All posts in category "AndroBlip"

AndroBlip in the Android MarketWe have been using a QR code as seen on the left with our release posts here since version 1.0 came out in May last year. Yesterday we came across an article about putting images in QR codes in Google Reader and so we thought it might be fun to try and make our image a bit more interesting by adding our logo.

It turns out it is not hard at all. Just generate a QR code with a high enough level of error correction (we used 30% and generated the QR code here), put a small image in the center and you’re done!

So now we proudly present our new, recognisable AndroBlip QR code! Try it :-)

AndroBlip in the Android Market

As I’ve said before in other places: statistics are cool. So here are some numbers for you! These are available to us developers in the Android market.


1 HTC Desire 21.0%
2 Samsung Galaxy S 8.2%
3 HTC Desire HD 7.9%
4 HTC Wildfire 7.5%
5 Motorola Droid X 4.3%
6 HTC Sensation 4G 3.3%
7 HTC Desire S 3.3%
8 SEMC Xperia X10 2.3%
9 Samsung Galaxy S 2.3%
10 Samsung Galaxy S2 2.3%

As you can see, the HTC-Desire is having a big lead! Of course people are running Android on those devices (No, really? Yeah, really :) ). More than 50% run 2.2, but there’s also a 1.5 hidden in the userbase somewhere:

OS versions

1 Android 2.2 51.5%
2 Android 2.3.3 26.2%
3 Android 2.1 12.8%
4 Android 1.6 1.7%
5 Android 1.5 1.0%
6 Android 2.3 0.7%
7 Android 3.0 0.3%


I found the bug!Again with the updates. The previous update didn’t fix the notification bug, I hope this one does.

Check out the  latest download post for full download-instructions and a link to 2.1.4.

And specially for ‘Andy’: If you really can’t hold out for the fixes to come in and you think old versions are better: you can download those too if you want. Just scroll down on that download link for any version you like! There’s no need for uninstalling just because you like an older version better :D

I found the bug!Sorry for the updating-spree, but there’s a fix for that too: lets call our development “agile” and then its not a problem anymore, it’s a feature!

Anyway, just like the comments bugfix (2.1.2), I had to make another patch: It seems that for some people the notifications won’t stop coming. Now I don’t know If we have covered all the problems, as some reports were less easy to recreate than others, but at least some problems should be fixed. Again, thanks for all reports and information given!

Take a look at the last download post for full download-instructions :D


  • Changed preferences so no notifications (of either type) will be shown
  • Preferences interface update (you don’t need to select if a notification makes a sound, if you don’t want any notifications)
  • Bugfix for persistent notifications, even when they are turned off.
  • Possible update on notification persistence when notifications are on. Hard to recreate though.


On 2011/07/20, in AndroBlip, by Nanne Huiges

Just a quick message:
It seems there are a still a bit of loose ends, and one of them was a commenting-problem. I’ve fixed it and uploaded version 2.1.2. Check out the download area

It is on the market, so will go to those who got it from there soon :)

A big thanks to the people who submitted a bugreport on their phone, and to JJFA who dropped us an email :D

AndroBlip 2.1

On 2011/07/17, in Releases, by Nanne Huiges
AndroBlip in the Android MarketActually, quite a big update technically! The change-log is below, but we’ve got (android) notifications & in-app icons to show new comments/notifications. Also there’s an auto-save feature that saves your current title/description if you exit the upload page without sending your blip. Even more: you can now click on left/right side of images to go to the next/previous image, subscribe to a userfavourite an image,  and of course a lot of bug-fixes and minor updates.

Getting AndroBlip 2.1

1. Download AndroBlip on the Android market (small fee of 0,99 euro)
2. Download from the Website (apk): Androblip 2.1.5 (free).


New Features
AndroBlip screenshot 2.1 notifications

  • Subscribe to journal (press menu while viewing an entry)
  • Mark entry as favourite (press menu while viewing an entry) (Only available for blipfoto full members).
  • Autosave. Saving title, description and tags of an upload when leaving the screen without uploading.
  • (android) Notifications. Notify you of new comments and notifications in the status bar, as well as on the main screen (confusing that the android feature is called “notification” and the blipfoto feature also :) ).
  • Tags are now shown with entries on the exif/tags popup
Check out the preferences for settings regarding notifications!

You might notice that we are requesting an extra permission to “start on boot”. This is needed to restart the notification when you reboot, without you having to first start-up AndroBlip manually. If you have turned the notification off this will not do anything.


  • Enforcing the limit on title-length (50 characters)
  • Enforcing limit on amount of entries retrieved (90)
  • Clickable tags showing search-result for that tag


  • Special characters work better now. (reported by ~dr )
  • Force close bug reported trough google market fixed (NullPointerException)
  • Retrieve-journal-after-clicking-on-a-name-bug that was reported on the site should be fixed (affectionately known as the “judith”-bug)
  • Changed method to retrieve specific journals to something that actually makes sense
  • Fixed padding on comments screen
  • New about page

Have fun with this new release and please drop us a line to let us know what you think of it. If you have any requests for new features or encountered strange behaviour we’d love to hear it!

Google launched their Android Market on the web two days ago. What I personally like is being able to browse through my installed Android apps on my computer and find new ones to install. You can buy apps on the web and they wil automatically be installed on your phone. There is also the option of leaving a user review for an app.

