I know this was only mentioned very briefly recently, but we’re releasing the official Soul Dev Team Android app on the Play Store where you can keep up to date with the site, access FAQs, contact the team and more. I pretty much wrote this just for fun/practice, but decided it’s probably actually pretty useful. The idea behind this app is to make it easy for people to access content quickly whilst also generating some funds for hosting and so on (it only costs £1 or equivalent). It’s part of the plan to make OSx86 easier for everyone, and there’s more to come in future. Currently there’s no iOS version, but that might come in future depending on the response to this one.

Here’s a very quick feature-set (which is also on Google Play):

  • Card UI throughout the application
  • Contact the team anonymously (limited) or using Google OAuth via a dedicated address for app users
  • Efficient way to report application bugs, or suggest new features
  • FAQs which are updated as-needed, with the ability to download them from the site and search seamlessly
  • Refreshable feed view with three-tier system allowing for online/cached/offline reading
  • PullToRefresh implementation on fragments which download information
  • Simple walkthrough to help the user get to terms with the app
  • Smooth swipe/tab UI
  • Supported all the way back to API 8, without any performance loss
  • Third party resources to look at throughout your OSx86 research

The idea was to bundle everything into one place in a neat and simple way to allow people fast access to what they wanted. Now, I know that some of you don’t really care about the details, so I’m going to write that up on my more personal blog and link it here when complete (usage, what you can do, how it works etc.).

Anyway, that’s about as much as can be said without you downloading it so go try it out! You can grab it from this link. There should be very few bugs, if any, and if any are found just report them to me via the About page and I’ll get them sorted out ASAP. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know (from minor reworkings to massive UI overhauls) and I’ll take them into account. All I ask is that you rate the app if you like it – and if you don’t, make sure to make your reasons known (and /don’t/ rate 1* because of one small bug!). Oh, and another point to make quickly is the FAQ list is still a work in progress (more are in line to be written), but it’s as simple as adding them to a list we have – no actual application updates are needed, which makes them simple to add/improve/update.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you like the app! We greatly appreciate anybody who purchases as it helps continue fund our efforts, and with hosting up for renewal once again we need all the help we can get.

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