WordPress for Android Update Brings Google Account Login Support

WordPress for Android

For those of you who use WordPress to manage your blogs and sites, there is a new update to the Android app rolling out.  Version 8.8 of the app brings several new fixes and features, including the ability to link and login with your Google account.

If you have configured your WordPress account to work with your Google account, you have been able to log into your blogs with your Google account for a while now but not on the mobile app.  That’s changed now.  If you have your WordPress & Google accounts linked, you can log in with your Google credentials from the app.

Also in this update, the Media Browser in the app has been repurposed in the app as a media picker.  This should make finding an image for your posts a bit quicker and easier.  You can also choose your Feature image for a post from your device’s media picker.

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WordPress for Android Finally Gets a Visual Editor

Good news for those who use WordPress for their site or blog.  The new build for Android Finally, finally, contains a Visual editor. That means that you will have the same look and feel as you do on the web when it comes to formats, layouts and other things instead of having to use plain text and HTML markup.  The change is most certainly welcome for those who don’t have code experience or simply don’t want to have to bother with the code.  I’m certainly in that camp (ClintonFitch.com is powered by WordPress).

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WordPress Brings Stats Bearing Widget to Android

If you have a blog that you run on WordPress (Clinton raises his hand), then you probably already know about the WordPress app for Android.  There is a new update out for that app, version 4.7 for those keeping score at home, that brings a handy new home screen widget to your phone or tablet.  Now instead of having to go into the app itself to see how your site(s) are performing on the day, you can have this new widget to give you that information at a glance.  It’s quick and simple and when you combine it with other site centric content like AdSense, you have one page on your home screen that lets you know how things are going.

To use the new widget you will have to have a WordPress account and if you are self hosting your site, you will have to log in to that site through the app if you want to be able to edit on-the-fly through the app.  The idea of course is that you can add quick posts and other content to your site without having to actually touch a PC, Mac or Chromebook to do so.  While the app isn’t as flexible as the WordPress admin pages, it will get the job done, especially if you need to make a quick post.

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WordPress for Android Update Brings Refreshed Navigation

WordPress 4.1 for Android

If you are a WordPress users like me then you have a much improved WordPress for Android app to check out today.  The new version 4.1 (for those keeping score at home) brings a completely rejuvinated tab navigation to the app along with some other minor fixes and improvements.  In the release notes, WordPress is quite clear that this update really focuses on the usability and navigation and not so much on new features or fixes.  That said, there are a few fixes in it so it is certainly worth the download.

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