Call for testing: WordPress for Android 12.0

WordPress for Android version 12.0-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

New Features

  • Block Editor: The block editor for the apps is still in beta. Check out the block editor announcement post for details about what to expect and how to test it.
    • When a heading was inserted in the block editor it would show with no formatting. We have now fixed this.
  • Stats: We have made some small improvements to stats, including adding a new section to show your site’s posting activity. (PR #9330)

Bug Fixes & Enhancements

  • Editor: New posts are now created as drafts to make sure they won’t be published accidentally. To test, go through the steps in the original issue and the test cases in the PR to confirm they work as expected. Also, get creative and test any other cases around creating, saving, scheduling, publishing, and updating posts to confirm the fix hasn’t introduced any unintended changes. (PR #9322)
  • Editor: The block editor now opens faster with large posts. To test, create a post with a lot of content in the block editor and open it in the app. Possible cases to test include older devices and Android versions, rotating the device while the post loads, losing the internet connection while the post loads, or putting the app in the background while the post loads. (PR #9370)
  • Notifications: The Notifications screen now uses tabs to filter different types of notifications. To test, navigate around the notifications tabs and your notification details and confirm the tabs work as expected. Confirm the tabs work as expected on different device sizes/orientations and UI languages. (PR #9355)
  • Find all other changes/fixes and details in the related PRs targeting 12.0.

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 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 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!

Call for testing: WordPress for Android 11.6

WordPress for Android version 11.6-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

What’s New:

  • This is the first version of our refreshed stats! It’s completely rebuilt in the new design. (To test and use stats, go to My Sites > Stats and connect or log in to Jetpack.)
  • New privacy settings let you remove geolocation from uploaded images.

What’s Fixed:

  • The Notifications list layout is more readable, as is the Me tab on tablets and large devices.
  • Better messaging when there is no data to show in the stats screen adds clarity.
  • There was an issue where only admins of self-hosted sites could update their password. Now all users can.
  • 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.

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 11.4

WordPress for iOS version 11.4 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

  • We fixed an annoying bug that kept users with author or contributor rights on self-hosted sites from being able to publish posts. 
  • We’ve implemented a better support for translators, especially when they’re trying to translate things with dynamic elements, like email addresses and phone numbers. If you use the app in a language that is something other than English, you will see better translations across the app.
  • We’re continuing to polish the UI to make the app super-duper to use on an iPad — things like better margins and alignments, especially after rotating from landscape to portrait, that make the whole experience of using the app smoother.
  • There were a bunch of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress iOS application you can view the entire list here.

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 11.4

WordPress for Android version 11.4-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

What’s New:

  • There are no significant additions in this version.

What’s Fixed:

  • If your site had no title set, you’d see an empty field where the title would ordinarily go. Now, you’ll see “WordPress” there.
  • Sometimes the History screens for pages and posts wouldn’t actually show the differences between revisions. That’s now fixed.
  • 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.

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 Android 11.3

WordPress for Android version 11.3-rc-1 is available for testing on the Beta channel.

What to Test:

What’s New:

  • The Post Revision screen now shows a visual preview of each revision, so you can see exactly what the older versions looked like and find the one you need quicker.

What’s Fixed:

  • 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.

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 11.3

WordPress for iOS version 11.3 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

What’s New:

  • We’ve added support for Post Revisions, which allow you to view a history of changes to a post. You can even roll back to a specific revision, if necessary! To get started, open a post or page in the editor and select the History item in the ellipsis (…) menu to view its revisions.

What’s Fixed:

  • We’ve made improvements to the editor for Gutenberg compatibility.
  • We’ve brought back support for YouTube and Vimeo embeds!
  • We’ve improved the accuracy of the character count when editing posts.
  • Now it’s a little easier to manage the users on your site (uses a filter bar instead of a dropdown).
  • There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. For the main WordPress iOS application you can view the entire list here.

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!