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The WPCentral app is the #1 New & Rising app in the US, big update inbound

Last week, we finally took the veil off of the official Windows 8.1 app for Windows Phone Central. Since then, it received a quick patch to address a network issue. It’s also maintained a healthy 4.6 rating (out of 5) with many positive reviews from all of you.

But you deserve better, and we’re prepared to deliver. Our lead developer, Jay Bennett, is expecting version 1.1.0.4 to land in the Windows Store this week, maybe even as early as tomorrow. I’m looking at the changelog and see no less than 17 new or improved features.

Here’s just a tease:

  • Added option to sign in from settings
  • Added font size and style options
  • Links in comments can now be followed by clicking on them
  • Tapping the number of comments in the article page now brings comments into view
  • Tapping anywhere on the lead image will navigate to that article

And there’s more to add to that list, which we’ll pass on when it’s published. We’ll of course tell you when it goes live, as it’s just entering certification now.

There’s also an update for the Windows Phone app that will include a few fixes and patches, including one for bulleted lists. Likewise, we’re expecting that to drop at the same time as the Windows 8.1 app update.

The #1 New + Rising app for News and Weather

We’re also happy to see our app trending as the #1 New + Rising app (under News and Weather) in the US for Windows 8.  The app is also doing well in the general category of New + Rising for all apps and games. Likewise, we’re seeing similar numbers across the UK and other markets, meaning we evidently have set the stage with our mobile offerings.

Hopefully with the 1.1.0.4 update, we’ll go a long way in addressing your concerns. Haven’t tried our free Windows 8.1 app yet? Grab it right here in the Store.

Finally, a big thanks to our developer, Jay Bennett, and to all of you for your feedback, reviews and ratings! Remember, if you have a problem, concern or request, head to our help forum for our app.

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Congrats WPCentral and Jay Bennett! To inifinity and beyond!!

Piro.Garay says:

Jay, can you guys tell how many times people have downloaded WPCentral app?

stui83 says:

Yep well done, given the quality of the WP8 app this win8 version is just going to get better and better!

Lumia 8x says:

I wouldn't say the quality of the app is superb but not horrible either. Just above average. Sometimes the live tile I pinned turn black for no reason, article scrolling can be off sometime (going to the article while I was scrolling and tapped to stop etc), UI design still windows phone 7, still no profile setting, and the list goes on.

brorim says:

Can you post the pay/addfree version soon please..

gandhirushi says:

Kudos to Jay and the WP central team!!

atkichr says:

That's because they put it on Android

Jas00555 says:

This is in the Windows 8 store, so even if every android user downloaded it, it still wouldn't have any impact on the Windows Store.

Nik Rolls says:

Fandroid fail.

neo158 says:

Congrats indeed, finally adding the option to sign in actually makes the error about needing to sign in useful!!

pappu318 says:

Congrats WP Central I love the App

sholokov says:

Awesome... Well deserved.

Jazmac says:

As expected it would.  UPDATE COMING YOU SAY??

Jas00555 says:

So just out of curiosity... Are the other mobile nation apps coming to Windows 8?
Btw Jay, congratulations! The app is awesome.

its morning 8 AM here in India , i checked windows store for updates , and got an update for wpcentral , it's the same new version Daniel mentioned "1.1.0.4" , does India get quicker update ? the same applied for rayman jungle yesterday ?

Jay Bennett says:

India does genuinely seem to get our updates first! You can check your version by going to help & about in the settings charm menu

Yes jay it's the latest one 1.1.0.4. 

Eagle_Man says:

I really do love WP8 and w8.1 and it wouldn't be quite the same without all I've learned from this app!!

Hopefully in the future the app will have a live tile not unlike the IE-pinned tile. Glad to finally have the app though!

Nik Rolls says:

It already does, or am I missing something?

It just showed up for me. (Before, it was just the plain icon and it didn't have live tile options in the context menu.)

 

Yay!

EugB says:

Great apps, both! Congrats!

pgangele says:

Make it FREE!!!!!!!!!!!

SocalTouch says:

There is a unlimited trial with ads that is free. So if you are hurting for 99cents, use that option - otherwise I could not thank Jay enough for bringing my most used tech wesite as a native app on WP.

