Developing on an Android device for Android devices

If you want to develop apps for Android (phones or tablets) you have to download the Android SDK to your PC (Windows, Linux or Mac OS X) and some kind of IDE. Most will use Eclipse. Right?

Not anymore. Recently I found a quite interesting piece of software: It’s called AIDE (Android Java IDE). With this app you can develop Android apps directly on your Android device.

You can edit the Java code, build the apk and it also offers Git integration.

See for more details.

Now all I need is an app idea and some more Java knowledge…..

Android tablet Acer Iconia Tab A200

I own an Acer Iconia Tab A200 for a few weeks now. Compared to the iPad 1, that I had before, I see the following advantages/disadvantages:

  • The A200 has a higher display resolution and it’s therefore a bit sharper (the new iPad 3 should be even better), which makes it more comfortable to read eBooks.
  • There is an USB-port on the A200, so you can attach an USB-drive or a mouse or keyboard. Furthermore you can insert a Micro SD Card directly.
  • At the moment there are more optimized (and useful) apps for the iPad compared to Android tablets. Especially when it comes to eMagazines.
  • The support for google services on Android devices is generally a bit better compared to iOS. That’s only an advantage, if you, like me, use them a lot.
  • Official support for Apple services on Android devices doesn’t exist.
  • The iPad (even it was the first generation) was a bit more stable and smoother.
  • The battery life of the iPad was better also.
  • Adobe Flash is supported on the A200, while not on the iPad. But Adobe announced, that Android 4.0 will be the last version, that will be supported.

These are just my personal impressions. Others might not agree 🙂

Pocket PC Geocaching Tools for Android

No, I haven’t ported my tools over to Android. But I had a look at Android software, that can replace my software. I haven’t found an all-in-one-solution, but found two different apps, that do the job:

GDAK – Geocaching Droid Army Knife
This very nice piece of software does the database part of the PPC-GC-Tools: You can open GSAK-databases and have pictures and spoilers offline. Furthermore it’s even possible to navigate to a cache using the built-in GPS of your Android device.

You can find GDAK on the Google Play Store here:

GCC – GeoCache Calculator
This is a collection of many useful tools for geocachers. There are many tranformations and decryptions available. But you can calculate formulas of multi caches also.

You can find GCC on the Google play store here:

Compared to the PPC-GC-Tools these two apps are much more powerful. Check them out, if you have an Android device.