Tumblr Goes Native on iOS

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Posted 5 years ago

Tumblr – the popular blogging service that is part WordPress and part Twitter – has just rolled out a significant update for its iOS app, giving iPhone and iPod Touch users a completely redesigned UI and a number of cool new features.

Tumblr says that the new app is faster, more engaging and “completely native” to iOS (although not the iPad) and has been rewritten from the ground up to build on the September update which brought improved sharing and content discovery to iOS users. What Tumblr mean when they say “completely native”, is that the app will be better integrated with the iOS experience and no longer web reliant.

The new app features a redesigned intuitive dashboard view – which the company says allows posts to load faster – and offers swipe gestures for easier navigation. As reported by TechCrunch, Tumblr now receives some 20 billion page views a month and mobile has played in big part in the company achieving this number. A native app for iOS will only help to strengthen their position.

Here is how Tumblr describe the update:

We’re so thrilled to tell you that our app is now completely native! Get ready for a faster, smoother, and more responsive Tumblr Dashboard.

– Completely redesigned Dashboard — bigger photos and faster post loading.

– Spiffy new notification previews — see exactly which posts were liked, reblogged, or replied to!

– New blog screens with blog portraits and descriptions.

– GIFs play automatically on your Dashboard! Slide your finger across to view frame by frame.

– New gestures — swipe right on any screen to go back to the previous view; long tap photos, links, tags, and post headers for more options.”

With faster load times, larger photos and a better notification system, Tumblr has created an app that makes you want to spend time with it, much like Facebook and Twitter have done, and that is most definitely a good thing.

For those of you that already use Tumblr on your iPhone, the update is ready and waiting. If, on the other hand, you have never experienced quick-blogging, I suggest you head on right on over to the App Store and see what all the fuss is about!

– Anthony Carter

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