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[APP]Bubble v1.0.0 - Contact's memos on the call screen :)

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By nitzanj, Member on 10th April 2011, 10:21 AM
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Another app I'm involved with was published yesterday* - Bubble:

Your memory in Bubbles!
Bubble lets you keep memos for every contact you have. The greatness is that whenever that contact calls his bubbles are shown on the in-call screen
So, for instance:
Someone calls you and says he has a job interview tomorrow. You write a new bubble for that contact: 'Ask how the interview went!' - Next time he calls, you'll see that bubble right away and won't forget to ask

The app is completely free, with ads (No ads on the call screen! only in the app itself). This is the first version out so there are going to be a lot of changes and updates as we progress. We'd appreciate your input, good (straight in the market rating) or bad (in here please ).

A clarification for the worried: This app does not use any unauthorized APIs like some other call screen apps out there - this is merely a toast overlay with some added info. No buttons were changed/removed/added and the original behavior of the call screen remains intact.

Links and info:
Market and site links:

* Contact screen with indication of bubbles for each contact.
* Convenient sorting:
- Alphabetically
- Contacts with bubbles up on the list
- Contacts with whom you last had calls up on the list
* Flashy bubble colors (might be too flashy for some... but we like it )
* Direct call from a contact's bubble list - When you want to call someone go to the app, review the bubbles for that contact and call him directly from there.
* Notification settings: When a contact with bubbles calls you get a notification for easy access to his bubbles, so you can update/delete after you've just seen them on the call screen. You can also activate notification for every call to add bubbles for contacts that still don't have any, right after they call. And of course you you can deactivate notification altogether.

Known issues:
* Force closes on a certain nexus1 with CM6.1 (Froyo).
* If there are duplicate contacts and they are not grouped (i.e. a contact from Google account and a contact from the phone itself) you will see both contacts in the Bubble's contact list. This is the same behavior as the regular android contact app, though there you can filter out by source (i.e. show only Google. show only sim etc.). We don't have filters for this yet.
* Consequently, if you add bubbles to a duplicate, you need to know which of the duplicates your phone recognizes for an incoming call. I.E. you have two contacts with the same number, your phone will choose one of them as the caller id when that 'number' calls you - that's the contact you'll need to add bubbles to, otherwise they won't show.
We're working on it, hopefully this will be resolved within a few days.

*The first one is Horror Run - I was the main programmer in both projects but the rest of the guys in the new project aren't related to that previous one.
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11th April 2011, 11:00 AM |#2  
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How i hate market sometimes....the app is not available for my rom ....I would have to flash CM to download it. Could you please attach an apk file to yur post?
11th April 2011, 12:32 PM |#3  
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Only restriction is 2.1 and up (mainly to prevent some compatibility issues headache), so if you have that it should work.
Either way I'll PM you a link so you can try it out anyway.
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11th April 2011, 02:45 PM |#4  
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Originally Posted by nitzanj

Only restriction is 2.1 and up (mainly to prevent some compatibility issues headache), so if you have that it should work.
Either way I'll PM you a link so you can try it out anyway.

Well I have some problems with market/roms. I have used two roms recently a custom Android Froyo 2.2.1 and also CM 6.1 or 6.0 which is also based on froyo 2.2.1. On the web version of market I now have a drop down menu with two phones CM 6.0 and the other custom rom. Event though both roms are based on Froyo the market prevents me from installing certain apps on my current rom but indicates that I can download them on CM 6.0. Kind of annoying So when I find an app that I like I flash CM 6.0 download the app from the market, back it up ,flash my "every day use" rom and restore the app. Takes a bit of time..

Anyway feedback...

Excellent concept, very nice UI, everything is working as it supposed to.

Now the drawbacks I think the app needs a QVGA theme I assigned one bubble to a contact and it overlaps the answear/reject call sliders. I didn't try with more bubbles but I assume it would look even worst so smaller bubbles with a bit different placement for QVGA devices would be nice.

And one request..Would it be possible in the future releases to assign bubbles to contacts that are not in the phonebook? Something like this...check if the phone number is in the phonebook if not display certain bubble.
11th April 2011, 08:33 PM |#5  
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Neat idea, i'll have to give it a try
11th April 2011, 11:58 PM |#6  
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Nice idea, but any way to have some less painful colours? Why not just use a colour picker?
12th April 2011, 03:07 AM |#7  
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Love it! Awsome! Works fine on my HD2 which dual boots Android nd Windows Mobile.
12th April 2011, 01:46 PM |#8  
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Originally Posted by spoidar

Nice idea, but any way to have some less painful colours? Why not just use a colour picker?

Color scheme is something we discussed long about, we asked around a LOT, and it seems most people tend to like shiny flashy colors

However we already have several things in the works for a future version, custom colors and even pictures/patterns, customizable of course.

If we manage to lift it high enough to justify extra work, a lot of good will come into the next versions...
14th April 2011, 06:45 AM |#9  
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Loved it ! Second on the color options being more manly.
14th April 2011, 11:03 PM |#10  
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Hi there,

installed Bubble but didn't really get around to use it.
One question though: what is the "full internet access" permission for?
I don't like the idea of having an app on my device that can read all contacts and has full internet access...

Kind regards,
16th April 2011, 11:33 PM |#11  
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The access if for the ad servers (AdMob, AdWhirl etc.) and nothing else. No net usage in the app itself whatsoever.

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