Droidcon London 2014 is Nigh

Droidcon London 2014 is Nigh

Oct 29, 2014

Droidcon London is just about here!

The large Android developer gathering has rolled round again, and will be running from October 30th through October 31st, 2014. This year, the conference will look to showcase interesting products and present a roster of influential speakers.

Per the official press release, Android technology that will be shown include:

– The largest Android Multitouch Table created by GLIP
– Sony’s SmartEyeglass – binocular, see-through eyewear with camera, GPS & sensors
– Epson’s Moverio smart glasses
– MyAppConverter’s cloud based, instant and automatic mobile code conversion service that enables native-to-native code conversion.

Speakers include:

– Chet Haase, lead of the Android UI Toolkit team at Google and stand-up comedian
– Juhani Lehtimaki, author of ‘Smashing Android UI’
– Eric Lafortune, Proguard author
– Lisa Neigut, Etsy developer
– Engineers from Soundcloud, Gradleware, CyanogenMod, Mozilla, Sony and Spotify.

Products from the Innovation Frontier will be shown, and there will be a Gaming Zone.

The conference will cost £475.


Agenday Smart Calendar Review

Agenday Smart Calendar Review

Sep 18, 2014

Making everyday business activities easier is a worthy goal that definitely earns developers a spot in heaven. With Agenday Smart Calendar, PGi might have a chance to go up yonder.

The use interface is appropriately businesslike, with the default soft hues and flashes of orange. The welcome screen is tastefully crafted, with weather, date and meetings that are planned for the current day. The date bar is scrollable, and there is a calendar button nestled to the top right, along with the familiar Android-standard three-button menu access. Tapping on a specific part of the weather information leads to Weather Underground, from which more specific weather information can be procured. Altogether, the UI feels clean and intuitive, and avoids the pitfall of being too cluttered.age1

Tapping on the menu button gives an idea of the app’s functionality as a scheduling and conferencing hub. The app automatically pulls in the emails already attached to the hosting device, and tapping “Schedule Meeting” out of the app menu suggests adding a conference service. If this is selected, the user is led to a menu where conference call info can be added. Then, Agenday calls up the installed calendars on the device (and if there is more than one with the appropriate permissions, it allows the user to pick the preferred one). In the main menu, there is also the option to “Meet Now” which allows one to set up a call now.

As already noted, the app stands out by streamlining conference calls. It works with services like GoToMeeting and Linc on the fly, allowing for one-touch dialing and connection to pre-configured conference calls. Additionally, I found it calls up navigation utilities from within the app for drive-to locations.

The extras help make the app standout. For the business professional on the go, integration with LinkedIn and Salesforce should be very welcome. It interfaces with the installed contacts/people utility too, so a lot of actions can be performed from the app. The widget is also a nice touch.

When it’s all said and done, Agenday makes its name by doing more, and doing more simply. Being free makes if feel even more of a steal.