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.
I wasn’t happy with the performance of the Google Activity Recognition Service as it was creating problems with the response to user movements during navigation.
Taking it out and replacing it with my own algorithm not only reduced the overall size of the application but has improved performance significantly. Future enhancements will largely address user interface elements.
If you would like to see additional features added such as an automated emergency notice which shares your current location via SMS. Please let me know in the comments below or contact me via Google+ or Facebook.
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.