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  • Maxime 10:53 am on February 8, 2016 Permalink |
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    Hi there, 5.1-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store. This is a maintenance release, we squashed minor bugs in Me, Reader, Comments and Site Settings screens – we also improved app accessibility. If you’re a TalkBack user, we’d love to hear from you.

    Join the Google Plus beta community, and help us to test the app!

  • Maxime 4:12 pm on January 13, 2016 Permalink |
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    WordPress Android 5.0-rc-1 released in the beta channel 

    Hi Makers. WordPress for Android version 5.0-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store. If you want to help us test the beta and download the bleeding edge versions of WordPress for Android, you must join our Google Plus community first: https://plus.google.com/communities/108813167297661427043

    WordPress for Android is open source, you can also build it, test it and hack it – see our project page on GitHub for more informations: https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-Android

  • Jen 5:40 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink |
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    2015 Contributor Survey 

    Hi mobile folks! Thanks for all your hard work and contributions in 2015. Could you contribute few more minutes to fill in the 2015 contributor survey? It will help us establish some baselines around the contributor experience so that we can see how things change over time.

    **This is being posted to all the Make teams, so if you subscribe to a bunch of p2s and keep seeing this post, know that you only need to fill the survey in once, not once per team.**

    The survey is anonymous (so you can be extra honest), all questions are optional (so you can skip any that you don’t want to answer), and we’ll post some aggregate results by the end of January. It took testers 5-10 minutes to complete on average (depends how much you have to say), so I bet you could knock it out right after you read this post! 🙂

    There are two sections of the survey. The first has questions about team involvement, recognition, and event involvement, and is pretty much what you’d expect from an annual survey (which teams did you contribute to, how happy are you as a contributor, etc).

    The second section is about demographics so we can take a stab at assessing how diverse our contributor base is. All questions are optional, but the more information we have the better we can figure out what we need to improve. If there’s some information you’d rather not identify, that’s okay, but please do not provide false information or use the form to make jokes — just skip those questions.

    The survey will be open until January 15, 2016. Whether you have 5 minutes now, or 10 over lunch (or whenever), please take the 2015 contributor survey. Thanks!

  • Maxime 6:16 pm on December 14, 2015 Permalink |
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    WordPress Android 4.9-rc-1 released in the beta channel 

    Hi Testers, WordPress for Android version 4.9-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store.

    This version brings a finger print scanning option on the PIN lock for compatible devices with Android 6.0. We’ve made some changes in the Media Library, better handling of multiple uploads and a redesigned detail screen. We fixed a few bugs, particularly an issue with the AUthor role, another with trashing posts that was permanently deleting them.

    We’re planning to release final 4.9 version on January 11th.

    Join the Google Plus beta community, and help us to test the app!

  • Maxime 2:44 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink |
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    WordPress Android 4.8-rc-1 released in the beta channel 

    Hi there!

    4.8-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store.

    We worked on a new theme picker for your WordPress.com sites. You can browse, search, preview and customize your theme from the app. We also added support for full backups. If you’re using the app on a Android 6.+ device, you won’t have to login again. All your data are backep up and automatically restored on install, that means if you uninstall the app or buy a new device, your data (credentials, local drafts, preferences) will be restored when you install WordPress.

    We also fixed a few bugs: a Geolocation issue when updating a published post, loading private images in comments now works, published notifications are now dismissed on tap or on share.

    You must join our beta community on Google Plus to get the beta updates: https://plus.google.com/communities/108813167297661427043

  • Maxime 11:55 am on October 23, 2015 Permalink |
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    WordPress Android 4.7-rc-1 released! 

    What’s new:

    • Stats widget now available for your home screen
    • Filter bar added to Notifications tab for your browsing pleasure
    • Various bug fixes and improvements such as improved offline support in the Reader

    Want the latest features (and latest bugs), Join the Google Plus beta community

  • Maxime 11:50 am on September 23, 2015 Permalink |
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    Hi makers A new beta release has been… 

    Hi makers!

    A new beta release has been published to the Google Play Store beta channel: version 4.6-rc-1. What’s new?

    A notification will now appear when a Post has been published, let you quickly share the link. We also reintroduced link shortening when sharing from the post preview (and from the notification).

    We changed a few things in the app to optimize how it starts and how it keeps stuff in memory. Starting from 4.6-rc-1, switching between main tabs and starting the app should be noticeably faster. We also changed the app icon to a circle icon (material design compliant).

    Let us know if you have any comment about the new features, or if you encountered any new bugs. We’re planning to release final 4.6 version on October 16th.

    Join the Google Plus beta community, and help us to test the app!

  • Aaron Douglas 4:48 pm on September 3, 2015 Permalink |
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    WordPress Android 4.5-rc-1 released 

    4.5-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store. What’s new in this version:

    • You can finely tune your notifications using the new Notification Settings (go to the Me tab, and tap “Notification Settings”)
    • We added a Snack Bar in the Post Preview screen to help you Publish or Discard local modifications made to your post.
    • There is a new “Latest Post Summary” module in the Stats Insights page.
    • Support for stacked notificaitons on Android Wear.

    Let us know if you have any comment about the new features, or if you encountered any new bugs.

    We’re planning to release final 4.5 version on September 22nd.

    Join the WordPress Android beta group here

  • Aaron Douglas 6:43 pm on April 7, 2015 Permalink |  

    Interested in contributing to the WordPress.org mobile apps? Have questions on how something works? Check out the links in the sidebar and come join us in #mobile in the Slack chat system. The Handbook is in need of some updates but we primarily use GitHub Issues for communication regarding issues and changes and Slack for any general questions.

