This was an interesting design project to work on for me. While I take no credit for the icon shapes or standard navigation concept this was a major design project to tackle. Assets had to be created for both light and dark modes for each of its states (that were different between tablets and phones) and then finely adjusted for three screen resolutions. That means every icon asset could have up to 36 permutations. Then there was the matter of completely custom popovers, trays and standard chrome elements. Needless to say I got pretty good at making sprite sheets. All in all this was an eye-opening project and I can’t wait to get to work making it even better.
Multiple APK Support in Android Market
With multiple APK support, you can now upload multiple versions of an APK for a single product listing, with each one addressing a different subset of your customers. These APKs are complete, independent APKs that share the same package name, but contain code and resources to target different Android platform versions, screen sizes, or GL texture-compression formats. When users download or purchase your app, Android Market chooses the right APK to deliver based on the characteristics of the device.
So, Google’s solution to rampant fragmentation in device features and OS molestation is to make the developer ship multiple versions of the same app on a per device basis? Sounds like an open-faced shit sandwich to me.
Introducing: Tumblr Android App
Built by the same brilliant team behind the Tumblr iPhone App, v1 of the official Tumblr Android App is ready to download!
Anyway, here’s some highlights:
- Post text, photos, links, chats, quotes, audio and video
- View your Dashboard
- Reblog and Like
- Kick-ass share menu support. Works from the Gallery app, YouTube app, Browser app and more
- Full advanced post options support
- Post MP3s direct from the device (!)
- Full landscape support
On a side note, we’d like to thank all the folks that helped beta test. We appreciate everyones patience while we work through any bugs that exist in the 1.0. There are a lot more fragmentation issues than with iPhone because of all the different device models and carrier customizations (hey carriers: you should really stop doing this and stick to how Google rolled the Nexus One. For real).
We can’t wait to show you what else we have in store, not only for Android, but the other platforms as well. Stay tuned!