Bought a new phone in April – it’s an Android phone. After some playing around bought a book about Android, loaded down the SDK, read the online documentation. In order to start
- you don’t need to buy a Mac (as for the iPhone)
- you don’t need to use archaic GNOME libraries (or modified QT desktop as for Maemo)
- you can use Java – and the SDK seems to be structured and sensible (actor/message oriented)
So I started to try it out for a simple project – Androku – a remote control for my Roku Soundbridge – and after about a week reading the book, the online documentation and searching the WEB for code snippets, the application, or let’s say the ALPHA seems to work.
I know, there are other applications in the market, but I shall publish it as freeware. Currently the GUI is a bit rough, and behaviour on other platforms is unknown. But on my Desire it seems to behave pretty well:
- it doesn’t drain any battery, when the display is off
- it watches the wifi state: disconnects, when wifi is off, reconnects, when both wifi and display are on
- it even allows roation
So let’s see how the Android market works!