Mobile Weekly developer chat summary for Feb 10, 2014

#WordPress-Mobile IRC Log

  • WP Android Status
  • WP iOS Status
  • Other platforms
  • Google Summer of Code 2014
  • Team Reps
  • This Week
WP Android Status
We were fixing bugs reported from the 2.6 release last week and made a lot of progress.  The last hurdle is getting translations updated for 2.6.1. We changed a lot of the sentence styling, which means we need new translations for all of the strings we updated.  There’s also a nice update to the comments view in the app, thanks to @nbradbury.  We also have a discussion going about maybe keeping the nav drawer in the app instead of the tabs.
WP iOS Status
Last week the team worked pretty hard and fast to get out a hot fix release (3.9.1) which addressed a few bugs that we had quite a few complaints about for 3.9.  The three bugs were 1) a bug which caused timezones to be thrown off on posts 2) a bug where longer posts wouldn’t be able to use the link editor and 3) state restoration not working so when users came back to the app at times it defaulted to the reader.  All three were fixed quickly for 3.9.1 which was submitted on Friday.
We’ve been testing the release in parallel as well. We kept the release pretty focused as we wanted to just address the issues plaguing our users. I’ve been keeping an eye on Twitter and responding to users as they’ve sent in reports, I just wish I could reply to the app store sometimes :(.  The odd thing is the scheduling bug was there before, but complaints only started coming in on 3.9.  As far as this week, we’re awaiting 3.9.1 to be released, i’d expect it’ll be released by the middle of this week based on apple’s previous times reviewing the app as far as next steps, i’m consolidating 3.9.2 and 4.0 into one release and the team is going to shift onto 4.0 rather than another point release we’ll have 3 major tentpole features for 4.0, an updated media library, the ability to switch themes in the app, and native stats. a lot of the code for the tentpole features is complete so it should be doable for a 4.0 release
Other plaforms
All other WordPress apps are currently in a holding pattern and active development is on hiatus.
Google Summer of Code 2014
For those interested, WordPress Foundation has applied to be involved in Google’s annual event of getting students involved on coding over the summer.  There are a list of potential projects and also confirmed mentors available for the program at  There are three mobile projects in the ideas list currently.  Community developers are encouraged to participate in the program by submitting app ideas and becoming a mentor for a student.
Team Reps
Brad @irbrad and Aaron @astralbodies have replaced @aerych and @ievolver as team reps.  They’re still sorting out exactly how they’re distributing the duties, but will probably flip flop who runs the devchat every week similar to previous reps.  The Make Mobile site needs to be update to reflect the change, and that should be done shortly.
This Week
iOS – 4.0 work starts, Android 2.6.1 bug fixes and translations
Next Dev Chat
The next dev chat will be held at 17:00 UTC on Feb 17 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #dev-chat, #gsoc, #ios, #team-reps, #wpandroid, #wpios

Weekly dev chat summary for Feb 03, 2014

Chat log.


  • iOS Status
  • Android Status
  • Team Rep
  • This Week

iOS Status

Last week we released 3.9 debuting the app’s new tabbed interface, including lots of optimization and bug fixes.
Since its release we’ve become aware of a handful of bugs including one regarding a post’s publish date, and one where the app forgets the last viewed tab when reopening.
We’re currently focused on getting 3.9.1 released to address these urgent issues and expect to submit to Apple later this week.

Android Status

We released 2.6 last Thursday. There are a handful of bugs (about 10 exceptions) we’re working on for a 2.6.1 release later this week.

Team Rep

Last week we acknowledged we were due to re-up our team reps and we called for volunteers. @irbrad and @astralbodies have both expressed interest and will be taking the reigns as reps for the mobile team going forward. Congrats guys!

This Week

iOS: Complete fixes for 3.9.1 and submit to Apple. Begin work on 3.9.2.
Android: Complete fixes for 2.6.1 and release to the Play store.

Next Dev Chat

The next dev chat will be held at 17:00 UTC on Feb 10 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #dev-chat, #ios, #team-reps

Dev chat summary for Aug 19, 2013

Delayed summary of what went down yesterday for the record. Chat log.


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

iOS Status

3.7 with the new Reader and a new account system launched (woo!) but had some serious bugs, including a launch on startup for some due to migration issues (boo!) so we’ve been hard at work trying to fix the issues. A .1 will be pushed asap. Next up is a .2 with some minor enhancements.

Android Status

2.4.4 was just pushed to Google Play and includes some enhancements like Picasa/Google+ image uploading/adding and post excerpts — props @aagam94!

Later this week we’ll launch a beta with theme selection and media library enhancements. We’re also starting the new user experience iteration back up (better log in/sign up and welcome guide).

Handbook Update

@sendhil has worked on the iOS section and @hugobaeta has taken a look at the design parts of the handbook. Everyone was urged to mark things as done in the todo.

