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Windows Phone Central app v2.2 now live!

Windows Phone Central App

The Windows Phone Central app v2.2 is now live in the Windows Phone Marketplace. We shared a sneak peek of the updated version last week and now you can see what Jay Bennett, our resident developer, has been up to.

Here is a few of the improvements the update brings to the table.

  • Links in comments can now be followed
  • New action icons in comments
  • Option to use larger fonts in articles & comments
  • Switched to built in social media sharing
  • Double tap to view in-line images
  • Automatically scroll to newly added comments
  • 'Download app' functionality now available to free/trial users

There are also a handful of performance and cosmetic fixes with the update. All in all, we think you'll like what you find with the updated version.

If you're already enjoying the Windows Phone Central app, the update should be pushed out shortly. If you haven't given the app a try, you can find the Windows Phone Central app here at the Marketplace. There is a trial version available with the full version running $.99.

Oh...Jay has also built a logging tool, the WPClogger, which handles all reports or requests for help that are sent in. WPClogger is open source and any developers interested in using it with their app can find all the details here.

QR: Windows Phone Central App

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venom5150 says:

Jay, you do an excellent app and my favorite by far!

scottaii says:

Www.bing.com just to test the in comment linking ;)

Jay Bennett says:

Ah now this is interesting, you're creating links from within the app aren't you? No one had done that in my testing so they may not be picked up.

Here's a link that should work: http://www.bing.com/ and I'll make sure links submitted through the app are fixed soon!

amieldl says:

That works.:P

elisaur says:

Very good work. :)

Winterfang says:

Link don't work.

kaynachtsman says:

Best App gets better :D

rodneyej says:

Yes! Said perfectly!

razzelbazzel says:

I'll 2nd that ;)

AriesDog says:

Posting this comment using the update. Nice!

buggyglint says:

I love how the best Windows Phone news source has one of the best apps!

rodneyej says:

Second that!

pippyo03 says:

Great but yall should make a wp7central app for windows 8!

foxibs says:

Windows Central maybe

Jay Bennett says:

Did anyone say we weren't...? ;)

Arun3 says:

Great job!! Just had to tap on the reply arrow to say this :) awesome!!

This person is teasing!

threedog says:

I see what you did there ;)

ejlee072006 says:

Got it... Thanks...

senbobaggins says:

Keep up the good work! I use this all the time!

BK-one says:

Great update. No issues so far. Thanks

Looks nice! Congratulations!

foxibs says:

Sharing post got better. Congratulations on your work...

mworsham says:

Very nice update Jay. :)

The_Internet says:

Love it!
But let me just say... ZOMG!!11 NO FORUM SUPPORT WTF!!11!!
:)

l_n says:

Relax.. It's coming in v3, IIRC.

safesax2002 says:

This is correct.

bono5112 says:

Relax .. Serenity NOW

Los says:

So I just searched the marketplace for WPCentral just to see what would pop up. I have to say I'm quite upset that you guys weren't able to get your app through with your own official logo, yet another app got through using your logo. That's not fair and it makes no sense
 
Just give us the word Jay. We the community will harrass Microsoft. We are few but we are loud!! Just say the word!

Jay Bennett says:

Not to worry, I'd rather just avoid all the trademark laws to be concerned about

Los says:

Ok, only cause your holding us back. MS is lucky this time. Lol

Nakazul says:

Is there some delay country wise, how it's distributed? I have no update here in Sweden.

Jay Bennett says:

It is possible that there will be some regional delays. Turning your device off then on again sometimes helps! But I can say we are in every single marketplace region now, so you will see it! :)

erwt says:

I've got the update. Lumia 800, Sweden. Try the "share" trick, press share and then back.

safesax2002 says:

I just find the app in the marketplace then press back and go back in to the app again

selfcreation says:

hey  Jay ,

thanks for an other  Great App!!! not gona lie doh I was expecting forum access in this one doh ;)

or was that planed for WP8?

Jay Bennett says:

When the app hits v3.0, there will be forum access. But you guys have been very loud on this one, so I will start it earlier than I first planned to :)

RockmanNeo says:

PLEASE HAVE FORUM SUPPORT FOR VERSION 3.0!!! Hope that is loud enough ;)

bono5112 says:

Great job Jay

jbjtkbw00#AC says:

I'm am updating fool. And I do notice it's a little quicker. Just a tad, but yeah...really smooth.

Bushybro says:

Love the update, thanx jay

erwt says:

Fantastic app getting even better! :)

Thanks for the updates!

Very nice job on this app. Others could learn a thing or two.

Binson#WP says:

Great job Jay. If I could buy it, I would. (stupid regional settings won't let me register a credit card...)

Nit-picky suggestion for "WPClogger". It can be more often misread as "WP Clogger". Capitalize the L if you don't want to add a space and there will be slightly less confusion haha.

Jay Bennett says:

I discovered that immediately and loved it, I've already nicknamed it 'the clogger' or 'clogging' :D

Binson#WP says:

Hahaha, that works too

apocacrux says:

I already bought the app before the update. But I find it is a great improvement and even more worth the price.

