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Posted on Dec 2nd 2011 at 07:43:47 AM by (theGrue)
Posted under android

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Hey everybody!

The RF Generation app is now officially on the Android Market!

New features since the beta I posted include searching, an image viewer, and numerous bugfixes. If you installed the old beta, please uninstall it first, or you may experience issues installing the new version from the market. Updates will be smooth after that.

I thought about putting out another beta, but why keep making everyone come back and check my blog for updates when your phone could just notify you when a new version is out? And since I'm just a development team of one, it's really a perpetual beta anyway. I'll do my best to fix any issues reported in the forum thread and get updates pushed out on the market quickly.

Now that it's up... I'm going to pretty much start over. This was my first app and the code is a mess. I already wrote a second app that went much smoother and quicker, so I'll be able to apply everything I've learned to RFG App 2.0 to make it even better than this one.

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. Enjoy!

Posted on Jun 1st 2011 at 06:20:41 PM by (theGrue)
Posted under android

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Hey everybody!

For the past two months or so, I've been working on an Android app so I can easily look up what games are in my collection while I'm at a game store, flea market, or yard sale. If you've got a big collection, sometimes it's easy to forget whether you've got something already!

For the first public beta release, I wanted to really nail the task of browsing through your collection quickly and effectively. It works well for my collection, but does it work well for yours? Hopefully it will, but if it doesn't, I'll do what I can to fix your problem and get a new beta version out quickly. Once we get all the problems fixed, this can go onto the Android market for everybody to download!

Thus far I've only been able to test on the Android emulator, as well as my G1 running Froyo. The app should run fine on any Android version 1.5 (Cupcake) and above, but I haven't personally tested it on each version. Every Android phone currently on the market also has a much bigger screen than my G1, so hopefully everything scales well for bigger phones.

Ready to check it out? Here's the download link!

If you've never loaded a non-market app before, first make sure your phone is configured to allow installation from non-Market sources by going to Settings -> Applications and checking the "Unknown sources" box. Then, simply e-mail the above file to your phone, open it up, and click the "Install" button to install it.

Features I intend to add in the future include:
- Displaying images on game detail pages
- Searching for games in the database
- Logging in to add/edit games in your collection
- Elimination of paging
- More filter criteria

Feel free to suggest things, too. Hope everybody enjoys the app!

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