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New font sizes, read/unread options also available in this latest update

It's a banner day for the official Android Central app! We've just released Version 1.2 with a few more heavily requested features, some bigfixes and your basic smorgasbord of awesomeness. 

If you've yet to experience the glory that is the Android Central app, go ahead and hit up that download button. We'll wait. Then join us after the break as we walk you through a couple of the new features including -- yes -- a move to the dark side.

Joining the dark side: Welcome to night mode

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From our first release, one of the most sought-after features was a dark theme. And now we've got it. You can switch to the dark theme in the settings menu. (Look for "Night mode.") The theme persists throughout the application. 

It's become our go-to look for the app. Let us know if you'd like it to become the default.

Read/unread status in forums and blog

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This one works on the blog side as well as in the forums. Once you've read a story or thread, the title will switch to a lighter font. It's subtle, but it's noticeable.

Change font size in articles

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Another must-have feature, in our opinion. When you've got an article open, hit the overflow menu button (that's the three little dots in the top right) to get the font size options. We've included "Tiny," "Small," "Medium," "Large" and "My God, what were they thinking?"

And that's not all

Those are the big strokes. But we've also improved the widget refresh mechanism, article scrolling is better, and we've issued a host of other tweaks and bugfixes. 

 
There are 110 comments

Premium1 says:

like the look. great job!

bez54 says:

Awesome! Thanks.

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lt thistle says:

I have joined the dark side, looks great.

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DWR_31 says:

Simply beautiful guys.

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Shyuan says:

Thanks! It's so much better to read in the dark!

borgdog says:

Definitely agree! All apps need to have a dark side option (looking at you Google!)

Green_Laser says:

+1
Definito!

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sequoia462 says:

Please let us permanently set the default font size! I don't want to have to make it bigger for each new article.

joshua.worth says:

Looks to be permanent

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romiust says:

Yes, that is a must hopefully!

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sequoia462 says:

I didn't realise you have to press the OK button after choosing a font size, if you click off to the side then it doesn't save for the next article.

garyf33 says:

Any chance of having the font size adjustable in the forums section as well? Nice update though!

Yep coming next.

eric.atx says:

I'd also like a dark widget!

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Jordano says:

This app is great, and it's just getting better. Good job, guys! Already using the dark theme :).

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Icipher says:

Interesting.

Updating the App via the Google Play Store webpage rebooted my phone.

love it great job guys

erda0 says:

Love it! Thanks!

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neonworm says:

Thank you so much! Great job guys!

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patchs says:

Great job. I was using the widget on my HTC One but noticed my good battery life started changing, hope this update changes the draining, because I loved the widget.

joshua.worth says:

Sure dark can become the default but first change the blues to greens to match Android Central colors

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scouser73 says:

The app is really nice, set it to Night Mode and it's staying that way.

Benny879 says:

Would love to see option for universal font size

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ejraney says:

Love the update, keep up the great work!

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supersanborn says:

Amazing job!

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keykutney says:

Ooh! This is nice!

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Wobblin30 says:

Looks great, thanks!

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dar_k says:

Love the dark theme!

mcs says:

Please keep the light version as an option if you do make the dark the default. Love the app.

Well done to all those involved with this app!

It is truly a solid app even as it is now.

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mrbanks says:

Dark theme looks sweet!!! keep the updates coming. great job AC

TboWP7 says:

Nice

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Taz89 says:

App looks very nice, seems like a default app lol.. Loving the new dark theme.. Glad it's not just pure black like some dark themes..

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Taz89 says:

Oh Yh forgot to add maybe you can add the ability to go directly to comments.. For example in the list of all the articles there's the blue comments icon on the right.. Would love to tap that to go directly into the comment section.

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That's a good idea. Simple but effective.

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Tavyr says:

Any chance of a dark theme for the widget? Would look better with shutters in Action Launcher.

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Ditto.

Notifications for comments and forums would be nice too.

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GioTech says:

+1
The dark theme rocks but the widget got overlooked. Please give the widget a dark theme or a transparent black theme like Plume to match the OS!

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Anon_Emus says:

Love the updates, thanks!

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OH EM JEE I LOVE YOU GUYS FOR THIS!

gvndeb60 says:

Love the dark theme! Thanks

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fuzzylumpkin says:

Loving the darkness, an awesome app just got more awesome! Just wish Google would do dark themes... Ah well thankfully team blackout exist!

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One suggestion would be to add the theme option to the widget.

sejgiul says:

Great job. Thanks guys!

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Looks pretty awesome !

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Krasin says:

Please make the gray action bar the default though. That brought green is a little painful

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Believe13 says:

I dont have have an update yet. Boohoo.

ebocioj says:

I love it

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Love the dark theme, much easier on the eyes :-)

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Ronzdaname says:

Love the new dark theme.

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Kunzie says:

Loving the black theme. Excellent addition.

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What a shame you didn't include fall mode for the widget

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Mychaiel says:

Love the new black theme... Exactly what I've been waiting for!!

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Qwkslvrmz says:

Really like the new look!! Already using dark mode!!

