For the last few weeks I’ve been working on adding the all important home screen widget to the Unofficial Triple J Now Playing Android app. Things are going quite well but there are a few lessons I’ve learned during my journey of Android discovery that some of you existing users may not like.
Version 1.3 of the unofficial TripleJ now playing app was released last week and I’ve had a pretty good response from the comments and ratings so far;
Great! Thanks for the android love! Works great, kinda annoying how some presenters don’t update tho! – Simone
Peeved at Update – can’t believe JJJ made you change your design despite them still not showing any regard for android users!! App is Great!, does exactly what it says it does… still a bit peeved that jjj still aren’t releasing any Android apps!! – Matthew
Great I thought ABC wasn’t allowed to endorse a product. This is what they are doing by only releasing Apple apps. Thanks for creating this for Android users – Kylie
Well it took longer than I expected but Triple J have contacted me requesting that I remove all images and logos in the Triple J Now playing Android app in anticipation of the release of their own Android app.
So, after almost 10,000 installs I’m going to have to remove all of the things that make the app nice to look at. The next release will be in the next few days and I’ll attempt to keep it as visually appealing while complying with the requests from the Triple J developers.
Contact me if you have any suggestions!
The unofficial Triple J Now Playing Android app has gone nuts with over 2.5k installs in just over 2 weeks! I suspect that Triple J has something to do with that given that they’re consistently advertising their iPhone app, resulting in Android fans hitting the market to see if there is something for them. Works for me though, just look at those stats!
So Triple J, if you’re reading this, the people are calling for an official Triple J Android app loud and clear!
I’ve finally finished my preliminary work on the unofficial Triple J Now playing Android App and I’ve released version 1.1 to the Android Marketplace. Initially I planned on making a widget but I decided to cut my teeth on something a little easier. You can read more on the Android app here. I’ve got a little more to go in the field of debugging and error handling but for now it’s functional to a level that I’m satisfied.
It’s been a great insight into the field of Android development (and a good refresher for my Java programming skills!). I don’t expect it will be long before Triple J release their official app for Android so it may be obsoleted quite quickly. Even then, if the iPhone app is anything to go by, their app is far more complex than anything that I need. All I ever wanted was to quickly know what song was playing and to mark it so that I could look it up at a later date.
To that end – I’m happy