My name is Stephen and currently an IT Professional doing administration and support, however I've always had a deep passion for software development. I've started mobile application development when I got my first Android phone in October 09. This blog catalogues all my progress with creating mobile apps for not only Android, but eventually iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. Hope you enjoy.


Floating Widget updates

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Version 2 for Floating Widget was released a few days ago and showed off its new UI.  No more boring gray buttons and purple backdrop.  I tried to follow the ICS Design Guidelines as much as I could and Floating Widget now has a new interface with colorful buttons and swipeable tabs.  Not to mention the ability to save 5 different widget profiles.

Even though I just posted about v2, the next update is right around the corner.  I recently added the ability to resize the widgets!  I'm going to continue testing it myself as well as my 2 beta testers, then plan to release it 5/29 if all goes right. So stay tuned!

v4s todo list is just multiple widgets at once.  But there maybe some minor improvements and updates before I get there.  One option I would like to add is the ability to make custom shortcuts that launch a certain profile automatically.  Any changes to how the widget "floats" is what qualifies a new version number.  The shortcuts update will most likely be dubbed v3.1.

Amazon Appstore

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I am now officially on the Amazon Appstore.  A few months ago I signed up because Amazon was offering to wave the $99 annual fee for the first year and then just uploaded High Low Red Black.  Recently, fueled by the success of Floating Widget, I decided to configure my Amazon developer account to allow paid apps and have uploaded both Floating Widget and Video Poker Assistant.

One of the benefits from a developer standpoint is that the Appstore can be installed on any Android device.  Most of you may not realize this, but there are tablets/phones out there with Android and no Google apps (like the Play Store) due to licensing or what not. The Amazon appstore maybe the best alternative for those users.  Not to mention the Kindle Fire is one of those devices, aka the most popular Android tablet.

One of the benefits of the Amazon appstore from an end user point of view is that Amazon offers a Free App of the Day promotion where every day a paid app is free!

I have submitted Video Poker Assistant for consideration in the program and hope I get picked, some reports I saw were simply mind blowing.  Over 50,000 downloads that day and if I understood Amazon's FAQ properly, those free downloads still  earn the developer money.  Here's hoping I earn at least $99 by next year so I can keep my account active not at a loss.

Also a Floating Widget update is coming very soon, a new UI and a new feature.  It's being tested now.