Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yet another SDK update

I just returned from my summer holidays and found a brand new android SDK (0.9beta) available for download. I downloaded it, and found that it introduces a lot of changes. Packages were renamed and openGL/ES programming has changed quite a lot. Even menus are now different. So a lot of work is required to update monolithandroid in order to make it work with this SDK. Maybe I will be able to pump out a new, compatible version till the end of the week. Since this SDK is a 0.9 beta version, not a lot of things will change in the final 1.0 release and that means that the next releases will require a lot less work. And since the first android devices are scheduled for release in Q4, maybe we will be able to get our hands on a device just in time for Christmas. Now I must leave you and return to my project. I have a lot of work to do and correct some nasty bugs. Stay tuned!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Summer <> development

Summer (especially in Greece) is really counterproductive. While the android engineers are working hard to put the finishing touches on our beloved operating system, I am going to the beach every day, drinking beer and coffee, and enjoying the summer vacations. No time for android programming. Tomorrow, my girlfriend and I are going to Crete for a twenty day vacation. We are going to visit our friends in Chania, and go to the archeological sites of Knossos and Faistos. We will end up camping in Gaidouronisi and relax next to the sea. When we return I hope that a new android SDK will be available for download and that one or more devices will be scheduled for release before the end of the year. Next summer I hope that I will be travelling with my android phone.
For those who are lucky enough to be on vacation, enjoy the sea and the sun. For those of you who are still working, take care guys, and don't burnout. Take a break, too.

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