Category Archives: Am I connected

Description of the ‘Am I connected’ app icons

This is the icon you see when you have an active internet connection.

activeinternetconnection

 

This is the icon you see if you have an active internet data connection via WIFI.

wificonnection

 

This is the icon you see if you have an active internet data connection via the mobile / cell network.

cellnetworkconnection

 

This is the icon you see if you do not have an active internet connection.

noactiveinternetconnection

 

This is the icon you see if you do not have a data connection.

nodataconnection

 

This is the icon you see when we are checking if you have a data connection.

unknowndataconnection

 

This is the icon you see when we are checking if you have an active internet connection.

donotknowactiveinternetconnection

 

Started working on the “Am I connected” app

I started working on the “Am I connected” app this week.
My designer created all of the artwork (more about that in a later post) and all of the code already lives in my head.
Now it’s time to transfer all of the code from my head into the development environment (which is Eclipse, if you want to know).
A lot of time is spent on creating the screen. Even though it is only one screen, it takes a lot of time to get all things aligned right.
I was used to create screens in Microsoft Windows applications a few years ago and in my opinion it was a lot easier to create screens for the Windows app than for an Android app.
But on the other hand it’s fun to find out new ways to do stuff!

So the next weekend I’ll spend some time to create the logic behind the screen, and then the testing can start!

Keep you posted…

ps…
Actually it’s 2 screens because I create one for the portrait layout and one for the landscape layout.

New (spinoff) app idea: Am I connected?

New (spinoff) app idea: Am I connected?
Sometimes new ideas are no more than a spinoff of an existing idea (or app).
In my case, I created an app in which I show you your current internal and external IP address (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=greenledsoftware.whatsmyip)

When I gather that information, I also gather the info which kind of data connection you have (WiFi or cell connection or none) and whether you have a live internet connection.
And what happened: I got messages that the IP addresses are nice and all, but all they really are interested in was whether they were internet connected or not!
They thought the IP address was only ‘noise’; which I can understand when you don’t use these terms daily.
And if I could build an app without the IP address with only the connection info.

The one question that needed to be answered was: “Am I connected?”.
And with “connected” they meant “internet connected”.
Of course there was a second question also when the answer was “yes”: am I WiFi or cell network connected?
The second question of course is for getting the right mind set for their data-usage because high data consumption on a cell network usually is a costly idea.