Sony’s bomb: Playstation gaming to Android!!

Sony has just announced, that they will be opening an official Playstation store for Android! This is huge! I myself as an XBOX360 owner have been missing those PS1 and PS2 times. There was just some more feeling to it with Playstation (maybe it is just that square-triangle -buttons stuff). Engadget has an article that gets updated if something new appears.
Also, it seems that Sony-Erikson is going to make a Playstation Phone called Xperia Play. Engadget got their hands on one and have an Exclusive preview. Check it out!

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Android code camp – a week after

Okay, the Android codecamp is now in the history. It was an interesting week of coding although this time we did not take it as seriously as we have taken some in the past. One week is not much time and when programming to a whole new platform, it takes a while to learn things. Nonetheless the groups managed to do some really nice applications. I will give a short view on all of those.

1. Lunch Magnet

This was an interesting project. It’s goal was to gather friends nearby and ask if they want to have lunch together (simple, yet oh-so-problematic sometimes). So no need to make all the phone calls and ask who is where. Just login to the system and see if anyone is nearby (at the university for example). This project can be found from here: http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/grp16/start

2. Base Jump

Although this one is a very simple game derived from the google’s android tutorials, the space lander (or something like that), it was still something nice and appealing to me. It is simple, fast to play game where the idea is to jump down from the roof of a building, open your base jump parachute just in time and land the target – all this as fast as possible. Very simple game as I said, but this is something I like in mobile phones, a game that you can play for few minutes when waiting for a bus/train/friend/whatever. This game can be found from: http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/grp10/start

3. Androchi

This was an interesting idea, going back a decade (or maybe even more, I don’t remember quite well). The idea was to make a tamagotchi for android phone. It works pretty well and even the animations looked pretty nice. This application was a good success, at least codecamp wise. Few days, nothing too big, simple idea, nice polished look and even working. Good job! http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/grp2/start


These
programs I mentioned are just few ones that appealed to me. Others will propably disagree, but that doesn’t matter. All the applications made during the week are available from the codecamp website: http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/start
There should be instructions as well as source code for most of the programs, a short introductions and few pictures. Those of you who have android phones (with 2.1 SDK) can give the programs a try. Those who don’t, you can try an emulator from google if you wish.

All in all I feel that the codecamp was again a great place to learn something new. I wasn’t very much familiar with Java, but I learned a lot during the few days of coding. Also, the android is a nice platform and has some nice tutorials for developers. The Google APIs however are outdated and not very informative, but the android developer community has posted a lot of tutorials, code snippets, etc. on their websites.

ps. I am currently doing some maemo development on my N900, so check out my blog every now and then for updates about that.

Android codecamp

The University of Lappeenranta has a habit of arranging codecamps once in a while. The idea of such a codecamp is to learn to program on a certain kind of platform in an intensive (usually) week-long “camp”. Lots of students gather together to create new applications and to learn new technologies. This time the codecamp is about Android programming. The camp is held between 15th and 19th of March. This time, in addition to University students we also have participants from the Saimaa Polytechnic. This means that the competition is even tougher than before, the room is more crowded, the atmosphere is even better and the smell after the long days (and nights!) of programming will be really something! More about the codecamp can be found from here: http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/start
A picture from the starting day

About Android

Propably many of the readers know already something about Android, but nonetheless, I am going to give a very short description of Android.

Android is an operating system created by Google for mobile phones. Most of the phones sold here in Finland are not yet Android based, but the amount of Android phones on the markets is growing all the time. The development community of Android is really active and it seems that there are lots of tutorials available out there (just go and google out!).  Android platform is also completely open source, so anyone with enthusiasm and knowledge can make it even better. Google also provides pretty good APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for their own services, like google maps and so on… You can read a lot more about android from http://www.android.com/

My Team

We are having three persons groups during this codecamp. My team mates are Rostislav Malevich and Johannes Tattari, with whom I have already participated on many codecamps (actually this is the 5th one for Rostislav 😛 ). We do not have any experience of Android before, so this will be a very interesting chance to learn something new. Johannes also has an Android phone, so this will give him some programming experience to start his own projects. Our idea is to make a location based virtual mobster game, where the player fights for ownership of territories against other players. The actual project can be found from the University’s codecamp wiki: http://www.codecamp.fi/doku.php/android2010/grp6/start If you are interested in finding out more, please go and visit the page!


Rostislav and Johannes programming