Bow woow – a new Android app!!

The Kids FlashCards app that I published last month turned out to be quite popular in Google Play Store.. Thanks +Anjana for asking 🙂 The app has crossed 2500 installs so far and is being used world-wide in countries like US, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore etc., Of more than 1000 apps in Kids Flashcards category, the app is listed in the 9th place in Google Play Store. I got emails from app users praising the app and how useful it is to them. Some even said that the app was their kids’ favourite lunchtime routine.. All this positive feedback motivated me and the excitement was out of the world when some folks at my office called and thanked me for the app 🙂 All this pushed me to come up with one more app for kids.

On a lazy weekend, as usual I was playing with my lil angel.. I took her outside our home and noticed a something new… Whenever my overzealous daughter saw dog, crow or parrot, she screams Kakka Kakka or bow bow boww on top of her voice until the poor animal goes out of her sight 😉 That is when I decided to that my next app would be exclusively for animals. Despite her busy schedule (running behind our daughter all the time 😉 ) my wifey helped me collect a lot of pictures of domestic and wild animals, birds, baby animals etc., and edited them all to fit them in the mobile layout.

It will not be fair if I didn’t mention this special person +Balaganesh who extended his help in the UI design for this app.. He spent a weekend and gave me the UI design with all the necessary specifications/icons.. I was pumped up after seeing the super make over of the app and immediately worked on giving life to the UI design.. I burnt midnight oil for nearly 5 nights to get to a working version of the app.

Here are some details about the app,

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With this app you can introduce your child to wildlife in all its glory.. With over 100 high quality flash cards and sounds, your child will have a wonderful time amongst the different kinds of animals, birds, insects and reptiles.. Learning is so much fun for preschool kids with these colorful and interactive flashcards. Bring a complete zoo right to your mobile phone with this app and watch your kids learn the names of animals and birds in days!

  • Colorful flashcards with animal names, pictures and sounds.
  • 6 different categories from the animal kingdom.
  • Great for tiny tots and toddlers alike.
  • High quality pictures.
  • Easy swipe action.
  • Child friendly screens and navigation.
  • Sound On/Off option.
  • Random/ Alphabetical order option.
  • Can keep your kids entertained anywhere, anytime!
  • Its free and will always be.

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Go ahead and try out the app and let me know if your toddler likes it!!

Android app on Google Play

As usual please do send me any bouquets or brickbats about the app 🙂 I’m all ears!!

P.S: In the last post, I promised to write the technology used and the challenges that I faced during app development, but didn’t have enough time to write it down.. If you’re still looking for it, wait for the next post 😉

She asked, I Wrote !!

Gone are the days when ammas used to show the moon and tell some stories to feed their kids.. I’ve had Nila soru – (dinner in the terrace on a full moon day) many times and it was always great fun.. We would get rice-balls in our outstretched palms, while listening to some interesting stories..

In this post, I’m going to refer to kids born after 2010 as this generation kids.. kids born before 2010 as previous generation kids..

Shockingly, the kids of this generation neither like Nila soru concept nor they do listen to Paatti-Vada suttah stories 😉 They’re mostly attracted towards new electronic gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, laptop etc., They are also really smart for their age. My one yr old daughter +Anjana will open her mouth to eat, only when we show some flashcard apps in our iPad or Nexus phone. Anjana can even swipe left or right and knows how to quit the app by hitting on the home button 🙂 I wonder if I was this smart when I was her age? but yeeah thank God we didn’t have iPad’s 20 yrs back (no I’m not 21 now 😉 )

I’ve been installing and trying out a few flash card apps. Each app comes with one limitation or the other.. If we see what we like, we are immediately asked to upgrade to “unlock” more than one category. That is when I decided to write an app on my own.. My knowledge of Objective C is very limited. I didn’t want to take the risk of getting into something which I am not comfortable 🙂 so worked on an Android flashcard app for kids..

In this app, the kids can learn Alphabets, Numbers, Fruits, Vegetables, Colors and Shapes with high quality images and professional voice-overs.

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Here are the screenshots of the app,

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My daughter is the beta tester of the app.. She started loving it, and that gave me the courage to post it @ Google Play Store so that other parents can also have happier meal times 🙂

Go ahead and install the app..

Android app on Google Play

P.S: If you’re interested in the technology that I used and the challenges that I faced during app development, wait for the next post 🙂

Inconvenience is a bliss :)

For the last few months, my weekends are tightly packed with shuttle-badminton, ping-pong games and mostly importantly playing with my daughter Anjana 🙂 That explains why I haven’t updated this space.. Thanks to Diwali and the looong weekend, I snatched some time off to pen down a quick update.

For weeks.. err. years TamilNadu is plagued by frequent power-cuts. If you’re in Chennai, India you might very well know that there are 2-hour power-cuts every single day.. Most people here in Chennai have learnt to put up with the power-cut nuisance..  My wife effectively utilizes the time by reading some books.. She even proudly says that she’s finished a book before her iPad battery drains out.. To combat boredom induced by the power-cut nuisance,I started building Android apps.. For me writing Android apps is a lot more fun than reading books 😉  For few months, without any distraction (no FBing, tweets, emails, quora etc.,)  I utilized the 2hr powercuts to develope android apps..  I was really amazed at my productivity and output in 120 minutes 🙂
I developed two Android apps (so far), solely during the power-cuts ..

My first attempt was a fun quiz app that tests your knowledge of capitals and currencies of different countries in the world.

I published it in July and got nearly 500 installs so far from various parts of the world.. Being a Geography hater at school I never thought that I’d come up with this kind of app.. See if you can crack it and don’t forget to let me know how you fared 🙂

On a lazy saturday, I got a SMS message that read “Your Mobile No. just won $500,000.00 in mobile lucky draw.. 🙂 Though I know it is a scam I wanted to know how much would that money be in Indian currency 😉 I opened my Mac and clicked on the browser (GChrome of course.. )  but realized almost immediately that I needed to wait for another hour for the power to come..  That is when I decided to write a simple Currency Converter app that works in offline mode as well.

So here is the other app that I published – “Simple Currency Converter” just now.

     

This app lets you convert more than 90 currencies of various countries in one single click.. The main advantage of this app is that it works in offline mode.. so the conversion will be blazing fast.. Also you can view the values of various currencies in a single view by setting a base currency.. All the currency values are being fetched from Yahoo Finance and are locally persisted in a sqliteDB in the app.

Go ahead and install this app in your Android enabled device.. So next time you receive any such SMS you can do the conversion in your mobile itself.

Android app on Google Play

Inconvenience is also a bliss 😉 Thanks to the govt. for the power-cut… Jai-Hind 🙂