Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 6.1

WordPress for Android version 6.1-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:

New: Voice comment replies for Android wearables

You can now reply to comments directly from your Android wearable device, using dictation (voice reply)! Test it out with your wearable device:

  1.  Make sure your wearable device has access to your notifications:
    • In Android 4.4: Go to Settings > Security > Notification Access
    • In Android 5.0+: Go to Settings > Sound & Notifications > Notification Access
    • On the Notification Access screen, make sure “Android Wear” is checked.
  2. Trigger a new comment notification on a post you published (ask someone to comment on your post, or comment from a different account you own).
  3. Check the notification on your wearable device.
  4. Swipe left on the notification and tap “Reply.”
  5. Speak or use emojis to reply to the notification.

Feedback:

  • Did the comment notification appear on your device?
  • Did the notification look ok and include enough detail for you to reply from your device?
  • Was your comment reply posted as expected?

(Related Github issue and pull request.)

 

Updated: Redesigned Reader post screen

The Reader post screen (for individual posts) was redesigned to match the latest design in the Calypso (web) Reader. Changes include:

  • A redesigned header for the post which includes the site blavatar + author avatar (or just avatar if there is no blavatar)
  • A shortened dateline which includes both the primary and secondary tags on the post
  • The like & comment icons in the footer now include text
  • A redesign of the related posts section, which now has a “More in [site]” section and a “More on WordPress.com” section

Feedback:

  • Do the design changes appear as described above? Do they look good in both portrait and landscape?
  • Do you see any strange or unexpected design changes on posts you read? (Watch or test for edge cases, such as posts with no avatar or blavatar, very long tags, etc.)
  • Are you able to interact with the post (tapping on tags, likes, comments, related posts) and continue navigating through the Reader as expected?

(Related Github issue and pull request.)

 

New: Shortcut to System Settings from App Settings

There is now a shortcut to your device System Settings from the App Settings section. Test it out:

  1. Open the Me tab in the app (the person icon).
  2. Open App Settings.
  3. Tap on “Open device settings.”
  4. Confirm that your System Settings open to the WordPress app setting screen.

Feedback:

  • Did the System Settings open to the right screen?
  • Was the shortcut clear and discoverable in the app?
  • Were you able to get back to the app afterwards to continue?

(Related Github issue and pull request.)

 

Flow Testing:

In addition to testing new features, as beta testers we can give feedback about the flow through the WordPress app. (Not sure what I mean? Check out how the WordPress Flow team tests and what we mean by flow.)

Here are some things to consider or try out in this release:

  • Take a screenshot of each step as you test the new and updated features above. Upload your screenshots (you can create a gallery on Cloudup) and share them in a comment here.
  • As you go through each step, pay attention to how you feel. Are you ever confused, lost, surprised (pleasantly or not), frustrated, anxious, or experiencing something else in reaction to what you are doing or seeing? Share those reactions in a comment.
  • With each new and updated feature, can you start interacting with the feature, complete the process, and move on to your next intended task? If you get stuck or don’t finish where you expected, share that in a comment.

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.

#android, #beta, #needs-testing, #wpandroid

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.6

The WordPress for iOS 6.6 beta will be available for testing on TestFlight soon. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.

What’s New

  1. Animated GIFs in Blog Posts List: The Blog Posts list (on the My Sites tab) now supports animated GIFs.
    • Add an animated GIF as the featured image or the only image in a blog post. Save or publish the post, and view the post in your Blog Posts list. The image should animate.
    • Try adding very large GIFs, or multiple GIFs to a post, and let us know if anything unexpected happens (such as the app slowing down or crashing).
  2. Backend Changes to Notifications: Notifications got revamped under the hood (backend changes). There shouldn’t be any noticeable changes, but please pay attention to any bugs with notifications in this version.

Additional Testing

In addition to testing new features and changes, as beta testers we can give feedback about the flow through the WordPress app. (Not sure what I mean? Check out how the WordPress Flow team tests and what we mean by flow.)

Here are some things to consider or try out in this release:

  • Take a screenshot of each step as you test the animated GIFs and/or notifications above. Upload your screenshots (you can create a gallery on Cloudup) and share them in a comment here.
  • Describe how the process makes you feel and whether you were able to finish the entire task or process you started.
  • When you finish the process (posting/viewing your animated GIF or checking your notifications), what do you want to do next? Is there a clear path to continue on to your next task?