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MarkSeven says:

I prefer the classic Green myself.. but maybe I'll use night theme, well, at night.

MarkSeven says:

Actually the Night theme looks pretty slick on my tablet.. I likes..

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130C0N says:

This is really nice it should have a lot of themes like one for each season and holiday

130C0N on Htc One Sv

S-Doo-1965 says:

Dark looks awesome on the Nexus 4.

Ratnok says:

I like the battery saving look.

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eric.atx says:

Love the changes thanks for the dark theme and larger font!

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Notus says:

Damn good of you Phil. This app makes "The Verge" app feel like a 1972 Ford Gremlin, and that's very high praise.

BoB16731 says:

Not seeing the update

mymitsu3kgt says:

You have to go into the settings and select the box for the dark theme

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BoB16731 says:

Do t have the box ti check :-(

mymitsu3kgt says:

Thank you for making the refresh button on the widget respond to a press.

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Great new theme it look awesome

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My app of choice for all Android news. On demand anytime, anywhere. Love the dark theme.

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Seryozha says:

hey. whats that infinity symbol mean? i want infinite battery too

KineticMD says:

Voicemail

user7618 says:

Good update, thanks, AC

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droid83 says:

Clean app. Great dark theme.

Jay Holm says:

How bout notifications of forum replies??? That sure would be nice.

droid83 says:

Can you switch the widget to dark also. Can't figure that out

banesfist says:

Awesome. It needed night mode.

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dfrankzor says:

Love the dark theme, looks much better now in my opinion. You guys are pushing out updates at a great pact, keep up the great work!

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dfrankzor says:

Pace*

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Green_Laser says:

This is just absolutely awesome, this app getting better and better as promised! Keep up the great work!
:-D

JollyFE says:

Thankful for the AC app, but still have NOT FOUND a remedy for "Webpage not available" whenever I attempt to log into my account. I have received this message ever since downloading the app back in May. Any thoughts Phil??? ...or anyone else???

Cheers
BW

Looking into it. Can you email me with more info? Phil at androidcentral dot com

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Rehzonance says:

Great! I hope I don't have anymore widget crashes.

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Neutrino says:

Great app update. Still concerned with the forum features. I get how the thread title gets darker when read. If I leave the forum, and come back, the thread title is bright again. Like the read feature didn't take.

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orion575 says:

That dark theme looks awesome on my SAmoled, thanks a lot guys !

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popartist says:

Aw, I like the light theme (esp. the green) - the dark is like every other app so I hope the light stays the default. :)

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dchawk81 says:

Still preferring light here. Dark is too depressing for me. Good to have choice though.

dchawk81 says:

We still need the ability to edit comments like we can on the site.

unitysound says:

Good app couldnt signup and slow facebook login

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unitysound says:

I prefer the dark theme

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verdana says:

+1

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S_C_B says:

I sold my Nexus 4 and Note 2, so I can have the money to buy a GS4 Google Edition. I'm left with my Lumia 920. I'm having Android withdrawals!!! I need Android Central app!

anthonok says:

Love the dark

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sblocknp says:

I'm feeling this dark theme

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Mikey47 says:

I love that you can now see read vs unread forum threads, but when you go into a thread it still takes you to the first message on the first page. Please fix so it goes to the first unread message within a thread.

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chrismage says:

Awesome I really like the dark setting.

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procol says:

Night mode!!! Hooray!!!

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Ep3n3wp says:

I wish the widget had a dark mode....

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artlu629 says:

I just hear AC/DC- Back In Black.

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vic_singh says:

Sweet... Looks great

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robbo918 says:

Excellent addition to one of my favorite apps. Floyd the Droid approves!

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I'm definitely in love with this dark mode, the a.c.app just keeps getting better and better!

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GKWANNABE says:

Night mode looks great but, I, personally prefer the white background.

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TechZOnline says:

Loving the dark theme

Voliam says:

Ok Phil, perhaps you could advise me on whom to contact to get the app to work. Never was able to login, getting routed to a page that was always "unavailable". After days of trying, I gave up.
Sent feedback with contact info, and tried finding a support link, to no avail.
Unfortunately I uninstalled the original app before trying the new one.

Email me with screen shots if you can. Phil at androidcentral

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sher9501 says:

The updates makes it much better with the dark theme. Just what it was missing.

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tkong says:

Love the update especially the Night Theme. This app is my go-to for phone news. Thanks for the great work.

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rbess1965 says:

I'm loading it now. Haven't even seen it yet and like it better already:) I've always preferred the darker themes on my Amoled device. Thanks AC.

JPK567 says:

I'm loving the dark side

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scottx.nb says:

Please change the update interval to hourly and bi/tri hourly. You guys don't need to make users update every fifteen minutes by default. That's just crazy. Battery and data plan killer. Sync only on Wi-Fi would be good too.

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JimBen73 says:

I'm loving the dark theme

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In the next update you guys should add the standard android three line back button instead of the old one. And add the option to have a flat ui with both light and dark themes.