Android Central

As you by no doubt  have heard, there's an all-new version of the Android Central App amongst us. And now we’re going to walk through it in all its awesomeness. It's got full access to the Android Central blogs, forums, wallpaper gallery, store, podcast, and videos. Our people have worked hard on this, and there are still plenty more features on the way. 

Have a question about how things work? Give us a few minutes of your time, and we'll walk you through it.

Android Central app

First up, you’ve got the blog section. This is exactly what you’d expect - full access to content categories like reviews, apps, accessories, editorials, and day-to-day news. We’ve got commenting enabled from the app with full Passport integration.

Android Central app

Of course we’ve got the forums baked in as well. Start threads, reply to posts, bookmark discussions - all of the important stuff is there. A short press on a post lets you leave a like, thanks, or quote someone in your reply. You can cruise through our multitudinous forum sections and easily track conversations you’re already participating in or those you’ve subscribed to.

Android Central app

We’ve got a section for the podcast, so you can listen to Phil, Jerry, Alex, and whoevever else dares wander into their den of talk show iniquity.  You can stream episodes or download them locally to listen to later. You've also got access to the show notes and comment sections if you want to follow up after listening.

Android Central app

Our monsterously huge wallpaper gallery has its own section within the app. It’s easy-peasy to find new backgrounds and set them as your wallpaper in a single tap. Pictures are organized into sensible categories, and presented in a buttery-smooth swipeable gallery view. ShopAndroid is nestled in here too, so you can order cases, headsets, screen protectors, and any other kind of accessory you might need. Lastly, there’s a nice showcase of our YouTube channel, so you can enjoy our personable reviews.

So, that's the Android Central app as it is now. There are plenty of features we're still working on, we're pretty stoked about how it turned out. What do you guys think of the app so far? 

 
There are 56 comments

Mychaiel says:

The App is pure Awesomeness!!!... If there was only 1 option I could ask for, it would be is Themes... Other than that it's A+!!

Definitely hearing that folks want a dark theme. It's on our list. :)

+1
I don't hate the light, but I would be curious to see what the dark would look like.

DWR_31 says:

Thanks for the dark theme "working on it" confirmation.
Gotta love my AC heros.

mkyle says:

Without a doubt, for some of it means the difference between seeing it and not seeing it. If we can't see it we sure can't use it.

jmbburg26 says:

The app is awesome! It's been a long wait but it's well worth it. I think I will be more engaged now because I always read the site from my phone. Thanks guys

tada1096 says:

Is there a widget

Not yet. But it's high on our list of things to do.

Dan Morrow says:

I love the app. However, when using my tablet, it would be nice to see a landscape view.

HAAS599 says:

Play store links (like the one at the top of this story) don't show up.

Known bug. High on our list of things to fix.

Tom Barnes3 says:

A search function would make this great app perfect :-)

mmcguirk says:

Nice! But where's the SEARCH functionality? Especially needed in Forums. The old Forums-only app has it but I couldn't find it anywhere in the new one.

Search apparently is a little tricky to do given our back end, so it didn't make the first version. Definitely something we're looking at though. Thanks for your patience.

fatboy97 says:

Very nice! Honestly I was not going to download it, but I saw the video on the features and then I had to use it... Thanks!!!

Thanks for trying it! :)

JT_Edmonds says:

Awesome app

4runner says:

I wouldn't mind seeing articles that have been read grayed out in the list so you can visually see which you have read and which you haven't. Then you don't have to re read every title to find one you have skipped over but now want to go back and read. Other than that it's a great app.

Hmmmmmm. Not a bad idea!

rap1 says:

+1 I would be much more likely to use it as feedly tracks which articles I've read and haven't.

Jay Holm says:

There's no email notifications of forum replies, and no 4.2 scrollable widget, I'm kinda dissapointed.

spielnicht says:

Great job on the app guys, love it! Only VITAL feature missing is refresh-on-load option for those [like me] that disable background sync.

spielnicht says:

Great job on the app guys, love it! Only vital feature missing is refresh-on-load option for those [like me] that disable background sync.

