Test the new version of WordPress for Android

WordPress is constantly evolving. If you haven’t already seen the news or updated your site, you should know that WordPress 4.7 is ready for public! There are some new improvements, a new theme, and new features so make sure you prepare a website for the latest technology from WordPress.

In this article, we aren’t going to talk about the new features, but we’re about to introduce you to the new version of WordPress for Android. If you have been accessing your site via smartphones and tablets, you might be interested in testing the new, WordPress for Android version 6.3-rc-1.

The app supports both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress sites, so you don’t have an excuse when it comes to bringing your blog to any location.

We like the fact that WordPress’ developers want feedback. It means they listen and care about users, and it’s easier than ever to participate in the development of our beloved platform. Just a week ago, we introduced you to the new plugin directory which is still under active development. Since two days ago, you have a chance to test the new version of WordPress for Android.

How to start testing

Before you can start testing the new app, you will have to apply for the beta test. You can do that from the Google Play Store where you will be able to find “Become a beta tester” link. Luckily, many people are interested in becoming a part of the new app. Unluckily, that means that you will probably have to wait in line to get access to the test.

Once you have the app installed on your phone or tablet, feel free to use WordPress for Android just like it’s a regular release. During usage, try to write down any bug or problem you might have experienced.

Swipe between notifications

The developers want you to take extra attention to the new “swipe between notifications” feature. Unlike the latest versions, the new release allows you to swipe left and right in order to move between notifications. To test the new feature, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Notifications tab (the bell icon)
  2. Tap on a notification and open it
  3. Swipe left and right to open notifications
  4. Tap the back arrow to return to the list of all notifications
  5. Go to Make WordPress Mobile or directly to Github and post feedback

Try out new login screen styles

WordPress for Android login screen

To separate WordPress.com and the self-hosted one, there are new login screen styles to be found. Try out the new screens and tell the developers how do you like them. If you want to help, this is what you should do:

  1. When logging in, you will see the WordPress.com login
  2. Tap “Add self-hosted site” to switch to the login screen
  3. Choose “Log In to WordPress.com” to return to the WordPress.com screen
  4. Go to Make WordPress Mobile or directly to Github and post feedback

Have you ever used a smartphone app to log in to your WordPress site? How do you like the new app? If you don’t feel like testing the app in details and participating in the official discussion, tell us what you think about the app in the comments below.

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