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.