Google Android is equipped with a powerful browser built from the WebKit open source project. WordPress is one of the most popular open source publishing applications. This site is currently powered by WordPress 2.7.1 and I own a T-Mobile HTC G1 so I wanted to test how these two open source projects interacted with each other.
Logging in to the admin panel was a breeze. I was instantly able to view the full dashboard and interact with all the widgets. Even with the small screen size, most basic functions are possible to perform on the phone. I was able to administer comments, edit post, and publish new content. However, you are not able to upload photos with the new built in image loader since it utilizes Flash. The new post page also has problems with the screen size as it loads different widgets on top of each other.
Currently there is no official WordPress client for Android. I did find one for the iPhone so I can only hope that one will be developed for Android. A quick search on the Android Market netted two results: PostBot and wpToGo. Both of these apps use the XML-RPC protocol so you will need to make sure you enable this feature on your blog. It can be found in Settings > Writing > XML-RPC.
Both clients offer similar features including the ability to upload photos which is a plus. PostBot even allows you to manage several blogs at the same time by allowing you to switch between different profiles. I played around with each client and they worked, but I don’t think I will be using either to update this site. They are great for simple posting, but lack many of the features found in the full web client. Also if you are using a theme with a custom post page, you will not be able to access certain options.
Overall I was satisfied with the current options available to me via Android. Using the core browser, I can peform most of the admin functions with a few finger taps. Posting articles with multiple images and thumbnails does pose problems, but this could be corrected with a new mobile UI. I look forward to see what the community comes up with and I will be following the two clients for further development.