More and more of us are blogging from our mobile devices. Today, we’re thrilled to announce new versions of the WordPress mobile apps for Android and iOS. Here are some of the new versions’ highlights.
WordPress for iOS 3.9
The latest WordPress for iOS update is one of our largest app releases to date. This update is remarkable both for the significant changes we’ve introduced, and for the level of dedication it received from our hard-working team members.
Version 3.9 includes a major visual redesign of the app. We decided to drop the sidebar navigation and embrace a tab bar-based layout. The app’s new design allowed us to add numerous visual improvements throughout, including revamped and enhanced Reader, Comments, and Notifications sections. We also created a seamless inline commenting experience to make it easier for you to engage with the content you love. Finally, we made visual improvements to the editing experience of posts and pages.
Our team has embraced the latest and greatest technologies that Apple has provided us with iOS 7 to deliver you the best app possible. Version 3.9 and future updates will require iOS 7.
The app also includes several other changes. On top of various bug fixes and performance improvements, it now supports deep-linking from Twitter, and features an improved login screen. Be sure to try it out:
WordPress for Android 2.6
The latest update to WordPress for Android includes a new reading and setup experience, as well as significant updates to the user interface.
The Reader has been completely redesigned, and now provides a much-improved, native reading experience. You’ll definitely notice its speed — posts appear in a snap, and images fade in as they load. You can also view users that have commented or liked posts, as well as edit the list of tags that you follow. We’ve revamped the like, reblog, and comment interfaces to make it easier than ever to respond to posts that strike your fancy.
When signing in to the app or creating an account on WordPress.com, you’ll notice a brand new user interface that makes it super-simple to start blogging. If you keep multiple blogs on your account, they will all be automatically added for you. You can also hide whichever blogs you don’t wish to work on in the app.
We’ve given the app a facelift, including a new color scheme, a refined navigation drawer layout, and sharp-looking lists in notifications, posts, pages and comments.
You’ll also notice some changes to the post editor, with larger images and a new Post Settings area where you’ll manage post data such as status, post formats, and categories, among others. The post content area will now go full screen while you are editing, to give you maximum space to focus on your content. Give the app a try here:
The mobile team isn’t stopping here! We have big plans for the months to come and for the rest of 2014. You can keep up with the development progress over at http://make.wordpress.org/mobile. You can also follow the apps on twitter @WPAndroid and @WordPressiOS.
Jan 30th at 8:04 pm
Great update! I’m a fan of the tab-based user interface.
Jan 30th at 8:11 pm
Are version of desktop depeloved by wordpress also?
Jan 30th at 9:11 pm
Just noticed this and so far I am impressed! Thank you.
Jan 30th at 9:19 pm
Where is the editing option UL on the iPhone?
Jan 30th at 9:23 pm
All good. One thing that bugs me on iOS is that I keep getting asked to log back into Jetpack. Can you stop that from happening?
Jan 30th at 9:33 pm
Any news on when the next version of the Windows Phone app will be out?
Jan 30th at 9:55 pm
I love this app, the updates are well cool! I always use this app on my Android
Jan 30th at 10:08 pm
Just downloaded it to the iPhone 5, better interface.
Jan 30th at 10:09 pm
I can’t figure out how to trash a comment though.
Jan 30th at 11:01 pm
Hope there is app for windows phone soon…
Jan 30th at 11:08 pm
Thanks Dan, I use the current windows phone app alot and like it. It has a few bugs and glitches but overall is pleasant enough, certainly for quickly checking stats or replying to comments it works great. I’d use it even more if the techincal issues were fixed so I’m really looking forward to the next release
Jan 30th at 11:14 pm
I just updated to the new android version. Its so awesome.
Jan 30th at 11:24 pm
I downloaded it and love it! Compared to the other app it is 100% better. But I noticed, when I write a comment and hit publish, it sends it through as my blog post. What do I hit for the comment to go to the blog I am commenting on and not to my blog?
Jan 30th at 11:30 pm
I love the new update. It’s more welcoming. Feels more accessible.
Jan 31st at 12:27 am
Just installed the new version! Love it, much easier to use and blog on the run!!
Jan 31st at 1:26 am
This new update is great, so much smoother than the last version.
Jan 31st at 1:32 am
I really like the new app for iOS. Keep the improvements coming.
Jan 31st at 1:53 am
Updates makes it much better than before.
Jan 31st at 2:32 am
Just tried it out on my iPad! Fantastic update. Huge thanks to all….
Jan 31st at 3:31 am
Perhaps in the future we would have the ability to Schedule a post on our mobile devices?
Jan 31st at 4:18 am
I tried to download the app today and was disappointed. I have a first generation iPad and it’s operating system only goes up to 5.
Jan 31st at 5:25 am
This is really a nice improvement! Looking good! Easy to navigate! Thank you!
When writing a new post, will it be possible to choose among the most common tags as well? Like one can do with categories?
Jan 31st at 8:24 am
Really happy about the deep-linking from Twitter. Thanks!
Jan 31st at 9:31 am
Earlier, I said that the updated android version was awesome but its not true. The truth is that it is SUPER AWESOME.
Jan 31st at 10:12 am
Impressive. Haven’t tried blogging from mobile yet but I can imagine how convenient and timely this would make posts. Great technology and I can’t wait to try! Thanks WordPress.
