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  • Aaron Douglas 12:26 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink
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    Weekly dev chat summary for March 31, 2014 

    IRC Chat Logs


    • WordPress for iOS update
    • WordPress for Android update
    • Google Summer of Code 2014
    • Anything else

    WordPress for Android

    2.7 is nearing completion and we’ll probably have a 2.7.1 next week to follow up the release. 2.8 is in the planning stage but we have no major features pinned for that release. @mrroundhill will be passing the baton for Android updates to either @mbiais or @sendhil starting next week.

    WordPress for iOS

    4.0.1 was submitted to the App Store for review today. It should be in the store by Friday. 4.1 is next on the radar and the code freeze date is 19-APR-2014. Expect a week of testing before submitting to the App Store.

    Anything else

    GSoC application reviews are still in progress.

    Next dev chat

    The next dev chat will be held at 16:00 UTC on Apr 7, 2014 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

    • DStrange 9:10 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink

      It would be nice if the Windows Phone version of WordPress received some of the love that the Android and iOS versions have lavished upon them. I’ve left the world of Android to go back to an all Microsoft Ecosystem (Lumia 1520 phone, Surface 2 tablet and Vaio Pro 13 ultrabook) and the only thing I miss as far as working goes is the excellent WordPress app. A version for smaller tablets or larger phones would make my day-to-day occupation of blogging (yes, I do earn a decent crust from blogging) quite a lot simpler. Please consider updating and improving the Windows Phone version of the WordPress client.


      • Aaron Douglas 1:40 pm on April 4, 2014 Permalink

        Thanks for the feedback! Right now development on Windows Phone & Blackberry is on hiatus so that we can focus on the platforms that have the most contribution to them. The idea being we focus on what we can make great then realign the other apps to follow suit.

        • Joseph K Muscat 5:19 pm on July 14, 2014 Permalink

          Hi is there any news on an update and completion of the Blackberry 10 beta? I have just installed but having issues, is there any support for the beta??

          • Aaron Douglas 5:39 pm on July 14, 2014 Permalink

            BlackBerry development is still on hiatus – we’re focusing on iOS and Android. BB10 code is available at https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-BlackBerry if anyone wants to work on it, but we aren’t submitting it to the App Store in the near future.

            • Joseph K Muscat 4:18 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

              Hi Aaron,

              Thanks for the update! I am aware of the pause taken for this app which is unfortunate because of many us on bb10 would love to have this app. If I knew how to program I would jump on and help.

              I have downloaded the beta and many say it works ok, I am trying to login but having issues because my blog is a profoto template. Could I get some sort of support so I can even try out this beta version???

              Thanks again, any help would be appreciated!!

          • Aaron Douglas 4:27 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

            I can’t reply to your latest reply – I think only a limited levels of replies are allowed.

            Try disabling your plugins and see if login works – then re-enable one at a time to see which one breaks it. It could be the theme since a theme is essentially a plugin. :)

            • Joseph K Muscat 5:23 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

              Ok, Thanks I will give it a try, but if I need additional support is there another more direct method, maybe via email??

          • Aaron Douglas 12:07 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink

            E-mail support isn’t really offered for the beta but you could try filing issues on GitHub. If you can get access to the log files on the device and help dig into the error the original contributors might be able to help. Unfortunately if there is a problem with the code it’s not actively being maintained. There are forums for BB support that contributors may be monitoring – https://blackberry.forums.wordpress.org/ and there is always the Freenode IRC chat room #WordPress-mobile – you might be able to get help from one of us in there if they’ve worked on that beta.

    • stanyy 12:51 am on May 15, 2014 Permalink

      BlackBerry Bold 9900 user here. Hoping and praying for an update (featured images) soon.

