Category Archives: Android

Android Apps, GPS, and Google Play

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Here’s a little tip if your Android app makes use of location based services but doesn’t require them. We were getting a few emails from users that the app wasn’t available in Google Play on their devices. Most of the devices were more obscure tablets and low-end phones that didn’t have GPS functionality.

It seemed to be related to the fact that our app uses GPS and/or network location in order to geotag posts. This is not a required feature so we had this line in our AndroidManifest.xml file:

<uses-feature
        android:name="android.hardware.location"
        android:required="false" />

Turns out this was not good enough, as you need to be a bit more detailed about what your app is using but is not required:

<uses-feature
        android:name="android.hardware.location"
        android:required="false" />
<uses-feature
        android:name="android.hardware.location.gps"
        android:required="false" />
<uses-feature
        android:name="android.hardware.location.network"
        android:required="false" />

After we published that change to the manifest file, the app was available to 160 more devices. Woo!

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My Work Team

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U.S. Carriers Don’t Want Stock Android Phones

http://www.theverge.com/2012/1/10/2697939/motorolas-sanjay-jha-verizon-and-at-t-dont-want-seven-stock-android

(Sigh)

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The Galaxy Nexus Camera is Crap

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If you’re considering the Galaxy Nexus be warned! The camera quality is really terrible:

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Out of focus, grainy shots? Back to the iPhone for me.

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iPad 2 vs. Kindle Fire

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Hilarious and spot-on comparison of the two ‘it’ tablets this holiday season:

http://www.marco.org/2011/12/19/amazon-kindle-vs-ipad

App Evolution

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Yesterday we released WordPress for Android 2.0. The app has had a wild ride since I started it out as wpToGo over 3 years ago. Check out how it has evolved over the years:

wpToGo circa 2008, the only thing you could do in the app was create a new post!

WordPress for Android 1.0, released February 2010.

WordPress for Android 2.0, bringing sexy back to mobile blogging!

I wonder what 3.0 will look like?

Re:Hope Android App

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Just published Re:Hope’s brand new Android app to Android Market this morning.  Designed by Nervous Dave, coded by me!

We’re going to release the source code soon under the GPL, I’m hoping it will be a good foundation for other churches to get their own app out there.

A few more screenshots can be seen at Brian’s blog, and here’s the app on Android Market.

Androidified

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Cool app from google now in the market! You can share your creation right to WordPress!

Android on iPhone

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I can’t believe they pulled this off! It’s crazy slow but still brilliant.

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