Aug 30 AT 3:20 PM Anthony Domanico 8 Comments

Tumblr Android app rebuilt from the ground up


The folks over at Tumblr have announced a major overhaul to their Android application today. For those unfamiliar with Tumblr, the service allows users to create personal blog sites and share blog posts, pictures, videos, and other forms of content with the social community.

Today’s update brings some pretty significant improvements over the original Tumblr application, which launched just over a year ago. Tumblr 2.0 brings the following changes:

  • New interface: A total redesign centered around Android’s hardware and software.
  • Manage multiple blogs: It’s now a simple swipe to access your different blogs and manage your drafts, queue and followers on-the-go.
  • Create a post:  We’ve highlighted posting to Tumblr so you can share text, images, links, chats, quotes and videos whenever you want.
  • Messages: View and reply to messages for each of your blogs.
  • Address book: Find people to follow from your phone’s address book.
  • New users: Sign up right from the app.
  • Bonus: For quick sharing, you can post anything from your home screen via the Tumblr widget.

The biggest change is obviously found in the user interface, which shows a marked improvement over the original. Simply put, the UI on the revamped application is gorgeous and should be pleasing to anyone who actually uses Tumblr.

If you don’t really care too much about the UI, the added ability to manage multiple blogs, manage messages as well as enhanced address book support will hopefully be welcomed additions to the application.

I’ve been experimenting over the past few weeks with different blogging platforms and Android applications, and I must admit that Tumblr isn’t exactly in the top spot on my list. Perhaps that may change with the revamped application, but I have my reservations.

Anyone out there actually use Tumblr as their preferred blog of choice? What benefits does it bring you over say WordPress or Blogger? Convince me why I should stick with Tumblr by leaving a comment below.

If you’re an avid Tumblr user, or simply want to give the blogging service a try, head over to the Android market and give Tumblr 2.0 a download.


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  • John Childs

    I use tumblr just as a photo blog. (mainly when traveling) Its great for that just because of the simplicity and attractive themes.

    a side note: after I installed tumblr 2.0 it would force close on startup. In the end a wipe of the apps data fixed it.

    a side side note: tumblr is now not showing up in the android market on my xoom, optimistic me thinks that this means an optimized app is coming soon, but it would be nice to at least use the phone app for the time being.

    • Dylan Andersen

      Just sideload the APK on your tablet.

    • Dylan Andersen

      Here’s the link to the 2.0 Tumblr APK:

      • Cesar

        Just an update. Apparently they block certain devices (tablets specifically) even if you side load it says your password is wrong when it’s not. I know the app was made for phones I don’t care I want to use it on my tablet anyway. I rated this app a zero for blocking devices when there is no real compatibility issue. Until they release a tablet specific app there’s no point in block the phone app from tablets. That’s just stupid.

  • hoosiercub

    it’s about damn time.. ugh

    can’t wait to test drive this :)

  • SirRipo

    As an avid tumblr user, i’m quite excited about the redesign. However it appears that it’s now the same as whatever app they offer on iOS, it shows up as “tumblr for iphone” in the pemissions. Still, exciting to have an app that actually works

  • jeremiah

    Like the new UI, but it still has a problem when trying to share links: sharing using either twitter or facebook or tweetdeck will automatically pull in the link title, not so with the tumblr app. This can be really frustrating when the title of the link is rather long and you want to keep it. I believe the share intent for tumblr should be able to pull in this data, but isn’t currently…

    As for what tumblr is compared to wordpress or blogger: more for quick sharing of content, rather than content creation. I could see having a tumblr dedicated to sharing android news articles written by other sources or maybe photos of new android devices/games/apps with follow up content/commentary on your wordpress/blogger site.

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