  • Aaron Douglas 3:20 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink |
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    Weekly dev chat summary for March 24, 2014 

    IRC Chat Logs


    • WordPress for iOS update
    • WordPress for Android update
    • Google Summer of Code 2014
    • Anything else

    WordPress for iOS

    WordPress for iOS 4.0 was released to the Apple App Store last week. Native stats was the major new feature and so far the reviews have been positive. 4.0.1 is being prepped for release this Friday 25-MAR-2014 and we’re focused on testing that this week.

    WordPress for Android

    Testing and bug fixing for 2.7 is still underway. A third QA beta will be released sometime this week. We’re shooting for a Monday (31-MAR-2014) release if all goes well.

    Google Summer of Code 2014

    Applications for GSoC 2014 were received and now the process of reviewing proposals and asking questions is underway. Review period ends 6-APR-2014.

    Anything else

    Nothing else was brought up.

    Next dev chat

    The next dev chat will be held at 16:00 UTC on Mar 31st, 2014 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

  • Aaron Douglas 7:55 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink |
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    IRC Chat Logs


    • WordPress for Android update
    • WordPress for iOS update
    • Google Summer of Code 2014
    • Anything else

    WordPress for Android

    Version 2.7 is nearly finished – a beta will go out today to the Google+ group. WP for Android now includes pull-to-refresh, which fits in really well and looks great too – thanks goes to @mbiais. QA has begun officially.

    WordPress for iOS

    We ended up continuing to test WPiOS 4.0 and submitted it on Friday. At the same time we also started work on 4.0.1 which is a janitorial/cleanup release that will have a code freeze of this Friday. Our testers are still continuing to test 4.0 and if a blocker bug shows up we’ll pull the release and re-submit. 4.0 will feature native stats as the tentpole feature. This week the focus will shift to 4.0.1 where we’ll focus on tackling issues(i’ll clean through the list here shortly).

    Google Summer of Code 2014

    Students can now submit applications for SoC through March 21st. Potential applicants should also check out the Summer of Code page on WordPress.org.

    Anything else

    Nothing else was brought up.

    Next dev chat

    The next dev chat will be held at 16:00 UTC on Mar 24th, 2014 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

  • Brad Angelcyk 4:07 pm on March 12, 2014 Permalink |
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    Weekly dev chat summary for March 10, 2014 


    • WordPress for iOS update
    • WordPress for Android update
    • Google Summer of Code 2014
    • Moving the dev chat time
    • Anything else

    WordPress for iOS

    Last week was spent on QA for the 4.0 release and last minute bug fixes. While native stats are the tentpole feature it’s currently hard for external contributors to test this feature without the release OAuth2 secret. There is an enhancement in the works to properly support developer-created WordPress.com OAuth2 secrets. Submission of release 4.0 to Apple is currently scheduled on Mar 13.

    WordPress for Android

    Last week was spend on development of features for the 2.7 release. The big features for this release are:

    • A rewrite of the post/pages lists to remove antiquated code and also add infinite scrolling.
    • Removing the refresh icons in favor of a new pull-to-refresh feature.
    • A reimagining of notifications is in the works to show as much content as possible in the native UI’s rather than exiting to a mobile web browser.
    • Self-signed SSL certificates are now properly handled within the app.

    Google Summer of Code 2014

    Students can now submit applications for SoC. Potential applicants should also check out the Summer of Code page on WordPress.org.

    Moving the dev chat time

    Daylight savings time began on Mar 9 and offset the dev chat by one hour. We put it to a vote and moved the time back one hour to 16:00 UTC.

    Anything else

    There was a question asked regarding how developers sync up to work on issues outside of the weekly dev chat — the development team is currently very Automattic heavy so we have an ongoing backchat that we use for discussion. “External” contributors mostly use either #WordPress-mobile on Freenode or comment directly on GitHub issues to discuss development.

    Next dev chat

    The next dev chat will be held at 16:00 UTC on Mar 17th, 2014 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

    • snoop_adv 8:45 am on March 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply


      First of all, just wanted to say thanks for this great app that I use almost everyday.

