Android Central App

Get the latest news, reviews, forum posts, podcasts, wallpapers and more, all from the Android Central App!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Behold, the all-new Android Central application. Known as an "app" on the streets, this is a long overdue endeavor for us. We've been testing internally for some time now, and it's been floating around our forums for a week or so, and now we've officially gone public, for Android 4.0.3 and up.

So what's in the app? We'll have posts detailing the features over the next few weeks, but here are the broad strokes:

  • All the posts from the blog side of things. News. Reviews. Apps. Accessories. Editorials. It's all there.
  • Plus, you can comment on posts directly from the app.
  • Access to our Android forums. If you've used Tapatalk or our dedicated Android Forums app, you'll be used to things here. (We've still got some bugs to iron out on this one, but a good bit of functionality is there.)
  • Podcasts. We're big fans of the major podcatcher apps out there. But why not bake it into our app as well? You can stream or download all of our episodes right from the app.
  • Wallpapers. Downloading from our Wallpaper Gallery is easier than ever. Browse and install, all from the app.
  • Accessories. We've got direct access to ShopAndroid.com, right in the app. 
  • Videos. You can check out everything that hits our YouTube channel -- often before it hits the blog.

That's quite a few features for a v1.0 release. But we've still got work to do.

In addition to fixing a few bugs we know are out there, we've got a number of features still on the drawing board. Those include:

  • Notifications:. New stories, replies to your comments or forum posts -- we get it. You want notifications. We want notifications. And so we're working on it.
  • Widgets: One of the most sought-after features for our app, actually, and it's high on our list of things to get done in this ne version.
  • Better Google account authorization: We've got this fancy new Mobile Nations Passport that we're using in Android Central and across all our Mobile Nations sites. It works great on the desktop, but better integration into our mobile apps is a high priority. 
  • Better tablet support. It works, but it can be better. Much better.

And that's just for starters. We've gotten a lot of great feedback from you folks over the past few weeks, and we can't wait to roll out the next version. And lest we forget, a huge thanks to our developer, Neil, for putting up with us through all this. Those Aussies are a resilient bunch.

So give it a whirl, give us your feedback, and be sure to leave a rating in Google Play and share the link on Google+. We're excited about the all-new Android Central app, and how much better it will become in future versions.

 
There are 174 comments

asd216 says:

Love the app!

cohoman says:

Question: How can you mark a forum as been read? I don't see an option to do that with the new app (but it is possible with the older AC Forums app).

mwara244 says:

Getting it Now! Can't wait for Notifications, glad to see user submitted recomendations

kevinnugent says:

Great work Aussie Neil! Well done.

codehut says:

:-)

jmcolejm says:

Awesome jobs guys, great looking app!

Treknologist says:

Awesome work, guys! This app is everything I would have hoped to see! Love all the features.

harryg27 says:

Awesome!!!

claudiobrito says:

Good job

oridimant says:

Gongrats. Great app. Great work. Waiting for notifications.

David Lopez3 says:

Finally.!!! I visit this site everyday and this is just lovely.! :)

madcrabs says:

Just used the link to remote install on my GNex and Nexus 7. Woohoo!

adinofaries says:

The app is great!

Blaize19 says:

Really liking it so far! Looking forward to a couple more additions sour the forums and would love a dark theme, but you've done amazing work! Thanks.

Blaize19 says:

Gah! *for the forums. And being able to edit these comments. :D

gnr_2 says:

+1

Android5_0 says:

Can we get a dark theme option please.

jwseris says:

Just loving it so far!

ReggieTee says:

Shocked there's no landscape mode for tablets. You guys know better lol.

Edmarines says:

I said the same thing. I uninstalled shortly after when I realized it was not tablet optimized.

gnr_2 says:

They tell you that when you download it. Read the app description.

mitsueks says:

Posting from it now. Nice!

Awesome app I've been beta testing it"!!

Can you allow us to choose the trigger area and thickness for the side bar area?

jayrod88 says:

Amazing! Way to go!!!!!

Sexy app! Very impressive for a V1.0! Love the hidden menu and the ability to swipe through different categories on the fly. Great job AC! I'm sure big things are sure to come our way soon. Hopefully we'll be able to "like" or "dislike" comments a la thumbs up or down :-D

mayconvert says:

Where is the iPhone version? do leave us out in the dark, we like this site too!!!

chaz_uk says:

It's glorious! Good job already. :-D

ShahinTr says:

Brilliant job, so fluid, responsive and lag free. Prefer this over the website now. Thanks AC!

romeytang says:

Super awesome job guys. But where do I find the settings to check Jerry's beard status? I am sure it's a bit of a joke but you have to admit it would give the app some more personality.

gnr_2 says:

This. :)

derek5l says:

Bravo!

procol says:

Just installed! It looks good to have both news viewer and forum viewer in one app.
(I posted from the app and edited from the web browser, lol.)

