The WordPress app on Android has had some growing pains, but the new update actually adds some cool stuff. If you're running a WordPress blog, the app will now make it easier to keep up with reader interactions. Assuming you have any.

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WordPress has implemented Google's Cloud-to-device messaging service to push notifications of comments, likes, and other stats right to your device. That's the big improvement, but here's the full changelog:

  • View new comments, followers, likes, and stats highlights in the all new notifications feature!
  • Get push notifications to keep up with your site from wherever you are.
  • New menu icon added.
  • Settings and Sign out options have been added to the overflow menu for easier access.
  • New Permissions required to use the Google Cloud Messaging service for notifications.

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The notifications requires a WordPress.com or Jetpack enabled site, and I could see the them getting a bit annoying on a blog with high traffic. It's still good to see this app improving, though.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Floris

    YAY, the new sidebar navigation is now finally getting some adoption outside of Google's apps..

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      WordPress added it a couple of updates back, after the Holo update. Looks great, to be honest.

      EDIT: Ah, nevermind, didn't notice they've added the latest incarnation of the sidebar, like on Hangouts etc. This is nice for sure!

  • Kristenhanna

    Push notification option for the WordPress app is good and indeed helpful. I have started using WordPress app on my android phone, it has the best UI. And few wordpress plugins were also helpful.