WordPress For Android Up to Version 2.3 – Gains Holo Interface
The mobile app for WordPress has had a not so spectacular history, with the developers trying so hard to take it to a level in usability that would make it worthwhile. Now that they’ve finally accomplished that most important task, the developers can move on to improve more sensitive aspects of the app.
With Google announcing the new version 4.0 of Android a while back, it was obvious for all the OS fans and users that things would dramatically change. No longer would the Google OS be looked at as bearing a rather unappealing design and the developers would have their tools to greatly improve their apps.
‘WordPress for Android has been brought to version 2.3. The most notable change is the so long expected holo interface design that looks especially good integrated in the app. It also provides increased productivity, as the elements are placed more in handy and the overall feel of it is towards the better. The new changes also apply to the tablet interface, including the swipe from the side menu to reveal all the options. Here are the changes as marked by the developer:
In addition to the revamped user interface, you’ll find these new features as well:
- View Site option. A View Site option has been added to the Menu Drawer so you can view your blogs from within the app.
- Admin area access. You can access the wp-admin areas of your WordPress.com blogs by loading the Dashboard option in the Menu Drawer.
- Faster loading. The WordPress.com Reader now takes advantage of caching for faster loading.
- Updated look and feel. Settings have been converted to use the Android standard for preferences, giving them the Holo look and feel on supported devices. Many views have been updated to the Holo look and feel as well, including the post editor and all list views.
- Improved post editor experience. The post editor now has an expandable content area, which makes it much easier to navigate around the post content when you’re editing.
- Improved image uploading. If a post has an image but fails to upload the image, the post will be saved as a draft first — instead of published — so the image upload can be corrected.