Now testing for user workflow, performance and discovery of problems which show up on different devices.
If you are interested in getting a preview and helping me with your feedback on problems and usability, consider joining the Dusty Reins DevLab Community on Google+. Your response will help me decide when it is ready to publish to the public on Google Play. More information getting access to the Beta is available in the DevLab.
I am really excited about this app because it is a working tool for me. Therefore, It gets a lot of practical testing from me! ha! Future enhancements are in the works which is useful to me in my part-time job.
I would like to hear from you about how you use the app as well. You can comment below or on my Google+ and Facebook pages in addition to the DevLab community page.
This version of Spot It! gives users the ability to mark and save any Spot It! location on a map. The new feature is available by a long-press on a map location you want to navigate to.
Another feature makes use of Google’s Activity Recognition Service (which is still subject to refinement) that will adjust how frequently your location is updated. Now, Spot It! will adjust update frequency depending if you are still, walking, biking and in a vehicle. The main concern here is to help conserve your battery power as much as possible.
I have also incorporated the mapping engine I developed for my second app Map It! which is currently in Best testing. There were a few bugs discovered in the previous version and those have been squashed.
Let me know down below if you experience any problems using Spot It! or if you have suggestions for additional features and enhancements.
A new feature has been introduced to Spot It! enabling users to mark locations other than the current location. Just long press on the map to set a marker for the location you want to navigate to.
This version is a re-write incorporating code from the new (and upcoming) app Map It! Both apps will share the same mapping engine incorporating new Google APIs for Geofencing and user activity recognition.
If you are interested in getting early release previews of my mobile apps for Android powered devices, join us in the Dusty Reins DevLab and let’s go bug hunting!
Map It! is now available for early review and testing by members of the Dusty Reins DevLab.
I have written up some preliminary information about Map It! and the new features it supports under the Mobile Apps link at the top of the page. I am really excited about this app because it is the concept I had for my first mobile app and the one I really need to use for the work I do in photography and nature exploration.
I think I can have some fun with it too. Imagine getting a text from me sharing the location of a stash of Lone Star beer. If you have the Map It! app you will be able to navigate right over there with no problem by importing the GeoCoded text right into the app. Otherwise, you can use a Google Map link and you will be on your own to find your way there.
The first release of Spot It! for Android mobile devices is now available in Google Play Store.
After several months of testing and refinement, I have decided it is time to publish my first Android mobile device application. I was hoping to limit listing in the Android Play Store to phones only since most tablet and pad machines don’t use a telco connection to the Internet. But I will need to exclude listing for specific makes and models instead of a more broad category of machines.
Let me know if the application doesn’t work on your machine and I will add your make and model to the device compatibility listing exclusions in the Play Store. I look forward to learning about your experience and opinions using Spot It! in the comments below. Join me on Spot It! on Google+ if you can.
I have been working long days for weeks getting ramped up to produce applications for mobile Android devices and my first app is just about ready to publish!
I have enjoyed developing software since the late ’70s and have always enjoyed the challenges of creating useful applications for myself and others including very large international corporations. Most of my early work required screens the end user would interact with to accomplish tasks the software was designed for. Once I started working on large business systems there often was no user interface at all.
I have been interested in developing applications for several years now but have not looked forward to having to design user friendly screens again. So now I am trying my hand at it again and have found I still prefer to write software that runs on back-end systems. If I keep developing some of the ideas I already have for mobile apps however, two of the apps will need access to back-end systems which will also need development.
I will keep you updated when the first application is available for you to try out but first I need to do more work on this site to prepare for the release. You can get a sneak preview of some info about the first app already, but that too is a work in progress!