Monday, July 25, 2011

Making new Android project

In the succeeding posts, I will try to present my workflow in developing an android app using the RB Pace Calculator as an example.

Let's start.

From my previous post, Hello Android World! and How to get started?, I would assume that you already have the necessary things to start Android development.

In this time being, below are my development tools/platform.
1. PC - Toshiba R830 (Intel Core i5-2410M, 2.3GHz, 6GB DDR3)
2. Win7 Pro 64bit
3. Eclipse (Helios Service Release 2) with Android SDK tools.
4. Java Development kit (v1.6.0.250)
5. Samsung GalaxyS (Android v2.3.3) - used for testing my apps.


1. Create a new Android project in eclipse.
In this case:
- Project Name: RB Pace Calculator
- Create new project in workspace.
- Build Target: Android 2.2
- Application name: RB Pace Calculator
- Package Name: com.fmvf.pacer
- [check] Create Activity: convert
- Min SDK version: 8
- Finish

2. Design the 'view' of your application.
In this case, I made

Thursday, July 21, 2011

RB Pace calculator

My very first Android app

Are you a runner? Do you use Android phone?
Then this application might be useful for you

Finally, here is my first Android app. It is a simple application I made for runners to calculate for their average pace for a race. Being a runner myself, I thought that this application could be useful to become handy in a runner's phone. It was actually based from an application that I made for my running group's website.

You may download it here.
Android v2.2 and above.

Please feel free to comment, suggest and report bugs in the comments section.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Finally Upgraded to Gingerbread

I bought my Samsung Galaxy S with the Froyo version installed on it and since the Gingerbread update was released, I was very eager to upgrade mine. The most convenient way to update is to use the Kies software as provided by Samsung. Plug your phone, run the software, and update. That easy! (or just as I thought). It could have been that easy if I had known the problems that can be encountered in using Samsung Kies. 

Tirelessly waiting..
On my first try, I backed up my phone (contacts, pictures videos, etc.) first. When I started the Samsung Kies, it immediately prompt me that a firmware upgrade is available for my phone. And with eagerness, I clicked the "upgrade" button and it started. For a few minutes waiting, I noticed that the status bar was not moving. Thinking that it was just possibly a server or network slow down, I still waited for a few minutes until I finally gave up. Around 40 mins gone, still 0% in the progress bar. Since it is just my first try, it is worth for another one. But still the same thing happened. What could be the problem? My phone? My laptop? Time to ask for help to my friend (Google).

Consulting my friend
So I search for answers over the internet but all I can find are procedures that are the same of what I did.  Another option is to manually flash your phone using Odin which I don't want to try. Although I was tempted to manually flash my phone, I still did not try because I want the official release version. So I kept searching until I came across with a forum with their topic about upgrading using Kies. Someone told that he was experiencing problems in upgrading his phone thru Kies and found out that his internet connection seems to be the culprit. He was using a mobile broadband connection. It makes sense because I am also using