Guidos Dad says:

I know this really does not pertain to this topic, but has anyone had trouble with marketplace loading? In trying to access to download this I just keep getting a "loading" message with nothing loading. I let my phone set 5-6 minutes doing this. I've had this problem now for the past 3 days.

poddie says:

I have had this issue intermittently on my Trophy for just about the same amount of time.

dazzztom says:

Can't post to twitter why?

Jay Bennett says:

Do you have twitter set up on your Phone? The app uses the built in social network integration so you now need to have twitter set up in your accounts :)

tds101 says:

I have my update, thanks!

Jay - on the help/about screen, the Go to wpcentral and send feedback icons seem to be reversed...the feedback takes you to the site and wpcentral link takes you to feedback

Jay Bennett says:

How on earth did that happen... Think there's a version 2.3 coming pretty soon then!

rodneyej says:

I am experiencing some scrolling issues.. Nothing major, but a little Androidish. Slight stutter, and not as smooth as before the update. Seems to have lost that native feel. Please fix.

Jay Bennett says:

The only change here is it's built on the new Windows Phone SDK... If you want to improve scrolling though you could reduce the image quality to medium in settings :)

rsuter says:

Please fix scrolling issue in comments: http://blog.rsuter.com/?p=258. It happens very often...

Jay Bennett says:

This should be fixed in v2.2, but thanks for that link I might look into that workaround for other areas of the app

woodbane says:

Great job Jay! I'm definitely seeing the stutter in comments as well which I wasn't getting in v2.1. Loving the new features though. :-D

woodbane says:

And weirdly, after I exited the app and re-launched the stuttering went away.

Dre325 says:

Great update, thanks! I hit "Share" and then back and the update showed up. I'd still love to see underlined live links rather than a view with a list of links that don't always make sense and of course forum access, but I'm not complaining. Love what you've done. Congrats on a great app--one of my most used.

amieldl says:

This app is good and just got better...sexy app...:D:D

joecatskill says:

I'm using the new version now. Seems much smoother and love podcast play back from where I left off. Thanks!

micha_beck says:

Love the app. Getting better and better. Keep up the good work guys!

man1up says:

Great update, much appreciated.

Zer0fluX says:

Excellent work! Thanks for the updates and great support.

What is the problem? Email me. U guys know my email when I signed up.

Jay Bennett says:

Take a look at the first comment thread on this post :) you'll see my explanation

macastle says:

Still a little choppy on the scrolling of articles. Using an HD7, anyone having the same issue?

macastle says:

Windows Phone Market Place hit the 90,000 app mark. Sorry for going off the subject.

Good app and the news posts are quite good too. Keep the good job guys.

N@vX says:

Every thing is ok but I don't like the share option via windows social networks.

Love it! I have never been able to share with any network but twitter

I can't get the update because my Live ID got hacked. See the forum thread "Hacked." if you care to learn more.

LOVE the bigger font option! Thank you!

sickleykey says:

Excellent application without any question. Well done Jay. Just one small thing, when i scroll down fast there is a small jerk (not smooth) in the movement just before the scrolling stops. I have not observed this issue in any other official Microsoft apps like People's hub. Is it some kind of memory issue or something to do with the OS.

nashtheflash says:

Awesome! Jay is the man!

TashiJLE says:

Jay, outstanding app, should have beat out AAWP app during contest. My only compliant, my live tile doesn't always update. It's turned off in background settings, and when I enable it to turn on, it doesn't always function. But that may have more yo do with my HTC Titan, than the app itself. Yours is still the best for Windows Phone 7 content. GOD Bless

Jay Bennett says:

Tash, that issue should have been fixed with this release. Let me know if you encounter it in v2.2

Jagbag13 says:

I had a similar issue. I reinstalled and it seems to be fine. This is my most used app and it keeps getting better, though. Great job!

wetworker says:

Thanks guys for such a great app. One of my top five app I use each each day. 9/10

xmarklive says:

Where's my community wall paper.....lol......seriously I like wall papers or should I say lock screen wallpapers

xmarklive says:

What's the arrows for ?

Jay Bennett says:

Tap them to reply :)

xmarklive says:

Community wallpapers........are
they still coming

poddie says:

MUCH better comment scrolling! Also love that leaving a reply doesn't dump me back up to the first comment. And I will be so relieved if the live tile doesn't crap out on me. GREAT job Jay!!

guidorobben says:

Does the image setting is different for WiFi and 3g? When in WiFi I want maximum. But when in 3g medium.

Jay Bennett says:

Good idea! Will put that in v2.3

veii says:

Best WP app without a doubt! You guys need to show everyone else how to make them this well, especially the live tiles and notifications.

ahuczek says:

So how do you jump to the bottom of comments?

guidorobben says:

When double tapping the image. Is it possible to make it so you can also swipe to the other images?

Jay Bennett says:

At this time not due to how the images are named, could be addressable in the future

guidorobben says:

I see you know which post is mine because there is a cross in there. But it would be easier if my post would be in a different color.

Jay Bennett says:

There'd be too many colours then :P

anyone having problems getting into the marketplace??

Netro1 says:

The app is not fluid on scrolling news and comments and i cant follow URLs in comments :(

TashiJLE says:

Wow Jay, was it ever fixed. Thanks, as I said, this is the best app ever. I truly enjoy the podcasts as well, wish your schedules allowed you to do more per week. Maybe when WP truly takes off, this will come to fruition. GOD Bless