Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Virgin Usage Meter Update

This is just a quick update to let you all know that the new theme is finished and pretty much ready to go. The changes were unfortunately much deeper than expected so much of the code base has undergone considerable change. Hopefully I will get the update onto the market by Friday, unless any new bugs arise.

Development Tip: Widget Updates

After battling with a complex widget design for the past couple of weeks, I've made a hard found observation. You must set all non-static widget fields on each update, even if the values haven't changed since the last update.

The reasoning behind this is if the widget is dropped out of memory and reloaded, it will display only the most recent update. Meaning any data from previous updates will be forgotten, leaving the widget with a partial update.

Doesn't sound very efficient to me!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

HTC Desire HD Leak

There appears to be a bit of information on the HTC Desire HD doing the rounds on the internet. While I'm a bit sceptical as it doesn't have the usual HTC industrial look, I'm also a bit excited. It sports a larger screen than the Samsung Galaxy S and comes wrapped in an aluminium case. This might be my next phone.

Unofficial Specs
  • 4.3 inch WVGA screen
  • Android 2.2
  • 8MP camera
  • 1Ghz processor (Assuming snapdragon)
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • Aluminium case

Edit: It appears my suspicions of this being a legit phone was a bit misplaced. Behold the video footage.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Nexus One: The New Developer Phone

For all those developers that still wish to lay their hands on the Nexus One without worrying about a contract, may have the chance. If rumours are correct Google is releasing the Nexus One as a developer phone. It is not available yet but is expected to surface in the near future.

This is a great move by Google as their current developer phone line up, consisting of a rebadged HTC Magic and Dream, is getting a bit long in the tooth and threatens to be come insignificant.

Still Waiting Invite

Just a quick update about the App Inventor experiment. Everything is raring to go and the participant is still chained to desk to avoid any escape attempts. All that is required is an invite from Google so we can get started. As soon as the invite finds its way to my inbox I'll commense the torture experiment.