[aprssig] APRSdroid 1.3.0 released, with inter-app API

Georg Lukas georg at op-co.de
Fri Apr 3 13:33:41 CDT 2015

Hi all,

I am glad to announce that APRSdroid (APRS for Android) is now out in
version 1.3.0!

Short ChangeLog:
* Modernized User Interface
* Fixed AFSK operation resumption
* 3rd Party App API, see doc/API.mdwn
* Bluetooth crash fix

Download from https://aprsdroid.org/download/APRSdroid-1.3.0.apk
or from Google Play (as soon as the CDN catches up).

Screenshots: https://aprsdroid.org/#ss

The most noticeable change is the use of (more) modern Android UI
elements. I'm still lagging one generation behind Google's UI redesigns,
but the app got action bars and new menus, making it possible to operate
it on Samsung's Galaxy S5 and other modern devices.

The most important (though absolutely unnoticeable) change is the
addition of an inter-app API. There were many requests to add features
to APRSdroid that go beyond the regular use cases. Instead of adding
more and more complex options to the app, I've opted to make it possible
for everybody to write their own applications. The API is designed to
cover at least the following use cases:

 * Handling of special APRS comms types (like displaying of bulletin
   boards, weather/telemetry, ...)
 * Additional user interaction (the example app APRSdroid Speaker will
   read out aloud positions and messages, other uses are possible)
 * Programmatically starting / stopping APRSdroid (e.g from Tasker)

It should also be flexible enough to do balloon chases, to make a
full-fledged mobile weather station (my CC2650 is ordered), or to
perform tasks I never have thought about.

The full documentation is available in the project source:

The example application (APRSdroid Speaker) can be downloaded here:
https://github.com/ge0rg/aprsdroid-speaker (Source code)

Happy Easter,

Georg DO1GL
APRSdroid - Open Source APRS Client for Android | http://aprsdroid.org/m
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.aprsdroid.app | @APRSdroid
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