OK, so I’m not a natural born blogger and its been a while since I last published anything here but hey, its the quality not the quantity right?
Truth is, I only ever blog with I have something to announce or something to complain about and this post is no exception. Happily its an announcement in this case as you may have guessed from the title.
Today, version 1.0 of our free app for Android phones went live in the Google Play Store. Being version 1.0 and the first Android app I have developed, we’re starting off pretty simple. The current feature set for the app is as follows:
Listings Near Me
View our current listings in your area using Google maps and the geolocation facilities on your phone, depending on which providers you have enabled, radio, wi-fi or full GPS. You can limit the display of listings to either lost, or found, or both. Each listing on the map is represented by a marker just as on the maps on our website, red ones for lost listings, green for found and also, just as on the site, tapping on any marker will reveal a summary of that listing along with a photo of the pet if available. Tapping on a summary takes you to the listing details screen – see below.
You may also search our listings using a simple form which allows you to filter results by listing type (lost, found or both), pet type (dog, cat etc.) and county. Results are returned most recent first, 10 at a time to use as little bandwidth as possible with 10 more being pulled down as you scroll down through the list – infinite scrolling of a finite list – confusing, I know. Each result once again features a summary of the listing and a photo if available and just as with the map view, tapping on a listing will take you to to the listing details screen.
Just as with our mobile site, each listing gets its own details screen featuring 3 tabs, one for the pets details, one with facilities to contact the person who posted the listing and the final one to allow you to easily share listings.
On the pet details tab, you can view all the details for that particlar pet as well as a photo if one is available. You can expand this photo to fullscreen by clicking on the little expander button at the top right of the photo.
The contact tab provides the contact name of the person who posted the listing as well as buttons to allow you to easily directly call that contact, pre-populating your dialer with their number, email them via a simple form or send them an SMS which we also pre-populate for you – all you have to do is add your own personal message.
The sharing tab features a single button which launches the standard Android sharing dialog from which you can choose an app (email, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ etc) to share a listing with family, friends or colleagues.
Finally, the app features facilities to send us feedback via another simple form and to share the app with others – obviously, the more phones we are on, the more chance we have of getting pets reunited.
Does It Run On My Phone?
Currently the app only supports phones running Ice Cream Sandwich or above (ICS – Android 4.0+). I would like to support older devices but I don’t have anything to test on so if you have an older android phone or device running Honeycomb (Android 3.0) you are no longer using that you would like to provide/donate for testing, please let me know.
Will There Be An IPhone App?
Unlikely. Due to the time and resources necessary to develop on IOS it’s pretty unlikely we will release an iPhone app (at least without some form of sponsorship). However, iPhone users still have the mobile version of our site which contains all the functionality of our Android app – at least at present.
If you find the app useful and want to show your support for the site and the idea behind it, please rate the app in the Google Play Store and share it with your family, friends and colleagues.
I’ve thrown up some screenshots of the app below for your delicatation but you can go ahead and install the app right now direct from the Google Play Store.