We’re proud to present to you: Buddymob the app!

October 1, 2008

The Google’s Android blog was lucky enough to be contacted by Kiboo, a mobile application development company in Belgium that has developed a new app for the Android called Buddymob. Can you spot Buddymob on the screen:

This multitasking Buddymob application allows you to:

Publish messages

Manage your contacts

Publish a post

Get status updates from friends

Find out where you friends are

Chat with your friends

It has fully customizable settings that allow you to keep your connection even after exiting out of the app!

For more information on this android app, you may visit the Buddymob blog. If you have any specific questions, leave ’em in a comment and I’ll be sure to pass them directly on to the developers.

This is bound to be a cool little app that ties together all of your social networking needs!

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EA Games Coming to Your Android

September 27, 2008

A spokesperson for EA Mobile says that, “EA will support the Android platform, as any platform that can deliver a robust game experience is good for introducing new consumers to mobile games.” But don’t get your hopes too high because EA is waiting until the Android App Store allows paid applications, “EA Mobile has elected to wait for the launch of a content billing solution to bring their premier IP to market.”

 

The bottom line:

Initially Android App Store will only be allowing free applications; EA is waiting until they can make you pay for The Sims app, etc. on your mobile phone.

 
Source:
Pocket Gamer


Developer’s View on Creating Apps for Android

September 19, 2008

I came across this informative article today from the Upvise blog.  They are one of the first developers for the Android app store and give a first hand account on the process. It’s definitely worth a look. 

Here’s a highlight:

Positive Points:

  • porting was easy because we already have our source code base for Upvise in java, and Android is java based
  • we found that the SDK and the emulator are stable and work well. Note we were using SDK  M5 RC14 (released early March) and not the initial release, which was more buggy.
Negative points:
  • The UI layer, with all the Intents, Views, Activity is overkill. Just look at all the packages and the classes. It is also frustating that is not simply a super set of J2ME with backward compatibility.
  • There is no Gmail client app yet to integrate with. I would have expected Google to have it from the very beginning. We had to implement our own send mail function!
  • Because there is no actual device yet, it is hard to figure out the best way to integration with the keyboard. This is a very important usability test in mobile developement.
Check out the full article here .