14
Nov
blogger

After months of basically no action at all, Google has finally updated the Blogger for Android app with a new UI, as well as some improved features and bug fixes.

The new UI takes a page from the book of Holo, as it is now much more in-line with Android 4.0+ functionality. On top of the new interface, the update also adds support for more languages, enhancements to scheduled posts, and auto-sign in when a blog is viewed on the web.

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Aside from these additions, some of the Play Store comments indicate that it also fixes a number of annoyances, adding the option to load more than 20 posts, better publishing, and improved settings. Apparently the app no longer runs in the background after it's been "closed," either, which should be a battery saver for some.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • The Daily Informant

    This looks great, can't wait to try it out.

  • Matti

    It would be cool if one of these Blogger or WordPress eventually gave us the ability to register, set-up and manage a blog solely from a handset/tablet.

    Or can they do this already?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    This is good to see (especially since I used to use Blogger and that it seems you really can blog on the go now), but I want more optimisation on the Google Drive app. Maybe a free, actually usable, cloud-supported word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software for mobile devices?

    What happened to Google's takeover of QuickOffice?

    • ReasonableBloke

      Agreed, that would certainly be nice,

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      I find the document editor on Drive's app fine. What's wrong with it?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        I found the spreadsheet application really clunky on the Drive app, the way you select cells via a row. WTF is up with that? It's really bad because I have to make sure I click Ok on the row to save the changes.

        I agree productivity on a smartphone will nearly always be clunky, but I want one centralised office suite similar to QuickOffice that I can fully manipulate with Google Drive to the point where it instasaves each time like I am using the real thing.

        Truth be told though GDrive in general needs some tweaks on the productivity side of things. We need a centralised text editor similar to GEdit on there for a variety of text files which allows features like syntax hightlighting.

        Also better native support overall. When do Google update GDrive?

  • s44

    BlogIt! has been superior for a while... wonder if this will reverse things.

  • hbblogger

    The new app came out just as I was about to give up on the old one and seems to be much better. Certainly it brings the Blogger look and feel to android.

    I have two problems : one is that there is no zoom in or out facility when reading a blog (so on my little samsung phone I cant see the print) and second (and more important) editing seems to be set to HTML which is a real pain when you are trying to update a blog when travelling.

    Maybe I'm missing something and someone has a solution to these.

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