Of course we immediately looked to see how AndroBlip was featured there! :-)

AndroBlip on the Android Market on the web

Hopefully, this new way of finding apps for Android will make it easier to leave comments or suggestions for our app. We hope to see some user reviews soon!

There is also an option for us to add video’s to the app description, like for example Winamp did on their Market page. Suggestions for making a (fun?) video are welcome!

AndroBlip 2.0

On 2011/01/09, in Releases, by Nanne Huiges

AndroBlip in the Android MarketA long time since there was an update! We’ve been changing things like crazy, sometimes two or three times over, so it took a little more time than planned.

First of all: how to get it, second: what’s new?

Getting AndroBlip 2.0

1. Download AndroBlip on the Android market (small fee of 0,99 euro)
2. Download from the Website (apk): Androblip 2.0 (free).

Be adviced: you’ll probably have to re-authenticate to your account after updating. Really sorry about that.


Apart from the extra features, the layout changes and bugfixes, there are a lot of changes going on “under the hood”. That’s why this major release is baptized “2.0”! We haven’t thought of a spiffy name for this release, sorry bout that :). Check out the new layout (List style) and tell us what you think!


  • Added Search. Press the search key on your phone, or select it as a view
  • Notifications added. Press menu->notifications
  • Page up/down buttons on the comments screen: easy scrolling! Long-click on these buttons for top/bottom


  • The Grid should render a lot better now (no more 1-pixel-too-large). Major thanks to Thomas from Frozen Fractal for that!
  • New layout: List view (go to menu->prefs to set this style)
  • Preferences are now according to Android standards
  • Easier usable buttons (e.g. view-choosing dialog, links at the bottom of entries)
  • Fixed ‘add date’ difficulties in upload screen
  • Trying to find the last texts without the proper font
  • Numerous smaller changes

Bugfixes & other changes

  • Bugfix for relative paths in links
  • Loading screens are dismissable
  • Cache uses standard (browser shared) cache
  • Grid layout now works for all(?) aspect ratios
  • Work on the back-button behaviour (we’ve seen that one before :)  )
  • Entry date visible
  • After posting comment view that comment

AndroBlip 1.4

On 2010/08/29, in AndroBlip, Releases, by Nanne Huiges

AndroBlip in the Android MarketAs the end of life.turns. is come and gone we can safely say that the quick development and release circle for that feature didn’t do too much harm. Now these features have to be removed as the project is at it’s end. Together with some small layout changes and some requests this makes for version 1.4!

Getting AndroBlip 1.4

1. Download AndroBlip on the Android market (small fee of 0,99 euro)
2. Download from the Website (apk): Androblip 1.4 (free).


Removed life.turns. options

As the options and upload were specifically for the life.turns. project that has ended, the clutter has been reduced by removing the files and menu option for it.

Long-press on entry shows EXIF

A reasonable request, and easy enough to do: long-press on an entry shows you the EXIF information, just as you would see when you click the link a bit lower on the same page.


The first second comment in the market (by ‘Andrew’) requested this quite quickly and it has been requested by mail too. We’ve made this a setting, because it can be a real pain when you have a bad data connection. It starts ‘off’ by default, and you can find it in the preferences. We also changed the ‘loading’ behaviour a bit, so to have a better reponse on slow loading systems. If you’re checking out the preferences, also check out the new layout of the about page, where we now list some new application statistics.


We’ve added the new resource ‘statistics’ on the about page as you can see below.

File location Bugfix

The previous update tried to fix the fact that all files were saved in the root of your sdcard. But that didn’t work. This update should fix that persistent bug and place everything in the .AndroBlip folder. You can remove all the files starting with “.ABlipCache” if you want because they should and will be stored in the .ABlipCache folder. (Yes, you can figure out why I didn’t fix the bug in the first place from those filenames and that foldername :)  )

AndroBlip in the Android MarketIn short: this brings you a new feature for life.turns and some minor bug fixes. The life.turns feature is a one-time only deal for next months project, and will be removed in the release after this one.

The camera functionality might stay though, if it turns out to be stable.

Getting AndroBlip 1.3

1. Download AndroBlip on the Android market (small fee of 0,99 euro)
2. Download from the Website (apk): Androblip 1.3 life.turns (free).

New Feature

life turnedYes! All the hip kids are doing it, and so are we! What you mean by ‘it’ you ask? Well: life.turns ofcourse. You can read all about it trough that link, but in short: We’re making a zoetrope by uploading one of eight pre-chosen poses as your daily blip. Blipfoto central is going to go all the way with this, and there’s going to be all sorts of big events during the Edinburgh art festival.

Now the official blipfoto iPhone app™ can do all sorts of stuff and is really hip, but we were a little late to the game. But as uploading to this project should at least be possible for us cutting edge android users™ we have added some basic functionality to align a person with one of the poses, and upload it using the special magic life.turns methods, so it gets flagged as an entry!

This was a bit of a difficult process, because of the time frame and of the possible trouble the different handsets can come up with, so I’m afraid this is it for life.turns.


* The data AndroBlip caches isn’t dumped in the root of the sdcard anymore. Thank you Ronan for pointing out that bug :)
* The back behaviour that was heavily changed in 1.2 is now a bit better: you can press back to go to you homescreen in the main activity, like the default behaviour should be in Android. Thanks for BigLaurens amongst others for that report.