Dev Chat Summary for Nov 25, 2013

Chat Log

Agenda

  • iOS Status
  • Android Status
  • Handbook
  • This week

iOS Status

  • Version 3.8.5 is currently in QA. We identified some issues with RC1. We’ll fix these and release RC2 asap.
  • Version 3.9 is currently in development. This version will support iOS 7 only and include a UI refresh to a tabbed interface. Farewell iOS6 and farewell panels. You served us well.

Android Status

  • Version 2.5.1 was released last week fixing a few bugs but most importantly fixing some issues around the new stats feature.
  • Version 2.6 will go into beta most likely next week after we add a few finishing touches. This version includes a redesigned NUX and a native reader.

Handbook

  • Rachel has signed off on our last handbook updates. The handbook is complete. Congrats everyone.

This week

  • iOS: Continue dev with 3.9, and move on with 3.8.5 RC 2.
  • Android: Wrap up 2.6.

Next Chat

The next dev chat will be held at 17:00 UTC on Dec 2 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #dev-chat, #ios

Dev chat summary for Nov 11, 2013

Chat log

Agenda

  • iOS Lead Switch
  • iOS Summary
  • Android Summary
  • Handbook
  • This week

iOS Lead Switch

@koke has decided to let go of the iOS dev lead reigns and we’re passing the torch to @sendhil.

iOS Summary

We’ve been testing version 3.8.4. During testing we’ve identified a few issues that were blockers, applied fixes and restarted the testing clock. We’re currently on release candidate 3 with a fourth planned.

Work has started on 3.8.5.

We’re conducting an issue review. All issues are being assigned to milestones, and we’ll be migrating any remaining, relevant Trac tickets into Github.

Android Summary

We’re doing a phased rollout of version 2.5 today, starting at 20% and bumping to 100% if all goes well.

A few fixes are planned for 2.5.1 which should go into QA this week.

Work on 2.6 (NUX and Reader) continues with some UI tweaks being made to both features.

Issues are being assigned to milestones.

Handbook

Sendhil is committed to taking a look at the last remaining bits in the iOS section this week.
The webOS section under Other Apps needs some attention but otherwise the handbook looks complete.

This Week

iOS: Wrap up 3.8.4 and move forward with 3.8.5.
Android: Announce 2.5, get 2.5.1 into QA and continue to make progress on 2.6.

Next Dev Chat

The next dev chat will be held at 17:00 UTC on Nov 18 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode. Mark your calendars and make sure to update the time. This is 9AM PST.

#android, #dev-chat, #handbook, #ios

October 2013 Contributions Recap

I wanted to take a moment and recognize contributions to the mobile apps during the month of October from people outside the “usual suspects”.

iOS and Android

We had several folks file issues, submit pull requests, or commit patches to the iOS and Android apps. Yay!

ibrahimkteish,
Jay Versluis,
Andrew Freemantle,
Markus Michel,
Brandon Kraft,
Aagam Shah
surjit
Corey Scott
mihai28
Batmandakh
thumbone

Kudos guys!

New Apps

We’ve talked about it before but I wanted to also recognize that the source code for the BlackBerry app written by Daniele Maio and the Firefox OS app written by Sayak Sarkar the Google Summer of Code are now hosted.

On the blog

Happy to see versluis, loginsix, and heredia21 getting involved in the conversation on the blog, and versluis dove in and contributed to the Mobile Handbook. (Nice!) Looking forward to hearing more for you guys.

On the web

Last but not least, a very nice article about UX written by a user of the iOS app caught our attention.

Cheers!

#contributors

Weekly dev chat summary for Oct 21, 2013

Chat log

Agenda:

  • Android Status
  • iOS Status
  • GSoC Projects
  • Handbook
  • This week

Android Status

  • 2.5: A handful of issues were found during QA and the team has been working on fixes. There are currently two left. Once these are sorted the QA cycle will restart.
  • Development for the next release (2.6) with an improved welcome/signup flow and Native Reader is finished and ready for testing.

iOS Status

  • Last week was a good bug fixing sprint and 3.8.4 is almost ready and we’ll be starting testing soon.
  • 3.8.3 status – crashes are way down and reviews are improving a bit. Still seeing some login issues that need to be worked on but the majority of the issues still being reported are fixed in 3.8.4.

GSoC Projects

  • The code for the GSoC BlackBerry and Firefox OS WordPress apps has been added to the WordPress-Mobile github repos. There is more work to do on both apps before they are ready for a v 1.0 release.

Handbook

  • Missing iOS parts are still a WIP.
  • New release schedule page is just about ready.
  • Versluis expressed his interest in helping out with the handbook.

This week

  • iOS : finish 3.8.4, testing and submit!
  • Android: fix remaining issues with 2.5 an another round of QA. Go after some quick wins on github tickets and other ui improvements.

Next Dev Chat

Join us next week on Monday Oct 28 at 16:00 UTC in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#blackberry, #dev-chat, #firefox-os, #gsoc, #handbook, #wpandroid, #wpios

Here is a nice article from a user…

Here is a nice article from a user of the WPiOS app and some suggestions (and wireframes!) based on his experience using the app while traveling. ( Hat tip @karim for the link. ) A lot of his feedback revolves around a better offline experience, especially where media is concerned. Thoughts?

#wpios

Weekly dev chat summary for Oct 7, 2013

Chat log.

Agenda

  • WPiOS Status
  • WPAndroid Status
  • This Week
  • Next Dev Chat

WPiOS Status

Currently focused on addressing some lingering bugs stemming from earlier changes to support iOS 7. The team will be doing a lot of testing before submitting 3.8.3 to Apple later this week.

