WordPress for Android version 6.4-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store. You can join the beta from the Google Play Store on your device (under “Become a beta tester”), and comment here or join the Google Plus beta community for more discussion with other testers. (Note: If you see a message that the beta testing program is full, you’ll need to wait for space to open up before you can join the beta. Thanks for your interest!)
What to Test:
Updated: Refreshed Reader Design
Reader streams (the list view, such as “Followed Sites” or tags you follow) got a design refresh to match the current WordPress.com Reader design. A couple big changes to note:
- There are now five different layouts for posts in the list view. Here are the rules:
- If the post has 0 images: Text card.
- If the post has 1 or more images and less than 100 characters: Photo card (using featured image or first image).
- If the post has 1-3 images and over 100 characters: Default card (using featured image or first image).
- If the post has 4 or more images and over 100 characters: Gallery card (using first 4 images).
- If the post has a video as featured image or a video as first usable media: Video card.
- Tag streams now have a an image header.
- Does each post layout work on your device, for example in your Followed Sites list?
- Do you notice any design issues while scrolling, rotating your device, or navigating through the Reader?
- Look at a tag you follow: Does the image header load correctly? Can you tap to view the post the image came from?
New: Draft Reminder Notification
The app now sends you push notifications when you have a local draft that is more than 3 days old. (Local drafts are drafts saved locally on your device and not synced with your site’s server.) There are a few cases:
- For a draft 3-30 days old, the notification includes the post title and age of the draft.
- For a draft >30 days old, the notification includes the post title (but not the age).
- If you have multiple drafts, the notification includes the number of drafts (but not the title/age).
These cases work independently on each site, so as you switch between sites in the app the notifications will adjust to the site you’re working on.
- Write a new draft and exit the editor to save the draft locally. (You’ll see the text “Local draft” in yellow on your draft in the list of posts.)
- Go to your device settings and set the date to more than 3 days in the future.
- Open the app again.
- The notification should appear on your device.
- Tap “Edit” to open a single draft in the editor or the post list for multiple drafts. Tap “Ignore” to dismiss the notification (it won’t appear again for that draft). Swipe to dismiss the notification, and receive the notification again later (after 24 hours).
- Repeat these steps for different sites with different numbers/ages of local drafts.
Note: If you don’t have any local drafts on your site to begin with, the notification may not appear (Github issue). This is a known issue with this first beta release and is resolved for the next release.
- Was the notification clear and compelling to you? What was your reaction to it?
- Describe what you intended to do after seeing the notification. Were you able to complete the actions/flow you intended, or did you get stuck anywhere?
- Please report any issues with the notification itself (the number of drafts, the age of the drafts, the timing of the notification, etc.).
Bugs & Feedback
Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? Did you try the additional flow testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the “Enter feedback about the app” form in the Google Play Store, or head straight to the Android Github repository and open a new issue.
Thank you for testing!