Friday, February 27, 2009

ToggleWifi Changelog


When the app is first run it now asks if you want to enable/disable the notification. If you decide to change your mind, you need to uninstall and reinstall.


Update adds a notification when WiFi is turned on but you are NOT connected to a network.

FastBright Changelog


Update now asks if you want to enable/disable the notification when the app is first run after install. If you want to change your preference then you need to uninstall and reinstall.


Added a notification icon when brightness is turned on. This allows you disable brightness even when you're inside an application.

Monday, February 23, 2009

HideNSeek Changelog

Cyrket Link

0.91 BETA
The speed of previews have been increased.
Overall memory consumption due to images was slashed. This was causing a majority of crashes. I just didn't understand how best to load large images.
Added "Hide All" and "Show All" buttons.
Added close button on the main screen to remind users to close. As of right now everything I've done to try to get the app to reset correctly have failed.

0.9.4 BETA
Fixed issue where hitting the back button at the flashlight screen could cause the program to go straight into the file manager bypassing the password screen. OOPS.

0.9.3 BETA
Program was loading full sized images as previews and then scaling them down to 48x48 pixels when displayed. The full sized images were staying in memory. The program was using up too much memory which resulted in a lot of the crashes that were reported. Most people reported this problem when trying to open images taken with the camera. This is significant because when I tested it I only tested it with images I put on my phone, not in the Camera directory. Those images have a resolution about 2048x1536. The images I tested with were much smaller. An update in the future needs to optimize preview loading even further.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

T-Mobile UK's Top 10 Downloaded Android Apps

Here's a flattering list.

"T-Mobile UK have released a list of the top ten most popular Android applications, as downloaded to the T-Mobile G1 by users in the UK.


9. Save MMS – Allows users to save images, video or audio from MMS text messages directly to the G1’s memory card"

It's great to be included and this news was echoed on a few of the other Android websites. However, none of them have a link to the ACTUAL press release! I'm at a loss to explain this. Perhaps it was something at MWC (Mobile World Congress) which happened over the last few days. I have no idea. There's nothing about this on T-Mobile UK's website, if anyone has any information on this please let me know.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The WinZip Problem

At some point WinZip was on every Windows computer I sat at. It needed to be, because that was the only way to handle .zip files. Windows did not have built in handling of zips.

These days you don't find WinZip installed. Once Windows added zip support, there wasn't a reason to manually download it. This has happened many times. Microsoft blew Netscape out of the water by putting Internet Explorer on everyone's desktops. Microsoft made Lotus obsolete with Excel. Google made MapQuest a joke with Google Maps. AOL, once the mighty dialup ISP was made inconsequential by the market. At first it was Friendster, then it was MySpace and now it's Facebook.

With the announcement of RC33 which I spoke about in my last post, Google has made the first shot, which might turn out to be the last shot on a very new industry with their introduction of Google Latitude.

This service will most likely crush Loopt and other Location Mapping services that have sprung up in the last few months. Google's introduction into this market is going to make their services second class. It's a shame, but it's not unexpected. There are many natural services that fit into Google Maps. An interesting tidbit, as far as Loopt goes, is that they were using Google Maps as their mapping engine.

It's happened before, and it will happen again. If your application isn't legally protectable, if it gets large enough, one day someone will just put you out of business.

This Party's Over

With this much expected announcement, my "Save MMS" application is officially obsolete.

Surprised it took them this long for such a needed feature.

To date that little utility has been downloaded over 150,000 times and as of this morning cracked the top 10 application on the Android Market. To copy the listing from cyrket as of right now it's:

The Weather Channel
ShopSavvy - Big in Japan, Inc.
MySpace Mobile
US Yellow Pages Search
DailyHoroscope - Max Binshtok
Backgrounds - Stylem Media
Free Dictionary Org -Baris Efe
Ringdroid - Ringdroid Team
Movies and Showtimes - Stylem Media
Save MMS - Me

Success tastes kinda good.

Since I released that app and started talking about it I've had more than a few friends/family lament at how I should've charged for it. Had I waited around for Google to allow paid apps on the Market I would've missed the opportunity. And there are more important things to gain from this than just money.