From the beginning, the Flattr4Android application was open source. Partly.
- java-flattr-rest, the underlying Java library to access the Flattr REST Api.
- flattr-android-sdk, an SDK to integrate Flattr buttons in your own Android application.
- flattr-android-sdk-sample-app, an Android app tofigure out how the hell the SDK works.
But the Flattr application itself was closed source, and is still closed. For now.
During the last months, a few users mailed to ask if there was a plan to change that. Some others made some suggestions by commenting the app on the Android Market (I hate these comments by the way, for good reasons).
I must admit I had no clear ideas about that. At the beginning, the reason was obvious: that was my first Android app, and I didn't want to release some code I was not confident with and proud of. And now? The application is far from perfect. It miss some features. The UI design is just ok but certainly not great. There are some issues on some phones I don't own so I can't fix them. It is translated in English and French only. And more.
But we must always evolve. The time will soon come to open the door and push the Android application on Github. Will? Yes. I'm not ready yet. Let's see what's involved:
- A few Rest API stuff, for example the functions related to events.
- Code cleanup and refactoring.
So you see, it's not exactly for tomorrow. But it will happen. Stay tuned!
Did you notice the new Flattr button? Both style and features were improved. The SDK was updated to reflect the style upgrade. Keep your apps up-to-date!
Version v1.1.0 was released few minutes ago. What's new?
- List your own things.
- List the things you flattred recently.
- Let someone else flattr one of your things by generating its QR code, to be scanned by another phone.
This is not the end of the story. The things and clicks lists can be improved... and they will!
Probably the very first offline button!
And what is the thing behind this QR code? Spreedblick, a blog I'd love to read if I could speak German. That's wonderful!
That's right, Flattr officially released the QR code feature for offline/irl buttons. Publish your (real!) thing, ask for the button code, select QR code and download it as a PDF document.
This is the kind of button Flattr4Android's app can scan. And click!
The homepage was suggesting that an Android app would be launched someday. Guess what? It's now available on the Android Market! A few downloads and four stars rating so far.
That's not the big launch yet. For the whole thing to make sense, Flattr's guys still have to release the QR code feature on their web site. Expect it soon!
You're here, reading this post. That's a fact. However, this site is not supposed to be public yet. Come back later for the great opening! But for the moment, shh!