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Tuesday 30 April 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 38

OpenStreetMap had the new New Street mapped and live within five hours of it opening. Impressive.

The weather does seem to have taken a turn to the warmer. It's an undeniable seasonal fact that the evenings are getting lighter. CycleStreets for Android downloads have shaken free of their rain-correlation. In fact, if I squint at the statistics it looks like it's being downloaded at a faster rate than ever before. I really must finish the live navigation feature. It's been so close for so long now. If the weather's good at the weekend, I can see myself programming in the park and then pedalling up and down Vicarage Road.

Bikes beat car and bus in yet another 'rush hour' commuter challenge. Yawn

So I got all excited about this announcement about Matthew Smith writing a new game. I got even more excited when it said his old ZX Spectrum games were available for Android. That excitement evaporated immediately I tried to buy the games - This app is incompatible with all of your devices. All of my devices. Well, the low grade tablet I could maybe understand, although it could run a hundred Spectrum emulators without breaking a sweat. But a Galaxy SII, one of the, if not the, most common Android phone in the UK at the moment. A Nexus 7, Googles flagship small tablet? The Nexus 10? That other tablet that Google does. I simply can't understand it. As an Android app developer you have to take conscious decisions to restrict which devices your app runs on. The biggest, and in many ways easiest one, is which version of Android you want to support. Choose 2.2 and basically every active device in the world is in play. Choose 4.0 and, in the UK, that still leaves as 60% (and increasing) of them. After that, you're restricting by screen size or resolution and, you know what? I don't know what the other restrictions are, because it's never needed to restrict my apps' distribution in that way. Unless you're targeting some really specific market or require some particular piece of hardware, I can't imagine why you would need to or want to. In this particular case - running a Spectrum emulator - I just can't think of a reason.

Al Ewing on The Fictional Man. Yes, again.

A standard hospital glove, inflated as a balloon with a face drawn on it, is a useful distraction for children with an acute injury. The face drawn should be drawn 'Jedward' style.


Tagged maps, cyclestreets, and traffic


Jez Higgins

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