Automattic has just launched an updated version of the company’s WordPress app for Android, and it’s all sorts of awesome. As far as I’m concerned, the most important change is support for a new WYSIWYG text editor, which allows you to create and edit blog posts without entering HTML code every time you want to underline or italicize text, or add a link.

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It’s also much easier to add photos or videos by adding them from your gallery or shooting new ones with your phone’s camera.

But the new visual editor is just the tip of the iceberg. WordPress 1.3 for Android also lets bloggers view your WordPress Stats on a mobile device. That includes page views, referrers, search terms, and other information.

Finally, there’s also a new bulk comment editor, which lets you select a group of comments to approve, unapprove, delete, or mark as spam with just a few clicks.

Up until now the only times I ever used the WordPress app on my phone were when I needed to make a quick and important correction on a blog post on the go. With the new features in the latest version, I might actually consider using WordPress 1.3 for Android to write articles from scratch when I’m on the road.

WordPress for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...