Android: UX improvements and Quick stats

We have released an new update to the beta channel for our Studio for WP (WordPress) app for Android devices.

This update focuses on some UX improvements and updates to quick stats.

The update will be rolled out in batches to all users in the next few days.

Home Screen 

We have an updated home screen for first time users.

Logged in users will continue to see blogs tab as home screen.

Login improvements

Similar to home screen, the login screen gets an update. This the first of a series of updates planned.

 

Stats

The quick stats tab for your blogs and websites has been updated with new stats for posts and country views. More updates to this section to follow in next updates.

 

Premium/Subscription services

We have always kept basic features FREE for single account blogs.

However, we realize that getting premium/subscription based content is difficult.
With this update, it takes just a few taps to purchase this content in an monthly subscription. (Prices vary by country/region.)
If you have any questions in this regard, please reach out to us.

In Summary

As always keep sharing your love for our WordPress apps. Please show some appreciation and please provide your valuable feedback plus reviews on Google Play and Microsoft Store. We are waiting to hear your feedback!Edited using Studio for WP app. Download app for Android and Windows.

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Windows 10: New Design elements

This week we have made updates to our design elements for our Windows 10 app for PC and Mobile.

If you are having any issue in using our Windows 10 Mobile app, please read this post.

Header

We have reduced the space taken up by the app header and extended the app layout into the title bar, providing more space for your data.

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Editor

We have an extended toolbar for large screen devices on the editor page. This gives you quick access to more formatting features like featured images, tags & categories etc.
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Unsaved edits

We will now remind you for any unsaved edits when you navigate away for back from the editor.
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Quick commands

In link with a small header, all our action commands have been moved up into the top of the window. These now offer a consistent experience for commands and flyouts.
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Here’s is quick look at before vs after for our blog posts page

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Please get in touch with us for any issues with any of our apps.


IN SUMMARY

As always keep sharing your love for our WordPress apps. Please show some appreciation and please provide your valuable feedback plus reviews on Google Play and Microsoft Store. We are waiting to hear your feedback!

 

Edited using Studio for WP app. Download app for Android and Windows.

April Update: What’s New

This is a summary of all the things we updated in the month of April.

Personalization

We have added a new option to choose the theme for the navigation menu. You can now have a light theme for the app and a dark theme for the navigation menu.

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Additionally, you can turn off the Transparency effects if that’s your thing.

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The new theme features  are currently rolling out for Windows 10 users only.

Tags, Categories and more

On Windows 10, The blog’s home page has been updated to feature some quick links to Tags, Categories, Users, Media library and more.

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For Android Users, we have added a ‘More’ tab for the links to Media library, Tags & Categories and Users.

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This is in addition to the Today Snapshot available earlier.

Trending

Tending is a new section added exclusively for Android users to catch a glimpse of what’s trending in WordPress world.

Send us your feedback on this new section. All suggestions and requests are welcome.

IN SUMMARY

The updates are available to all our customers across Android and Windows 10.

As always keep sharing your love for our WordPress apps. Please show some appreciation and please provide your valuable feedback plus reviews on Google Play and Microsoft Store.  We are waiting to hear your feedback!

Download app for Android and Windows.

Updates: March Rollup

We have been working on a series of updates across all devices and below is the summary of everything that’s updated since our last post.

‘Blog’ first

For all logged-in users, the home page is now the blogs tab. This is the first step in providing increased focus on productivity.

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Quick actions

We have added some quick actions to the blogs tab so that information is available quicker.

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Improved Navigation

The Navigation pane has been improved with blog first approach. On PC, the navigation pane will now stay open for better usability. We plan to add a new user preference to turn off this feature, its that is your thing.

In addition, the user profile tab has a new position in the bottom area of the navigation pane for mobile users similar to the PC.

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Faster load times

There was certainly some lag and delay in app startup. That has been improved and the app responds faster.

Windows Phone 8.1, is still here

We updated the package for Windows Phone 8.1 customers for technical reasons. There are no new features for that version in this release. Although not actively developed with new features, the app will remain available for these devices until supported by Microsoft.

IN SUMMARY

The update is now available to all our customers.

As always keep sharing your love for our WordPress apps. Please show some appreciation and please provide your valuable feedback plus reviews on the Google Play and Microsoft Store.  We are waiting to hear your feedback!

Download app for Android and Windows.

New updates available for all devices

Seasons greetings! We have multiple updates for all supported devices. That includes Android, Windows and Amazon Echo.

This months update mainly improves your user experience and stability. Here’s a summary:

  • Easy theme switching and improvements for dark theme.
  • Full screen layout for Android devices.
  • Bug fixes for sharing and listening to articles.
  • And more…

Head out to the Google Play and Microsoft Store for getting the update.

Echo Update

We are now available on Amazon Echo devices via the Alexa assistant. We are called ‘VoicePress’. This service is constantly improving so give it a go! For more details, read our announcement.

Festive offer

Get up to 50% off on purchasing the app on the Windows store during Christmas. Keep a look out for this offer on the store app.

Get additional discount on a very special day of this year at a special hour too!

In Summary

As always keep sharing your love for our WordPress apps. Please show some appreciation and provide feedback and reviews on the Google Play store and Microsoft store.  We are waiting to hear your feedback!

Download app for Android and Windows.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2018!

