Mea mundi eclectic...(My eclectic world...)
You have found the homepage for Ken Hunt's Android development projects. The site is used primarily for giving detailed descriptions of
my Android development work. I will also be adding various "How To..." pages of things I've learned that may be of use.
So far I have built five apps: the United States Constitution for the constitution geeks out there, RF Signal Tracker for the nerd-boy
engineers who like measuring signals, The British Monarchy for the anglophiles, Playlist Alarm for those who put way too much thought
into waking up in the morning, and finally The Federalist Papers for the super bad-ass constitution geeks. A pretty diverse group if I do
say so myself. You can see some screenshots below.
The United States Constitution is a self-contained reference app (it doesn't search the web for anything so don't worry about data charges). I think everyone should have this. It's not that big and it's always good to know your rights. Not American? Not a problem! We're excepting new members all the time -- applications open to all!
Next up we have RF Signal Tracker, an RF engineering app for doing your own ad-hoc drive testing -- that's when you drive around measuring the phones signal-strength and mapping your location. Because Android really does not go that in-depth on the phone functionality end of things, you cannot delve too deep into things like Ec/Io or BER (which is in the SDK but yet to be turned on) or things like that, it will let you see how the phone is handing off, your specific coverage, network technology...that sort of thing. I actually use this (and I am an engineer) so expect fairly regular improvements and updates.
Then there is the history of The British Monarchy. Why? Hard to say. I'm just fascinated by it I guess. Information in this app was pulled from the official website of the History of the British Monarchy which I stumbled across a few years ago. This app is as big as the Constitution with all its notes (it covers over 1,000 years), so I decided against a lot of images, but that may change...stay tuned.
Next up is Playlist Alarm. This is an alarm app that plays a playlist of songs you create off of your SD card. Great for travelers who can't stand buzzers or people flapping their gums first thing in the morning. Unlike the alarm built into your Android phone, this will not play just one song and quit -- it will run a playlist of songs you define, and play them as long as you want. This was a surprisingly complex app; much more than I imagined when I began. Probably because it employs Services, Broadcast Receivers, Intents, Sensors and Activities (all the main components on Android).
Finally there is The Federalist Papers. These are the collected articles of James Madison, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton arguing in favor of the new constitution which had just been sent to the states for ratification; replacing the Articles of Confederation. This app is pretty basic as I've set it up so far. It's also VERY big (about 1.2Mb+) which is why it wasn't added to the United States Constitution app.
I am amazed that after doing these five, I still don't feel I have scratched the surface of Android.