My Experience Developing FHU Mobile for Android

by Andy Maach
June 8, 2013 7:02 PM

Since high school I have been very interested in mobile development with Android being my platform of choice. Before FHU Mobile I had my own unique SMS App on Google Play - and I used it daily for about two years. Upon being asked to work on FHU Mobile for Android I was delighted to help bring FHU one small step closer to being platform independent and I immediately accepted. Working on FHU mobile for Android consisted primarily of investigating the iPhone app via normal usage and typing source code into the computer. My favorite technical part of the project was working with multi-threading to try to make everything fast. Multi-threaded programming can be very challenging thanks to obscure glitches that can randomly pop up and disappear, but the rewards can be impressive if implemented correctly. Gaining real-world work experience in a positive Christian atmosphere has been an mentor to me both professionally and spiritually.

FHU Mobile for Android

by Andy Maach
February 3, 2012 4:10 PM

Our green robot friend is taking over the world! Okay, that’s slightly dramatic, but Android’s usage share is increasing by the day. According to Google’s Andy Rubin, there are 700,000 Android phones sold per day. Additionally, according to comScore Android currently has a market share of 46.9%, relative to the iPhone’s 27.3%. Without a doubt, Android will be very important to the smartphone landscape for quite some time. Because of this, it is very important for Apps to be present on Android as well as the iPhone.
If you are reading this blog, chances are that you are well aware that Freed-Hardeman has its very own App, FHU Mobile. What you may not know is that Android is getting its very own FHU Mobile. This is quite an undertaking. In my past work, friends have asked me to bring Android apps to the iPhone. What most people don’t realize is that Android is very different from iOS (iPhones, iPods, and iPads.)

Imagine you’re given a book with many pictures and such that is designed for a very specific culture and language. Your task is to not only translate this book, but also get new pictures and other resources appropriate for the culture you’re bring it to. For example, if a Chinese book were brought to America, even if you translate the entire thing to very good English, it’s still going to look like a Chinese book. This also holds true for bringing iOS applications to Android.

That said, many things in the iOS app will be changed to “fit in” well with the Android system. Android users may be familiar with sliding tabs. With the Android App, plans are to change the news feed list and the admissions page to use these sliding tabs. Additionally, the tab bar at the bottom is removed. Instead, current plans are for the home page to have a grid of options (consider the Google Plus app or Evernote, for example.) In addition, we expect that several other GUI changes will be present, but those details will be finalized at a later date.

We expect that FHU Mobile for Android to be released sometime late Spring. Until then, here’s a snapshot of the current development!