  • titanas 3:53 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink |
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    WordPress iPhone App Mockup. New But Familiar 

    I want to thank Aaron for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts.

    I love WordPress. My life changed because of it. It’s part of who i am today.

    Looking at the WordPress app for iPhone i felt there is something missing. The simplicity and freshness of iOS 7.

    I created this mockup to highlight my idea and changes to the current WordPress iPhone design. My goal was simple. Create something new. Make it look familiar.

    WordPress iPhone app Mockup by Stefanos Kofopoulos

    Current design (left). Mockup design (right). By Stefanos Kofopoulos

    Think of it as upgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 7 and then to iOS 8. Simpler. Crisper. High contrast. Works on all iPhones and screen sizes running iOS 7 or newer.

    All items calling for user interaction come with an explanatory icon and legend. Text can be translated to resonate with international users and complement the icon. Vice versa too.

    In case of text only interactions (eg Settings, Edit) a different color is used. Strings translations will complement the difference in color and resonate with users too.

    All elements and graphics used are iOS 8 native. Except the Reader and Notifications icons i created.

    Nav bar

    Stays the same. Theme colors apply. The improvements here include:

    • Edit menu moved to left. Where it usually is on iOS 8 table view and lists.
    • New iOS 8 typography.
    • WordPress color (#464646)

    Sites list

    Design overhaul based on iOS design language. The improvements here include:

    • Contextual ordered items (icons and typography)
    • iOS 8 like table menu with fav icons for each site
    • Different functions follow same design language (add button)
    • WordPress color (#464646)

    Tap bar

    Design overhaul matching WordPress app and iOS design language. The improvements here include:

    • Theme support matching Nav bar color
    • Clean. High contrast icons with legends
    • Simple. Unified content creation icon. Content can be video, photos, text. Older icon implied text only.

    I would love to hear your thoughts. Design files are available for everyone. Made in Sketch 3.1 though.

    • ctruman 6:14 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This looks really cool! Is this design motivated by trying to expand to new screen sizes? Or just to have a more distinctive iOS 8 style app?

    • titanas 10:35 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It started as personal frustration ( http://titan.as/making-wordpress-better-admin-menu/ ) and grew to a suggestion for improved clarity, UI and UX. Killing two birds with one stone as this will adopt and adjust to all iPhones and work exceptionally well with international markets

    • Aaron Douglas 1:16 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      @titanas I did ping some people internally at Automattic working on design. Hopefully soon I can share some of the mockups for what is coming very soon. 🙂

    • Aaron Douglas 1:17 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      @mikejohnstn just an FYI you may want to review @titanas‘ contribution for your thoughts!

    • Dave Whitley 10:04 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      By the way, thanks @titanas for the contribution. I love to see what other designers can come up with.

      I’ve worked on only some parts the app (NUX, Notifications, tab bar). I feel your frustration — I wish we could devote more time to the overall app design.

      A lot of things are in flux right now on WordPress.com— we are working hard on the wp-admin frustrations (on the web) that you pointed out in your blog post, and we are striving for consistency on all platforms — web, iOS, Android. Hopefully we can share more soon.

      Some critical thoughts on your design:

      The “Add Site” change seems more native — I like it. Maybe that cell should just be attached to the bottom of the site list, with no space.

      The WordPress.com designers lean more towards the WordPress.com brand when deciding whether or not to use iOS specific styling, such as color, fonts, icons, etc. For icons, we want to use the same ones we use on the web and on Android. I’ve seen other apps successfully use iOS-style icons for their app (Path, Evernote), but for us, I don’t think it’s best. I’d rather the app feel like part of a cohesive ecosystem, rather than an iOS utility. For example, Facebook Messenger feels more like an extension of iOS, but the Facebook app feels more connected to the Facebook on the web. We want the app to use native patterns wherever possible, without losing sight of the brand.

      • titanas 11:04 pm on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thank you Dave. Good to know that you guys work hard to improve things. That’s great.

        Add Site can anywhere. Depends on how people use the app. How many sites the average user has etc. Placement of it, is more of a data driven decision.

        I understand the reasons for leaning towards to WordPress.com design. You should do that. There is a big but hanging in there.

        One will never be able to have a WordPress.com design on mobile devices. All mobile OS are designed and built with fundamental differences. iOS, Android and Windows Phone are very different. You cannot replicate the Android three dot action bar on Windows Phone. Maybe on iOS but that would be out of place. Which brings me to my seconds argument.

        When someone buys a mobile device makes a binary choice to choose or not to choose the device and its OS. It is crucial to honour this choice for the next 12 or 24 months. Sometimes even longer.

        Every mobile OS has it’s own typography, gestures, icons, UI and UX. Creating something that is 20% different from everything else in the OS creates friction. Especially for apps that are used to create content, aka used frequently. This is why the great examples you mentioned follow the iOS UI and UX. It’s fluid for the users. The feel comfortable. It works. It’s always “where it should be”.

        IMHO this is not a question about being part of a cohesive ecosystem rather an iOS utility. It’s about honouring predetermined user patterns and behaviour for today and the next couple of years.

    • Ploufside 5:04 pm on December 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Titanas, thanks a lot for investing yourself in the WordPress project ! It changed my life too 🙂
      YES, it would be awesome to see the iPhone App Mockup design upgraded as you’re proposing, it’s lot more clear like that ! Looking forward to see what is deciding the community 😉

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