Jay Holm says:

Wow Phil, you said soon, and you meant soon. Someone who means what they say, very, very rare quality!

DreadfoMonk says:

Digging it!

robak141 says:

Great app. Keep up the good work!

Floss82 says:

App is smooth. Nice work AC!

BrianBaker says:

Cool...

Jdroid3 says:

Thank you Android Central this app is awesome.You guys make my android days.

jonathan3579 says:

Wow. This app is gorgeous!!!

moo53 says:

Great app, now if only you guys could teach Engadget how a tech site should represent itself in the mobile app realm. I will be using this app instead of currents to read articles from you guys.

chronophilos says:

It's missing the big onscreen overflow menu button on the HTC one.

Jay Holm says:

What is an "overflow menu button"?

Jay Holm says:

I was curious if an all new scrollable 4.2 widget came with the app,...nope, no widget. Boohoo...

glazedfaith says:

Well done.

glazedfaith says:

Considerably better than using the web interface, even with a desktop. The site needs a serious once over.

Great app. love it

moosc says:

When you search android central the first app you get is the tapatalk version. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quoord.tapatalkacf.act...

Jay Holm says:

I will be keeping the old widget on my homescreen until there is a 4.2 scrollable widget.

furrba11 says:

Looking good on my Note 2 so far. The old one kept force closing for some reason.

Jay Holm says:

Podcasts are audio only, no video?

furrba11 says:

Use ipplayer for the video podcasts, it gets them from iTunes.

gunhunter says:

Nice one

scottx.nb says:

Really need to be able to swipe left and right when I'm in an article to reach the previous and next.

Having it refresh every fifteen is crazy. I set it to manual. On start option would be nice. 

Awesome app on to my homepage you go. Love the way it fades between forums.

xolanir says:

Well done [insert British accent & slow clap]...

MalachyNG says:

Great job on the app!

edde333 says:

Dark theme option please.

alexeiw123 says:

trying to sign in using g+ - not happening. app looks good though

Fairclough says:

Downloaded.

Fairclough says:

Downloaded.

rmmyyz says:

Looking god so far. With a N7 and SwiftKey I did notice that I had to enter my password first and then my username when logging in otherwise I could not enter into the next field.

Great job!

drrobg says:

Love the new app as well, never liked the Gynormous widget :)

Like the new app! Great job!

I'm happy it's here man I have to let my friends know

jds5445 says:

I love the app and have been using the beta version, but the one thing that annoys me is not being able to swipe from one article to the next and having to back out every time. Also cant wait for the widget. I'm still using the (really) old ac widget, please save me.

B. Diddy says:

The app looks slick, is super-smooth and super-fast, and has all of the content that I want to see. A few things on the wishlist:

1. I love on the older AC Forums app that you can mark threads as being read, and they will become non-bolded until a newer comment is posted. It makes it much easier to know if there's anything new to learn or to respond to. Please make this happen on the new AC app!

2. Along those lines, it'd be great if we could see the date and time of the latest reply in a thread (i.e., when looking at the thread overview).

3. A dark theme would be nice. Light themes may look cool, but they can lead to eyestrain if you're using the phone in the dark.

But overall, bravo!

FaisDogg says:

Also when you access a thread it should ask you if you want a bookmark to last read Tec, so that when you access it next time it doesn't start from the first page. In short, It would've been nice if AC kept all the previous forum app features, such as user activity, messages, notifications, profile etc.

kurniawan77 says:

Loving the app... I like the wallpapers in the app.... Now gimme the orb!

rayd1994 says:

App is fantastic! Looking forward to the future updates.

blocoholi666 says:

and YOU forgot landscape and proper tablet UI.... Looks depressing on my nexus 10

Mayoo614 says:

Exactly the same. I won't use it if I can't landscape. Typing on the portrait keyboard is a pain.

krid says:

Very nice. Much better than the usual repackaged website app, as befits A/C.

Sh3ngLong says:

Great work, guys! Love the new look and UI. It looks awesome on my Galaxy Note 2!

JDMR777 says:

Outstanding app so far.

m0scs says:

FINALLY! :-) Great work

smooth4lyfe says:

Please fix the ability to add a profile pic from the app... Its looming good though!

t_hom_as says:

Good work you guys!

