Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Contact Simple Widget 1.1.4

Contact Simple Widget version 1.1.4 has been published to the Android Market.

This update includes improvements to the widget display. Most notably, I rounded the corners of the contact icons. I think that this was a significant esthetic improvement over the original contact icons. I have not heard any comments suggesting that this change was unwelcome.

I changed the default icon which is used for contacts that do not have icons associated to them. The new icon is square and fills in all of the available space. This looks much cleaner next to actual contact icons.

The final change was the addition of view and edit menu items to the contact activity. I added these so that users can quickly access and modify their favorite contacts.

If you are interested in translating to another language, please contact me. I would like to translations for Italian, German, Czech, Russian, Indonesian, Swedish or any other language.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Contact Simple Widget 1.1.3

Contact Simple Widget 1.1.3 has been published.

This update includes localizations for the Spanish language and the Spanish language for the United States. I know some Spanish from high school and college, 4 years total, but I am by no means fluent. I would like to add localizations for German, Swedish and Italian in that order as these are the predominant languages after English. Comment if you would like to translate to one of these or any other language.

An application launcher has been added to allow for the configuration of 2 new features. The first new feature is ability to show a label with the contact name directly under the contact image. By default this feature is off. The label will display the contact's nickname if it is set otherwise the label will display the contact's first name followed by the first character of the contact's last name. The second new feature is the ability prioritize the list of phones and emails such that the primary phone and email for a contact will be listed first. This main reason this feature was added is to allow for phone calls to be made with less effort. I find that I make a lot of phone calls while driving and it is convenient to have the primary phone at the top of the list saving me the time it takes to otherwise find that phone.

The icons for the phone and email list items were improved. In previous versions the foreground content of the icons varied in height which made them look ugly. I adjusted them so that the height of the foreground content is approximately the same and the overall appearance improved.

Monday, October 17, 2011


After having a blog on blogger for more than 5 years, I am finally submitting some content. I have recently published an Android application in the Android Market (Contact Simple Widget) and it is my intention to write about future work on this and other projects here.