Amazing Runner in Fantasy Land : Review

Amazing runner android game

Today I will be reviewing another game, and that is Amazing Runner in Fantasy Land.
This is a small runner game where the characters and other sections of scene are having a block design.

Amazing runner android game

The app starts off with a Unity splash screen, symbolizing that the development has been done on Unity.
Once that is done the app connects to Google Play Games, so you just need to pick your google account on app.

Amazing runner android game google play console

After that you can start off with the game.
The games shows you a character (elephant, dinosaur, unicorn etc) standing on a brick platform in imaginary world.

The platform presents you certain obstacles and you have to protect your character from those and move forward.
You also get certain stars in between which gain you some points.

After a certain number of points your level is increased and thus the difficulty of the game.
Besides these you can go to store and purchase levels too.

Since this is not a big game, there is not more to write about. You can go to leader-board & also purchase a version without ads.

I have recorded a gameplay video and you can have look here:

 

Conclusion:

The game looks good to me and there is no major improvement suggested from my side.
I will advice readers to go through it, they will surely enjoy it.
The game can be downloaded from : here.

Creating a pie chart view on Android

In this post I shall be writing about how you can create a pie chart view by drawing on Canvas.

Without wasting any more time lets start.
First thing that we have to do is to create a new view class lets call it PieChartView and extend with View class.
Now, I will be drawing each section of pie chart with a different colour, so I also create an array of few colour codes.
We will also require a Paint object, so lets do that too.
Besides all these lets create a 2 Dimensional array of App Name, and the Percentage. This will serve as a dummy data to plot.

So our code will look like this now:

Now lets override onSizeChanged(int nw, int nh, int ow, int oh) method. Here we will initialize paint object, create a Rectangle object, within which we will draw, and select dimension for circle, whose width and height will be same.

Lets create two other methods, setTextSize & setData, we will need them later on.

So now our code looks like this:

All small things are set now, its time to override the onDraw method now.

Here is what we will do to draw arc:

  1. Go through each data that will be drawn.
  2. For the percentage calculate how many degrees will it cover.
  3. For every section, calculate start & end degree.
  4. Draw Arc using these degrees.

Next is to write text. These are the things which shall be done for same.

  1. Go through each data that will be drawn.
  2. For the percentage calculate how many degrees will it cover.
  3. Convert degrees to radian, since Java Sin, Cos classes work on Radian.
  4. For each degree calculate the point that will lie on arc, below is the diagram to understand the same.
  5. Calculate the width of text and subtract that from X coordinate while drawing.
  6. Similarly adjust the height of it.

Here is the diagram to understand the coordinate from degree.

So finally our code looks like this:

And here is how our Pie Chart looks like.

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Android app review : Born2Invest

Born2Invest header image

Born2Invest App from Dom Einhorn on Vimeo.

This week I got an opportunity to review an App that will help you out in your investing decisions. The app I am talking of is Born2Invest. Born2Invest is a small app that provides you with news from around the world and this in turn provides you with more investing options.

Talking functionality wise there is not much to talk about, the app provides you to choose category , then fetches the news and shows it to you.

The app opens up with one pre selected category and the left navigation provides you option to choose others.

Borm2Invest news screen

Each news can be shared on to social networks and detail can be seen via “Read More” option.

In the settings you have the option to enable notifications for new content and also select the categories. In the left navigation the app also provides an option to view all unread news so you don’t miss any.

 

Born2invest choose categories

Conclusion:

The app works good once the data has been downloaded, its just at one place while loading time that it got stuck, so this needs to be look at. Besides this the UI can be improved a bit, rest all looks good.
App can be downloaded from playstore.

Core Music Player : App review

Core music player app store
Today I will be reviewing a music player app, the name of the app is “Core Music Player“.
The app searches for audio files on your device, and allows you to organize in lists for a Workout Session, or for a Relaxing mood.

The app also provides you with a recorder to record the stuff you need, and keep it for later listening. With all these things the app provides you a Radio, with stations for all over the world  for each country.
Core music player android app

 

The bottom section of home screen shows  the currently playing track or radio station, where in you can switch to next and share also.

 

Conclusion:

Considering that the app is in development, functionality wise it is ok, but needs work on the UI part and refinement at few places. The icons at certain places look low resolution, also the background image is making text difficult to be read.

You can download the app from here.

Impossible Road Test : Android app review

Impossible road google play

This time I got an opportunity to review a Game , “Impossible Road Test” by Asktolik.
This is a snake game, a small one, with different characters.

The basic concept of the game is that, a snake is moving around in the field, first of all you have to prevent it from colliding. Secondly you have to collect certain objects on the way that add up to the tail, so it goes longer and longer.

The snake is moving in the right direction by default and you have to swipe it to the left using fingers to prevent from colliding , once you leave the touch it will again move to right direction.

Once a level is finished, the app relaunches again with another character. The app has only one level or I have not been able to cross that 🙂

 

Impossible road screens

 

Conclusion :

I feel the app is quite good and addictive. There are no such distractions , no such un-necessary functionalities, its just the game, open it and play.

Hope you guys will like it too.
Download it from here.

Shop Deal : Android app review

Today I have got an opportunity to review “Shop Deal“. Shop Deal goes for uniting different shopping administrations at one spot.

The application opens up with a rundown of popular e-commerce platforms, like Amazon, Snap-Deal, Flipkart and allows you to navigate to their sites,  where in you can investigate and make buys.
On the top left, there is an icon, which brings in further options from the left side of the screen. The options include some other shops, a list of comparison sites, food & grocery sites, sites for recharge and bill pay and many others.

