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 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 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 and Jetpack-connected sites.

While in another app, use the iOS sharing option to share text and/or URLs to a 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 (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

Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 5.4

WordPress for Android version 5.4-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store. You can join the beta in the Google Plus beta community to help test the app.

New Features:

  1. Visual Editor: This new editor is a complete rewrite, and it now uses a Webview. This beta is really important for us to know if the visual editor works well on a wide range of devices — try out all the new features in your posts and let us know how it behaves.
  2. Gravatar: Go to the Me screen, tap on your profile picture, and update your Gravatar directly in the app.
  3. Smart Lock for Passwords: Pre-fills your username and password on the sign-in screen.
    • Log out and log in to the app again, and Smart Lock will prompt you to save your password. On subsequent logins, Smart Lock will pre-fill your details.
    • Not getting the smart lock prompt? Make sure Smart Lock for Passwords is enabled for the WordPress app.

Visual Editor


Smart Lock for Passwords

#android, #beta, #wpandroid

Interested in helping with the WordPress native apps?

If you’re interested in helping out with the WordPress native apps, check out the side bar for links to the GitHub repositories. Each repository has a number of READMEs to help with getting you started. If you run into problems feel free to check out the #mobile Slack channel. We’re not going to be actively posting on this blog going forward.

If you want to keep up with what’s new in the apps, check out

WordPress for iOS 5.9 released

Hello, WordPress users! Version 5.9 of the WordPress for iOS app is now available in the App Store.

What’s New:

  • No desktop required. You can now create a new site from within the app!
  • Themes at your fingertips! Search and filter in the Themes Browser. Click on the three dots in the bottom-right corner of each theme to test out and customize it, and then activate it if it’s the one for you.
  • More improvements. Several magical behind-the-scenes improvements to make sure our codebase is stronger than ever.
  • Bug fixes. As usual, we squashed some bugs, but there weren’t many this time around. Keep an eye on the complete list of bugs here.

Thank You!

Thanks to all of the contributors who worked on this release:
@aerych, @alexcurylo, @astralbodies, @daniloercoli, @diegoreymendez, @frosty, @jleandroperez, @koke, @kurzee, @kwonye, @pypt, @rachelmcr, and @sendhil.

You can track the development progress for the next update by visiting our 6.0 milestone on GitHub. Until next time!

Hi there 5.1 rc 1 has been released…

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!

  • you can also contribute to our GitHub project (by writing code, documentation or new issue):

#android, #beta, #wpandroid

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:

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:

#android, #beta, #wpandroid

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!

#annual-survey, #contributors

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!

#android, #announcement, #beta, #wpandroid