Featured photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

April Update: Filters, Sign-in improvements

We have a new update for our Android users!

Included in this update is a mix of new features and improvements. Any pesky errors during signup and two factor authentication are gone! We fixed those bugs and everyone should see a better sign-in experience.

We have two new features in this build, you can now filter blog posts and pages using the new ‘filter’ option.

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Click the filter icon at the top of the screen.

You will see a selection of blog post statuses like drafts, published, trash etc. Select one or more to filter your posts.

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Another new feature is the ability to tap and hold a blog post to enable the delete menu at the top of the page.

Hope you all like the updates this month! More updates with sorting capabilities coming soon…

As always keep sharing your love for our WordPress apps. Please show some appreciation and provide feedback and reviews on the Google Play store and Windows store.  We are waiting to hear your feedback!

Download app for Android and Windows.

App Update: Tags, Categories, Featured Image & more

This month we have a new update with lots of new features and improvements.

We now support editing of tags and categories via the post editor. Just click the arrow on the save draft button and see the new options

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We would be adding post format, and other options soon.

Next up is the support for featured image. The latest update allows you to set or clear the post featured image.

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.If that’s not all, we also added a preview just before you publish a post.

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Other improvements include a blog icon/logo in blogs list, app crash fixes in notifications and image upload.

As always keep sharing your love for our WordPress apps. Please show some appreciation and provide feedback and reviews on the Google Play store and Windows store.
We are waiting to hear your feedback!

Please let your readers and other bloggers know about the apps.

Download app for Android and Windows.

App Updates: WordPress for Android and Windows

Its been a little more than two months since we published our Android app. Since then we have released more than 25 app updates, and continue to do so every now and then.

We would like to give a summary of new features that we have released on Android and Windows.

Security

We have added new security feature  for protection of your blog and posts that you publish. We now require your fingerprint every time you try to publish a post.

If your device does not have a fingerprint scanner, not to worry. We also support key code as a backup option.

This feature is headed for Windows users very soon.

Editor Updates

Ever lost a blog post edits? Now avoid accidental loss of edits. We have added a new message prompt when going back from editor.

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Reading View

Enhanced reading view with redesigned actions on discover posts. Now listen to posts, share them and view comments. Some of these features have been available to our Windows users for a while.

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See example below

In addition to the actions, we have a floating like button as well. Let us know if you would like this button or want it to be moved to the actions. Sound off in comments!

Image viewer

We don’t just stop here for the reading view! We have also added a new image viewer for all posts in reader view. Navigate through all the images in the post at once with this new feature.

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Sign-in experience

We have updated the sign-in experience to match the Windows platform. As always we support both WordPress.com and self hosted blogs (*with JetPack). For help on sign-in please visit our Help section

Dark themed editor

We have added a dark themed editor for our Windows users. On Android the dark theme editor still needs some polish, although we do offer a less optimized version for now.

Unified Settings

We have worked to keep our settings page nearly identical for Windows and Android. Mange your connected blogs, purchases, preferences and more form the settings page. You can even connect with us directly, select Suggestions and feedback option.

Feedback and Ratings

As always keep sharing your love for our WordPress apps. Please show some appreciation and provide feedback and reviews on the Google Play store and Windows store.
We are waiting to hear your feedback!

Please let your readers and other bloggers know about the apps.

Download app now
Android http://goo.gl/cvZNQd
Windows http://goo.gl/oey4vO

April Update: General Bug fixes

We have a new update in the store for Windows 10 UWP app. There is no change for the Windows Phone 8.1 app as of now.

In this update, we have fixed a bug where users were not able to post new comments. Thanks to one of our users for reporting this problem.

Following some feedback we have added a new processing screen just after you add a new blog within the app. Earlier users would see a blank page until processing was complete.

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Also in this update is a UX styling fix in notifications tab.

As always, if you have any issues, please do reach out to us in comments, email, Twitter, Facebook.

March Update: Improvements and bug fixes

A new update is now available from the store for both Windows 10 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

In this update we have updated the Windows 10 menu bar/pullout with new icons for easier navigation.

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Also in the update is a new layout for Reader section. The reader posts will now adapt and change layout depending on the screen size and device. Phones will continue to use the existing layout.

We plan to add multiple layout options in future update. Let us know if the new layout feature is good or bad, sound off in comments.

When using a touch screen device with a on screen keyboard or navigation bar, like a tablet or a phone, the bottom of the screen would get cut-off. We have updated the way we resize the application content in these scenarios. Give it a try!

Other bug fixes include a fix for the discover tab not showing posts and some fixes for explore tab.

As always, if you have any issues, please do reach out to us in comments, email, Twitter, Facebook.

Download for Windows 10 (Phone and PC
https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrdntk5

Download for Windows Phone 8.1
http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=53000ba6-d101-4c95-abda-b67eb92c64a5


WHATS NEW
Windows 10 (PC & Phones) v2.2.1.0

  • New Icons in the pull out menu for easy navigation.
  • New layout for reader on larger screens.
  • Fixed a bug where discover posts were not visible.
  • Fixed a bug where on-screen navigation bars would overlap the screen.
  • Removed confusing visual feedback for read only lists in the stats page.

Windows Phone 8.1 v1.5.5.0

  • Fixed bugs where discover posts were not visible to users.
  • Fixed a bug for network issues with correct indicator.
  • Other improvements in visual feedback.