Map It! has already become a very useful tool for me and this version is a reflection of many hours and days of testing in the field. My usual routes are in rural areas with very spotty to no cell service so responding to poor communications has been quite challenging and time consuming.
This version was an effort to improve reliability of the Navigation Map under difficult situations. I replaced the new Google Activity Recognition Service with an algorithm of my own design improving the map’s responsiveness to user movements and reliability.
I will have an opportunity to do more extensive testing tomorrow and if there is no show-stopping feedback from volunteer testers in the DevLab, then I will publish this version to Google Play for release to the general public.
I have several ideas based on my own needs for future enhancements including new features. But for now, more field testing and updating the info page for Map It! on this site will be my primary concern.
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.
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.