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS Github repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

#beta, #ios, #needs-testing, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 6.0

WordPress for Android version 6.0-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.

New Feature:

Contextual actions on push notifications

Push notifications for comments now have quick actions based on the context. Test it out by triggering new comment notifications on your site(s), and make sure the correct quick actions appear and work as expected.

  1. Moderated comments: If your site requires approval for a comment to be published, the push notification will display REPLY and APPROVE quick actions. Tapping on APPROVE will approve the comment, mark the APPROVE action in color, and show you the comment detail.
    moderated comment push notification
  2. Non-moderated comments: If your site does not require approval for a comment to be published, the push notification will display REPLY and LIKE quick actions. Tapping on LIKE will like the comment, mark the LIKE action in color, and show you the comment detail.
    non-moderated comment push notification

Additional Testing:

In addition to testing new features, as beta testers we can give feedback about the flow through the WordPress app. (Not sure what I mean? Check out how the WordPress Flow team tests and what we mean by flow.)

Here are some things to consider or try out in this release:

  • Take a screenshot of each step as you test the new push notifications above. Upload your screenshots (you can create a gallery on Cloudup) and share them in a comment here.
  • After you do the quick action in the push notification, where does it take you? Is that what you expected? Describe how the process makes you feel and whether you were able to finish the entire task or process you started.
  • Is there anything missing from the notification itself, or in the steps that follow, that would make this flow make more sense or work better for you?
  • When you finish approving, replying to, or liking the comment, what do you want to do next? Is there a clear path to continue on to your next task?

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.

#android, #beta, #needs-testing, #wpandroid

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.5

The WordPress for iOS 6.5 beta will be available for testing on TestFlight soon. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.

New Features

  1. Reader Navigation: The Reader navigation has a new design to match the web Reader. You can also browse the sites you follow in the new “Manage Sites” section in your Followed Sites list.
  2. Updated Editor Toolbar: The editor’s top toolbar was cleaned up to make it less crowded. Instead of a Preview link, settings cog icon, and Post link, you’ll now see the Post link and a “more” (ellipsis) menu.

Additional Changes

  1. iPad updates: If you have an iPad, you’ll see some updates such as a consistent layout throughout the app, and new inline search bars (matching the default iOS search behavior). To test:
    • Explore the app on an iPad and note any inconsistencies or odd behavior with the layout between screens.
    • Try out the search bars (such as the blog selector search).
    • Bonus: Rotate between portrait and landscape views as you go.
  2. Notifications: The Notifications stack got a revamp — this is a behind-the-scenes update, so hopefully you won’t see any changes. To test, trigger a variety of notifications, open and interact with them, and report any odd behavior or bugs you see.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS Github repository and open a new issue.

#beta, #ios, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 5.8

WordPress for Android version 5.8-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 join the Google Plus beta community for more discussion with other testers.

New Features:

  1. Synchronized read notifications: Push notifications will now be synchronized across your devices, and automatically dismissed if you read the notification on another device. To test, make sure push notifications are enabled, trigger one or more notifications, and then read those notifications in a web browser or on another device. They should be dismissed as you read them elsewhere.
  2. Invite Followers/Viewers: You can now invite followers and viewers to your site in People Management (WordPress.com sites only). To test, make sure you can invite followers (on public sites) or viewers (on private sites), and that invitations to become a user on the site still work as expected.

Additional Changes:

  • Improved offline messaging: A “no connection” message now appears if you aren’t connected to a network in these parts of the app:
    • Plans
    • Editor > Post Settings > Select categories
    • Editor > Post Settings > Add category
    • Me > My Profile
  • Reader tweaks: There are a number of small tweaks to the Reader’s design and behavior, including how the Follow button and Likes appear. Let us know if you have any confusion or trouble following blogs and liking posts!

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while 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.

#android, #beta, #wpandroid

Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 5.7

WordPress for Android version 5.7-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 join the Google Plus beta community for more discussion with other testers.

New Features:

  1. WordPress.com Plans: You can view details about your WordPress.com site’s plan and learn more about other plans in the app, under My Site (your site dashboard) > Plans.
  2. People — Followers/Viewers: Go to the My Site tab > People to manage your site’s followers and viewers.
    • Use the filter to switch between your site’s Team, Followers, Email Followers, and (on private sites) Viewers.
    • Tap on a follower/follower and use the trash icon to remove them from the site.

