Optimizing graphical content for Android devices

One commonly overlooked problem that can arise in Android app development is optimizing the graphics to look great across all ranges of devices. There are many different Android devices and since there are no particular rules on what size the screen should be, what the resolution should be, or the aspect ratio of screens, creating a good looking app can quickly become a daunting task. Throw tablets into the mix and one could quickly foresee a headache in their future. To help grasp the seriousness of the situation, imagine that you have assigned a background image to fit perfectly to a certain device. On another device with a different aspect ratio and resolution, the image will fit much differently, can could look skewed, distorted, stretched, or cause memory issues because…
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Smart Phone Apps for Medical Tests

I have recently had the opportunity to work for Joel Ehrenkranz and the i-calQ team, developing and engineering the proto-type software of their android apps that diagnose and measure hemoglobin and TSH content. It was a thrilling experience. This kind of cutting edge technology, software, and ideas, could help lead a revolution of easy access to cheap and effective means of medical help. People may be wary of it at first, but this is certainly the way of the future. The app works effectively and accurately, taking images of your blood, and measuring certain aspects to give you the results immediately. The ways this kind of technology could be useful is uncountable, and immeasurable. From children in Africa, to families in China and India, to the American on their morning…
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Building a Mobile App

Making an appealing and successful mobile application is often times much more difficult than people might expect. Making the application on a good budget (and sticking to it) is usually harder still. Many times people want their apps made, but don’t have a full understanding of the process, or where common snags will cut into your time and wallet. My goal is going to be to write a series of posts to help address issues, and to give tips on how to best be prepared and what to expect from having a mobile application developed. One of the things I would like to cover is: Mobile Design: It is extremely critical to have a great looking, and intuitive design for your mobile application. A great design encompasses not only the…
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