[Loadstone] Porting to Android

Jacob Kruger jacob at blindza.co.za
Fri Oct 9 23:31:43 BST 2015

Shawn, have asked this question on the eyes-free mailing list, since there 
are at least a few android users there who I think are located in Canada.

But, while I have no idea about phone sources in Canada myself, brands like 
Huawei, Motorola, etc. would be the brands I think you might want to look 
for, but, will pass on any responses from eyes-free list members.

By unlocked phone, presume you are referring to being able to install test 
software on it?  If so, that has more to do with a simple setting you can 
change on almost any android phone - settings, security/applications, and 
enable installation of third-party apps - as in, install directly from .apk 
package files off various sources, as opposed to installing directly from 
google playstore.

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shawn Kirkpatrick" <shawn at loadstone-gps.com>
To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: Friday, October 09, 2015 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Loadstone] Porting to Android

>I keep hearing about these sub $100 android devices, so hear's a challenge 
>for anyone, find a sub $100 android unlocked phone in Canada. The hardware 
>would at least have to have a gps and enough memory to hold a reasonable 
>amount of map data. It would also have to perform well with talkback. I 
>look forward to seeing what people come up with.
> As for loadstone being a web app that's not what loadstone is all about. 
> The idea is to have it work without a data plan or connectivity of any 
> kind. Of course if you have connectivity even better for data loading and 
> other features but the basics will function offline.
> On Fri, 9 Oct 2015, Kotian, H P wrote:
>> All
>> I am getting a feeling, there is a strong resistance porting to Android. 
>> Nexsas devices are indeed pricy. But there are plenty of Android devices 
>> which are Sub $100 which has the GPS and decent hardware to test the 
>> developed apps.
>> Usability of Android devices gets a bit impacted by customisations been 
>> done by vendors. However, they will not come in the way of testing a 
>> developed apps.
>> Moto G is not pricy at all and they are Stock Android.
>> At any rate, the approach to make the appweb based would take care of all 
>> the platform issues.
>> Do consider the developments on this line.
>> Harish Kotian
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