      Is there a place to leave comments on what we (users) would like to see on a next release? Fundamentally, I can’t wait you implement a check-box for validating posting over the social networks you support.

      As 99% of my posting are done thanks to the app WordPress, that would definitely be a plus to be able to publicize on Tumblr from my favorite app.

      Thanks and keep up the good job!

  • Aaron Douglas 10:43 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink |
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    Weekly dev chat summary for March 3, 2014 

    IRC Logs


    • WordPress for iOS – last & this week
    • WordPress for Android – last & this week
    • Google Summer of Code 2014
    • Questions / Discussion

    WordPress for iOS

    Last week we were all working on the 4.0 update, and officially have called “code freeze” as of this past Saturday. There are still a small number of bug fixes (five-ish) that we’re going to get in early this week. Officially we’re on QA/testing duty until the 13th. That’s when we’re planning on submitting the app to Apple for review. This week will be testing and bug fixes for 4.0.

    WordPress for Android

    Last week we released two releases. 2.6.2 had a good number of tweaks and fixes in it. 2.6.3 fixed an issue with connecting over SSL. This week work is continuing on 2.7, which is a blend of niceties, nothing totally new.

    Google Summer of Code 2014

    WordPress.org was accepted as a participating organization in the 2014 Google Summer of Code.  A number of potential project ideas for mobile are listed on the Codex.  Students wishing to throw ideas past the listed mentors for native mobile development are encouraged to talk via Freenode IRC in #wordpress-gsoc or #wordpress-mobile.  Student applications are accepted by Google starting March 10 2014.

    Next devchat

    The next dev chat will be held at 17:00 UTC on Mar 3rd, 2014 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

  • Aaron Douglas 4:33 pm on February 20, 2014 Permalink |
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    #WordPress-Mobile IRC Log

    • WP Android Status
    • WP iOS Status
    • Anything Else
    WP Android Status
    Last week we continued 2.6.1 dev and testing. We found a lot of bugs! The team worked really hard getting them squashed and now 2.6.1 is officially in QA. Release sometime this week is expected.
    WP iOS Status
    This week we’re continuing full steam on 4.0. We’ve merged in the pull request for native stats and have been testing it out. Number of glitches/improvements have been discovered already but all in all it’s pretty decent. Notifications improvements may be slated for this release as well, but it’s pretty much whatever can be fit into the 4 week cycle, with a heavier amount of testing at the end of that four weeks. Last week 3.9.1 came out and reviews have been more positive. aerych has been helping resolve some issues in the community with the app.
    Other plaforms
    All other WordPress apps are currently in a holding pattern and active development is on hiatus.
    This Week
    iOS – 4.0 work continues, Android 2.6.1 QA
    Next Dev Chat
    The next dev chat will be held at 17:00 UTC on Feb 24 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.
  • Aaron Douglas 8:55 pm on February 10, 2014 Permalink |
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    Mobile Weekly developer chat summary for Feb 10, 2014 

