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  • mrroundhill 1:00 am on January 31, 2014 Permalink |
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    WordPress for Android 2.6 was released today. A huge thanks to all contributors! This release really shines.

  • mrroundhill 10:34 pm on January 8, 2014 Permalink |
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    WPAndroid and Gingerbread Support

    Today the Android team had a chat about the upcoming releases and the version of Android that we will be supporting. The number of users that are running 2.3 (gingerbread) has been falling steadily, now at 15% of the total. In light of this we are proposing the following:

    • Version 2.6 will be the last version to support 2.3. All 2.6.x maintenance releases will also support 2.3.
    • Version 2.7 and beyond will require Android 4.0 or higher. (We’ll remove the ActionBarSherlock library)

    One of the nice feature of Google Play is that we can offer the 2.6 apk to 2.3 users indefinitely while we continue iterating on the app for devices running 4.0 or higher.

  • mrroundhill 3:46 am on September 24, 2013 Permalink |
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    Beta 2 of the giant WordPress for Android update with new Media library, Stats, Themes, and PIN lock features is out now. If you haven’t joined up with the beta yet, just request to join our group on Google+ to get access to download the beta:


  • mrroundhill 12:35 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink |
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    The Android team had a chat about the upcoming releases, here’s what the current plan is:

    • September 16th: Beta release for Pin Lock, Media, Stats and Themes (hopefully via HockeyApp).
    • September 23rd: Release if the beta went well. If there’s fixes needed, the launch will need to bump to October 7th.
    • October 7th: Beta release for Native Reader and NUX.
    • October 21st-ish: Release Native Reader and NUX.
  • mrroundhill 12:02 am on August 10, 2013 Permalink |
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    The patches keep coming in (thanks @aagam94!), so we’ll keep doing releases of WPAndroid 🙂 There’s some fun features in this build:

    • You can now add or edit the post excerpt in the app.
    • Adds support for adding images from the Picasa/Google+ folders in the gallery app.

    Pretty cool stuff, and now you have something to do over the weekend! Test the Beta.

  • mrroundhill 9:12 pm on July 31, 2013 Permalink |

    A new beta of WordPress for Android is… 

    A new beta of WordPress for Android is ready! This release has some great updates to selecting and adding categories:

    • You can now remove individual categories from a post instead of being forced to clear them all out at once.
    • The category selection view is now properly sorted by sub categories.
    • Adding a new category will be properly inserted in the category list instead of at the bottom.
    • Adding a new category won’t clear your currently selected categories any longer.

    It also includes some minor bug fixes as well. Tap here to install the latest build!

    If all goes well we will release this on Monday as version 2.4.3. Here’s some screenshots of the new category views:

  • mrroundhill 10:01 pm on July 8, 2013 Permalink |

    WPAndroid is getting a few changes this week… 

    WPAndroid is getting a few changes this week:

    1. Updated the menu drawer library to the latest version, which allows us to do the ‘overlay’ effect for the navigation drawer to match up with the latest google apps.
    2. ‘View Admin’ has been moved to the settings, this is because many users were getting lost in the ‘View Admin’ area, thinking it was the actual app (MP6 was a big reason for this).
    3. The way you save a local draft has been improved to fit in better with other Android apps. Instead of using the disk icon in the action bar to save a post, there’s now the ‘paper airplane’ icon there that signifies that the post will always be uploaded when that button is pressed. When pressing back or the ‘up’ key, there is now a prompt to save your changes or discard. If the user chooses ‘Save’, the post will be saved locally. The ‘Local Draft’ option has also been removed from the post status spinner since it is no longer needed.
    4. Lastly, there’s a number of bugs fixed, mostly related to the Notifications area.

    The latest APK can be found here: http://iosbuilds.automattic.com/builds/android/

    Here’s some screenshots of some of the changes:

  • mrroundhill 10:35 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink |

    Android 2.4 Beta: Notifications 

    Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 2.36.55 PM
    Looking for something to do this weekend? Version 2.4 of WordPress for Android is ready for testing. This release adds an all-new notifications view as well as integration with Google Cloud Messaging so that you can get notified as soon as something happens on your blog.

    We’re looking for a few brave folks to try this out. Keep in mind that it is beta software. To take advantage of the new notifications feature, you’ll need to have a site at WordPress.com or be running the Jetpack plugin on your self-hosted site. You can find the WordPress.com sign in on the Settings page of the app.

    We’ve also added some smaller new features as well:

    • Added new menu button that conforms to the new Holo guidelines for menu drawers announced at Google I/O last week.
    • Moved settings and sign out option to overflow menu

    After you install the update and are signed in to WordPress.com you should start receiving notifications when stuff happens on your site. You can leave an anonymous comment on your blog to test it out if you aren’t getting much traffic at the moment 🙂

    Please give it a try and comment here if you have any issues or suggestions!

    2.4 Beta APK: http://bit.ly/172QxOy

    Lastly, GLaDOS approves of this effort:
    Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 2.36.27 PM

    • Joen Asmussen 7:00 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rockin’ the bleeding edge Holo stuff, really nice work! Love the new notifications section. I also love the big comment moderation buttons. I don’t think the “cross” reads well enough for “unapprove”, though. I realize it’s also a cross in wp.com toolbar notifications, but it’s not great there either. I think those buttons would work better with text.

      • Isaac Keyet 12:24 am on June 20, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Looks like this comment got stuck in moderation, sorry about that. We’ll want to revisit the icons and overall UX soon, for now it’s consistent with iOS which is good but I think we all agree with you about the X icon (and spamming as well, for that matter, at least on iOS).

  • mrroundhill 11:50 pm on February 27, 2013 Permalink |

    Weekly dev chat summary for Feb 27, 2013

    Chat log.


    • WPWindowsPhone app upgrades
    • WPAndroid UI progress
    • WPiOS
    • Handbook progress
    • WPBB10

    WPWindowsPhone app upgrades

    Version 2.0 has been approved! We are working on the launch post, but the app is already available to users. We are moving on to version 2.1 which will support comment push notifications!

    WPAndroid UI progress

    It’s looking really good. Most activities have been converted to the ActionBar, and the MenuDrawer has been tweaked to operate smoothly. Still a bit more left to do, including getting design comps and implementing them.


    Version 3.5 came out last week with a nasty bug, but thankfully we were able to get a bug fix out quickly. There’s a few less annoying bugs reported that should probably be fixed for a 3.5.2 release. No progress on version 3.6 yet.

    Handbook progress

    Handbook is looking better. We noted that there is still a lot of non-app specific content to be written, maybe some folks can jump in and write those.


    After 3 weeks in review, the app was rejected for an unknown reason 🙁 We are reaching out to our BB contact to see what’s up.

    Next week

    The next dev chat will be on March 6, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

    • Mike 8:36 pm on March 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      on the 3.5.2 update is it going to fix the Landscape view while writing a post on the Ipad?

      • Isaac Keyet 10:47 pm on March 23, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’re looking into it but can’t promise a fix in the next version. The other pending issues are more important since they impact basic usage. Thanks for your patience as we work this out.

  • mrroundhill 12:48 am on February 22, 2013 Permalink |
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    Guess what? WordPress for iOS 3.5 was approved by Apple today, featuring Draft Previews and Post Autosave! Tell your friends:

    • John Saddington 11:28 am on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      great work Dan! thanks for the update!

      • Tim 5:54 pm on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I updated the app on my 4s today and it doesn’t work. Only nonresponsive “Photo” and “Settings” show up at the bottom. Can I get the old version until the bugs are worked out? Thanks!

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