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Powerful Media Handling, New Theme Browser, Better Stats, and More

Monday, November 11th 2013

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As more and more of you blog on the go, the mobile WordPress experience needs to keep up! Head to Google Play today to download the newest WordPress for Android update, a big release that makes posting and administration simpler and more beautiful.

Media Library

The app can now access all the files in your Media Library. Edit the Title, Description or Caption for any item. with a few taps, add any media to a post, or upload photos and videos from your phone or tablet right to your Media Library.

Gallery Support

Create tiled galleries with items in your Media Library, no photo editing software necessary. Long-press to select multiple media items, and tap the gallery button to create a new gallery. From there, choose your preferred gallery style and reorder your images with drag and drop.

WordPress.com Theme Browser

If you have a WordPress.com blog, theme browser allows you to browse for, preview, and activate a new theme for your site right from your device. Looking for a particular theme or theme feature? Head to the ‘Themes’ menu in the navigation drawer, search using the ActionBar, and see results instantly. (Note: you’ll need administrator rights for the site to use the theme browser.)

Native Stats

We’ve overhauled the stats view, replacing the web-based version with a much faster (and better looking!) version. Use the filter in the ActionBar to review key stats at a glance:

  • Visitors and Views
  • Totals, Followers & Shares
  • Clicks
  • Referrers
  • Search Engine Terms

If you’re hungry for more, you can still view the full stats site by tapping ‘View full site’ in the overflow menu.

PIN Lock

In the app settings, you’ll find an option to enable PIN Lock to protect your site’s content. When enabled, the app will ask you to enter the PIN lock code every time you return to the app.

(Developers! We made the PIN Lock an open source library that you can drop into your app to add the same functionality. See details at https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/Android-PasscodeLock.)

Thanks and What’s Next

Big thanks to all of the hard-working contributors that helped get this release out the door: xtreme-fredrich-ombico, daniloercoli, roundhill, maxme, nbradbury and aerych!

Expect another big update soon that adds a native WordPress.com Reader, as well as a revamped welcome and blog setup experience.

What do you think of the update? Drop us a comment here or follow us @WPAndroid.

More Control over Mobile Posting: Excerpts and Picasa Support

Monday, August 19th 2013

New excerpt field added to the post editor.

The latest update to WordPress for Android includes some small yet very handy new features:

  • Post Excerpt: Just below the content area in the post editor you’ll now see a post excerpt field. Use it to add a post summary to your post. (Note: Your theme will need to support post excerpts in order for this feature to work).
  • Picasa and Google+ Image Support: You can now add Picasa/Google+ images from the Android Gallery to posts or pages. Just tap the camera icon in the formatting toolbar then select an image to add it to the post. You’ll need to be online so that the image can be downloaded. You can also select multiple images in the gallery and share them to the app for quicker posting!

We’ve also fixed up a few bugs in this release that improve the reliability of the app.

What’s next?

We are very close to having a beta release of the new Media Library management and Theme Selection features! Make sure to follow http://make.wordpress.org/mobile if you are interested in trying the beta.

A big thanks to all of the contributors that made this release happen: aagam94, mrroundhill, daniloercoli and mbias!

Any thoughts on the new update? Drop a comment here or follow us @WPAndroid to let us know!

Improved Categories Experience

Friday, August 9th 2013

Today, we released an update to WordPress for Android that adds some nifty improvements to selecting and adding categories:

  • Removing categories: you can remove individual categories from a post instead of being forced to clear them out all at once.
  • Sorted categories: the category selection view is properly sorted by sub categories.
  • Adding categories: a new category will be properly inserted in the category list instead of at the bottom — and will be selected by default.

Here are some screenshots of the new UI:

What’s next?

We’re getting closer to releasing some big updates, including Media Library support, better Account Setup, and a native WordPress.com Reader.

Any thoughts on the new categories experience? Drop a comment here or follow us @WPAndroid to let us know!

You’ve Got Notifications!

Tuesday, June 11th 2013

Version 2.4 of WordPress for Android: Notifications panel on a Samsung Galaxy S3Need to get your WordPress.com or Jetpack notifications on the go? With version 2.4 of WordPress for Android you’ll see all your Notifications right on your Android device.

Step away yet stay connected

With the new streamlined Notifications view, you can step away from your computer but still stay connected to your readers. With just a few taps you can:

  • Read comments and reply.
  • Moderate new pending comments.
  • Get stats highlights.
  • See your new followers and follow them back.
  • See who liked your posts.

Don’t need so many notifications? You can turn off specific notification types (for example “Likes”) in the Settings panel. You can also mute entire blogs if it gets too noisy.

Self-hosted WordPress.org blogs get to join the party, too! Simply connect your blog using the Jetpack plugin and your self-hosted blog’s notifications will appear. Already have Jetpack set up? Then you don’t need to do a thing.

Pending notifications in the notification center

See what’s going on with your blog quickly.

Replying to comments from the notification center

Reply to comments with ease.

Additional improvements and bug fixes

We also added a few more nifty features in this release:

  • A new menu icon has been added that matches up with the latest ‘Holo’ design guidelines.
  • Settings and Sign out options have been added to the overflow menu for easier access.
  • New fonts added for easier readability.
  • … and many more small bug fixes and reliability improvements.

What’s next?

We’ve got some great new features in the works including improvements to Media, Account Setup, and the Reader.

A huge thanks to the contributors that worked on this release: beaucollins, daniloercoli, mrroundhill, isaackeyet, and aagam94.

How do you like the new Notifications? Drop a comment here or follow us @WPAndroid to let us know!

Version 2.3 is Here: New User Interface and More

Wednesday, April 17th 2013

Version 2.3 of WordPress for Android: menu drawer and action bar

Today, we’ve jubilantly released version 2.3 of WordPress for Android to Google Play. After updating, you’ll see right away that this release includes very exciting updates to the user interface. Let’s dive in to what’s new!

Action Bar

Version 2.3 of WordPress for Android: action bar on a Nexus 7
You’ll notice a fresh, new look. We’ve taken into account Android’s “Holo” style guidelines and implemented the Action Bar interface throughout the app. If you’ve used any other apps designed for Android 4.0 or higher, you’ll feel right at home with the new user interface. Your Action Bar provides easy access to common actions such as creating a new post, refreshing, and sharing to other apps.

We also couldn’t resist making the Action Bar in WordPress blue. ;)

Menu Drawer

Version 2.3 of WordPress for Android: menu drawer on Samsung Galaxy S3

The older-style dashboard user interface has been replaced with a Menu Drawer for quick and easy navigation to other areas of the app from wherever you are. You’ll find all of the same actions the dashboard had, but with the addition of some nifty new ones.

To access the menu, simply tap the arrow next to the WordPress logo – in the top-left corner of the app — or swipe from the left side of the screen. If you’re on a large tablet device, the menu will always be visible, which takes advantage of the extra screen space. If you have multiple blogs in the app, you’ll see a drop-down list at the top of your Menu Drawer that you can access to quickly switch to another blog to work with, right in the app.

When you leave the app, it will remember the last selection you made in the Menu Drawer so when you return, you can pick up where you left off.

Other new features

In addition to the revamped user interface, you’ll find these new features as well:

  • View Site option. A View Site option has been added to the Menu Drawer so you can view your blogs from within the app.
  • Admin area access. You can access the wp-admin areas of your WordPress.com blogs by loading the Dashboard option in the Menu Drawer.
  • Faster loading. The WordPress.com Reader now takes advantage of caching for faster loading.
  • Updated look and feel. Settings have been converted to use the Android standard for preferences, giving them the Holo look and feel on supported devices. Many views have been updated to the Holo look and feel as well, including the post editor and all list views.
  • Improved post editor experience. The post editor now has an expandable content area, which makes it much easier to navigate around the post content when you’re editing.
  • Improved image uploading. If a post has an image but fails to upload the image, the post will be saved as a draft first — instead of published — so the image upload can be corrected.

Thanks — and what’s next

We thank the developers who worked so hard on this release – mrroundhill, willnorris, isaackeyet, daniloercoli and aerych – as well as the beta testers who tried out the app over at the Developer Blog. Great work, all!

We also thank Jake Wharton and Simon Vig Therkildsen for creating the ActionBarSherlock and android-menudrawer libraries that enabled us to use the Action Bar and Menu Drawer on older Android devices. Good stuff!

What’s next? We’re looking at adding notifications to the app so you can keep up with what’s happening on your WordPress sites while mobile and on the go.

What would you like to see added to the app?

Want to contribute?

Don’t forget that WordPress for Android is an open source project. Want to get involved? Check out make.wordpress.org/mobile to get started.

Finally, we’re always excited to get feedback on the app. Please feel free to leave a comment here or send a tweet to @WPAndroid.