sfc says:

The option is already there, buddy.
Go to the app settings and check "show system tray". ;)

Thanks this app is possibly the best on my 8x.

lonbraj says:

See Microsoft?! Tell me does work. Why not implement on your own apps??? Yes Xbox Music, I'm looking at you.

cybermoose89 says:

Sweet updates are always welcome !

I Spiritus I says:

I think the app is great as. Looking forward to the update and the Ein 8/RT version :). Keep up the good work!

kenzibit says:

So does that mean WP 7.8 can't have a functional flipping double wide tile? And also Jay, why did you ignore me in Beta testing?

Jay Bennett says:

Not aware that I did ignore you? Drop me another message as I wasn't aware of any comms from you :( we cant do the flip tile in the same way as the windows phone 8 version because of memory limits on wp7, but there is still a flip tile :)

sarim_xyz says:

Please make it free, even if for limited time, but please do.

Jay Bennett says:

No :) already did that once and we offer the free version for those who want it, that's what the trial version is for

Good work, Mr. Jay Bennett. *Attempting to hit the 'Buy me a beer' button...sadly, there is none here* If I'm ever in the UK, I'll buy you a keg ;)

ScRePt says:

So, wpcentral does not care to release a w8 app yet? And they complain about others poor-ports or non-existence? it's hypocritical. Remember to brag again about being the biggest wp community on your next mac-recorded interview (or podcast as the "good steeve" wants you to call it)

ScRePt, you truly are a total douche. Please ensure you check your facts before posting such ill informed drivel.

rianext says:

You are absolutely clueless abt the work needed to be put behind to make an app. Jay is like a one man army handling his work...and if you can't appreciate it then i speak for everybody here when i tell you to Fuck Off...!

Your ("our") is very good. Awesome, code-wise, and design-wise.

Jayflip says:

Great news now that I've bought this app!

DJCBS says:

Jay, how about supporting Skinery Tiles Pro? That would be pretty awesome ;D

Jay Bennett says:

We got in touch with them but their SDK is a little unnecessarily complicated. They should just create a tile that launches our app directly with the new uri

DJCBS says:

Hmm I see. Thanks for the answer!

larrybon says:

My absolutely most used and favorite app. Thanks guys!

NIST says:

I'm on this app and Weave almost all day.

Josh Harman says:

I don't see it. All I see is 3.11 and only have 'buy' as an option. What am I doing wrong?

NIST says:

Thanks Jay. Always a great job.

Nakazul says:

Does this new app improvement have the option "no backg./pic" for the live tile? You see, some apps can follow the high contrast mode, making the tile the same color. The reason I'm asking the way I do is because when the apps seem to be "transparent" they usually have a no backg/pic option.
Hope it made sense with my English.

how1ard says:

Would like an app updates section with live links, how cool would that be!

onysi says:

i bought the app.  u guys update this a lot so its worth it.

Darren Walsh says:

I just bought the current one. Will I be upgraded for free yeah?

mazami says:

In market it shows no update...I still have i have to do? Lumia 710

ericf4 says:

I just bought this app and honestly think that this is money well spent. Awesome experience. Awesome content. Look fwd to RT version for my surface too!

Auric Jarrel says:

The voice features are quite remarkable. I didn't even know such things were possible with the voice command on wp8

alacan4 says:

Pretty freaking awesome!!! :D

Luke Morris says:

Still no update as of yet might see it Tuesday. :(

5am EST Tuesday. Still no update. When does the marketplace usually do its thing? Xbox is around 5-6am EST.