So, as you may be aware, I'm a bit of a player with shiny things kind of person. This means that I'm a little impatient when it comes to OS updates.
Needless to say that since Google announced jelly bean at io12 I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on the new beast.
Well thanks to the EOS crew I now have a highly experimental custom built jelly bean ROM on my Xoom.
So I've finally acquired an android tablet to with my Android phone. I went down to my local ebgames yesterday and bought myself a Motorola Xoom.
Of course the first thing I did was to root the thing and put ice cream sandwich on it. It's running smoothly so far and I'll be looking into what else I can do with it.
I use both Android and iDevices, my phone is a Nexus S running the latest Gingerbread (2.3.6) and I own an iPod Touch and a first generation iPad. I'm also an avid consumer of the ABC online services, mostly streaming ABC News 24 in the kitchen and accessing the ABCs large library of video and audio podcasts.
However generally I don't use my android devices to do this, why? Because the ABC has concentrated all its mobile efforts into building iDevice compatible apps. I've added screen caps from both the Android and iDevice apps below:
Okay here it is, my official cry for help.
As you know I've been tooling around with two android specific projects - planningalertsAU and the openaustraliasearchdroid. Both of the projects are now functional however they are suffering from the fact that my UI skills are almost as good as my ability to levitate. I've included a couple of screen shots from the Planning Alerts app to show you what I mean.
So today I finally took the plunge and submitted my first app to the Android Market. Its the Planning Alerts AU app I've been working on for the past few months.
Just do a search in the market place for Planning Alerts AU
Sigh, so close and yet so far.
This morning a message hit the Android Australia mailing list claiming that Australia had been added to the small list of countries that were allowed to sell Apps in the Android market.
Alas, it wasn't so. Instead it appears that Australias addition to the list was in error and we are still part of the great unwashed who are unable to take advantage of googles sales infrastructure.
Okay here's the next release of Planning Alerts AU.
This version now checks to see if GPS or Wireless Location Detection services are activated and prompts you if they aren't. Changed the Icon and marker graphics (if anyone wants to contribute graphically, please feel free :)).
So here it is: