Archive for the ‘Releases’ Category

Pull-to-Refresh and More Added in Latest Update

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The latest update of WordPress for Android is now available. Version 2.7 brings some great new features along with it. Read on to find out more!

Pull-to-Refresh

Pull to Refresh
You can now refresh content in the app by using the familiar pull-to-refresh gesture. Just swipe down on any screen in the app and you’ll get the freshest content available for that screen.

Performance Improvements

We also worked hard on making the app perform faster and more efficiently behind the scenes:

  • Your stats have been optimized to load and scroll faster than ever before.
  • Posts and Pages now support infinite scroll so you can easily load more content.
  • Media upgrades let you see content faster and scroll more smoothly.
  • We improved the post editor — it now uses less of your device’s memory when adding media to a post.

Much More

This release includes many more small enhancements and fixes. Curious what they are? Check out the GitHub milestone for more info.

Excited for the update? Download it now from Google Play.

Contributor Thanks & What’s Next

We owe a big thanks to the contributors who helped make this release happen: @nbradbury, @maxme, @roundhill, @daniloercoli and @aagam-shah

Up next, we want to focus on post drafts and even better media management.

Be sure to follow WPAndroid for all of the latest updates.

Now Available: New Reader, Easier Setup and Improved UI

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

WordPress for Android 2.6

The latest update to WordPress for Android includes a new reading and setup experience, as well as significant updates to the user interface. Here are some of the highlights of this release.

New Reader

The app Reader has been completely redesigned, and now provides a much-improved, native reading experience. You’ll definitely notice its speed — posts appear in a snap, and images fade in as they load. You can also view users that have commented or liked posts, as well as edit the list of tags that you follow. We’ve revamped the like, reblog, and comment interfaces to make it easier than ever to respond to posts that strike your fancy.

Redesigned Blog Setup

When signing in to the app or creating an account on WordPress.com, you’ll notice a brand new user interface that makes it super-simple to start blogging. If you keep multiple blogs on your account, they will all be automatically added for you. You can also hide whichever blogs you don’t wish to work on in the app.

UI Improvements

We’ve given the app a facelift, including a new color scheme, a refined navigation drawer layout, and sharp-looking lists in notifications, posts, pages and comments.

You’ll also notice some changes to the post editor, with larger images and a new Post Settings area where you’ll manage post data such as status, post formats, and categories, among others. The post content area will now go full screen while you are editing, to give you maximum space to focus on your content. Give the app a try here:

Download the update today from Google Play.

What’s next?

A big thanks to all of the contributors who worked so hard on this release: aerych, daniloercoli, Jason-Chen, maxme, nbradbury and roundhill!

The mobile team isn’t stopping here! We have pretty big plans for the months to come and the rest of 2014. You can keep up with the development progress over at http://make.wordpress.org/mobile. You can also follow the app on twitter @WPAndroid.

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!