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

Jason Rausch jason at ke4nyv.com
Sat Apr 4 12:47:25 CDT 2015


Georg,
Great to see an update come out!  What is the status on implementing imperial/English units?  I am a paying user, but honestly without English units, I hate using it for anything more than just a station list or mapping.  Using the metric distances are useless for me (and I'm sure others). Jason Rausch - Amateur Radio Callsign: KE4NYV
RPC Electronics, LLC
www.rpc-electronics.com
      From: Georg Lukas <georg at op-co.de>
 To: aprssig at tapr.org 
 Sent: Friday, April 3, 2015 2:33 PM
 Subject: [aprssig] APRSdroid 1.3.0 released, with inter-app API
   
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:
https://github.com/ge0rg/aprsdroid/blob/master/doc/API.mdwn

The example application (APRSdroid Speaker) can be downloaded here:
http://aprsdroid.org/download/builds/Speaker-gl-2015-04-03.apk
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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