    #WordPress-Mobile IRC Log

    • WP Android Status
    • WP iOS Status
    • Other platforms
    • Google Summer of Code 2014
    • Team Reps
    • This Week
    WP Android Status
    We were fixing bugs reported from the 2.6 release last week and made a lot of progress.  The last hurdle is getting translations updated for 2.6.1. We changed a lot of the sentence styling, which means we need new translations for all of the strings we updated.  There’s also a nice update to the comments view in the app, thanks to @nbradbury.  We also have a discussion going about maybe keeping the nav drawer in the app instead of the tabs.
    WP iOS Status
    Last week the team worked pretty hard and fast to get out a hot fix release (3.9.1) which addressed a few bugs that we had quite a few complaints about for 3.9.  The three bugs were 1) a bug which caused timezones to be thrown off on posts 2) a bug where longer posts wouldn’t be able to use the link editor and 3) state restoration not working so when users came back to the app at times it defaulted to the reader.  All three were fixed quickly for 3.9.1 which was submitted on Friday.
    We’ve been testing the release in parallel as well. We kept the release pretty focused as we wanted to just address the issues plaguing our users. I’ve been keeping an eye on Twitter and responding to users as they’ve sent in reports, I just wish I could reply to the app store sometimes :(.  The odd thing is the scheduling bug was there before, but complaints only started coming in on 3.9.  As far as this week, we’re awaiting 3.9.1 to be released, i’d expect it’ll be released by the middle of this week based on apple’s previous times reviewing the app as far as next steps, i’m consolidating 3.9.2 and 4.0 into one release and the team is going to shift onto 4.0 rather than another point release we’ll have 3 major tentpole features for 4.0, an updated media library, the ability to switch themes in the app, and native stats. a lot of the code for the tentpole features is complete so it should be doable for a 4.0 release
    Other plaforms
    All other WordPress apps are currently in a holding pattern and active development is on hiatus.
    Google Summer of Code 2014
    For those interested, WordPress Foundation has applied to be involved in Google’s annual event of getting students involved on coding over the summer.  There are a list of potential projects and also confirmed mentors available for the program at https://codex.wordpress.org/GSoC2014.  There are three mobile projects in the ideas list currently.  Community developers are encouraged to participate in the program by submitting app ideas and becoming a mentor for a student.
    Team Reps
    Brad @irbrad and Aaron @astralbodies have replaced @aerych and @ievolver as team reps.  They’re still sorting out exactly how they’re distributing the duties, but will probably flip flop who runs the devchat every week similar to previous reps.  The Make Mobile site needs to be update to reflect the change, and that should be done shortly.
    This Week
    iOS – 4.0 work starts, Android 2.6.1 bug fixes and translations
    Next Dev Chat
    The next dev chat will be held at 17:00 UTC on Feb 17 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.
  • Dan 10:34 pm on January 8, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: gingerbread, wpandroid   

    WPAndroid and Gingerbread Support

    Today the Android team had a chat about the upcoming releases and the version of Android that we will be supporting. The number of users that are running 2.3 (gingerbread) has been falling steadily, now at 15% of the total. In light of this we are proposing the following:

    • Version 2.6 will be the last version to support 2.3. All 2.6.x maintenance releases will also support 2.3.
    • Version 2.7 and beyond will require Android 4.0 or higher. (We’ll remove the ActionBarSherlock library)

    One of the nice feature of Google Play is that we can offer the 2.6 apk to 2.3 users indefinitely while we continue iterating on the app for devices running 4.0 or higher.

  • Eric 4:58 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink |
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    Weekly dev chat summary for Oct 21, 2013 

    Chat log


    • Android Status
    • iOS Status
    • GSoC Projects
    • Handbook
    • This week

    Android Status

    • 2.5: A handful of issues were found during QA and the team has been working on fixes. There are currently two left. Once these are sorted the QA cycle will restart.
    • Development for the next release (2.6) with an improved welcome/signup flow and Native Reader is finished and ready for testing.

    iOS Status

    • Last week was a good bug fixing sprint and 3.8.4 is almost ready and we’ll be starting testing soon.
    • 3.8.3 status – crashes are way down and reviews are improving a bit. Still seeing some login issues that need to be worked on but the majority of the issues still being reported are fixed in 3.8.4.

    GSoC Projects

    • The code for the GSoC BlackBerry and Firefox OS WordPress apps has been added to the WordPress-Mobile github repos. There is more work to do on both apps before they are ready for a v 1.0 release.


    • Missing iOS parts are still a WIP.
    • New release schedule page is just about ready.
    • Versluis expressed his interest in helping out with the handbook.

    This week

    • iOS : finish 3.8.4, testing and submit!
    • Android: fix remaining issues with 2.5 an another round of QA. Go after some quick wins on github tickets and other ui improvements.

