With huge thanks to James for a long labour of love, and for huge patience when the app wasn’t getting as much focus from me as it deserved…
We can now share with you the officially available Android app for SSiW:
[But please bear in mind that although James has tested as much as possible, as the first set of brand new open in the wild users, you will probably find hiccups - as and when you do, if you come along in here and let us know about them, James will do his best to fix them ]
Everything works perfectly well. I’m just listening to Level 1 Challenge 9 as I write this (and practice along of course) It sounds great, even betzter then on my computer.
I tried to log in after making Level 1 Challenge 9 but login doesn’t work. App asks to press OK so the error message can be sent so hopefully James will be able to see some logs about it and fix things (If they were meant to work at the beginning in the frirst place though)
General mark what concerns me: 10/10 Well done! Works better then quite some apps on Google play I’ve tried so thumbs up!
Fantastic, I have downloaded this, and I look forward to giving it a whirl. I’ve been whizzing through course 1 at the rate of about 1 lesson per day (amazing what sticks yet what is still hard!) and this will be a big help.
Thank you for letting me know what could be wrong. I’ll try to log in when I come home. I really am curious if it continues to give me error message or not. Maybe app sensed I’m on the other side and decided to “run away” from me. - hehe
On sirious note: I’ll let you know what happens next - if error message continues or not.
Hey @theblacksparrow: Are you able to modify the app’s “key words” for improved searchability?
The app is my first result when I search “ssiw” or “saysomethinginwelsh” in the Play store, but it doesn’t show up at all when I search for “say something in Welsh,” “Cymraeg,” and “Welsh.” These are some pretty important terms that I might search for both as someone looking for this specific app and as a dysgwr-at-large searching for adnoddau.
Nice job with the app overall! I didn’t really use the old one, but this one seems pretty easy to use.
::edit:: “Wales” would probably also be a good search term to add.
I love the app, and echo @joanie’s comments about searchability as it took me 2 tries to find it in the Play Store. One feature which I love on the iOS version is the ‘listen’ button which pauses the app while you’re speaking - it’s brilliant when I’ve got my hands full and can’t get to the pause button! I don’t know if it’s feasible to one day include this in the Android version, but it would be a plus.
This was tried early on in the development of the Android app, but it was way too slow to include in the final version. There were ideas about how to achieve it, but those involved wider changes than just the app development itself, and so have been shelved for the time being.
I’m glad you like the app, James did a great job with it.
S’mae Stu and thanks for the insight. I guessed there were some technical issues behind it not being there. It still works very well and actually I find there’s less need for the Listen function when using my phone as it’s more likely to be attached to me by headphones.