Marc Pike says:

Love it but my Nexus 10 likes landscape over portrait.

forenuser says:

And so does my GTab 10.1n.

What did you use for screen recording on the Galaxy Nexus?

cammykool says:

i was gonna ask the same question

Simon Sage says:

I'm using a Hauppauge PVR 2, but there are lots of gizmos that can capture HDMI out. Most of them are built for pro gamers that want to share gameplay videos. 

rswain64 says:

Awesome app so far. Can we get some ;landscape mode on next version?

Definitely something we're looking at. Can't say for certain when we'll have it though.

keepa36 says:

Love the app guys great work!

G_The_One says:

This app is awesome. I have uninstalled the Androidcentral Forums app - no need for it any more. A widget, notifications and search are the only missing things for me.

Mikey47 says:

I may be in the minority, but color me not impressed. I primarily use the app for reading forums but it's terrible using this app. You can't tell what threads you've read and which ones you haven't. You open a thread and it doesn't take you to the latest message that you haven't read. It's like a snipe hunt trying to find the post in a thread that you haven't read yet. :-(

Will be fixed in v1.1 and v.1.2 with-in the next few weeks. We will continue to have the Tapatalk powered Forums app available until the AC App is fully up to par.

Mikey47 says:

Woo hoo! Yeah, I still use the old AC Forums app.

tigeryee says:

Using it right now I give it a solid 7/10. Any chance of inverted an AC app?

Wizzy says:

Is this available for iOS?

Pretty awesome great work guys

tompro53 says:

Its an awesome app just wish I could search with in the app for a specific article.

blackbyrd says:

Phil, now that I have the ac app, do I still need the forums app, or is it redundant. I haven't really explored this new one, but it does seem pretty clean! Thanks!

Mikey47 says:

See my comment above and the response. While this version of the app allows you to read and post to the forums it doesn't have all the functionality that the old app has. Waiting for the 1.1 or 1.2 version that does have it!

blackbyrd says:

Thanks Mikey

el_leon says:

The app looks great! It would be great if you added a Play link in app reviews.

avcavin says:

thanks guys great app. i'd love to see the news i read turn grey. currents style. i'm giving A+

Alcarnor14 says:

Definitely want to see it track read articles and forum posts. Otherwise it's a very nice app. So much nicer than going to the mobile web site.

briankariu says:

I like the way comments are color coded.
Though I wish it could gray out read articles. The sub menus and tabs are plenty, which may not necessarily be a good thing.
I give it 3 stars. There is a lot to improve on, but that is what makes an app great in my opinion. The fact that it is continuously being improved and tweaked.
By the way, kudos for the forums. I really hated tapatalk forums

mamartin89 says:

I love this app! So much better than Tapatalk!

Great job!

Voliam says:

Installed this app yesterday, and can't login. Says web page not available, after multiple attempts over the last 24 hours.
Sent feedback to AC, so hopefully I'll get a solution soon.
Otherwise, the app looks awesome.

killakel77 says:

I've been waiting for this app since the last one mysteriously disappeared. But this new one blows the other one out the water. Not bad for a 1.0 version. With future updates it can only get better. Can't wait.

Does it work for gingerbread yet? I can't get a new phone until June and my Photon is stuck on gingerbread. Why would you make an androidcentral app that doesn't support gingerbread, still used by over 40% of android users.

Kathryn023 says:

Love the new Android Central app! Works great, and it's easy to get to everything I need to see! Keep up the great work!

G_The_One says:

Oh my. I really can't get over how good this app is.

Numbuh101 says:

The fonts could be better. Great app.

mkyle says:

The app is very smooth and crashes less often (but still does) than the old one, however you've missed the boat totally on one thing that has always driven me batty - clicking links to YouTube and the Play Store from your articles takes me to their websites and not to the actual apps on my phone.

That's just crazy and makes me put down the app and wait until I get back to a PC. I'm sure that's not the experience you want for us. The browser can do it, and maybe someday your programmers will too!

Until then, thanks for being the best site for Android news and info!

Marc11218 says:

Great so far just one suggestion... How about being notified of new articles in our notification bar.. (Background Sync)

Stakoman says:

I really like the new app heheh great work