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Head over to the iTunes apps store for the latest iteration of The Register iPhone app. Version 2.0.5 adds offline reading capabilities, full iPad support - and comments! Props to the developer, Ocasta Studios, for making the app work and look so much better than our last effort. Fingers crossed, the rating for our app …

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Bah to El Fan Boyz

Where is the Android update??

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Re: Bah to El Fan Boyz

Did you just read the title and then rush in a blind fury to the comments section?

"Android owners, we have not forgotten you. The Reg's Android App upgrade should go live in a couple of weeks, subject to tests."

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Re: Bah to El Fan Boyz

when they released the windows phone one a long long time ago now it feels, they said the android one would be released in a couple of weeks.

Not holding out hope...

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you have an app?

i didn't realise there was a previous version of this app - i've been using m.theregister.co.uk all this time (in truth, i use the mobile site on my desktop too).

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Re: you have an app?

Can you post from the mobile site now? Presumably so. Personally I've been using the desktop site on both mobile and desktop.

I too didn't know there was an app.

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Re: you have an app?

I didn't know there was a mobile site.. There is no "mobile version" link on the home page and the site doesn't automatically redirect to the mobile site on my iphone.

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Re: Re: you have an app?

There is a mobile version link on the home page subnav bar - called "mobile". Admittedly, this is not prominent.

To date, we have chosen not to automatically redirect to the mobile version, but we may change. Currently, more than 15 per cent of our traffic is via mobiles, tablets - and this is growing quickly all the time. We have had few (none?) complaints about showing the full-fat version as default.

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Generous!

"Fingers crossed, the rating for our app should improve from a frankly pathetic two stars."

I'm amazed it got such a high score! It was pretty appalling to begin with ;-) May well take a look, if only for the offline reading - as noted I'd be inclined to just use the browser app built into most smartphones otherwise

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I like it

Seems to work very well - and offline reading means I no longer have to throw all the articles to Instapaper.

Would be nice if it could keep track of the article alerts I've set up via the website so that I don't miss out on any Stob articles

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Really?

How many icon libraries did you pick your icons from? did anyone actually sit down and come up with a consistant a ui/design?

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Android update can't come soon enough. I always assumed the current version was some form of punishment for not going the IOS route.

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Given the minimal coverage the Google multi-launch has received here, I suspect you could be right.

They managed to keep the buy-out from The Guardian pretty quiet didn't they!

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Meh

Much better, but...

Can we now have:

Landscape mode as well as portrait.

An indication in comments of which are replies to which.

Up/down voting on comments.

Posted from my iPhone!

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Re: Much better, but...

Oh... and:

* Preview mode

* The ability to open images and zoom in to read the writing (e.g. the Plextor SSD review)

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Comments ?

I've upgraded to the new version - where are the comments ?

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Re: Comments ?

Scroll to the bottom of the article. Hey presto.

Written from within the new app

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Re: Comments ?

Have another look. Comments are at the bottom of each article.

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Re: Comments ?

iPhone update had not worked - the new app is much better looking, comments work and is free. So it's appropriate to say Thank You

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Paid version with No Ads, Please?!

Looks really good.

But... I HATE adverts in apps, and would happily pay not to see them. Any chance of a paid for version, or one with an in-app purchase to disable?

Please, please, pretty please, with sugar and sprinkles and a cherry on top.

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Re: Paid version with No Ads, Please?!

Me 2. Please?

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Re: Paid version with No Ads, Please?!

You have ads?? None here - at least not in the hour or so I've been using it on the ipad (wifi, if it makes a difference).

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Not offensive

Basic, but it works..

But apart from offline reading, I can't see much point in using this over m.theregister.com

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Re: Not offensive

Indeed, looking at the picture on the ad it looks just like m.theregister.com. Surely it would make more sense to add an offline mode to the mobile site (using localStorage, supported by iPhones, iPads, Androids and even Blackberries and coming to more devices all the time) rather than build a locked down iOS only version. Or is the fact it looks like the mobile site because it is the mobile site wrapped up by phoneGap (or whatever it is they're called now)? If so releasing an Android version would be a piece of piss...

What is it with phone owners wanting "apps" that do exactly what websites do?

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Re: Re: Not offensive

We have an offline reader in the works for our mobile version.

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Re: We have an offline reader in the works for our mobile version.

Tidy!

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Too late for me...

I use Taptu (bound to be an iOS equivalent) instead... I tried using the appalling first attempt of an el reg app on Android and quickly switched to a news aggregator (pulse, then eventually taptu) because it was impossible to use the el reg app.

The only time I go to the website is when I want to view comments... which apparently the new iOS app doesn't support anyway, so I'm guessing the upcoming android update won't do either... the only way you'll get me using the new app is introducing comments, or closing down the RSS (I assume) feed that taptu sips your news from.

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The new iOS app does support comments...

Where did "apparently" come from?

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Re: The new iOS app does support comments...

Yeah but! Actually does comments, but apparently not up/down votes. Allegedly.

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Re: The new iOS app does support comments...

"apparently" was because somebody further up had suggested it didn't - I don't have an iOS device anymore so couldn't check it out myself. You and a few others have since corrected them, but the up/down vote thing being missing should be added in to a future update, it is half the fun of comments after all no?

and I know - I know.... I was being a total negative nancy, but at the time it looked like it'd taken a year to fix a broken news reader app, and the only additional feature was ads. Now I know different, I might give the android version a whirl when it's out. :p

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I didnt know this App existed...

Seems basic but functional, and allows commentards too!

Beers for the dev!

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Google Currents

Is there any chance of getting The Register on Google Currents? I find it a great way to read many other news sites.

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Re: Google Currents

Google Currents is not exactly on our radar. Anyone else use this?

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Does the app occasionally show popup insults to the users who have made the egregious mistake of being iSheep, or is that left to the Reg's stories?

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Cookie Monster

Can your app manage to keep people logged in for more than a few hours at a time? Something that seems beyond the capabilities of whoever built the website.

General whinge: I can see why I might want an app for interacting with something with eBay, where the added functionality makes the whole experience better. But what [apart from vanity] is the point of creating apps for yer average run-of-the-mill website like El Reg? I'm getting bored of almost every website I visit inviting me to try their shiny new app.

Here's a radical suggestion. How's about sites just concentrate on refining their mobile versions? That way I can use just one app [a web browser!] to visit them all, instead of keeping a ton of pointless one-trick ponies on my phone or tablet.

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Re: Cookie Monster

We are refining our mobile web version. And we think that this is where the future lies.

However, enough readers want the apps experience for us to take notice.

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Re: However, enough readers want the apps experience for us to take notice.

And if enough readers want you to stick your head down the toilet?

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WTF?

Not available on French Itunes ?? WTF ?

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French itunes?

Weird. Isn't there supposed to be only the one itunes app store?

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Re: French itunes?

It's on the French iTunes App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/the-register/id435916697?mt=8

There's only one App Store but some apps can be excluded from certain territories.

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