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We recently accepted the NYC BigApps 3.0 challenge organized by the City of New York and applied for its competition. The challenge was to enhance New Yorkers’ everyday life by finding a better use for city’s raw data sets available online. Our candidate on the competition was Lend a hand!, an Android application that makes it easier for people to browse open volunteering positions throughout the city and apply to them.
Facebook SDK for Android does a pretty good job of providing Facebook support for your app. However, SDK doesen’t give you a direct way to do stuff that web users find trivial. Link sharing and link querying being two of them.
Sharing a link actually means posting a link to your wall. Keep in mind that posting a link is different from posting a status with a link attached. Posting a link brings much more value then just attaching it to a wall post, key value being the link statistics. Some of the statistics gathered for a shared link (available via Facebook Query Language) are the number of times someone shared a link, liked a link, commented on a link, etc.
The future is here – more and more handhelds are being built with high definition screens. The iPhone ships the Retina display, while on the Android (as of August 02, 2010) HDPI accounts for more than 50% devices.
To web developers, there is clearly a need to build high density compatible web sites.
HTC Hero is my first Android phone and I’m using it for a month now. First minute impressions were very good and that is mostly because of its user-interface, the latest version of HTC Sense™ and applications that are bundled with it. Looking from the outside, device itself looks very nice but still not that elegant like an iPhone:
- Front side has a trackball and six buttons (‘Call’, ‘Home’, ‘Menu’, ‘End call’/’Lock screen’, ‘Search’ and ‘Back’). This makes it look a bit geeky with too many hardware buttons in my opinion. Some other Android devices have just three of them (‘Menu’, ‘Home’ and ‘Back’).
- Up top there’s a 3.5mm headphones socket and at the base it has the ExtUSB port which is compatible with standard mini-USB. No complains here. And yes, it will recharge the battery when connected to computer with USB cable.
- Left side has volume controls and on the back there’s the 5-megapixel autofocus camera. There’s no flash and no dedicated camera button.
- To access microSD card it is necessary to remove back cover.