Weekly dev chat summary for Oct 14, 2013

Chat log.


  • New release cycles/testing processes
  • Android Status
  • iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. Status
  • This Week
  • Handbook

New release cycles/testing processes

When we started talking about the status of the Android project, the new release cycle with a more rigid testing process came up. This is what we’ll be doing for all releases across platforms moving forward:

  • Group decides on dev time needed for a project.
  • Towards the end of the dev cycle the update goes through automatic and manual testing.
  • All developers in the Mobile Group will have to test the app and give their thumbs up.
  • Once approved by the Mobile Group, a RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. is put out which marks the start of the Code Freeze. This is the build that will be submitted unless a super critical bug is found. Code Freeze is 1 week minimum.
  • If there’s a critical bug that has to be fixed before submit, the whole testing process is restarted.

Android Status

Version 2.5 (Themes, Media, Stats, Pin Lock, etc) is in QA testing this week. This is happening in Master but in the future it’ll be Develop all the way. Reader/NUX is next up but we want to make sure we put aside enough time to have a stable release.

iOS Status

To make sure we have stable releases (including bug fix releases) version 3.8.3 of the app is currently in testing. If nothing critical comes up we’ll be able to release the update as-is. This should fix even more issues introduced in version 3.8. Next up is 3.8.4 which goes even further.

This Week

  • Android: testing v. 2.5
  • iOS: testing v. 3.8.3, planning next releases
  • Update iOS section of Handbook


There are still some gaps in the handbook that we’re hoping to fill.

@sendhil promised to take a look at the remaining bits in the iOS section this week, and @isaackeyet will summarize the new release/testing cycle, so let’s follow up on it in the next dev chat.

Next Dev Chat

Join us next week on Monday Oct 21 at 16:00 UTC in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

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