The RAD is coming to Android

Posted by Paul D'Ambra on 12/09/2012
The RAD Android app is nearly ready for release

We've been busy working on building an Android app for the BMC Regional Access Database, aka The RAD. It's not quite finished, but we'd like to give the geekier - and more foolhardy - of you out there the chance to try out a beta version.

We released a much less polished beta on twitter a few months ago. The feedback was fantastic, so we've since rounded off some more edges for you to try out while our graphic designer makes it beautiful.

Since this is a beta you can't get the App through the Play Store. You need to download an apk file.

Find out how to install Android apps without the market

A few caveats before you rush off to play:

  • If you installed the previous beta you'll need to uninstall it before installing this version
  • Your device will need to be running Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or above
  • You'll need to tell your device to allow applications from unknown sources.

It'd be great to hear that you love the App but, much more importantly we want to find out if you hate something, can't make it work or think something is missing

Get testing. 

How to give feedback
Just comment below, tweet us @team_BMC or email it.corner@thebmc.co.uk


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1) Anonymous User
13/09/2012
How do I download it, I've done the apx file now what
2) Anonymous User
13/09/2012
either the initial grag update takes ages, or the message saying "Starting initial crag update..." doesn't go away once it's finished
3) Anonymous User
13/09/2012
Currently the location marker for Horseshoe Quarry brings up details of Bamford Edge.
4) Paul D'Ambra (author comment)
13/09/2012
You can find out how to install APKs on your device here http://maketecheasier.com/install-applications-without-the-market/2011/01/28
5) Anonymous User
13/09/2012
Data point just south of barmouth lists details for Dinorwic quarries.

Would be helpful when searching for a crag, when the details load, if there was a button that says 'show on map'.

6) Anonymous User
13/09/2012
Areyou going to be working on an iphone version?
7) Paul D'Ambra (author comment)
14/09/2012
There's no delivery date for an iPhone version yet but we are planning to make one...

Keep the feedback coming!
8) Anonymous User
14/09/2012
i would install, but why does it need to be allowed to use "'Services that cost you money' - directly call phone numbers?" I'm not too happy with allowing that unless there's a really good reason?
9) Paul D'Ambra (author comment)
14/09/2012
Re: Service that cost you money...

All it uses that for is a link that launches an outbound call to The BMC... I may well take it out because it isn't that great a feature and I agree it's a very scary sounding permission :-)
10) Paul D'Ambra (author comment)
14/09/2012
So just to clarify that... it only uses 'services that cost you money' if you choose an option item to call The BMC.
11) Anonymous User
17/09/2012
Is this going to be a moneytised app or free?
12) Paul D'Ambra (author comment)
18/09/2012
No plans whatsoever to charge for the app.
13) Anonymous User
18/09/2012
iPhone version?? :)
14) Anonymous User
01/10/2012
Hi,

thanks for the clarification on the calling permissions.

On download and install - fine, but then like poster above get the 'starting initial crag update' which I couldn't shift, until I had to clear the memory to get it off my screen.

Whilst I could search for crags by text quite quickly, the map feature - whilst it could tell me where I was, didn't show up any nearby crags on the map. Some nearby crags did come up in the list, but the closest was 95Km away.

Cheers.
15) Anonymous User
01/10/2012
any chance of froyo 2.2 or is my phone just too old (at a year!)
16) Anonymous User
03/10/2012
Mine dosn't seem to search for anything - nothing comes up. Anyone else foudn this problem?
17) Anonymous User
08/10/2012
Fantastic idea. Any chance of an iPhone version too?

The Newt
18) Paul D'Ambra (author comment)
11/10/2012
Thanks for all the feedback. I've just updated the link in the article to point to a new version (http://goo.gl/m4ZdO) which incorporates a lot of the changes people have suggested.

Our graphic designer is still chugging away so we're getting very close to a real release.

We are meeting with iOS developers but not contracted anyone yet. Watch this space

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