Lets investigate few of the choices here, “Compare” shows you a list of Comparison sites like : 91 Mobiles, ByMyPrice, CompareRaja etc.

Food and grocery shows you Big Basket, Domino’s, Food Panda and many more.

Recharge and Billpay shows you freecharge , Paytm, mobikwik.

For travelling sites you have ClearTrip, GoIbibo, MakeMyTrip etc.

Along with all these a news section comes in as a Bonus. It updates periodically and brings in updated content for you.

Conclusion:

The app provides you all categorized services at one place, so if this feels easy to you, if you go to these sites frequently, the app is for you.

The app can be downloaded from playstore, here is the link.

InCommon : App Review

InCommon

 

InCommon is a social app for making companions and meeting new individuals. The application discovers individuals close to your present area having comparable interests.

InCommon provides a wide options of interests you can choose from. Once you have found people with same interest send them a request and chat with in app chat.

The app opens up with a nice splash screen followed by login options. You can connect with facebook or google.

 

InCommon login

 

Once you have logged in via any of these social network, you will have to setup your profile initially.
This will involve writing a short description about your self and selecting your interests.

 

InCommon profile setup

 

When you are finished with these you will at last land at Dashboard where you will have couple of different options to choose from, yet above all you can find individuals close you and make companions.

 

InCommon dashboard

 

 Conclusion:

The Application has a fantastic , clear and crisp user interface. The process from registration to dashboard is completely smooth.

The application can possibly push ahead. Much the same as all other social applications its prosperity relies on its audience, if individuals won’t discover individuals close them they may not utilize it. So this thing should be taken a gander at.

On the whole app is promising.

The app can be download from playstore. InCommon playstore link.

Terry Brival : App review

Hey guys, hope you all are doing good.
Today I cam across an artist Terry Brival and his Android app.

The basic purpose of the app is allow the fans of Terry Brival to connect with him, so they can purchase his merchandise, music, albums and join him on his various networks.

The app opens up with a splash screen and within few seconds moves to dashboard.
Dashboard provides navigation to Music, Albums, Accessories, and his official website.

 

Terry Brival android app dashboard

In the music section you can connect to various services like Deezer, iTunes, Spotify from where you can download and listen to his tracks.

Terry Brival android app music section

The app provides you an option to purchase the album too, just navigate to Albums section and you can have a look at the reviews and details of it.

Thus if you like it, add it to the cart.

Android app album section

Besides these you can connect to his existing social networks.

Terry Brival is available for his fans on nearly all popular social networks, from Facebook to Linkedin , he has a vast social availability.

Social networks of Terry Brival

Conclusion:

So as far as I tested the app, it works, at certain point I felt there should be some kind of view depicting the loading of pages, but that’s a small issue, rest all looks good.

If you are a fan of Terry Brival don’t miss his app and connect with him on social network of your choice.

The app can be downloaded from:  Terry brival playstore link.

Create view similar to navigation drawer from right

Android Navigation drawer like layout from right side

 

In this post I shall be writing about how to create a Navigation Drawer like layout on android but from the right side of the screen. You can additionally move android Navigation drawer to the right side utilizing the gravity, however for this situation I as of now had one on the left side and wanted to make another from the right side.

I additionally don’t know whether its conceivable to include 2 route drawers, one from left another from Right, so I just went ahead to my way to deal with making one. Its not that impeccable as the Android one but rather still works.

The first step is to extend a layout, add it to the XML with some defined width like say 200 dip, and once its attached to the window move it onto the right side of the screen leaving some offset. This can likewise be accomplished utilizing the Gravity as a part of XML, yet I did it in the code.

 

In this above code, when this view is attached I am doing few tasks like setting listener, making it fully transparent, and moving it to right.

So now we have moved it on to right but left some padding also, represented by Offset, this will be used to detect the touch when user touches near the edges of screen.

Now its time to write some code, when user touches it.
We will need to make it visible and as user moves his finger to left, we will have to move the view also.

 

In the above code you can see, when user touches (ACTION_DOWN) we have added an overlay to dim out rest of the layout on screen, and changed the Alpha of this view.

Now on ACTION_MOVE ( in default section of switch) we are changing the X coordinates of view as per the user touch, and at the same time changing the Alpha of the overlay view, to make it more visible with time.

At some point we have to stop the view also and that’s what the first line in default case of switch is doing.

Below is the complete code.

 

Here is how you can use the same in XML:

Here is the end result of the above code:

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Map location book marker review

Map location book marker is a book marking app for your locations. The app provides you with an option to choose location on map, just like shown in the below screen-shot.

Select location

Once you have selected the location its time to save it.
The app shows up a pop up dialog , with the geo coordinates of the location and the option to enter name for it.

Save location

The location is now saved.
In order to view my saved locations, click on the markers list button at bottom left.
This shows up a list of markers with options to show the route from current location to selected location, save screen shot of the map, view location on map, share location and delete it.
Markers list

Besides that on the top there is search bar to find the location and add it to your list.

Conclusion :

If you are looking for a simple app to save the locations, take the screen-shot and use offline later on then the app is good for you, its free so you don’t have to shed anything off to try it out.

 

Improvements :

The first improvement that I will suggest is the name of the App on the launcher screen, its my_loc_book, should be changed to something like “Location Book”.

Another thing that can be enhanced is the UI, current UI looks outdated, and people love to see good looking apps, so work needs to be done here.

Hope the review was complete enough, the app is available on playstore, with the name, Map location save book marker.