The BBC News reader on Android got an update today that should please the pixel poppers among the audience. The app has been optimized to take advantage of Super Mega Ultra dense displays like on the Xperia Z and Droid DNA (to say nothing of the upcoming HTC One and Galaxy S 4). A pile of bugs have been squashed in the new update as well.

Here's the full change log:

What's in this version:

This is a major update of our app, with improved performance and image quality.
The app is now optimised across different screen sizes and we've also fixed a number of bugs.
Other changes include:
• Functionality to change text size is now in the menu to make it easier to find
• Full range of widgets added for all devices
• Styles and themes now reflect the latest look and feel for Android devices

We're interpreting that last line about reflecting the "look and feel for Android devices" to mean HOLO Y'ALL! Or something along those lines. The addition of widgets for all devices is also welcome. If you've already got the app installed, just hit the update button. Otherwise, grab it from the widget below.

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  • mesmorino

    I stopped using it when they broke the share button. Instead of showing a list of options, it wants me to set a default. No thanks. They already annoyed me with that ridiculous iplayer palaver

    • armshouse

      I don't think BBC forced you to set a default. I think it's android that tries to do that with the new releases. I've noticed it in all apps where I have to press just once instead of always.

      • mesmorino

        But the app is not a new release- It just randomly happened after an update, and none of the other apps that have updated have the same issue

      • Matthew Fry

        not for the share button. That's bizarre. The whole point of the share button is to give options.

  • Danny Holyoake

    Just an FYI, you linked to the worldwide version.

    For some inexplicable reason, BBC believes that oceans exist on the internet and has a separate app for UK and for 'Worldwide' (not very worldwide really is it).

    Any way, here's the UK app which was updated today yet doesn't have the same changelog strangely enough. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bbc.mobile.news.uk&feature=related_apps

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Thanks. Adding the UK version.

    • http://twitter.com/elmo61 Stephen Williamson

      I would guess worldwide one is ad related, while uk one is advert free!

      • Matthew Fry

        Very possible. After all, we here in the US aren't big on yearly fees for our God given right to watch TV :-P

        • Danny Holyoake

          I'd much prefer that over ad-ridden crap. Our yearly fee gives us one of the best global news+weather organisations (required by law to remain impartial, unlike other news), it gave us the absolutely phenomenal Olympics coverage (which the US completely flopped at, iirc), it gives us quality television like Doctor Who, Sherlock, and fantastic documentaries like Life, Planet Earth, Wonders of the Universe, etc. We get ad-free online streaming service which lets us watch ALL content for at least 7 days after originally aired...

          In the grand scheme of things, £100 a year is pennies for what we get in return. :)

          • Matthew Fry

            I was just trying to point out why the worldwide version would have ads and the UK version does not and poke fun at US entitlement mentality at the same time. I enjoy BBC created content regularly (but of course I have to pay for it on a per item basis).

          • Danny Holyoake

            My bad, took your comment as overly snarky. Ignore my ranting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

    They effed up the update, now stuttery on my s3 :/

  • Matthew Fry

    My Nexus 10 doesn't have a "Super Mega Ultra dense display" anymore? What is this world coming to!