Monday, June 20, 2011

Meet: Simple Battery Widget for Android

With this post I'd like to start my first series called "Meet". This series will be about projects that I already started or am about to start and, of course, want to promote.
The first of those projects is my first public released Android App or better Android App Widget: the Simple Battery Widget.

For those who don't know what an Android is: shame on you! There are certain things everybody has to know and one of those things is Android. Simply put, Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google.
Those who know Android and maybe also own an Android device but don't know what an App Widget is, another simple explanation: App Widgets are mini-apps that can be embedded in other applications (mostly the Home screen).
I think that are enough side notes, let's come to the main part of this article: the Simple Battery Widget.

Simple Battery Widget is – as the name suggests – a simple battery (app) widget for Android 2.2 and later.
It simply displays the current battery level in text and with a colored circle.

I started development of this widget in early April 2011 after not being satisfied with all the battery widgets out there. I wanted something easy to use and something with a plain user interface. After some quick days of development and testing i finally released the first version to the Android Market on April 11th.
This first release was very simple. It just listened to battery changes and displayed the percentage and a colored circle (which changed colors for certain battery states). I was satisfied but wanted more customization, so I added a new feature: custom colors for the circle. Version 1.1 was released just 3 days after the initial 1.0 release.
But I was not yet satisfied. The next day, April 15th I already released v1.2 which included some bug fixes for devices with small screens and new features:
  • clicking on the app widget now opens a dialog that displays battery-details and
  • modify the widget's colors without having to add a new widget.
That was when I finally was satisfied.

Now of course I was and am not perfectly satisfied with v1.2 (and got a user request to add a new feature), so I already started development. But there are and were more important things to do, so the next version of my Simple Battery Widget will not be released until end of July.

Currently my Simple Battery Widget got downloaded 848 times since the first release but apparently only 42% liked and kept it. I hope more people will use it in the future and more importantly more people will rate and write reviews because there are currently only 8 ratings and no review.

I hope I could awaken your interest and you're going to check out my Simple Battery Widget for Android and maybe also review it. In the Android Market you can also find more information about the widget.
Also, if you have ideas or find a bug: write a comment or contact me! I'm always open for suggestions!

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