When to release a free Android app? (development cycle)

Pete pete at mollysrevenge.com
Fri Dec 9 14:32:53 EST 2011

Hi Ben,
Sounds like you're pretty familiar with the Kindle Fire.  I'm thinking of
getting one primarily for web access to my Google mail, docs, calendar,
contacts, etc.  How's the web browser on it?  Do you find the lack of
access to the Android Market a problem?

On Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 11:04 AM, Ben Rubinstein <benr_mc at cogapp.com> wrote:

> Hi Andy,
> I can't give much insight into the market, because I'm new to the Android
> scene.  In relation to the phone versus tablet issue however, I've taken a
> look at it on the Kindle Fire and it seems pretty good to me.
> I've only spotted two serious snags:
> * I let the screen lock kick in while on the select weight page (trying to
> decide how much to lie) - when I unlocked the screen, it refreshed
> partially but not fully.  Not sure if there's a way you can detect/deal
> with this.
> * The Fire has a soft control panel - instead of hardware buttons for
> home/menu/back it displays these plus search at the bottom of the screen
> whenever it sees fit (eg in the reading app, they disappear until you tap
> the center of the screen).  In the Fire's own apps, some other controls are
> somtimes added to thi standard set.  When using your app, this panel is
> permanently there; and it overlays your app's control bar (eg
> diary/food/exercise/breakdown)**.  Similarly when I select the menu
> button from that panel, your menu slides up but the bottom row is largely
> obscured by the Fire's control panel.
> I'll post a separate query to the list on this topic, because I'd be
> interested to know the right way to handle it.
> Apart from these, two things you could do which would I think make the app
> more pleasant to use on the Fire would be:
> * a higher-resolution icon - the Fire shows recent icons really big on the
> home screen, and the current one for your app looks stretched
> * support the reversed portrait orientation.  In my use, I find that I'm
> mostly using the Fire 'upside down' from what Amazon apparently expect (so
> that the power button is at the top); their standard apps all handle this,
> so it's jarring when another app can't handle it.
> In my personal view, from my limited testing on this one device, if you
> fixed the above four issues it would be entirely reasonable to post the
> app, for tablets as well as phones.  But my Android experience is extremely
> limited, so I suspect you would do better to get some testing on a much
> wider range of devices.
> HTH,
> Ben
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