Weekly dev chat summary for Feb 6, 2013

Chat log.


  • WPiOS 3.4 is out, what’s next?
  • WPAndroid 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. Updates
  • WPiOS Welcome Screen Wireframes
  • Mobile Handbook

WPiOS 3.4 is out, what’s next?

We highlighted that version 3.4 of WPiOS is now out! There’s a bug fix release in the works that should help with some of the issues that users are seeing. Among other things people are having trouble with the Stats screen. Fixes are coming but we have to resolve the critical issues first.

Next, we’re working on the Previews release which leverages the new XML-RPC endpoints in WP 3.5 to provide “real” previews of posts and better revision control (don’t want people losing their content ever, if we can avoid it).

A proposed new release schedule for bug fixes was proposed, where we’d release/announce major versions of apps on Mondays, spend a few days testing and hearing feedback while working on any bug fixes, then submit any bug fixes that Wednesday/Thursday the same week.

WPAndroid UI Updates

We have an ActionBar in trunk, and @willnorris got commit access. Things are moving along nicely. The new menu drawer exists in a branch currently that’s being merged to trunk, should be in before the end of the week in a rough state (possibly no icons, and in need of polishing).

Will has been creating some wireframes/mockups for the app that’s out of scope for this release but should be interesting to see for future discussions (and wrapping our heads around the new style updates and what they can lead to). There will be a few options posted to the dev blog shortly.

WPiOS Welcome Screen Wireframes

We discussed the wireframes made by @karmatosed at WC Norway and concluded that we’re all very excited to get started on something like this. Karmatosed opted to create some additional wireframes and start mocking it up, as well as start a discussion around the copy which is going to be a central piece in the project.

We agreed that a new user flow like this could work for all the main apps we have and would be a good starting point for a more unified experience, so we decided that this is a project that could go in parallel with any other updates to the app that we’re working on.

Mobile Handbook

We’re slightly behind in the contributor handbook schedule and are looking to catch up. We’re currently supposed to have the Requirements sections of the Handbook ready. Some parts of the Mobile Handbook are in good shape and are close to being finished from our end. We all vowed to iterate more on the contents and to talk more about it in next week’s chat.


@daniloercoli noted that v 1.9.3 of WPWindowsPhone has hit the store and that WPBlackBerry (OS10) 2.2.7 is in review, both being bug fix updates.

Next Week

The next dev chat will be on Feb 13, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.