May 17 AT 12:10 PM Taylor Wimberly 8 Comments

Google I/O Winners, RSS Widgets, And Mobile Site Preview

I want to thank all the loyal readers who keep coming back  and the new comments we get each day.  If my schedule permitted it, I would be bringing you a lot more updates and content.  We still have big plans for the site, but until I get free from work the posting will continue to be sporadic.  If you be patient, things will really begin to pick up towards the end of June…

Google I/O Winners

Over the weekend, we made a post to give away five free passes to Google I/O.  Since the conference is in a few weeks, I wanted to do an easy contest and pick the winners quickly so they could make travel arrangements.  The response was overwhelming and I feel bad we don’t have enough passes to go around.

On the other hand, it does feel good to reward five readers and give them such an excellent opportunity to attend this event.  There is no real order to the picks here.  I tried to go with the first five people who said they were interested and confirmed they could actually attend the event.

The five winners are:

  1. Dylan Anderson
  2. Karthikeyan Subramaniam
  3. Justin Shapcott
  4. Yoav Raccah
  5. Jenifer Hanen

Thank you to everyone else who left a comment.  If any of these people back out or can’t make it, I have a list of alternates who are interested.  If your name was not on the list, you can still follow @googleio on Twitter to see if they link to any more free passes.  We look forward to meeting all you guys at the show.

Mobile Site Preview

Default install of WPTouch.  Needs some work.

Default install of WPTouch. Needs some work.

For several months I have been promising a mobile version of the site.  The full site loads in the Android browser, but it is way too slow over 2G/3G.  My brother was planning to provide a custom mobile site, but time has been a factor.  In order to have something working in time for Google I/O, we decided to just load the WPTouch plugin that some of the other Android sites have been using.  The plugin is actually quite powerful and we will be tweaking it over the coming weeks.

Point your mobile browser to http://androidandme.com and the plugin will automatically detect your browser agent and serve you the mobile site.  If you would like to toggle between the full and mobile site, there is an option in the footer of the site.  Check it out and let us know what you think.  We are open to all suggestions and criticism.

RSS Widget

Version 1.0 of the RSS widget.

Version 1.0 of the RSS widget.

I had been asking around for someone to create us a widget that would include our RSS feed.  Several developers had expressed interest in helping us out and we may end up releasing multiple widgets for the site.  The first person to provide a working widget was one of our readers Justin.

The widget Justin created is 4×1 cells and expands to the full screen when clicked.  If you see an entry you would like to read more about, another click will launch the new mobile version of the site.  Currently, there are no customization options for the widget.  If you guys have any ideas or suggestions, we would love to hear them.  Again, I am trying to see if Mr. Clark has enough time to design a fancy skin for it.

If you are interested in obtaining a RSS widget for you site, you can contact Justin at email.nex.software (at) gmail.com

Android and Me RSS Widget for Android
Version: 1.0
Developed By: Justin Shapcott
Price: FREE
Filesize: 44KB
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