There were many comments on the Android screenshots I posted, so I would like to move the discussion into the forum.
I am currently working on an Android port of \o/, which at the moment is in an early stage, the open source project is on github at https://github.com/mathiaslin/frontlinesms-for-android/wiki. Developers, testers, translators are welcome to join :)
I welcome any feedback and ideas while the development is progressing, especially:
I myself am based in China, getting Android devices is not much of a problem here. I have no experience on Africa myself (yet, unfortunately).
As mentioned, the project is still under development, and open issues / ToDo's are listed here.
Any comments can be posted into this thread.
Hi Tim, I had started the development for a China based project initially. This project is currently not actively using the IT infrastructure anymore, and thus not the app, at the moment. But let me know the requirements of your project. The development on github basically proceeds depending on the "real-life" requirements and use-cases as they come up. You can reach me on Skype (mathias.lin) or e-mail (email@example.com).
We'll be releasing a version of FrontlineSMS that supports SMSSync in January - would this help? It would mean you could leave an Android running SMSSync plugged in in the country you need a network for and the hub itself could be anywhere.
I think Telerivet (http://telerivet.com) would do what you want -- it's a web-based service that can use an Android device as a SMS hub, without needing a PC. (Disclosure: I'm the lead developer.) Several of our customers use Telerivet as an alternative to FrontlineSMS.
Hope this helps!
Thanks Mathias, Laura and Jesse,
I appreciate all of your feedback! Sorry for the tardy response...
Our projects are not in a position to adopt any of these smartphone-based options at the present, but may be useful as the projects become more community-directed. I will keep these options in mind when meeting with stakeholders over the coming months. Thanks again!