Additional Changes:

  • Reader Tweaks for Tablet: Tweaks to the Reader’s design on tablets (full details on Github), such as:
    • Increased font size for post content
    • Increased margins between images, image captions, and post text
    • Images can be right/left aligned with text flowing around them

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while 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.

#android, #beta, #wpandroid

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.4

The WordPress for iOS 6.4 beta is available for testing on TestFlight. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.

New Features

  1. Share media to WordPress: You can now share single images from other apps to the WordPress app. Give it a try: While in another app (like the Photos app) select an image and tap the iOS sharing icon. Select WordPress as the sharing target and you can share the image to your site.
  2. Menu management: You can now create and manage custom menus for your WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected sites, under My Site > Menus in the app.
  3. People management: You can now view and manage the users and followers on your WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected sites, under My Site > People in the app. Change a user’s role, remove a user, invite a new user, and view your site’s followers.
  4. Search the Reader: You can search the Reader, view your search history, and get autocomplete suggestions based on past searches. Tap the search icon in the top right of the Reader to get started.
  5. WordPress.com Plans: You can view details about your WordPress.com site’s plan and learn more about other plans in the app, under My Site > Plans.

Additional Changes

  • Self-hosted sites: The entire networking stack underneath self-hosted sites (not using Jetpack) has been updated. If you notice any glitches with your self-hosted site, please let us know!
  • Keyboard shortcuts: The app now has keyboard shortcuts for iPads with an external keyboard. Hold down the command key to see the shortcuts for switching between tabs.

Screenshots

Take a peek at the updates and new features in 6.4:

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS Github repository and open a new issue.

#beta, #ios, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 5.6

WordPress for Android version 5.6-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 join the Google Plus beta community for more discussion with other testers.

New Features:

  1. Related Posts: The Reader now displays related posts in a “Related Reading” section. You will find those related posts at the bottom of the full post view in the Reader.
  2. Customized Notification Sounds: Go to the Me tab > Notification Settings > Notification sound, and select a custom notification sound for the app.
  3. People Management: Go to the My Site tab (your site dashboard) > People.
    • View a list of users on your site and their roles.
    • Tap on a user to change their role on the site.
    • Tap the plus (+) icon in the top right to invite a new user.
  4. Publish from the Blog Posts list: You can now publish drafts directly from the Blog Posts list, without opening the editor. Tap the “Publish” link below a draft to publish it.

Additional Changes:

  1. View Site & View Admin: Tapping “View Site” and “View Admin” in the site dashboard now opens those links in the device browser (instead of an in-app browser).
  2. Uploading posts: Posts are disabled (not tappable) while they upload. Instead, there is a translucent overlay and progress spinner over the post in the Blog Posts list during upload.
  3. Comments: Comments are automatically approved when you reply to them.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while 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.

#android, #beta, #wpandroid

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.3

The WordPress for iOS 6.3 beta is available for testing on TestFlight. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.

New Features

  1. You can copy an image on your device and paste it into the visual editor. A couple notes:
    • This currently only works with one image at a time
    • You can test it by copying images from different sources (e.g. Photos app or Safari), and pasting them into new or existing posts or pages
  2. The Create Account flow got some updates under the hood. To test, log out (Disconnect from WordPress.com on the account screen) and create a new account — try some unusual input and let us know if something breaks!
  3. My Profile and Account Settings are now available on the Me (account) screen when logged in to a WordPress.com account in the app.
  4. Your Gravatar can be edited by tapping on the Gravatar on the Me (account) screen.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS Github repository and open a new issue.

#beta, #ios, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.2

The WordPress for iOS 6.2 beta is available for testing on TestFlight! Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.

New Feature

iOS Share Extension: You can share (text and URLs only, for now) from other apps to WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected sites.

While in another app, use the iOS sharing option to share text and/or URLs to a WordPress.com or Jetpack-connected site. A few notes for this first iteration:

  • WordPress is available in the sharing menu in apps that provide text and URLs.
  • Post status can be publish or draft.
  • Site picker shows list of sites you can post to via WordPress.com (including Jetpack).
  • Text is split between the subject and body of post if it’s multi-line. (The first line of text is automatically the post subject.)

Future features will include support for media (images, video), better caching of site lists, remembering last used post status and site. The goal is to eventually support sharing to all self-hosted sites, as well, but we aren’t there yet.

Share Extension

#beta, #ios, #wpios