    Next Dev Chat

    Join us next week on Monday Oct 28 at 16:00 UTC in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

    • Jay Versluis 5:19 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Inspired by our chat I’ve just added a couple of additions to the following handbook entries:

      What’s the policy on screenshots in the handbook? I’m happy to provide some to illustrate further points, but currently there’s no media upload button showing for me.

      • Eric 6:55 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nice additions. :) Its pretty awesome that you dove right in.
        I have two small suggestions:

        • Tools & Requirements: It might be nice to let “Getting the Code” be the main heading and have “Command Line” and “Xcode 5” be subheadings.
        • Tutorials & Guides: Instead of saying “Replace any spaces in the full path with something else” it would be better to be specific as to what that something else should be.

        Screen shots would be great to have. I’m not sure why you wouldn’t be seeing a media upload button unless it was something related to your user role on the make blog. Are you editing from the wp-admin or from the page itself?

        • Jay Versluis 10:44 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks Eric! I remember those areas were throwing me when I first tried to build WordPress. Totally agree with those changes, I’ve amended the headings and tried my best to re-word the space replacement.

          Re: media uploads – I’ve tried both the inline edit button, as well as wp-admin, both links get me to the admin interface, but no luck on the upload button either way.

    • Jay Versluis 6:02 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ve also fleshed out this page about testing and reporting issues:

  • Eric 3:59 pm on July 17, 2013 Permalink |
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    Dev chat summary for July 17, 2013 

    Chat log.


    • Current projects (iOS, Android, Other platforms)
    • Move dev chat time
    • Mobile handbook review
    • What’s Next

    Current projects (iOS, Android, Other platforms)

    WPiOS: We’re preparing to submit version 3.6.4 to Apple. This version adds G+ integration and fixes a few errors. We’re announcing the native reader beta today. Depending on the feedback we get and plan to submit 3.7 next week.

    WPAndroid: Currently focused on a maintenance release to address some of the outstanding issues on trac. We’ll plan to submit an update with the improvements next week.

    WPWinPhone & WPBB: No new news.

    Move dev chat time

    We’ve talked a bit offline about moving the dev chat time to either the end or beginning of the week. The reason being it’s hard to plan ahead in 1 week increments when the dev chat is right in the middle of the week. We chatted about it, and decided to try moving the weekly dev chat to Mondays at 9AM PST, 16:00 UTC, 18:00 CEST/17:00 CET. We’ll also look to move the weekly update to Mondays to correspond with the dev chat.

    Mobile handbook review

    We reviewed the status of the mobile handbook and our checklist.

    • @daniloercoli will follow up on the Windows Phone section before the weeks ends.
    • @aerych will pitch in on Windows Phone and the intro sections, with the goal of having them both ready for review this week.
    • When @mrroundhill is back we’ll ask him to update the Android section to account for any recent changes/additions to the app (e.g. menu drawer, actionbar sherlock, volley).
    • @hugobaeta has been working on the design section and we’ll try to have that ready for review soon as well.

    The rest of us should review anything that is attached to our name and remember to check off tasks as they are finished.

    What’s Next

    • WPiOS Native Reader: Beta through next week. Submit 3.7 to Apple at the end of next week depending on feedback.
    • WPAndroid Native Reader: Progress continues, focusing on UI work, likes and comments. Next week will focus on topics.
    • WPiOS: There is some work to adapt WPiOS for iOS 7 underway. We’ll share more details once Apple lifts its NDA on iOS 7.

    Xtreme Labs (XL) is pitching in to help with some new features and other improvements with WPiOS and WPAndroid.

    • A WPiOS refactor is underway, the goal being an improved architecture and increased stability. A few more weeks of effort is expected but the foundation code should be viewable next week.
    • A new media gallery feature for WPAndroid is cooking as well as a support for choosing/switching themes from the app.

    Next week

    The next dev chat will be on July 22, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

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