February has been a great month for mobile blogging on WordPress.com. In just the past week, WordPress apps for Android and BlackBerry made their official debuts, and the iPhone app reached version 2.2. No other blogging service has this kind of app support across these three smartphone platforms — we checked!
Power and control, on the go
While each of these mobile apps is unique, they share a common design philosophy: to give you the ability to easily update and manage your blog from an optimized smartphone user interface. You can easily create new posts, add media, manage comments, and more. There are small tweaks and differences, but the other thing that is shared is the developers are constantly improving the apps based on your feedback, just like we do here on WordPress.com.
100% free and open source
Each app is released free of charge, and the code is open source. The teams welcome suggestions for new features and even code contributions. One of the coolest things about open source development is community involvement. It makes the code better, and it makes the apps rock.
WordPress.com users come from all over the world. The mobile apps here are available in multiple languages but need volunteers to enable even more people to use them. If you’re interested in helping localize these mobile apps, you can get involved by visiting translate.wordpress.org.
Works with WordPress.org blogs
Each of these mobile apps also lets you publish to and manage your self-hosted WordPress.org blogs.
Now with video
VideoPress is now supported in the WordPress for BlackBerry app, and is coming soon for iPhone and Android.
One more thing
We are very excited to share with all of you that in the coming weeks we’ll be opening up a beta test for the official Open Source WordPress for Nokia app. For developers who are interested in getting involved, we just opened-up a dev blog with details, links to the source code and trac tickets, and an early alpha build. We’ll be leveraging the Qt framework which means will be able to support both the S60 and Maemo platforms.
What are you waiting for? Download WordPress for your favorite mobile device and get blogging on WordPress.com.
- Feb 11, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
Feb 11th at 4:08 pm
*cough* Windows Mobile guys? No? Still nothing, huh?
Feb 11th at 4:10 pm
Interesting! No other blogging platform is so packed with features!
Feb 11th at 4:20 pm
About to buy a new phone, seems it won’t be one with WinMobile
Feb 11th at 4:21 pm
So when is the Windows Mobile app coming? Come on, you can’t leave Windows Phones out!
Or are you waiting for top-secret developments from Microsoft at the MWC?
Feb 11th at 4:23 pm
crossing fingers that Palm Pre will be added to this list
Feb 11th at 4:43 pm
waiting for wm platform!
Feb 11th at 4:44 pm
is there an app coming out for the samsung impression any time soon?
Feb 11th at 4:52 pm
You forgot to mention Poster for the Palm Pre. Although, I prefer to just email posts. @Sarah, Sprint has low priced unlimited data. It’s even better if you’re on family plan and the Pre rocks.
Feb 11th at 4:56 pm
I do find it interesting that a platform like WordPress – with such a web-based philosophy – is going so strongly down the route of per-platform client apps, when clearly your end game should be device agnostic.
Mobile apps are a fad
Feb 11th at 5:05 pm
@wordpress on Twitter mentioned Nokia??
Feb 11th at 5:06 pm
@Rong MeiShan : I’m on AT&T. I wouldn’t touch Sprint with a 10-foot pole. I have the same phone as helenpaige1
Feb 11th at 5:16 pm
Please develop a Windows Phone app.
Feb 11th at 5:41 pm
Gosh, that’s good and sounds a bit mind boggling!
Feb 11th at 6:32 pm
So – official comments come back saying:
– no app for Samsung Impression
– app on the way for Nokia / Symbian
– keeping an eye on HTML browser apps
But despite there being several comments asking about Windows Phone support …….. there is no comment! What’s the secret?
Feb 11th at 6:59 pm
The Nokia client is developed using Qt libraries, which are also available for Windows Mobile. So one option for Windows Mobile users would be to try to port the application for it.
Feb 11th at 7:27 pm
Erm, for those of us who don’t really speak web, code & software (is that a crime for a WP user? I think it might be…) what does “The Nokia client is developed using Qt libraries, which are also available for Windows Mobile. So one option for Windows Mobile users would be to try to port the application for it” mean in practice?
Feb 11th at 7:32 pm
Have been waiting for a while. Glad to hear that it has arrived. Now I could enter my page easily and enjoy it from my mobile. Thanks for the effort.
Feb 11th at 7:33 pm
Finally android app!!!YESS!!
Feb 11th at 7:54 pm
crossing fingers that Palm Pre will be added to this list
Feb 11th at 8:14 pm
What about Symbian and Nokia 5800?
Feb 11th at 8:20 pm
I use it on my Android and love it. Great app. User friendly, wonderful UI.
Feb 11th at 8:43 pm
How I can translate these apps to finnish?
Feb 11th at 9:26 pm
Feb 11th at 9:41 pm
fantastic news… :-p
Feb 11th at 9:58 pm
Not bad. I used the iPhone app right from the start. It saved me a few times when I was on the go, to correct mistakes.
