Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.9

WordPress for iOS version 11.9 beta is available for testing on TestFlight.

Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program (open the link on your iPhone or iPad) to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

New Features

  • Block Editor: The block editor for the apps is now in beta! Check out the block editor announcement post for details about what to expect and how to test it.

Bug Fixes

  • Updated the screen (illustration and copy) that appears when the app has a network connectivity issue, for consistency. (PR #11101)
  • Updated the site icon in My Sites to remove the white background color (previously visible if the site icon had transparency). (PR #11072)
  • Added padding to the bottom of the share extension’s editor (when sharing to the WordPress app from another app), to make typing a longer post a bit more comfortable. (PR #10995)
  • Find all other changes/fixes in the related PRs targeting 11.9.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.9

WordPress for Android version 11.9-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

New Features

  • Block Editor: The block editor for the apps is now in beta! Check out the block editor announcement post for details about what to expect and how to test it.

Bug Fixes & Enhancements

  • Fixed an issue where scheduled posts showed up as scheduled even after they were published. (PR #9257)
  • Italics now use the <em> tag (instead of the <i> tag) by default. (PR #9189)
  • Find all other changes/fixes and details in the related PRs targeting 11.9.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

The block editor is coming to the mobile apps

I’m proud to announce that we’ll be shipping the first public version of the block editor in the apps with their 11.9 release. This release will be available for beta testers today (learn more about testing the apps), and the general public in March 11th.

What to expect

For this first version, our main focus was to build a pleasant writing experience with support for the most basic types of content.

Our data showed that 90%+ of the posts created on the mobile apps consisted of basic text and images, so we decided to focus on supporting the Paragraph, Image, and Heading blocks on this version.

Within those limits, we wanted this to be functional and usable as a replacement editor from the start, so we did a lot of work on making sure the little things that you would expect to work on an editor were there: pressing enter would create a new paragraph block, support for undoing and redoing edits, basic formatting,…

Known issues

  • On iOS, using typing suggestions sometimes removes spaces between words.
  • On iOS, dictation doesn’t work at the moment.
  • On Android, when you insert a Heading block it initially shows no formatting.

How to test the block editor in the apps

Once you have version 11.9 of the apps, the block editor will be available, but not always used by default. When you edit an existing post, it will detect if it has block content and open it in the block editor, otherwise it will open in the classic editor. If you prefer to edit a post with blocks in the classic editor you can still do so by going to the editor menu (•••) and choosing “Switch to Classic Editor”.

When you create a new post, it will use the classic editor by default. To change that, you can go to Me > App Settings and enable the Use Block Editor option, and every new post will be created in the block editor.

What’s next

After the release, we will start working on some UX improvements and visual refinements that didn’t make it in time, and any major bugs that comes up. Shortly after that we’ll also spend time adding support for the most common blocks and use cases.

Get involved

You can follow along on the Gutenberg and gutenberg-mobile Github repos, and if you have any questions or want to get involved, you can discuss here or find us in the #core-editor and #mobile rooms in WordPress.org Slack.

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.8

WordPress for Android version 11.8-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

New Features

  • In Stats, a date selector to move to the next/previous time period has been added.

Bug Fixes & Enhancements

  • Unused location permissions have been removed.
  • Quick Start experience (for new signups in the app) has been improved.
  • Small visual tweaks in the Stats pages.
  • Find all other changes/fixes and details in the related PRs targeting 11.8.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.8

WordPress for iOS version 11.8 beta is available for testing on TestFlight.

Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

New Features

  • You can now share a site via Reader. Try it out: Go to Reader > Search and search for a site. Then, select the site and tap the share icon in the top right.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where sometimes editing a local copy of a draft post, then discarding changes, would delete the whole post instead.
  • Fixed a bug in Reader where the app sometimes crashed when showing a post with a video.
  • Fixed some UI layout errors where elements overlapped or had wrong sizes in some cases.
  • Find all other changes/fixes in the related PRs targeting 11.8.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

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Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.7

WordPress for iOS version 11.7 beta is available for testing on TestFlight.

Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

New Features

  • Added support for password autofill when entering a username during login.
  • We now automatically save your draft before showing you a preview of it.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing big spaces on top of (or below) some images in reader.
  • Fixed an indentation bug in the page list for private pages
  • Fixed a visual bug causing the posts list not to look right at large text sizes.
  • Find all other changes/fixes in the related PRs targeting 11.7.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.7

WordPress for Android version 11.7-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

What’s New:

  • Blog Posts: Added a dialog to help you fix a post with different web and local changes.
  • Site Pages: Refreshed page list layout that includes a timestamp and a featured image thumbnail.

What’s Fixed:

  • We have made lots of small improvements to the stats section including fixing a crash and some visual tweaks.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause some old saved posts to disappear.
  • Fixed a crash that could happen when opening the Media section in the app.
  • There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress Android application you can view the entire list here.

Testing Notes

You can use these guidelines for testing the new blog posts dialog when there are different web and local changes to a post:

Test 1: Confirm the post shows a conflict when there are different local and remote changes

  1. Create and save a draft while online in the app. (This also syncs the draft remotely.)
  2. Go offline.
  3. Make changes to the post and go back. This will save the changes as local draft.
  4. Go to the web and make changes to the post.
  5. Publish the post.
  6. Back in the app, you should be on the posts list. Turn airplane mode off.
  7. Pull to refresh.
  8. You should see now the post has a “Conflicted” state.

Test 2: Keep the local changes

  1. Follow steps 1 to 8 above to create a conflict.
  2. Try to resolve the conflict so that the changing you made in the app are preserved.

Test 3: Keep the remote changes

  1. Follow steps 1 to 8 above to create a conflict.
  2. Try to resolve the conflict so that the changing you made on the web are preserved.

Feedback

  • Did the three tests have the expected results?
  • Could you tell what was wrong (did the “Conflicted” status make sense) when viewing the post in the posts list?
  • Was the process to resolve the conflict (either to keep your local changes or your remote changes) intuitive?

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room or head straight to the Android GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

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Call for testing: WordPress for iOS 11.6

WordPress for iOS version 11.6 beta is available for testing on TestFlight.

Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to join as a beta tester.

What to Test

New Features

  • Change your password in the app!

Bug Fixes

In this release, we’ve added the ability to change your password from within the app, polished the UI across the entire app, and squashed a huge pile of bugs! We’ve also reduced the CPU and battery usage of the app in an effort to be better citizens of your device.

A little extra polish never hurt.
It’s easier to adjust settings when creating a site – you can start over from the topic screen, and the visual consistency is smoother. We upped the minimum heights and spacing between elements on some fields and screens to make writing more comfortable. And if you’re logging into an account that has no sites, you won’t see an unnecessary screen listing your sites (or, y’know, not listing them).

Dotted Is, crossed Ts.
When commenting in the Reader, post titles display correctly. Sites viewed at larger text sizes display their URL properly, and long labels in app settings aren’t cut off — text sizing across the app is better in general. Oh, and sometimes you’d open a post revision into the editor, and the keyboard would hide the notification; now it doesn’t.

Pointless error messages are pointless.
If there’s a problem setting a password when signing up for a new account, you’ll get a helpful error message; ditto if a comment you write doesn’t post correctly. And searches without results have complete error messages.

More localization means a better app in any language.
The Terms of Service are properly localized, because we should all know what we’re agreeing to. Buttons for sharing content to WordPress from another app are properly translated, and so is the button to edit a comment from your Notifications. The “Done” button after publishing a post is also translated (and physically easier to tap!).

Unlike real bugs, tech bugs serve no purpose.
You can delete a user now, and they won’t appear in the list any more. The Stats widget will stop reverting back to the primary site, and the wrong images won’t appear in the notifications list any more. I your site is private, visual mode for revisions works correctly for posts that include images.

No one likes to crash.
Images failing to upload properly, media reloading in the background, and navigating away from a table view while it had a progress bar on it no longer lead to crashes. Huzzah.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!