SimpleDateFormat can be slow

EDIT: Actually the contents of this post are only 1/4 correct. It’s all right to use the default locale if the date you are formatting does not contain any locale specific strings (i.e. an ISO date) however if it does contain locale specific strings it’s a good idea to use the Locale.en_US which should be…

August 23, 2011 | by

More Andromo Apps in the Android Market

We’ve got a couple more Andromo apps in the Android Marketplace: Tech Watch If you like to keep up-to-date with all the newest gadgets and technology news, look no further. Tech Watch is an application that delivers all the latest gadget and technology news from some of the most popular sources, straight to your mobile…

August 22, 2011 | by

First Andromo App in the Android Market!

Getting closer to a public release everyone! The first Andromo built application has arrived in the Android Market: Developer News for Android You can view my example video here: This is an app that I’ve been working on as part of my Andromo testing regime and now that everything at is getting stable I…

August 17, 2011 | by

Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility?

Wow, just got into the office this morning and I was looking at google+ and I saw this: Supercharging Android: Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility linked to by Reto Meier. Now maybe I’ve had my head in the code for too long but I for one did not see this coming. The post by Larry…

August 15, 2011 | by

Building an app in less than five minutes

Happy Friday everyone! Here is a short video demonstrating how fast you can build Android apps using Build an Android App using Again this is a very early version of andromo and things will likely change before we go public.

August 12, 2011 | by

More Sneak Peeks

I’ve been asked to highlight a few more features of Andromo by a multiple unnamed people so I thought I would oblige via additional screen shots. If you have anymore questions or would like to see anything that I haven’t highlighted please comment on this blog. Remember that we are still in active development and…

August 4, 2011 | by

Andromo Sneak Peek

I’ve been quiet around here for a few weeks so I thought I’d spice things up and post a sneak peek at test App I’ve been making using Andromo. It’s not finished but it may give you an idea of what is possible using Andromo. The screen shot was taking on a Motorola Xoom running…

August 3, 2011 | by

Android Claims Top Operating System Spot

Some new data came out yesterday from Nielsen on the U.S. Smartphone market. While Apple is the largest single manufacturer, holding 28% of the U.S. market, the open-source nature of the Android OS is proving to be quite a thorn in Apple’s side… Between HTC, Motorola, Samsung and a number of other manufactures, Android smartphones…

July 29, 2011 | by

How to preserve HTML in formatted strings

Android TextView widgets can display formatted text — <b>, <i>, hyperlinks, etc. — but the formatting is stripped away if you pass the string through String.format(), or if you do any concatenation on the string. Tip # 1: To preserve HTML formatting, you need to URL encode the text so the formatting code is preserved,…

July 27, 2011 | by

Fixing text colors on an AlertDialog when using Theme.Light

I ran into an interesting little quirk while working on the About dialog for our app. Android lets you combine groups of settings into styles so you can easily apply them to various UI elements. These styles are often collected into themes that can be applied to change the overall look of the activities in…

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