Team Reps

We talked about electing new team reps. Since our group is very small we decided to keep it simple and elect new reps in the chat itself. @irbrad was up for a term but not this time around, so for now @aerych and @isaackeyet will continue being team reps without specific primary/secondary roles (we’ve switched from week to week up until now and it has worked well). Worth noting is that the new cycle is 3 months for a handoff between primary/secondary team reps but since it’s worked so well I think we can continue on as we have and fill in for each other when necessary.

What’s Next

iOS: fix the bug in 3.7 asap and issue 3.7.1, then start working on 3.7.2. iOS7-ification is also under way, as is the code clean up and partial refactor, both in separate branches for now.

Android: Media/Themes beta and NUX (welcome guide, improved log in/sign up) is next, along with the Android Native Reader project.


We discussed bug tracking briefly and decided to track issues with the iOS app directly on Github using Issues — this will be adopted by the Android app shortly as well.

We also talked about using Hockey app for Android beta distribution. We concluded that we should explore more to see how feasible it would be and maybe start a post on this p2 about it.

Next Chat

Join us for the next dev chat on Aug 26, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

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

Mobile Dev Chat Summary for Sep 26 2012…

Mobile Dev Chat Summary for Sep 26, 2012

We had a shorter meeting this week but still had some good discussion (chat log):


  • WPAndroid 2.2. Launch Update
  • 3.5 XML-RPC Improvements
  • WPWindowsPhone 1.7 Discussion

WPAndroid 2.2. Launch Update

3.5 XML-RPC Improvements

  • Patch for #21397 was reviewed with some feedback, and @markoheijnen updated it and added a new patch. Team is doing their best to get this in 3.5 still.

WPWindowsPhone 1.7 Discussion

  • A bit of trac cleanup for 1.7 has been done, but more needed. @irbrad will review the milestone.
  • @daniloercoli has picked up a few tickets and will likely start dev next week.
  • We discussed how to get up and running with the Windows Phone 8 SDK.

#android, #dev-chat, #ios, #windows-phone, #wpandroid, #wpios, #wpwindowsphone, #xmlrpc

Mobile Dev Chat Aug 29, 2012

Summary of the dev chat held in IRC on Aug 29, 2012. Chat log.


  • WPiOS 3.2 cycle status update, todos
  • WPAndroid 2.2 status update (we’re in beta!)
  • WPWindowsPhone 1.7 planning and heads up
  • Core revisions and preview API in 3.5

WPiOS 3.2 cycle status update, todos

  • We went over the current status of version 3.2 and noted progress on Featured Image support, visual editor for iPad iOS5+, and Notifications screen for + comment notifications. Visual editor and Notifications for are in trunk, however in a very rough state, but we’re moving along steadily. There are plenty of tickets open in Trac though and plenty for would-be contributors to look into!
  • We discussed the visual editor a bit, reiterating the need to have it not tamper with posts in an unexpected way. The toolbar will need to be changed a bit to accommodate the new editor (indicating “active” status). @irbrad is going to look into some of the top plugins that alter/hook into the editor and how we need to tackle those in the app. To test this properly we’ll need to compare existing (old) posts from a large number of different websites and make sure that the markup/content is not altered in a negative way by using the app. Special care needs to be taken to shortcodes and full embeds.

WPAndroid 2.2 status update (we’re in beta!)

  • The app’s in beta, and it’s going well so far. Some issues/concerns have come up: Featured Image support is not checked remotely (we’ll work on this) and tapping images to open details in the post editor is cumbersome at times.

WPWindowsPhone 1.7 planning and heads up

  • While there’s no ETA on when the dev cycle could start just yet, we foresee this cycle starting right around WPiOS 3.2 is out.
  • There’s a tentative road map in Trac already, to bring the app up to speed with the other apps, prepare it for Windows Phone 8, and resolve lingering UX issues.
  • @maxcutler highlighted that Windows Phone 7 apps will work on Windows Phone 8, and so our aim should be to improve the app and not exclude older devices – especially since these can’t upgrade .
  • Some concerns were raised about the app developed by Automattic for Windows 8, that it doesn’t fit so well into this new suite of OS’s and software that’s coming from Microsoft. We’ll need to think it through, but it may make sense to help turn this app into a full “regular” WordPress app with management capabilities and support for self-hosted blogs.

Core revisions and preview API in 3.5

  • @mrroundhill brought up the need for an improved Gallery API, although it may be a tight fit to do in time for 3.5. We decided that it would be best to hold off on gallery support in the apps for now, until the API is improved. Post revisions should help with this.
  • The feature freeze is coming up and it’s time to complete the patches and send ’em in, so it’s now the biggest priority to get the patches in that we need. @kokejb still has the lead here but should call in help accorndingly.

#android, #dev-chat, #ios, #planning, #road-map, #windows-phone, #wpandroid, #wpios, #wpwindowsphone, #xmlrpc