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We've updated our Android app with some important fixes

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A quick heads up for those of you rocking the official WPCentral Central App on Android — we've pushed out an update today with a number of important fixes. You're going to want to make sure you download this one, particularly if you've seen increased data usage or are using the widget on your home screen. The fixes apply to all the editorial (ie not the Tapatalk-esque one) apps for all our Mobile Nations sites, including Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore and Android Central.

Here's the deal:

As we mentioned a couple days ago on Google+, we'd discovered a bug in Android regarding the way a widget writes to disk. As in it wasn't, and it should have been, and so the widget was redownloading items over and over. We've fixed it that bug, so you should see background data use drop.

We've also made some significant changes to memory use and caching in general, which should speed up the app a bit altogether. And for older/lower end devices, we've improved memory handling, which should alleviate crashes those devices were seeing.

Also, we've fixed links that were trying to open YouTube, even if they had no business opening YouTube. And we've done a few UI tweaks — swiping between stories, fixes for some Samsung phones, and other general good stuff.

You can download any of the Mobile Nations Android apps from these Google Play links:

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SlicingHaunt says:

Yes, and now the Windows Phone version with reduced data usage. That would be great.

Jay Bennett says:

I'm actually working on reduced data usage for the next update :)

markk132 says:

WP Central app on my Lumia Icon uses the second most amount of data out of all my apps (only 6tag is higher).  Granted, i do launch and read it quite a few times per day, and i have the wide live tile pinned to my start screen, but less data usage would be a very welcome addition.  looking forward to it!

Jay Bennett says:

Yeah there's only so much I can do, if you look at the app a lot try reducing the image quality in settings :)

NIST says:

We expect great things from you sir.

SlicingHaunt says:

Well, im looking forward to it! I like reading wpc alot, it's just sucking my monthly data of 200mb down fast.

rodneyej says:

Really??... That's great news!!!.
Even with images set to full quality?

NIST says:

Most of the data is probably used trying to render your giant head in your profile pic.

Jay Bennett says:

That's true, it does take a lot!

q21701 says:

Jay, any chance we will see other mobile nations coming over to WP? I'm thinking specifically of Connectedly.

exkerZ says:

XD

-- Bam --

rodneyej says:

⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵⤵

NIST says:

I've also discovered that those with AMOLED screens, Rodneys profile pic is the most battery friendly.

rodneyej says:

Lol!!!!!!!!!!!❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕

Hey what about the windows app ? It takes about 100-200mb in a month even when I'm not opening it even once ! (had kept it only for the live tile)

Jay Bennett says:

Do you mean windows phone? Our windows app only uses the built in live tile capabilities and I'd be surprised if it used up anywhere near that much data to only refresh the tile?

Jabid21 says:

That reminds me, I'd really like an Android Central app on WP. Hope mobile nations officially develop apps for WP. The reason I ask this: I use both platforms.

Tense says:

They've said they want their apps on all platforms, but I'm sure we'll have to wait until Mobile Nations puts out all of their apps on iOS, first.

rodneyej says:

Lol!! That's what I was thinking.

twelvetudors says:

I also want an Android Central app on WP.

sip1995 says:

I want the iMore app on Windows phone.

I want the Crackberry app on my Symbian phone.

Credo93 says:

Perhaps even Maemo 5 please?

Ticomfreak says:

I want Crackberry on WP.

jabtano says:

Its been crashing the past week WP side

SeraphX2 says:

Using WpCentral app on Android: blasphemy!

cyborg4 says:

THIS. You just won the internet.

rodneyej says:

Well, it might encourage someone to try WP out... I mean, there is a lot of cool stuff shown on WPC, and a lot of WP progress shown... It's good advertising, and awareness, for the platform.. How could this be bad?❔❔❔❔❔

rockstarzzz says:

Bad in a way that we get total but cases trolling in comments of articles.

rodneyej says:

There's not that many.. As a mater of fact.. It's not that bad at all...

BldyIdt says:

Finally! Thank you Rodney! :D

Boooo boooo Android

Tense says:

Posts like this are the reason why the other MN communities find us the most closed minded.

Z10YkakPES says:

We are not closed minded, we are realistically looking at things.

We are ... because we love Windows Phone. And when youre in love, anyone else doesn't matter.

Starbane says:

From what I've seen from being around people: ios and android users feel superior more. I just say it like it is. If my Lumia has better hardware and faster OS, then my phone is better. But if their phone has better specs, theirs is. Specs against specs, not that it's a competition though.

poddie says:

Who cares about specs? It's the OS and interface that matters... assuming the software is written to be efficient, there's not a whole lot you need today's advanced specs for. Though I would definitely like to see a 1020 followup with beefier sources to reduce lag between shots.

Starbane says:

I would say hardware is just as important as software. Sorry, but I wouldn't put a 512mb Lumia against a flagship android. While everyone has an OS preference, there are still better capable phones in some categories. Those are usually the newest and most expensive.

poddie says:

Of course of you compare bottom of the line to top you will see a difference. But if you are comparing models in relatively the same price brackets, the software should be much more important than the minor hardware differences.

Shantek says:

If you're using specs to compare the handsets, start with the 1020 camera and try to find anything better!

Novron says:

Hard to be humble when you're a god amongst children.

Tense says:

You've proven my point.
I like WP just because it appeals to me, not because I have some superiority complex. And I still understand the appeal of iOS and Android, unlike many people here.

q21701 says:

[Insert windows fanboy comment here]

Make imore, crackberry, androidcentral, and connectedly for windowsphone....more apps here please thanks!

rodneyej says:

An app that weaved all of the mobile nations stories together, as they come in, would be cool... Bye bye stupid Phone Arena❕❕❕

Shantek says:

Yeah I've been thinking tho for a while. They changed these sites to all use the same platform didn't they? So they could do cross site posting, so how hard would it be for the wpcentral app to then give us access to the rest of them too.

adnandj says:

Who cares? we use windows phone :))

Yeah but I want more apps on windows phone plus it could pull a lot of information from android to wp! WP users would want stuff android and IOS user have and give feedback to Ms and more!

adnandj says:

We all want more apps but we must be patience ;)

Hear hear, I agree.

