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February 3, 2011

Blogger's Android App

Blogger is catching up with the times: Android users can finally post timely updates to their blogs using a native app. You can always use Blogger's site or even write your posts in a mail client, but a mobile app is more user friendly.

Blogger's Android app is really basic and doesn't offer too many features. It's mostly useful if you want to write a new post, since you can't edit the existing posts. The editor only lets you enter text and include one or more photos. You can add some labels and geotag your posts, taking advantage of your phone's GPS. If you haven't finished a post, you can always save it as a draft, but you won't be able to publish it from a computer because it's only saved locally.


Blogger's blog mentions that Blogger is a new sharing option, so you can easily share a photo from the Gallery or a web page. "By switching to the List View, you can view all your drafts and published posts that you wrote using the app." Unfortunately, you can't edit existing posts.

All in all, Blogger's Android app offers very few features and I would only use it to write short posts or to share photos from a trip. Maybe Blogger's team should also develop a mobile web app which could be updated faster.

Android Market link: Blogger's app.

12 comments:

  1. I've linked to the Android Market page. QR codes are no longer necessary.

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  2. Why then do you continue to use blogger?

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  3. I agree with this. The functionality is limited (perhaps not a bad thing, as you don't want to be fiddling around with formatting on a phone) but it's shocking that you can't sync with your actual account, allowing you to part-write a post on the phone and finish it on a computer, and vice versa. It does nothing that blogger-droid couldn't already handle.

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  4. @Lakshman Prasad:

    Blogger is easy to use, has improved a lot lately and it's a Google product, so I get the chance to try the latest features. A few years ago, when you changed Blogger's template, you had to wait until Blogger updated all your posts and archive pages. Blogger used to be frequently down and you had to manually change the template to add a short script. Now it's a lot better.

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  5. Tried three times to download Blogger for Android and it won't download.

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  6. I've had the same problem as Joe Gartrell - the app just won't download and not even searchable from my HTC desire.

    Does anyone else have a prob with this? Could it maybe be just available in the US only? Does anyone know?

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  7. Use the Web Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.blogger

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  8. blogger is far easier to use for an average jow than wordpress however googles own search engine seems to show wp far more love odd really u think they would favour their own blogging platform.

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  9. Nice track for android app in blogging. I hope they would improve that in the future. Anyway computer is always the best thing to use.

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  10. Ok.. I have the G2 and I have a different gmail account associated with that phone than the one I use to blog. How do I get this app to let me enter/switch a different gmail account?!?!?!

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  11. Does anyone else have a problem in viewing existing posts using this app? When I select the list, all of my previous blog posts come up but if I select one, the photo's come up as code. I have the same problem with the iphone app. Any thoughts.

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