[Hybrid] Cannot focus element

I’m still trying to manage selection of a date in my hybrid app. After an upgrade of appium, i’ve roll back to first solution I’ve tried :

$e = $this->byId(‘ext-element-1490’, true);
var_dump($e->value()); // I get the value
$e->value(‘20/08/2016’); // Raise en error.

The result is :

PHPUnit_Extensions_Selenium2TestCase_WebDriverException: unknown error: cannot focus element
(Session info: chrome=51.0.2704.81)
(Driver info: chromedriver=2.21.371459 (36d3d07f660ff2bc1bf28a75d1cdabed0983e7
c4),platform=Windows NT 6.1 SP1 x86_64)

I’ve tried to click on the element, but it tells me that another component will received the click (an edit mask) but changing the value on this element is not working (no error : juste the value does’nt change).

I’ve found a snippet which may working but I don’t know how to translate it in php :

Actions actions = new Actions(driver);
actions.sendKeys(“Some Name”);

Thanks for any help.