PureView says:

* Who cares about apps? we use windows phone :))

adnandj says:

we have speed :))

rodneyej says:

It's good marketing, and awareness, for those who don't have a WP device.. This is great!!

TechFreak1 says:

Looks like some people haven't heard of brand awareness... Lol.

Edit, maybe we should spell it out for them - Zero Brand awareness = Zero Mind Share. So Brand awareness is G-O-O-D.

Why Not says:

Any updates for 7.8 coming soon?

vjollila96 says:

*facepalm* do u get it WP 7.X is DEAD OS

Why Not says:

More than 1/4 WP users are 7.8 users.

aitt says:

3/4 is not...

rodneyej says:

No,... Do you have a link❔

rodneyej says:

Just one acronym.... E.O.L.
....................
You'd be lucky to get support for WP8.0 a year from now....

lexus232 says:

WP 7.x was a beta test, get over it man and forget it ever existed. Buy second hand L620 or 520/525, they are cheap.

Natebird says:

Dead OS sorry

Jay Bennett says:

Microsoft removed support for Windows Phone 7 projects in the latest SDK, which should tell you how many apps you should expect to see on it now :(

PureView says:

Make one app that encompasses all 4 websites! 

SeraphX2 says:

This would be best... Then you could specify which sites you get notifications from.

2tomtom says:

The One App to rule them all.

Ehab317 says:

The hell with Android

arn6735 says:

I'd rather read WPCentral on my Lumia rather than on Android fon and experienced the smoothness of WP8.1 that was updated yesterday... Lol...

gibbyhome says:

Why do we need to know about android APPS on a WiNDOWS PHONE SITE ????

Come on...

Tense says:

Because one of those apps are for the site you're browsing right now.

mspace81 says:

I use all of the mobile nations apps. Mobile Nations has been great about keeping us informed and I try to support them all.

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

dvda247 says:

Why have a Windows Phone Central app on Android? Makes no sense at all.

DJCBS says:

Because not everyone is close minded and wants to know what's going on on other platforms ;)

MrLunga says:

Also what if maybe someone use to be a WP owner but just can't let go and is waiting for some features to come to the platform (8.1) or maybe someone is curious about WP and they want to see what we do better than other platforms or they just prefer WP Central because it's community is a mature bunch and they talk and handle themselves better than other people on different platforms?

BldyIdt says:

One point for you too!

BldyIdt says:

One point for you!

Dradzk says:

Because there are some, like myself, whose carrier is both smaller and use cdma technology and thus are forced to settle for an android instead of the Windows phone that we want.

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

Maybe because they received an Android tablet as a gift.

WPC App for Android- Lenovo IdeaTab A3000

coolbreeze78 says:

I use a Moto X, 1520 and 1020 on a daily basis. Sorry to invade your secret club.
Posted via Windows Phone Central App

DJCBS says:

Hey, Phil, when's the Android Central App for Windows Phone updated? Oh, wait...=P

phillip1230 says:

Why is there a WPCentral app for Android? Lolololol LMAO irony

Why? There's even a CrackBerry app for Android.

WPC App for Android- Lenovo IdeaTab A3000

IceDree says:

Ooohhh Hiiii Phil !
Cool, I'll check it out.

"... Older/Lower End Devices ..." That's cold Phil ... Real cold ... Almost shed a tear :'( ...

IceDree says:

Mmm Phil, We kinda have a tradition around here ... About wallpapers & backgrounds. Can you share yours. ? Pppppllleeeaaaaseeee *puppy eyes*

Say, is that an S5?

phillip1230 says:

The way I see it is why have an opposite operating system for another platform. Android for Android Windows for Windows iPhone for iPhone. I'm referring to the WP and Android central apps only.

imranjazib says:

Please update for windows phone

dr_aggan says:

Who cares about Android app? Anyone? Here?

No. I don't. I want a addfree Windows Central app. Thats what i want. And show adds on Android apps. ;-)

Daakkon says:

Buy the app and voila!! No more ads.

Jay Bennett says:

What this guy said!

Omkar Vedak says:

I do..m

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siddhant_96 says:

Subway surfer updated xD

Sorry, but Google+ sucks. So we didn't check there...

Agent-P says:

Any chance of getting a WPC app for iOS? I switch between the two platforms often and I would like a native app experience for the best WP site I've found

As I recall Apple won't allow Android or WP related apps to their store
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MrVol84 says:

In some ways the android version is better than the wp version.. Comments section for example.

smogg9 says:

Is better in every aspect man, i installed it and it feels like a premium app, idk why apps gotta feel so unpolished on windows phone sometimes :\

htatc says:

Actually I currently use the android app on my LG Optimus Pro. It rocks. Helps me stay up to date on WP. Best WP site out there! As I am currently waiting to move back to WP as soon as they have the right phone for me.
Posted via the WPC App for Android!

smogg9 says:

Being honest, i find the android app better than the wp one, idk, feels more polished to me, no ads and lets me comment on forums and evrything i want without throwing an error with my account, so far so good

Chris Yahya says:

Now, make a crackberry, imore, androidC, etc to windows phone platform.

Kzchy says:

How come the Android version is much prettier than the WP app?

Omkar Vedak says:

Point to be noted. WPC app on Android is much better than on wp8

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

why there is no AndroidCentral app for Windows Phone ?

xankazo says:

*Android* Ptfffff...