WPAndroid Status

The team has decided to have another beta round after addressing a bug related to sharing and the new pin lock feature. The beta should last a few days, then we’ll submit the app to the Play store, probably on Wed the 9th.

For this release we’re trying something new. We’ll take advantage of Google Play’s percentage distribution to release the app to around 10% of our user base, and monitor its reception. If all goes well we’ll open the floodgates and make the app available to everyone.

This Week

  • iOS : Focus on bug fixes and testing. Submit 3.8.3 to Apple.
  • Android: Monitor the new beta and release 2.5 to Google Play later this week.

Next Dev Chat

Join us for the next dev chat on Oct 14, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #dev-chat, #ios

Dev Chat Summary for Sept 16, 2013

Chat log

Agenda

  • iOS Status
  • Android Status
  • Handbook Update
  • This Week

iOS Status

Version 3.8 was submitted to Apple on Sept 12th. This version of the app includes support for iOS 7 and bug fixes. At the time of the chat it was still pending review. A few hours later Apple approved the app. Congrats everyone!

The new theme browser is close to being ready and will likely be included in 3.9.

The team is currently focusing on bug fixes, and a new visual editor.

Android Status

Today we’re releasing a new beta that includes the new media, themes, and native stats features. We’re going to try releasing via the Google Play beta system and see what that experience is like.

Heads up to developers, we’re merging the develop branch back into master today.

The team will also begin adding in the Native Reader which up to this point has been built as a separate app, and wrapping up the NUX tutorial.

Handbook Status

Rachel reports that she’s made good progress editing the mobile handbook content. Once she’s done she’ll post her notes on this blog for the mobile team to make the final content tweaks.

This Week

Android will focus on the beta release, NUX, and Native Reader.
iOS is focused on the 3.8 release, bug fixes, and visual editor.

Next Chat

Join us for the next dev chat on Sept 23, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #dev-chat, #ios, #mobile-handbook

Dev chat summary for Aug 26, 2013

Chat log.

Agenda

  • iOS Status
  • Android Status
  • Handbook Update
  • What’s Next

iOS Status

Version 3.7.1 has been submitted to Apple. This is a bug fix release to address a crash some users are experiencing when upgrading to version 3.7.

iOS 7: Progress continues on updating the app for iOS 7. This is a three step process: Step 1 is to do the minimum needed to have the app working well on iOS 7. This should be ready by September 1st. Step 2 will be adding some of the nicer iOS 7 bells and whistles. Step 3 is a more radical rethinking of some of the app features.

Refactor: The Xtreme Labs refactor is on hold temporarily while we wrap up Step 1 of the iOS 7 changes. We’ll merge branches once this is complete and the refactor will resume.

Themes: Xtreme Labs has started working on incorporating the themes feature they are building for WPAndroid into the iOS app.

Rich Text Editor: @astralbodies has begun laying the foundation for a new rich text editor.

Native Reader: Reader improvements are waiting on some API improvements to finish.

Android Status

Themes and Media: We’re wrapping up the themes and media features. Themes is mostly ready but the media feature still needs a some work before its ready for release. We’re looking to have this ready in a couple of weeks.

NUX: Progress continues on the NUX improvements and we’re looking at having this ready by the end of next week.

Native Stats: Xtreme labs has started work on a native version of the stats feature.

Native Reader: Progress continues on the Android native reader.

Handbook Update

Its crunch time. This is our last week before we hit our self appointed deadline. There’s still lots to do. Block of time this week to focus on the handbook and let’s get it done.

What’s Next

iOS: Release 3.7.1 and continue with iOS 7 improvements, rich text editor and prep for native reader improvements.

Android: Continue to work on NUX and the media feature.

Next Chat

Join us for the next dev chat on Sept 2, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #dev-chat, #handbook, #ios

Team Rep Time

Its been [over] six months since team reps were selected and its time again to choose. For anyone unfamiliar with the role of a team rep, responsibilities focus around communication and keeping the other teams up-to-date with what’s happening in our mobile world. Check out this page for more info.

The last time, we asked for folks who were interested in the team rep role to identify by leaving a comment, then we voted via a PollDaddy survey. That process seemed to work pretty well, and we do that again if that’s what everyone prefers, but I wondered if it might be simpler if we just decided during the weekly dev chat, since we’re a pretty small team.

So if its alright with everyone, let’s ask folks who are interested in taking on the role of a team rep to announce themselves in a comment below and we’ll plan on making a group decision during the dev chat on Monday. (Of course we can always setup a PollDaddy survey if folks would rather.)

#team-reps

Dev chat summary for Aug 12, 2013

Chat log

Agenda

  • iOS Status
  • Android Status
  • Handbook Update
  • Next Week

iOS Status

  • Version 3.7 has been submitted to apple. If Apple approves the app this week we’ll most likely release Monday or Tuesday.
  • This week we’ll begin work on 3.7.1 and nail down a roadmap for the next few months.
  • Work continues to update the app to support iOS 7.
  • Xtreme Labs continues to work on a code refactor with target completion of the end of the month.

Android Status

  • We’ve released a beta that adds support for Picasa/g+ images and post excerpts. If all goes well we’ll release an update later this week.
  • The theme selection feature is almost ready.
  • Progress on media updates continues. The feature should be ready in a few more weeks.
  • We’ll be working on a NUX for the next few weeks.

Handbook Update

Reminder to everyone to focus on the handbook content. We have a goal to complete the handbook by the end of the month.

Next Week

For next week the plan is to…

  • Release WPiOS 3.7 to the world as soon as its approved. Start work on 3.7.1 and plan for the near future.
  • Android will focus on NUX, wrapping up the themes, and media features.

Join us for the next dev chat on Aug 19, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #dev-chat, #ios, #mobile-handbook