Feb 11th at 10:50 pm
I’m not sure what all of this means to me for now, but it seems clear that it is opening the pathways to many more possibilities…and that’s a good thing
Feb 12th at 12:14 am
great news …..
now we can blog directly from mobile
thank u guys and good luck to fellow bloggers ………
Feb 12th at 12:30 am
Feb 12th at 2:30 am
With the release of the iPad not too far away, and the HUGE scope that it offers, especially for wordpress bloggers on the go, will WP.com be looking at making a iPad WordPress app to allow access and editing, uploading of images and basically full functionality of ones blog via the iPad.
I hope to have one by mid year, in time for E3 in LA (traveling from Aust to US to attend) and would be using the iPad as an intergral part of my coverage of the event.
The iPad offers a great deal to users such as ourselves, and opens up a huge list of possibilities, can we expect some movement in this area guys-n-gals?
The work you do is so appreciated by the community, this would just top the cake off nicely.
Others thoughts welcomed . . .
Feb 12th at 3:07 am
I have a t-mobile Shadow which one do I get.
Feb 12th at 4:19 am
Perplexes me that there isn’t a Windows Mobile version when it has more market share than Android; by a few times. I suppose it isn’t cool to deal with anything Microsoft anymore.
Feb 12th at 5:17 am
I’m looking forward to the Nokia app. I have an E63.
Feb 12th at 6:36 am
wordpress again made a step ahead
Feb 12th at 8:01 am
What about us Window Mobile users? Please do come up with one.
Feb 12th at 8:05 am
Does WordPress work in Nokia Communicator 9500?
Feb 12th at 9:20 am
yes agree so.
waiting for windows mobile platform.
sorry but its disappointment for me…
Feb 12th at 10:23 am
what about symbian devices?
Feb 12th at 11:19 am
how about “java midp” phone? i hope you made it because ALL phone have it!
Feb 12th at 12:01 pm
@ Raanan Bar-Cohen
OK, thanks for information!
Feb 12th at 2:23 pm
Great news! Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to access the internet through my mobile I use my dad’s laptop to blog.
Feb 12th at 3:57 pm
Now all I have to do is convince my boss that he needs to buy me the N900 with a data plan. #wishfulthinking #appsfortherestofus
Feb 12th at 4:00 pm
It makes a world of difference having a good solution when travelling, i used to have to take my laptop everywhere.
Feb 12th at 5:47 pm
The iPhone App was the real reason I started Pressing, and now I`ll never go back! <3
Feb 12th at 9:18 pm
Really wish you’d give thought to WebOS mobile app development for the Palm Pre (just a hack away from Linux, guys, and the market is growing). I’m currently using the mobile web interface to check stats and do an occasional Quick Post, but blog management is nearly impossible that way. Having a Pre interface would be far nicer, and probably more productive.
Love WordPress, and my readers do too. Keep up the great work.
Feb 12th at 9:20 pm
hey, great apps but a app for windows mobile would be even better
i’m using windows mobile and always have to use the web gadget…
Feb 12th at 9:42 pm
Kewl! ^_^ I use a mobile app on my ipod. Now, if only wordpress could create a way for me to text faster.
Feb 13th at 2:22 am
I use the blog app for iPhone. Didn’t think I’d use it much, but I often find myself wanting to write on my blog while out and about. I appreciate this feature.
Feb 13th at 6:45 am
are there any for symbian s60 3rd? nokia e71?
Feb 13th at 6:50 am
Is there a WebOS app coming? Palm Pre users (like me) would like that.
Feb 13th at 10:56 am
like this! but my phone is a nokia N70
Feb 13th at 6:10 pm
Would love this for WebOS to use on my Palm Pre!
Feb 13th at 8:33 pm
Dynamite, can’t wait to try it out
Feb 14th at 3:13 am
well I have a blackberry and I surely will try this app. thanks for the info then.
Feb 14th at 12:27 pm
C’mon. WinMo. Please!?!
Feb 14th at 12:30 pm
Although, that said… post by email has made it a lot easier to post from my WinMo phone. I’ve saved most html tags as predictive text words, the only problem is its difficult to remember the wordpress tags for draft etc, and only putting pictures at the bottom of the post is a pain!
Feb 14th at 12:58 pm
Symbian, please. It has a much wider approach than all three OSes. Combined.
Feb 14th at 2:47 pm
Is there any app coming for samsung s5600
Feb 15th at 4:50 am
We want symbian!!!
Feb 15th at 8:08 am
Since this isnt cmpatible with my phone yet, is there any other mobile way to post? And my phone is a samsung gravity 2.
Feb 15th at 1:19 pm
+1 for webOS
Feb 15th at 9:59 pm
i tried both the iphone app v. 2.2 and m.wordpress.com. both work well.
the iphone app does occasionally crash, but overall it’s quite stable. when it does crash (which is rare) i don’t have to reset my device; just reload the app and it works fine.
the m.wordpress.com is brilliant. super-fast load time. just wish comments can be accessed from m.wordpress.com.
