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[APP][2.1+][Optimized 4.0+] WordLookup - Not your average dictionary tool!

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15th June 2012, 07:56 AM   |  #1  
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The ability to select text and sharing it seems to be rare in apps for pre-Honeycomb Android versions, so this may be a problem. This app will have limited functionality in those Android versions.

Hey xda developpers,

Here's my shot at my second ad-free app, WordLookup !
What is it?
Many of you have probably heard of the popular Google Dictionary extension for Google Chrome, which allows you to double click any word on a web page to view its definition. I have found this feature indispensable to my web browsing.

Of course, it's not possible to implement something like this in Android just yet, but this app tries to imitate its functionality. There's no need to open another dictionary app to find definitions anymore!

WordLookup allows you to view word definitions easily as you browse the web, and when using apps. It does require an Internet connection to work, however.

Simply hold&select the word you wish to look up, share it with WordLookup and a small notification popup will show a few definitions for the word! It's that simple!

Here's how to use it:
1- Hold and select the word you'd like to get the definitions.
2- Select the Share button in the menu/Action Bar.
3- Share text to WordLookup.
4- The definitions should show up in a bit as a popup(Toast) notification.

Supported Apps:
-ICS Android Browser
-Google Chrome
-ICS Gmail and Email app
-Pulse
-Many,many others. More will be added in this list.

Right now, this app is only tested on Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich, as many apps on earlier versions of Android do not support sharing text, your mileage may vary, though. Some parts of the program are still very rough, as this is still a beta.

Upcoming features includes offline dictionaries, and more!

Technical stuff in a nutshell:
This app gets the shared text via an intent and uses the Knicker library to fetch definitions from Wordnik (thanks to their nifty API). It then sends the definitions to a custom Toast pop-up, which is displayed on the bottom of the screen.

Bug reports! Suggestions! Angry Hate Mails!
If there's anything, feel free to reply to this thread, or PM me.
Or you can also e-mail me at houyuchen66 [at] gmail.com.

Cool! Where do I get it?
Google play link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...en1.wordlookup

If you find this app useful, a rating would be great! Please leave your feedbacks in this thread, it really helps!
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Dammnn, finally i dont need to copy paste the word anymore into some dictionnary web site
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This looks like an awesome idea. Would it be possible to auto detect non-English words and auto-translate selected words using Google Translate? Thanks!
15th June 2012, 07:29 PM   |  #4  
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Originally Posted by jazzboyrules

This looks like an awesome idea. Would it be possible to auto detect non-English words and auto-translate selected words using Google Translate? Thanks!

That is coming in a future version! Right now, it's mostly a proof-of-concept. Is the app working fine on your phone, however?
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Can anyone with a Gingerbread, or previous version of Android confirm if this app works in these versions?

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Crashes every time.

Htc one xl running cleanrom de 3.0
Ics 4.0.3
Tried in stock browser, dolphin


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Crashes every time.

Htc one xl running cleanrom de 3.0
Ics 4.0.3
Tried in stock browser, dolphin


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on Gelaxy S2 crashes from time to time

Just released a new version on Google Play that should fix these crashes, as well as implementing the native Toast look, and other fixes. Let me know if it works well now!
16th June 2012, 05:57 PM   |  #8  
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Question, is it better to use a Toast notification, like now, or switch to a dialog box, which offers more optimization at the expense of more obtrusiveness?
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Question, is it better to use a Toast notification, like now, or switch to a dialog box, which offers more optimization at the expense of more obtrusiveness?

maybe you should make a settings panel!
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Originally Posted by dk2000zx

maybe you should make a settings panel!

It already exists! And thanks for the feedback there.

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