Choosing an app icon for ‘Stay on’

I found a nice collection of icons from which I am going to choose the icon for the new ‘Stay on’ app.

I find it difficult to choose one, because what icon says “Stay on”.

Because I didn’t know the answer to that question, I decided to pick a nice looking, neutral looking one.

So, here are the candidates:

stay-on-icon (7) stay-on-icon (6) stay-on-icon (5) stay-on-icon (4) stay-on-icon (3) stay-on-icon (2) stay-on-icon (1)stay-on-icon (8)stayonicon

If you want you can pick your favorite and put it in the comment.

New Android app: ‘keep your telephone screen on’

Do you recognize this:

  • You are typing a to-do item on your phone and when you check the television for a second, your phone screen is off.
  • Or you are online banking on your phone, and when your child asks a question, your phone screen goes off.
  • Or you are typing an email on your phone, and when you ask for the exact name of the recipient, your phone screen goes off.
  • Or you are…. well you know what I mean.

Wouldn’t it be nice that you can easily extend the time that the screen will stay on?

I thought it would be nice that I could click a button and the screen would stay on long, and when I click the button again, it would restore the old screen timeout.

So click once: screen timeout long, click again: original screen timeout restored.

I would like that, so that will be my next app, and it will probably be named: ‘stay on’

Last week of testing

Almost there… last week of testing my app to see if it has any weird behaviour.

This is what the app will look like when you’re connected via Wifi:

wifi-connected

This is when you’re connected via the cell network:

cell-connected

This is when the app is getting the data:

waiting-to-connect

And this is when you are not connected to anything:

no-connection

Description of the “what’s my IP” symbols

You are connected via the cell-network (GPRS / HSPA+ / 3G / 4G etc.)You are connected via the cell-network (GPRS / HSPA+ / 3G / 4G etc.)

At this moment we are checking whether you have a cell-network or WiFi connectionAt this moment we are checking whether you have a cell-network or WiFi connection

At this moment we cannot determine if you have a cell-network or WiFi connection. Try 'refresh'At this moment we cannot determine if you have a cell-network or WiFi connection. Try ‘refresh’

At this moment you have no active cell-network or WiFi connection. Maybe the Airplane mode is on?At this moment you have no active cell-network or WiFi connection. Maybe the Airplane mode is on?

You are connected via a WiFi network.You are connected via a WiFi network.

At this moment we are checking whether you have an internet connectionAt this moment we are checking whether you have an internet connection

At this moment we cannot determine if you have a cell-network or WiFi connection. Try 'refresh'At this moment we cannot determine if you have a cell-network or WiFi connection. Try ‘refresh’

You are connected to the internetYou are connected to the internet

You are not connected to the internetYou are not connected to the internet

First app is started: What’s my IP

So the first development is started.
And what is it going to be? The next Facebook?

Well no, I thought that was a little to high a goal to set for the first app.

I decided to built a simple ‘what is my ip’ app.
Agreed, it’s no rocket science, and it’s been made before,  but it will provide me some nice learning about:

  • UI elements like buttons, textboxes, images;
  • Layouts;
  • Network settings;
  • Wi-Fi settings;
  • Reading JSON;
  • Async programming;
  • Calling internet pages;

So for the first app that will do, and I hope I can show more progress soon.