Jan 31st at 12:50 pm
So much better. Thanks. However we seem to have lost the ability to go from one post to the next without going back to the list.
Jan 31st at 3:04 pm
This update is far better than older version. But Wordpres should include 2 features in the blog:
1) To edit our comment posted on other blog
2) There should be an option to categorize feeds in our reader, like in feedly or at least there should be an option for tagging a post in our reader like in pocket.
Jan 31st at 3:22 pm
Do you have a version for windows tablet??
Jan 31st at 7:35 pm
Really love the feel of the new app! Thank you. But why can’t we play YouTube videos from within the app still? Please can you resolve this?
Feb 1st at 6:58 am
I am quite happy with the update, I wonder if it’s possible to reintroduce a couple of smart features. First, display the previous comments to the one currently displayed in the notification panel. Second, the active link in the author names. Keep up with the good job.
Feb 1st at 11:49 am
I’ve been using the latest version of the iOS app, and it works a treat on my iPad. Haven’t used it on android yet.
Feb 1st at 6:39 pm
Please add the possibility to follow and search for other blogs within the app. Otherwise the interface is really good, but it’s really annoying to have to go to the web page to add a blog I like to my follow list.
Feb 1st at 6:50 pm
I love the new iPad app!
Feb 1st at 7:11 pm
I have a Samsung Galaxy three and a self hosted WordPress blog (tidinessproject.co.za). I’ve been doing daily updates with joy my heart, but the new update has taken that joy away. Two days in row I’ve done the post as I always did only to have it disappear and be told there is an error. So then I have to find a computer and do it. I am very cross. Please let me have the old version back!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 1st at 8:09 pm
Thanks for the update. I like the tab based idea as it looks more streamlined.
However, I have an iPad mini retina, now I can no longer click through to a specific blog from the reader anymore unless the poster has put in the “more” or “read more” feature. If I come across a post from a blog that I don’t follow I have always clicked through to the actual blog by just clicking in the blog name at the top of the post on the reader page. Now this blog name is unclickable.
I also can no longer click through to a new follower’s blog from within the app. Please can you reactivate the feature to click through to a blog by clicking on the blog name.
My only other gripe is that I loved the full bleed page on the reader. Now the reader part is very small and has diminished my reader experience. Would it be possible to make the reader full bleed page screen width again?
Thanks again for all your hard work on the updates.
Feb 1st at 10:27 pm
Nice update, but what about the BlackBerry 10 app? We are waiting for the native app for more than 6 months now.
Feb 3rd at 9:08 am
The apps should make it a lot easier for blogging at the ballparks this summer! I can’t wait until this snow is gone, and I’m enjoying the sunshine and crack of the bat.
Feb 4th at 3:13 am
I love the new update, thanks a lot Dan
Feb 4th at 9:48 pm
i have the same issue as KK Ghots Writer on my Ipad Air. I can’t click through to the original post unless there is “more”. furthermore it is especially unfortunate that pictures shot in portrait mode seem to be cropped to landscape mode even if you go from the reader overview (where this seems to be standard) to the singlepost (still in the reader). the latter is most probably a bug, the first issue probably a user interface glitch.
the update of the android app on the other hand/device is fantastic!
Feb 5th at 4:10 am
Just downloaded the app on my ipad and phone =) cant wait to start blogging on the go!
Feb 5th at 11:51 am
The new iOS app is awesome!
Feb 5th at 5:52 pm
Gonna try it out now, Thumb up wordpress
Feb 6th at 10:19 pm
Hopefully we’ll see a Windows Phone 8 app soon… the app linked above says it’s for WP7. I’m sure it will run fine, but that means it hasn’t been updated in ages.
Feb 7th at 5:40 am
I preferred the sidebar (iPhone) but I guess there always has to be one nay-sayer it does seem oversimplified now for the sake of cramming things into 4 tabs, why is settings under the Me tab? because there’s no where else now that makes sense to put it? From the comments here it doesn’t look like I’m the only one that finds navigation in the app update to be off-putting.
Feb 7th at 12:42 pm
Only one thing missing,the edit button to edit comments and posts android version
Feb 8th at 8:11 pm
So much better UI. Kudos to WordPress! I was avoiding using the app until now!
Feb 12th at 2:37 am
Well, it looks stripped down and may be less “complicated” for many but I, like KK Ghostwriter, am not happy about not being able to “view Original” post and shiver to think how many visits are not appearing in my stats because viewers have not been driven to my blog for lack of easy access – I have noticed a marked decrease of “actual” visitors since the updates irregardless of “likes” made in the mobile readers and people “following” daily without even visiting the site proper; like lostfunzone I am horrified that carefully curated photographs and artwork are disrespectfully chopped into landscapes for no good reason and like iancosgrove also find the navigation “off-putting” where one slip of the finger close to a blogger’s name and gravatar results in them being “unfollowed” – gives a whole new meaning to the word “oops”… plus cannot use the web browser on the mobiles anymore as a workaround for these issues as it seems to default back to the app… such is life.
Waiting patiently for a new update…
Feb 12th at 3:23 am
This blog made me think about how I shouldn’t left android for Apple, lol. Just kidding but great blog great information to keep people posted.