Status: Android, WebOS, Bada

Current

I am so busy just now that I have not had a chance to get back into any current projects. I should hopefully have some more time soon and when I do I will be getting back into all the existing stuff with a vengeance.

Android

I am due to receive a phone from Google due to my existing applications maintaining a good star rating over 5000 downloads. I know there are issues with newer phones so this should sort that out.  I got in early enough to get some headway on the Market but I wouldn’t have got very far if the apps were rubbish so it’s heartening to get some recognition. I can’t wait to see what Android 2.1 looks like. My intention is to release an update to my traffic application. What form this will take I am not sure yet.  I suspect the next one will be like gTraffic but will use the HA RSS feed provided from the cloud for speed. I have a cloud based feed ready to go but nothing to talk to it.

Palm WebOS Eclipse Plugin

The WebOS debugger is a strange one. I spent ages trying to get the Chrome DevTool to talk to the emulator but with no luck. I have been watching other attempts to get a debugger integrated and there has been no progress so I see I am not alone (you know who you are). The existing code is not ready for release. I think this will be a bit like the SPARQL browser where I plug away and then just bring it out and no-one will know that they needed it until it appears.  I have no opinion on Ares other than it is an amazing web application. Do we still need an Eclipse based solution? I no longer care. It will be finished when it’s finished which might be never. It has been incredibly satisfying to get this half-working but also incredibly annoying that I can’t get to some sort of milestone.

Bada Epic Fail

Bada oh Bada where shall I start? I signed up for the SDK only to find out that I needed a registered business account to receive the SDK. Let’s just think about this for a minute shall we. Take a minute and mull these points over:

  1. A new OS platform which must compete with both the iPhone and Android.
  2. Require a strong  developer community to get the platform going.

There is a clear whiff of old-school control-freakery in the air around this platform which I think is a big big mistake for Samsung. I looked at the demo for this OS on Engadget and it looks great (it should do after nicking all the best bits of their competitors UI elements).  Where is the access for developers like me or others who want to bring their own applications to the phone OS but don’t want to go through their boss? It’s the lure of the gold-rush which kick-started the Apple app store and (even more) the Android market. Samsung are late to the party and they are only talking to the hip kids.