Posts Tagged ‘android’

The new frequent diner card now on your mobile phone


Offering incentives when you engage with a brand is not new. It has been happening since the Middle Ages when Kings would give gold coins to those that brought him letters from the battlefield. These days brands are trying to use the mobile phone to engage with customers.  One particular service that I believe is the buzz of 2010 is check-in services like Facebook Places, Foursquare, and Gowalla (I’m sure there are others please list them in the comments below.)  Any venue you go to, you take your cell phone out of your pocket/purse (ignore your friends or SO) and check-in…com’on all geeks like me do it.  First it was all about telling the world where you were (scary), then it was about becoming the Mayor (for whatever reason) and now it is finally making sense – venues/brands now provide incentives once you check-in.  Whether it is a free appetizer at a restaurant or perhaps 10% off at a clothing store, these are what real consumers are asking for.  It’s almost similar to the frequent diner card where if you get 10 stamps you get a free drink, now instead of a paper card it is eco-friendly via a mobile app.

Foursquare has had the ability for businesses/venues to add incentives for a while now. I haven’t used or received any myself because most places I check-in too aren’t as geeky as me. My friend Cory Fossum from Fossum Creative had a few thoughts on Facebook Deals which was just announced.  Listen to the video below by Cory and comment on where you think this technology and potential consumer adoption is going.

Which flash website or game do u wanna see on your DROID?


Had a great time with everyone at yesterdays DROID does flash meetup. The game displayed by Mochi Media was pretty cool and worked great on mobile. Do u have any favorite flash websites or games thay you wish u could view on your mobile phone? Add a comment below.


Most Used Android Apps in January 2010

Here is a list of my most used Android apps in January 2010:

  • Seesmic for updating @teamksar and my fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Great search functionality and UI is very clean and consise.
  • for watching the latest NCIS show. Works primarily on WiFi connection so I use it at home while I’m doing the dishes or relaxing outside.
  • Droidlight – created by Motorola and I use it to navigate in my room in the dark especially when I don’t want to wake up my wife if I need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night or I’m working late
  • Foursquare – ok, I’m an addict and every place I go I login. Plus, it is interesting to see where my contacts are going to. I warn you if you download it you’ll get addicted. Your wife will be asking  you, “are you playing foursquare again?”
  • and finally Google Listen to catch-up on all the CES-related and NPR podcasts.

That’s the top used apps for January 2010. I wonder what February will be.  What Android apps did you use most frequently in January?


Waze: User-Generated Driving Map on Android

I just signed-up for an alpha of an Android app called Waze which is a user-generated driving map. I can use it to know how traffic is going on the roads via user-generated content which in my mind is much faster and more reliable than 511 or any police report.  It might make a few more people using their cell phones and data plan while on the road but is definitely helpful. Also, it allows for you to edit the map which is helpful if you are on a new road or one where there is no left turn anymore (like on most of the San Francisco roads!). Their taking sign-ups now for their alpha release so if you are daring (and live in the San Francisco Bay Area) sign-up at, follow @waze on Twitter, and read their blog. I haven’t tried it out yet, but once I get access to the alpha I’ll do a video and take some screenshots. Stay tuned and if you have used it let me know what you think.


Going to Google I/O 2009

Google I/O - Speakers

Just signed up for Google I/O conference in San Francisco May 27 & 28. Look forward to the Android sessions as well as meeting other developers.  Any meetups or tweetups that anybody knows of?  Post them here!

Interview with Brett Butterfield, CEO of Pixelpipe

I interviewed Brett Butterfield from Pixelpipe on the MOTODEV Android Podcast. Really interesting conversation on their media sharing gateway, their Android App, the Android SDK 1.5 (aka Cupcake), and listener questions. Listen to the podcast on BlogTalkRadio and let me know what you think.


Google I/O 2009 Android Sessions

Was looking up the Google I/O conference for this year and saw a few interesting Android talks:

Turbo-charge your UI: How to make your Android UI fast and efficient by Romain Guy
Learn practical tips, techniques and tricks for making your Android applications fast and responsive. This session will focus on optimizations recommended by the Android framework team to make the best use of the UI toolkit.

Pixel perfect code: How to marry interaction and visual design the Android way by Chris Nesladek
A great user experience incorporates three pillars: structure, behavior, and expression. This talk will explore the wide variety of interaction design patterns we have built into the Android system framework to help educate you on the best way to use these pattern-based behaviors for an optimized user experience.

Supporting multiple devices with one binary
The Android platform is designed to run on a wide variety of hardware configurations. Learn how to take advantage of the application framework to make your application run on a wide variety of devices without having to build a custom version for each.

Android Lightning Talks (this looks like a fun one!)
Join your fellow developers for a series of lightning talks. If you’ve done a cool hack involving Android, if you’ve devised a clever technique for a common problem, or even if you just want to get up on your soapbox for 6 minutes to appeal to your fellow developers, this is the session for you. We’re opening up this session for a sequence of 8 6-minute slots, where anyone can propose a topic. Attendees will vote on the talks they’d like to hear most, and then it’s off to the races. But be wary of the 6 minute limit, or taste the wrath of The Gong.

Debugging Arts of the Ninja Masters by Justin Mattson
Ever have one of those days where your application just doesn’t run correctly, and you can’t figure out why? Well, we’ve been there, and we’re going to show you how to fix it. In this session, Justin Mattson will school you on the advanced usage of Android debugging tools like traceview, the hierarchy viewer, and the instrumentation system. He’ll also present several case studies where Google used these tools to solve real world problems, and show you the before-and-after results.

Coding for Life — Battery Life, That Is by Jeffrey Sharkey
The three most important considerations for mobile applications are, in order: battery life, battery life, and battery life. After all, if the battery is dead, no one can use your application. In this session, Android engineer Jeffrey Sharkey will reveal the myriad ways — many unexpected — that your application can guzzle power and irritate users. You’ll learn about how networking affects battery life, the right and wrong ways to use Android-specific features such as wake locks, why you can’t assume that it’s okay to trade memory for time, and more.

Writing Real-Time Games for Android by Chris Pruett
Do vertex arrays keep you up at night? Do you have nightmares involving framerates and event loops? If so, this session might have the cure for your condition. Chris Pruett will discuss the game engine that he developed, using it as a case study to explain the common pitfalls and best practices for building graphics-intensive applications. You’ll learn how to properly pipeline game and rendering code, manage drawing surfaces, and incorporate 2D and 3D graphics cleanly.

Hope to see you there at one or all of these sessions!

BTW, first heard about this via Twitter and then on the Google Developer Blog post by Dan Morrill