Gotta say though, as 40% of all Android devices still run Gingerbread, it seems pretty remiss to leave those folks (of which I'm one - still rocking a Nexus One) out in the cold.

mjmdroid says:

Holo theme apps is the best thing that happened to Android!!! Lovin it

Eerth says:

I really like the way it opens URL links, especially from Google+, it's much faster then the web browser

shivam kalra says:

That's a very handy feature.

exibitsman 1 says:

Excellent app .hopefully it only gets better

Watson25BDub says:

Smart!

good app

shivam kalra says:

The new app is just awesome!

mooread says:

Great job. Quick and smooth.

A895 says:

Nice and Smooth.

adzrules says:

Wow. This app is beautiful!

viriato says:

Wonderful.just needs a widget great great Job!

jcp007 says:

Great job with the new app!

MarkDallton says:

Love the app, great work!

BigTex says:

Outstanding app! Well done!

Mayoo614 says:

Am I the only one thinking a lack of landscape view is an insult?

Mayoo614 says:

Also just noticed nasty fade-in/out.

Besides these two things, the app is great.

Mayoo614 says:

Hey all, just had an email from Phil. Landscape is on the list of things to come. Not yet ready, but it will be there!

Dani Dudas says:

nice app. thanks.

graze81 says:

The new app is fantastic! Really liking the podcast and wallpaper sections!

Woohooo! Enjoy everyone, I know I have been :-P

joelkamp says:

Awesome, reminds me of the verge app, which is a very good thing.

bontjes says:

Works great!

deadlock4400 says:

@Phil Nickinson

Thanks for the coolest post ever.

there is no doubt, Android Central App from androidcentral is the best app made for androidcentral fans. very good work from androidcentral.

Thumbs up!!!!

Thanks in Advance

SebastianNap says:

PORT THIS TO BLACKBERRY 10.PLEASE. CRACKBERRY BROUGHT THEIR FORUMS APP TO ANDROID SO ITS ONLY FAIR THAT ANDROIDCENTRAL RETURN THE FSVOR ;)

This release requires the 4.0 run-time, which the BlackBerry Android Player doesn't support yet. We should hear more about when the updated runtime will come out for BlackBerry at BlackBerry Live.

However - this app and the CB10 uses the same mobile api so we are considering making an Android Central version of the CB10 app (and vice versa).

ameadows252 says:

This is a beautiful app guys. Whoever is responsible, should get a pat on the back. Really slick stuff.

tkong says:

This is the site from which I get all my phone news. Thanks for the updated app.

donebrasko says:

When you recommend apps, is there a way to download or a link to play store from this app?

lorddrgn says:

Nicely done, all agree better than the last Android Central app :)

Would like to see landscape mode for both tablets and phones, but I imagine that is on the drawing board!

jiwengang says:

Is it just me ? I pressed the back button when in main interface of the app, then the launcher main screen is shown, which is correct, but screen is not responsive, after 3 seconds, there is a message box saying this app terminated etc.
Using Galaxy Note 2

lovelyladym says:

I'm on the app now! I love it!!

bbnsol says:

Love it guys, worth the wait.

n0obpr0 says:

We need the landscape mode Phil =)
Other than that, great app! love it on my Nexus 7 ^^!!

Mayoo614 says:

Phil confirmed to me by email the landscape is on the list of things to fix. It will be coming. We only have to be patient, young padawan! ;-)

gnr_2 says:

It was also stated in the app description when you downloaded the app. Nice of Phil to email you though.

Mayoo614 says:

I was too exited to read the description. Thanks for pointing that out. :-)

I almost missed a good bacon joke too!

gnr_2 says:

Or know that you can track changes to the beard inn real time. :)

rap1 says:

Installed but haven't checked it out yet. Not sure if I'll use it a lot but probably occasionally. I use Feedly for the blog to keep track of read/unread. But I might use it for podcasts and wallpapers. Glad to have it.

No love for Gingerbread? There are still a lot of us out here that would love to have this app.

Caveman419 says:

Really nice!!! Great design and functionality.

ricrdv says:

Awesome App.

Loving the new interface.

Good job guys!

mrich70 says:

It's about time guys. Everything looks good so far.

Deke218 says:

Love it! Great job. Got it right the first time.

maryjane2300 says:

This app is way better than the last!

x-ware says:

Really, really, really nice stuff !!!

Great job !

okseos says:

Amazing app guys!

