Weekly Dev Chat Summary for Jan 16, 2013

Chat log (once its available).


  • WPiOS 3.3.1 Released
  • WPiOS 3.4 Status
  • WPWinPhone 1.9.1 Status
  • WPAndroid 2.2.6
  • WPBlackBerry for BBOS10
  • Wireframes and User Test (karmatosed)
  • Handbook Status/Questions

WPiOS 3.3.1 Released

WordPress for iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. version 3.3.1 was approved by Apple last week and is available in the App Store. We have seen an early trend of a 50% drop in crash reports with this release! (Go Team!) We noted three major issues remaining are:

  • Draft posts disappearing
  • Issues with logins
  • Issues with media uploads

We will plan to address these following the release of 3.4.

WPiOS 3.4 Status

We’re continue to test version 3.4. There are a few todos remaining but the hope to submit to Apple Thursday.

WPWinPhone 1.9.1 Status

Microsoft rejected version 1.9.1 due to an issue with localization. According to their email:

The application’s UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. text is not localized to the targeted language PortugalPortuguese. Instead, it is displayed in English.

No changes to localizations were made in this release which leads us to think Microsoft changed something in their app review process regarding localizations. We believe specifying a specific localization culture instead of a neutral culture (“pr-PR” instead of “pr”) will satisfy the app review issue. We are submitting the app with this change, but will also reach out to Microsoft directly for any insight they might provide.

WPAndroid 2.2.6

@mrroundhill has new version of WPAndroid is betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process.. Announcements have been made on the dev blog and on twitter. The new version includes the holo theme support for Android devices running a more recent version of the platform, fixes to httpsHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information. and two crashes, and other optimizations. We’ll plan on releasing the app on Google Play Monday. Props to @willnorris for his contributions to this release!

WPBlackBerry for BBOS10

@daniloercoli has updated WPAndroid 2.2.6 to be supported on BlackBerry OS 10 when it launches. The new BlackBerry OS will be officially announced January 30th. We will submit the updated app to BlackBerry this coming Friday or Monday so it will be available to BlackBerry users as soon as the new OS and devices are available to the public.

Wireframes and User Test

@karmatosed has posted some updated UI examples and also provided a write up of her experience using WPiOS. We skimmed these quickly and decided for @karmatosed and @isaackeyet to talk more in-depth after the dev chat.

Handbook Status/Questions

@raggedrobins (irc: siobhan) joined us to field any questions we might have about the handbooks and offered to help out where able.

@isaackeyet reminded all that the draft mobile handbook is located at https://make.wordpress.org/mobile/handbook/ and of a conversation about the TOC on the blog.  We also have the goal of finalizing the table of contents by January 25th.

We talked about adding a “Ways to Get Involved” page after the introduction section and a General Guides section before tips and tricks.  We also commented that it would be nice to have screenshots where possible.

Next week’s dev chat

The next dev chat will be on Jan 23, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.