Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Video describing SmartFM Android Application

So the other week I submitted an android application to the second Android Developers Challenge (ADC). There's over a million dollars in prize money up for grabs from Google in the second such competition. Last time android was only available on emulators, but now the devices are out, so competition will be fierce.

I've put together a short video about my app, the SmartFM Mobile Study Dictionary, which shows you how I integrated the Google Speech Recognition component and got multimedia content creation working. I'm real excited about this application because now any user can create study content (focused on languages at the moment) on the go, uploading sounds and images. So say you learn a new word in the language you are studying you can check what it means using the dictionary, and if it doesn't exist, add the entry there and then. If it is there, you get helpful info on the word and its usage, and you can add new example sentences and usages you've discovered, with images and audio to illustrate.

The results from the ADC won't be in till late November, and owners of android devices should be able to vote on the best apps later this month (please vote for me :-), but I'll release this to the market before then, once I've worked out a few bugs.

Please check out the video and let me know what you think:



Betsy said...

Sam, this is very cool and very exciting for language learning! I wish that I had an Android phone to check it out (when it's released). Any plans for an iPhone version?

I hope you win the prize!

Sam Joseph said...

Hi Betsy, Thanks for the feedback!

I would like to create an iPhone version of this, although I need to find a stable job first :-)

If HPU let's me teach their mobile computing course next semester I hope to make an iPhone version as a demonstration for the course - so maybe next year ...

sempsteen said...

Hi Sam,
I'm an android and smart.fm user as well. Your app looks really promising. I'd like to try and give feedback on this. Please keep up the good work. Good luck with the challenge.


Parker said...

Great work, keep it up! I was happy to find some way to use smart.fm on my phone.