Tumblr captured the blogging world’s attention when it launched a unique platform for delivering content. Although things have been quiet for a while now, it seems the guys have been working on a complete overhaul of its Android app. And the results of that work are pretty good. Because you’re going to love most of the redesigned featured of the updated Tumblr app. There are design improvements as well as a better way to publish posts on the go, follow posts from interests, and manage all your settings and more from a beautiful interface. Let’s take the redesigned Tumblr Android App for a spin.
Tumblr Android App Review
The Tumblr Interface
When you sign in to your Tumblr account, you are taken to the dashboard where you can see all the latest posts from interests you follow. Posts are displayed one below the other and as you scroll down you can check out older posts. The cool thing about the home screen is that while you can scroll endlessly down, you can also pull down the screen to refresh to the latest posts.
The feed also includes options to Reblog and Like. There is also a little bit of additional information regarding the feed item such as hyperlinked text and source information that will help you learn more about the post onine.
The top navigation features a couple of tabs apart from the Home tab. The Search tag tab displays feeds based on specific tags, and the Settings tab displays your notifications, likes, blogs you follow, new blogs to follow, and Tumblr settings.
Creating Posts in Tumblr App for Android
The redesigned Tumblr app lets you create a new post quite easily. Just hit the little blue button at the bottom of the screen to pop out a list of categories such as Text, Photo, Quote, Link, Chat, and Video. Select the post type and get started with your content. The editorial section while good is not perfect. For instance writing content is not just about stringing words together. The app lacks formatting options, so if you want to add bullets to text or even do a simple bold format, you will have to go to the web version.
It’s surprising that simple stuff like this is completely ignored in a redesign. It does get annoying when you have to use a half baked product or a product that offers a functionality that does not function! if you take a look at the photo uploading section, there is yet another limitation in that you can only upload one image at a time. A couple of other disappointments is the lack of an option to post audio content and a non existent landscape view.
Despite these drawbacks, the Tumblr app is a definite improvement over its predecessor. It is easy to navigate, user-friendly and a delight to follow your favorite topics on a smartphone interface.
Download the Tumblr Android app here