Devlyn16 says:

I haven't downloaded it yet, but I wanted to give you KUDOS for the description in the play store. Extra GOLD star for the easy to understand explanation of the Permissions. I wish evewry App in the store would follow your example!

scouser73 says:

The app is well presented & laid out perfectly IMO. Far better than the old one which repeatedly stopped working on my Nexus 7.

radgatt says:

I now have no need for the Android Central Forums app. Great app so far!

davcole says:

I love the new update!

lasercomp says:

Love the app but would like ot use it on my Note 8.0 in landscape mode. Is that something for a future release? Thank you

What a awesome and beautiful app. Good job guys!

lnx4tw says:

Great job!

schooner says:

Yet another app that's incompatible with my Inspire. :(

brytonic says:

Hooray! Thanks AC

papa1130 says:

I hate to say it but "its about time"!! For this to be my one stop shop for android news, I could never understand why this app was so barren!!! Looks good now and has some well needed features!! Great job!

Jay Holm says:

There are no emails of forum replies.
It would be nice to get notified when someone
replies, either through Gmail, or in-app notification

TechZOnline says:

Working great so far!

marcelmaieda says:

great app!!!!

Eclectech says:

This looks absolutely beautiful on my HTC One! Good job guys.

Ryandroid86 says:

I love the new transitions... they smooth and nice. Solid app.
the green color on the top bar looks weird on the GN... but maybe its just the phone with this weird AMOLED screen (not a fan)

TSkizzle says:

Loving the app so far. Can't wait to see what else you guys have coming down the pipeline. This is my go to site for Android news and Love the forums. Thanks, guys.

Mr_Twist says:

Finally the AndroidCentral app, makes AndroidCentral full option.

Excellent job guys, looking forward to future updates.

Awesomeness! Installing now!

Scott500 says:

Great app. .running flawlessly. Thank you!

li2327 says:

I love it so far!! Please add smiley support!

dsattu says:

Nice app. I did not see one, but do you have a search function?

Keep up good work.

vicw926a4 says:

Maybe I missed it, but I couldn't find a search function.

medo94 says:

Love the app. good work :)

Fantastic job! I absolutely love it :)

Zay92 says:

Nice app loving the fluidness of it and easy to use.

kstandish42 says:

My favorite thing about the app? The ! at the end of the name :P

tompro53 says:

Can anyone tell me how can I download the wallpapers to my phone.

pank says:

Double tap the image and an icon will appear in the top right, click that and it sets the wallpaper for you. Works perfect but I'm still trying to find where it puts the file?? :)

tompro53 says:

Thanks for the help.

Hypeo says:

Great app Android Central.. I was missing it on my Nexus. Very stylish.

jfs101 says:

Excellent app!

This is the first site I check everyday. The app makes it so much smoother and faster. The app is beautiful and buttery smooth. Thanks much!

KaneHusky says:

Definitely liking the app! Very well thought out and designed!

crazace says:

Can't wait for a widget. This app is amazing! I'm on ac every day and this just makes life easier!

Technified says:

This app is awesome! Great job!

ash71ish says:

I've been waiting for this, THANKS. Great app.

ScandaLeX says:

Anybody else have problems logging in? App keeps telling me either my username or password is wrong.

Bestorx says:

Very slick app. Thanks

Love it

Mikeric says:

Just downloaded the app, it is really nicely designed.

Definitely a great job.

Set or Fix File Permissions on Android Devices >>>>> http://goo.gl/JuBxV

It looks great. I was looking forward to using it on my Galaxy Note 10.1 which I always keep in landscape mode. I downloaded it and ran it, then immediately uninstalled it. It does not consider tablets, at least it doesn't change orientation. Too bad.

eds817 says:

I like the new app a lot with the exception of not knowing what threads I read. They all look alike.

mandroid91 says:

Just Awesome

Connert says:

I'm loving this app. I do, however have an issue and a couple of suggestions.

Issue or bug is: the app is crashing when I select an external link posted in the forum.

Suggestions: a home button on the top would be nice. Right now if you want to change from the forum to another section (like shop) and you are 3 to 4 levels deep, your only option is to back all the way out until your back to the main menu. Also, I would love to see this compatible with Samsung's split screen functionality.

Thanks for all the awesome work to this point, I'm excited to see what is to come.

Awesome job on the app guys keep up the awesome work

thx84 says:

I just love how the link from G+ open directly the AC app. Good job!

PJMAN2952 says:

I'm using the app right now! Its so fast and smooth. So much easier than going into chrome and wait for the site to load.