Category Archives: Android

Anything about Android apps or the system in general.

Android’s 64-bit requirement puts pressure on Adobe

UPDATE: Enter the Harman – Since writing this post, Samsung subsidiary Harman finally waded in to announce they will take over development of the AIR platform on a commercial basis. This should bring better support and more frequent updates, as a commercial model for AIR makes more sense than as a vanity project for Adobe. Read the community’s feedback here.

And Harman have just released their official AIR SDK version 33 with 64-bit support for Android!


 

Google recently reiterated that, when Android Q launches, they’ll start enforcing a requirement for all Android apps using native code to provide a 64-bit version as they phase out 32-bit support. As you’d expect, this has far-reaching implications for app developers, depending on the languages and libraries they use – particularly for Unity and Adobe AIR developers. Continue reading Android’s 64-bit requirement puts pressure on Adobe


 

Thailand Survival Guide

I just launched a new app. It’s an offline travel guide for tourists visiting Thailand, containing lots of vital information about laws, visa regulations, shopping, transport and how to avoid the common scams. Android only for now – go have a look.

Speccy – Spectrum Analyser

I created an Audio Spectrum Analyser app which has proved very popular (over 100k downloads and counting). Turn your phone into a professional spectrum analysis tool and break into safes – um, please don’t use it for that 😉

UPDATE: I appear to have become to latest victim of the Google Play auto-account-termination bot. For now, all my apps are gone from the Play Store thanks to Google’s shortsightedness and lack of developer friendliness. I will of course be appealing the decision. But, from what I’ve read, it doesn’t look hopeful – so I’ll probably look for alternative ways to distribute my apps.

How does it work?

The app uses an FFT algorithm to analyse sound and has some features not found in similar apps. Check it out!

What can it be used for?

There are many uses for spectrum analyzers, such as:

    Assessing environmental noise for health and safety
    Sound checking speaker setups, PA systems and in-car stereos
    • Identifying audio signals obscured to the human ear by noise
    • Testing the microphone on your device
    • Comparing the quality of different brands of headphones
    • Testing signal generators
    • Tuning musical instruments
    • Measuring audio signals just outside human perception. As people age over 20 years, their aural perception range drops well below 21 kHz

Speccy has also been used to find gas leaks and even hunt ghosts, apparently!

How to use it

For mixing or calibrating audio equipment, watch these handy videos or see the articles below, have a look at this article on using spectrum analyzers, this one on using spectrum analyzers for mixing, or watch these useful videos:

More articles

I occasionally give away a few copies of Speccy, when there are promo codes available. Here’s a random promo code from the database, which someone may or may not have used already 🙂

Contribute

For those interested in helping me correct or add more translations, see this github repo.

Get the app

Go get Speccy Spectrum Analyzer.



Learn Thai mobile app

I’ve started developing a new app for learning Thai language. A very early Beta version is available for testing here – Android only at the moment. Let me know if there’s particular features and content you’d like to see in there 🙂