Automattic has rolled out a new WordPress app for Google Android which you can use to blog on the go. The app lets you create and edit posts, view and moderate comments, and make other minor edits without loading up the full blown WordPress site in a web browser. The latest version adds a few features that had been sorely missing from earlier builds.

First up is the ability to schedule a post from within the app. Previously you could publish a post or set it to pending or draft status, but there was no way to schedule a post that you wanted to publish in the future.

WordPress 1.4 for Android also adds the ability to tap any post title to share the URL with another Android app. Say you want to send an article you’ve written to your Twitter contacts. Just hit the post title, click the share button, and choose Twitter from the pop up list.

You can also password protect posts in the latest app.

I’m not ready to give up the web-based WordPress user interface just yet. While the WordPress mobile apps are getting better all the time, there’s still no rich-text editor, which means you have to manually enter HTML code to make some changes, although there are buttons below the post area which you can use to change font styles, add links, quotes, or media.

WordPress 1.4 for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market.

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Brad Linder

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