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.
I downloaded succesfuly the 0.2a apk to my smartphone. However, when I try to send a SMS to my family group, nothing happens and after repeatedly pressing the button "Send message", the following message appears:
FrontlineSMS application (process netfrontlinesms. Android) stopped unexpectedly. Try again.
Obviously the family contacts are properly registered in my google account. What is wrong?
Yes, I saw your crash in the error log. Should be fixed now, please check http://www.metahealthcare.com/dl/frontlinesms-for-android-0.3a.apk
btw: I added small release notes to the wiki page on https://github.com/mathiaslin/frontlinesms-for-android/wiki/Downloa...
I noticed - visual feedback needs to be improved on that screen, after message has been sent (or not). Added to the ToDos.
I haven't had the chance to stress test the app as I don't have a test group with multiple recipients (sim cards) at hand. So I can't tell the min/max yet. Really needs to be tested at all.
What's your use case for the app? How large is your group (from-to)?
btw: there's a minor update version 0.4a available, incl.
currently I found some restriction on Android in general, which doesn't allow to send more than 100 message per hour without a dialog popping up which the user has to confirm. Only way to avoid it is to root the phone. That can become quite annoying.
I think if you are delivery to large groups, you'd reach that limit easily (cannot even send 2 sms per minute). Not sure if there will ever be a change to it, I just came across this limitation few days ago and one user confirmed it. So I need to see if there's a good way to work around it.