If you are anything like me you have been hoping for an Android App for Sactown Royalty. Even though there have been movements in that direction nothing seems to have taken off. So I have taken it upon myself to create an app for Android based phones.
|When you first open this app you are sent to Sactown Royalty's mobile website. Once you log in you can read and post comments as if you were looking at it through your mobile browser.|
|If you select Full site version, you can view Sactown Royalty much as you do from your home computer. Once you log into the full site version you will see that new comments are highlighted, you can recommend, post comments, and you can post FanShots. (FanPosts are technically possible but probably still better to do from a real computer)|
|The screenshot on the left shows how the app can send notifications to your phone. However, it is limited to sending three notifications per month. So instead of being notified every time there is a new story posted to the front page it can be used to send important info like trades, free agent signings, hirings and firings.
The screenshot on the right shows how through the Full site version link you can get into the create a FanShot option.
There are a few key advantages to having a dedicated app versus accessing Sactownroyalty.com through your mobile web browser. The first is the notifications that can be sent out by the app administrator (I will email all login info to TZ, so he can use them as he sees fit.) The second is that it is independent of your browser, so if you clear your browser you don't lose your logon info. The app also saves the place you were at last if you close it by pressing home, so if you get interrupted you won't lose your place.
Onto the important stuff, how to get this app? Though it is possible to put this on the Android app market (I will leave that decision to TZ) for now you have a few choices:
1. Download the app from your Android phone through this link http://www.appsgeyser.com/41396 (first be sure you have non-Market apps allowed by pressing menu-->settings-->applications and clicking Unknown Sources if you don't have Unknown Sources as an option skip to #3)
2. Use a QR code reader from your phone.
3. If you happen to be on AT&T or some other carrier that doesn't allow you to press menu-->settings-->applications and click Unknown Sources. Your not out of luck if you have a windows computer. There is a program called App Injector that will easily allow you to put non-Market apps on your phone. Here is a link to an article explaining how to use it.
This app works good on my Motorola Atrix 4g running Android 2.2 with Flash 10.3, hopefully it works as well for other Android phones. This isn't the best possible app, it has its flaws but it is a good start until someone smarter than me takes up the challenge of making something better.