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WordPress for Android Receives Major Holo-inspired UI Overhaul, is Finally Awesome


Aspiring bloggers, get into the Google Play store now and download yourself the brand spankin’ new WordPress app or Android. For years, this app has been subpar for the mega-blogging platform that it supports. But as of today, it’s joined the Holo army and become a part of 2013.  

In this update, you’ll see an entirely new UI, added action bar for quick actions, and new slideout (from the left) menu drawer for quick navigation. The WordPress team also tossed in a “View Site” feature that allows you to view and share content in some capacity. WordPress.com users can view the web dashboard as well.

Again, it’s solid, especially if you are like us, and have dreaded having to use the WordPress app at any point in the past.


It’s the big UI update!

  • Action Bar added for easy access to common actions.
  • Use the Menu Drawer to quickly navigate to other areas of the app. Just tap the arrow in the Action Bar or swipe to reveal the menu.
  • Holo style used throughout the app.

There are new features, too!

  • Use the ‘View Site’ feature to view and share content on your site.
  • WordPress.com users can now view the web dashboard (wp-admin).
  • The WordPress.com Reader now takes advantage of caching for faster loading.

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  • Tom Husband

    It might be awesome but it broke the shortcuts on my homepage and in the app drawer.

  • Dillon Brown

    @kellex I think that you guys should do a post on tablet apps on the play store, since the N10 I’ve noticed that many apps are bringing nice 10″ tablet UIs. I can not think of an app I use regularly that doesn’t have a decent tablet UI besides Spotify (I don’t use facebook). Do you guys think that the tablet app situation on android is changing?

  • yummy

    So this means haiku contest, right?

  • Futbolrunner

    Is it pronounced “hail-o” or “hollow”? Kellen? Eric? lol

  • Why can’t all apps just follow Holo? Still seeing a lot get updated with “Fancy new UI!!!!”, and it’s a lousy iOS port that just looks watered down and boring. I do understand that companies probably don’t want to spend on two separate app UIs but still, Holo is pretty basic.