 

As a matter of fact, I wish Jay also releases a paid version of the Win8 app. Would definitely buy it to remove ads in best case scenario and even if that does not fit into WPCentral's vision for future - I will buy just to support the developers for an app I use daily.

lancguy says:

Wait, there is a paid version? This is an app that I would buy to support the awesome work done on it. Don't know if I'd want to spend $4.99 though. But still would be happy to support the developer :)

I'd donate $49.99...

penumbrae says:

Wpcentral is awesome!! Thx u team.

xankazo says:

Great! Jay is a good coder and developer! Keep up the good work!

cesar ruiz1 says:

you guys should consider porting the exact windows 8 app to the lumia 1520 and other humongous phones. congrats.

SwimSwim says:

Doesn't quite work like that (just yet).

lukebrady81 says:

congrats guys...... you're app is my number 1 most used application on windows phone...... keep up the good work.

aerosmillie says:

Great job Jay & WPCentral. Love it!

k0de says:

That's great, Congratulations.

12Danny123 says:

i wish Jay would bring the Wpcentral win 8 app look to their WP app :D

madtourist says:

My real interest is in the windows phone app but if I ever do move from w7 to w8.whatever I'll look it up for sure.

pdjcrawford says:

I'm not one to laud but the WP app is by far the most used app on my phone. The new Win8 app will doubtless gain the same prominence in no time flat. Testament to such great work by the folks at WPC and by Jay.

lancguy says:

I have three aps that I use every day. Windows Phone Central being one, Weave newsreader being the second, and TV Guide(I think that's it). Of the three, the first two I have on both my W8.1 machines and my 920. Love all three apps.

blackfire says:

Awesome!! Congrats, and thanks Jay for another great app.

Question: Is there a way to send suggestions for features?

jlynnm350z says:

So where's my present?

Neo Nuke says:

Updates inbound! Woohoo!

I know its probably been covered, but looked twice and don't see it. Any plans to add support for the forums?

sahib lopez says:

Yo dawg we heard you like windows phone central ....so we put a windows phone central article in a windows phone central article so you can read both article at the same time :P ......
Anyways good stuff thanks jay !

Yup, on the roadmap!

Ma Rio says:

Just got the update, posting this from the app itself. Tho I must say I somehow prefer the webiste (since I am on a laptop with a mouse n everything). Looks great tho!

NIST says:

Is there no stopping the Rubino movement? How big is his head now?

WE CAN GO BIGGER!

Cristoby says:

Font sizing: much needed.

y2kern says:

This is a must have app for windows phone, if you show interest in the growth of the windows phone platform, the news is always accurate, we get first access to apps and games, i used to rely on engadget but wp central is better at bringing wp news

Love this site! Great work, kids!

saputraj says:

Congratulations! It's a must have for tech enthusiast especially WP users. I have it installed on my WP & Android phones as well as on my RT & W8.

sumothong01 says:

Congrats Jay! Are there any plans to add the forum to the app or am I not smart enough to figure it out on there. Which is entirely possible.

got the new update here in India :)

MrDiamondJ says:

Keep up the good work guys. It is appreciated!

xankazo says:

The update is already live for Windows 8.1!

Got the update as well, what an awesome job Jay! Congrats!

Got the update, Nice to see font size but It starts with: 'server error'. O, well.

QilleRz says:

Congrats Jay and WPCentral team !!!

Sounds great. I'll update my Win 8.1 devices in the morning.

Keep up the outstanding work Jay!

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

Bruno H says:

I miss a number on the live tile as on the wp8 app. And of course sync between the apps.

WPmunkey says:

Great! As it should be! Thanks guys!

mango.lover says:

What a waste of space that lead story is.

XYers6 says:

Congratulations!

Schikitar says:

What's (also) great is that this raises the profile of Windows Phone, to users who would otherwise have no idea that there's a third option! Good stuff guys!

rsuter says:

This means that only wp fan boys and similar are using wp?! Gives to think...

I left you app "open" in the background last night and it drained my phone battery.

Normally my phone can go all night without going dead. This app was the only thing I didn't close out of. Its not the only app that will kill a battery even when in the background.

Please fix this.

Thanks.

Laion says:

I'm One those millions.