More Processing, More Android

Finally got back to using processing again today, and what’s more I actually got a few old sketches running on my Android phone which was a lot of fun. I’m really impressed with how processing for Android converts sketches for the web into something that works well on a small screen.

I’m hoping to not only keep the momentum going with this but also try to make something useful with processing hopefully. We’ll just have to see how that goes. For now it is great to be back making something again.

Getting Started with Android

So I’ve gotten myself an Android device that works at last. I finally got tired of trying to get my old G1 to do what it really wasn’t cut out for and got an Orange San Fransisco. So far so good, I’m enjoying playing with a new (sort of new) OS again.

It is an interesting OS to muck about with as there’s a lot more scope to get it to do things like scripting and running processing sketches, and that’s just for starters.

I’ll be posting more about getting used to Android of the stuff I’m doing with it.

The Trouble with Android

One of the things I intend to do more of (a sort of new year’s resolution but starting now), is to get into using Android a lot more as I think there are loads of things I can do with it or use it for that iOS just won’t offer.

Great, so far so good. I’ve looked at a variety of newer Android devices and just couldn’t decide what to go for. So I eventually decided to try and root my old G1 and upgrade it to 2.1 or 2.2 as a start and then decide what to do next.

So last night I started trying to tinker around with my old G1, trying to root it etc and I’ve run into nothing but trouble already. It appeared to be bricked for a while, but now it will run but I can’t get past the google account screen! I’m going to persist with this device in an attempt to make some use of it.

I think I might need to visit a t-mobile shop soon to get a new SIM and see if that helps.

I’ll keep you updated on how I get on with this.

Messing about with App Inventor

I’ve been playing with Google’s Android App Inventor site, and it is a lot of fun to mess about with. However, at the moment, it is unlikely to be useful for any kind of serious musical application building.

There is talk of being able to introduce extensions to App Inventor so you could do more with it. Things like using Pure data would be useful if you could integrate that into what App Inventor is about, and maybe that will come at some point, but at the moment musical applications will be somewhat limited and toy-like.

Still. Good fun to play with.


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