Feb 15th at 11:33 pm
Let’s see now that microsoft is getting again into the game who this industry will transform itself
Feb 16th at 7:30 am
+2 for webos.
Feb 16th at 8:38 am
Any chance of something for Motorola Rival anytime soon?
Feb 16th at 9:17 am
My Pantech runs on Windows Mobile – is there an app that I can use? I know that I can post by e-mail, but that’s a big pain in my butt, so I figure that an app would be more user friendly.
Feb 16th at 12:00 pm
With this kind of apps support.There’s never been best time to be on board with WordPress.
Feb 16th at 12:05 pm
its Quite Pathetic that wordpress doesn’t allow use of symbian OS …YET
Feb 16th at 12:05 pm
I must confess to being bewildered by the iphone app. I have reverted to version 1 as all versions of 2 have lost me data and simply don’t download the whole of my pages to the phone. There seems to have been plenty of feedback in the app store telling a similar story and yet the product seems to have gotten worse.
It’s a fantastic idea but, at present, the execution is causing problems.
Feb 16th at 12:56 pm
I have to try this!
Feb 16th at 1:19 pm
how about nexian, is it available?
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Feb 16th at 6:39 pm
I am still trying to get this app on my Blackberry…
Feb 16th at 10:56 pm
M.wordpress.com doesnt work for me. Idk y I might be gettng a :lackberry soon tho
Feb 17th at 11:37 am
I can actually see myself using this when I get my new Android. Thanks.
Feb 17th at 12:49 pm
OK there is a fantastic symbian/nokia application out there called wordmobi which is what I use.
You just have to make sure you publish the post as a ‘draft’ if you want it to save, and haven’t finished it.
Feb 17th at 2:56 pm
It’s great! I would now ask my friends to get the iphones!
Feb 17th at 5:41 pm
The mind boggles at the continual drip of new stuff. How I wish I knew IT language and had a brain to learn new things. I was brought up when phones were immobile and lived in red boxes — at the corner of the street. But I have to say, wordpress is quite helpful to old wrinklies like me!
Nice to belong here.
Feb 17th at 6:28 pm
I love my iPhone app – any chance that I might be able to get stats to the phone though?
Feb 17th at 11:23 pm
webOS. webOS. webOS. please.. please. please.
Feb 18th at 11:22 am
great i’m using it already
Feb 18th at 2:20 pm
Too bad nothing is available for Winmobile. I certainly can use one
Feb 18th at 3:18 pm
Hi to my fellow Windows Mobile users. We are an unloved bunch, aren’t we. About a year ago I did a lot of googling to find an app that allowed me to blog from my phone. Let me save you a great deal of heartache in your own search – we a realistic choice of two (count ‘em) such apps. Both are free, both are rough around the edges and both, as far as I can tell, are no longer supported by their creators. Out of that dazzling choice only one (yes, one) worked for me. In the interests of giving you all as full a picture as I can, here are my findings, starting with the one that worked and ending with the one that didn’t…
1) moBlog (http://sampath.wordpress.com/2008/06/05/moblog-22-released/). This is the simpler of the two, but it still manages to link to you blogs so you can select tags and cats, saves drafts and publish posts. It doesn’t handle comments or any of the dashboard stuff, but to be fair it wasn’t written to – it’s a posting tool pure and simple. A useful addition is that it handles more that just WP blogs allowign you to also post to any old or joint-owned Blogger blogs you might have. The biggest problem I’ve found (as have others in various reviews) is the lack of copy & paste, a huge draw back for blogging, but a simple work around is to pull up the on-screen keyboard and use the good old shortcuts of CTRL-C/V/X. Thank god for Windows (and that may be the only time I say that).
2) TBlogger (http://darrenjohnstone.net/2007/06/29/travelling-blogger-for-windows-mobile/). This looked to be a very clever WordPress only app that has everything and the kitchen sink in but I simply could not make it work! The load time is huge and occasionally it goes into the loading something in the background that freezes it up completely (it also suffers from no cut&paste, but see above). I’ve left a comment on the author’s blog, but I guess he’s not updating it anymore. If he does, then it’ll become my tool of choice, but until then its moBlog for me.
So my dear (dare I say foolish) fellow Win Mo users, until I can upgrade to an Android phone, or the clever bods at WordPress show us some love, I’m afraid you have moBlog or nothing.
For more on my rants about trying to blog from my phone, see these posts (be warned, I do cuss from time to time)
Feb 18th at 7:15 pm
why not follow Opera’s lead?
Opera Mini is a Java app,
and runs on any almost any
phone with a JVM
and it runs well.
Feb 18th at 7:19 pm
is having jquery related issues.
“A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.
Feb 18th at 9:20 pm
I agree with jrdskinner. I want an easier way to look at my stats. Right now I have to go to the website and the stats menu because the plug in doesn’t work on the phone for my dashboard. Just a summary would be nice.