The block editor is coming to the mobile apps

I’m proud to announce that we’ll be shipping the first public version of the block editor in the apps with their 11.9 release. This release will be available for beta testers today (learn more about testing the apps), and the general public in March 11th.

What to expect

For this first version, our main focus was to build a pleasant writing experience with support for the most basic types of content.

Our data showed that 90%+ of the posts created on the mobile apps consisted of basic text and images, so we decided to focus on supporting the Paragraph, Image, and Heading blocks on this version.

Within those limits, we wanted this to be functional and usable as a replacement editor from the start, so we did a lot of work on making sure the little things that you would expect to work on an editor were there: pressing enter would create a new paragraph block, support for undoing and redoing edits, basic formatting,…

Known issues

  • On iOS, using typing suggestions sometimes removes spaces between words.
  • On iOS, dictation doesn’t work at the moment.
  • On Android, when you insert a Heading block it initially shows no formatting.

How to test the block editor in the apps

Once you have version 11.9 of the apps, the block editor will be available, but not always used by default. When you edit an existing post, it will detect if it has block content and open it in the block editor, otherwise it will open in the classic editor. If you prefer to edit a post with blocks in the classic editor you can still do so by going to the editor menu (•••) and choosing “Switch to Classic Editor”.

When you create a new post, it will use the classic editor by default. To change that, you can go to Me > App Settings and enable the Use Block Editor option, and every new post will be created in the block editor.

What’s next

After the release, we will start working on some UX improvements and visual refinements that didn’t make it in time, and any major bugs that comes up. Shortly after that we’ll also spend time adding support for the most common blocks and use cases.

Get involved

You can follow along on the Gutenberg and gutenberg-mobile Github repos, and if you have any questions or want to get involved, you can discuss here or find us in the #core-editor and #mobile rooms in WordPress.org Slack.

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Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 12.0

WordPress for iOS version 12.0 beta is available for testing on TestFlight.

Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program (open the link on your iPhone or iPad) to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

New Features

  • Block Editor: The block editor for the apps is still in beta. Check out the block editor announcement post for details about what to expect and how to test it.
    • Dictation now works with the block editor. Try dictating text in the editor (using the built-in iOS dictation) and confirm it works as expected.
    • Fixed an issue in the block editor where images could not be uploaded to private sites.

Bug Fixes

  • Redesigned Notices: To test, trigger a notice and confirm it appears with a dark background and light (readable) text. Notices you can trigger include: uploading media to the media library, unfollowing a site in the Reader, and navigating the app while offline. (PR #11118)
  • Offline: Changed offline error messages to be less disruptive (a notice instead of an alert). To test, turn off your network connection and navigate to the Reader, My Site > Comments/Pages/Blog Posts, or Notifications. (PR #11171)
  • Find all other changes/fixes in the related PRs targeting 12.0.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 12.0

WordPress for Android version 12.0-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

New Features

  • Block Editor: The block editor for the apps is still in beta. Check out the block editor announcement post for details about what to expect and how to test it.
    • When a heading was inserted in the block editor it would show with no formatting. We have now fixed this.
  • Stats: We have made some small improvements to stats, including adding a new section to show your site’s posting activity. (PR #9330)

Bug Fixes & Enhancements

  • Editor: New posts are now created as drafts to make sure they won’t be published accidentally. To test, go through the steps in the original issue and the test cases in the PR to confirm they work as expected. Also, get creative and test any other cases around creating, saving, scheduling, publishing, and updating posts to confirm the fix hasn’t introduced any unintended changes. (PR #9322)
  • Editor: The block editor now opens faster with large posts. To test, create a post with a lot of content in the block editor and open it in the app. Possible cases to test include older devices and Android versions, rotating the device while the post loads, losing the internet connection while the post loads, or putting the app in the background while the post loads. (PR #9370)
  • Notifications: The Notifications screen now uses tabs to filter different types of notifications. To test, navigate around the notifications tabs and your notification details and confirm the tabs work as expected. Confirm the tabs work as expected on different device sizes/orientations and UI languages. (PR #9355)
  • Find all other changes/fixes and details in the related PRs targeting 12.0.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

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Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.9

WordPress for iOS version 11.9 beta is available for testing on TestFlight.

Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program (open the link on your iPhone or iPad) to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

New Features

  • Block Editor: The block editor for the apps is now in beta! Check out the block editor announcement post for details about what to expect and how to test it.

Bug Fixes

  • Updated the screen (illustration and copy) that appears when the app has a network connectivity issue, for consistency. (PR #11101)
  • Updated the site icon in My Sites to remove the white background color (previously visible if the site icon had transparency). (PR #11072)
  • Added padding to the bottom of the share extension’s editor (when sharing to the WordPress app from another app), to make typing a longer post a bit more comfortable. (PR #10995)
  • Find all other changes/fixes in the related PRs targeting 11.9.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.9

WordPress for Android version 11.9-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

New Features

  • Block Editor: The block editor for the apps is now in beta! Check out the block editor announcement post for details about what to expect and how to test it.

Bug Fixes & Enhancements

  • Fixed an issue where scheduled posts showed up as scheduled even after they were published. (PR #9257)
  • Italics now use the <em> tag (instead of the <i> tag) by default. (PR #9189)
  • Find all other changes/fixes and details in the related PRs targeting 11.9.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.8

WordPress for Android version 11.8-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

New Features

  • In Stats, a date selector to move to the next/previous time period has been added.

Bug Fixes & Enhancements

  • Unused location permissions have been removed.
  • Quick Start experience (for new signups in the app) has been improved.
  • Small visual tweaks in the Stats pages.
  • Find all other changes/fixes and details in the related PRs targeting 11.8.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.8

WordPress for iOS version 11.8 beta is available for testing on TestFlight.

Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

New Features

  • You can now share a site via Reader. Try it out: Go to Reader > Search and search for a site. Then, select the site and tap the share icon in the top right.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where sometimes editing a local copy of a draft post, then discarding changes, would delete the whole post instead.
  • Fixed a bug in Reader where the app sometimes crashed when showing a post with a video.
  • Fixed some UI layout errors where elements overlapped or had wrong sizes in some cases.
  • Find all other changes/fixes in the related PRs targeting 11.8.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

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