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May 20, 2011

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The left behind app

by Joseph

Over the course of the past year or so I have noticed that owning an Android powered phone is both good and bad. I have the ability to create any look I want for my phone from giving the home screens a minimalistic look to loading a bunch of widgets on each screen for maximum blingage. The down side is that the phones can be all over the place with their OS versions and apps you can download. While some apps can be available for all Smartphone OS’s the app versions are not kept the same.

Looking at the official WordPress app for Android and iOS shows the disparity between the two apps which should be the same. The iOS version just got updated to look and function better than before.You check out the newest features in the iOS app on their blog. Compare that to the Android side and I get the feeling of being a second class citizen waiting to catch up to the gold standard. Hopefully the Android side of things will catch up to the iOS side and both apps’ features will be developed in tandem.

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  1. May 21 2011

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    The apps are developed side by side, but we have to prioritize where the most users are – which is why WPAndroid is lacking some development. On the other hand, it’s a much more stable and advanced app than the iOS equivalent – we were only now able to finally add Stats to WPiOS, WPAndroid has had that for a long time.

    Since there are differences in the OS guidelines for the different platforms, and you expect a certain feel from using UI elements on a device, the apps will never look exactly the same. In terms of features the goal is to align them though, and make them equally powerful.

    What are the features you’re missing in the WPAndroid app currently, “Quick Photo” aside?

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    • May 27 2011

      Sorry for the late reply! I want to thank you for taking the time to respond to my post.

      Some features I would like in WPAndroid are the option to have it automatically fetch posts from the server for each blog, I would like to see the stats page get the bar graphs from the website. I don’t know if you have tablet support but that would be something nice

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      • May 27 2011

        Thanks for the clarification!

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