The two top-selling tablets (after iPad), the Nook Color and Kindle Fire, just got a blogging boost from WordPress, the first name in web log hosting. The company announced on its blog yesterday an update to its native Android App (v.2.0.5) that includes a new Dashboard UI, developed to optimize the 7-inch screen on these popular new devices running the Android 2.0 open OS platform from Google.
"We paid special attention to large-screen devices in this release. When you’re viewing Posts, Pages and Comments you will see a scrolling list of items on the left, with a detail view on the right. Many other areas of the app have been optimized for tablets..." the company said on the Wordpress releases blog site.
Beyond an optimized dashboard for the 7-inch screen, the company said to look for post editor improvements with an enhanced layout that includes a formatting toolbar to help simplify editing in the mobile domain. Both portrait or landscape modes are supported. Users can also add media, view posting stats and comment notifications -- features that were available in the prior version. The company said geotagging is also improved in this version, along with a comment count ribbon and several bug fixes.
Other improvements in the v.2.0.5 version include:
- Stats chart improvements
- Background post uploading
- WordPress.com Read feature improvements
- Post Status is now displayed in post list.
- Reliability improvements
Giving Apple a Run
Both the Kindle Fire and Nook Color tablets have been considered commercially successful, even in the shadow of Apple's iPad sales. But the Kindle Fire proved aptly named, as the US$ 199 tablet did catch fire this past Christmas holiday season. With its price set at half the iPad's, the device broke out from the pack, and by some accounts, sold between 3 and 5 million units over the last quarter of 2011. IHS iSuppli pegs that number at 3.9 million units in Q4'11, but Amazon will only state that its December sales topped the 1 million mark.