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create Play Store video for LibreOffice Viewer for Android

Added by Mike Saunders 11 months ago. Updated 18 days ago.

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Team - Q1/2018
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Some apps on the Google Play Store, such as MAPS.ME, have videos that you can watch before you choose to install. I can make a short (30 second) video highlighting key features of LO Viewer, encouraging people to try it.

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#1 Updated by Florian Effenberger 7 months ago

Sounds like a good plan indeed. Can you sync with Cloph when the next major release is due, so we avoid going live with "old" material?
I think there's no major revamp planned, but he knows better than I do

#2 Updated by Mike Saunders 7 months ago

Adding Cloph -- do you plan another major release of LO Android Viewer soon? I probably won't be able to work on the video this month, but it's best if I make a video after a new feature release so that it's up-to-date.

#3 Updated by Florian Effenberger 5 months ago

  • Target version changed from Q2/2017 to Q3/2017

This was discussed in the team call, but I forgot to update the ticket; my bad
Mike, I think you can go on with this, there IMHO were no larger updates planned so far :-)

#4 Updated by Mike Saunders 4 months ago

I'd like to get started on this now, although I note that GSoC students are doing some great work:

https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/6.0#Android

I'll talk to them about their further plans, so that my video doesn't get outdated quickly, and try to find out when the next release is planned.

#5 Updated by Florian Effenberger 3 months ago

I'd like to get started on this now, although I note that GSoC students are doing some great work:

https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/6.0#Android

I'll talk to them about their further plans, so that my video doesn't get outdated quickly, and try to find out when the next release is planned.

I propose to reschedule this to Q4 then. Q3 is nearly over, and other tasks are more important IMHO (unless this one is close to finalization already anyways).

#6 Updated by Mike Saunders 3 months ago

  • Target version changed from Q3/2017 to Q4/2017

Florian Effenberger wrote:

I propose to reschedule this to Q4 then. Q3 is nearly over, and other tasks are more important IMHO (unless this one is close to finalization already anyways).

Agreed. Given the recent updates to the Android app, and uncertainty about the release schedule, I've bumped this to Q4. I'll speak to some devs (maybe at LibOCon) and try to get a firmer roadmap ahead for the app, which will help for this task.

#7 Updated by Mike Saunders 3 months ago

Some updates on the Android situation from the dev@ mailing list – posting here mainly for my own reference:

Generally there are 2 major bugs that need to be fixed. One that causes the problem with rendering (discussed in the ESC), which we know the commit that caused it [1]. The second one is related to fonts/text, where freetype for some reason dereferences a null pointer and the app crashes. This happens mostly when the "wrong" font is used (doesn't happen with all fonts) and is probably related to some change done when we transitioned to common text layout or it could also be a bug in freetype. I need to track this one down but currently I have my hands full.

And regarding simultaneous releases with the desktop version:

Reason is that we don't maintain branches for the Viewer/ all stuff of relevance for the Viewer is on master

I'll revisit the situation after LibOCon and see if we're closer to an updated version (or something in time for the LO 6.0 release), in which case I'll make the video.

#8 Updated by Mike Saunders 18 days ago

  • Target version changed from Q4/2017 to Q1/2018

So I asked about the current status of the Android app on the dev list, and whether there'll be a new release along with the desktop app for 6.0. The response:

The honest answer is that ATM Android tiled rendering (the thing that provides document content) is broken on master, and nobody had time to fix it up. All the mentioned features only make sense if the core of the app works, and currently it doesn't. The hope is that there is still time till the 6.0 release to fix it; but for now best not to advertise those features, as they're not really visible (yet).

So even though I'd like to get the ticket completed, I'm still reticent to make a video of the current app for the Play Store when many big changes are still to come. On the other hand, if there's no Android app release for another six months, it'd make sense to have a video sooner rather than later.

Florian, what do you think? Bumping to Q1 in any case...

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