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Hello all!

This is my first post on this forum so if I'm posting this in the wrong place, let me know! I would like to show off my latest Android App that I've been working on for the last few months. It has been a long path of changes, changes, and more changes! I've really enjoyed how far I've come with learning development. So here it is!

Planets is a educational app that is centered around providing users with information about the planets in our solar system. It also has info about other objects like the Sun and Pluto. I recently redesigned the app to make the content easier to scan and make it a little more fluid like. I have a community[1] set up with Beta testing for the people who want to test stuff before it's released to the public. I am looking to gain a larger user base but my main goal is just making the app look nice and easy to use. You can download[2] it on the Play Store and feedback/ratings are appreciated. So far, I've got about 1,400 downloads and I'm hoping to get more! Also, you can view the full source code for this app[3]!

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Links:
Google+ Community [1] http://goo.gl/gVpeOd
Play Store [2] http://goo.gl/Cv0UAR
Github Source [3] http://goo.gl/DLz2Ea

Note: This app was featured on xda-developers on August 4th, 2014. http://goo.gl/dffA1N
 

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Wonderful application, always been an admirer of Astronomy and this is just brilliantly put together. Will come back with a decent feedback soon :).
I know it is easy to pick on any application but knowing how much effort might have gone in does help (through your github post).
 
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Very nice! Love the UI, looks very intuitive.

Some suggestions:
- use translucent bars on KitKat
- make the back animation consistent with the open animation. For example, when you tap a planet, the card zooms in to fill the screen; but when you hit Back, the screen kind of fades away (the default Android exit animation). It would be nice if it zooms back out.
- like @orville87 said, it would be easier on the eyes to express the units in scientific notation.
- Pluto isn't a planet anymore, right?

I would have asked for info on extraterrestrial moons, but it would seem too outrageous a request.

Subscribed, awaiting further updates :D
 
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Some suggestions:
- use translucent bars on KitKat
- make the back animation consistent with the open animation. For example, when you tap a planet, the card zooms in to fill the screen; but when you hit Back, the screen kind of fades away (the default Android exit animation). It would be nice if it zooms back out.
- like @orville87 said, it would be easier on the eyes to express the units in scientific notation.
- Pluto isn't a planet anymore, right?

I'll be adding this in the next update! Thanks for the suggestions!

Note: Pluto is just in there because it's an extra thing to give info on.
 
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I'll be adding this in the next update! Thanks for the suggestions!

Note: Pluto is just in there because it's an extra thing to give info on.

oh, I thought it was other screenshots, but now that I think about it, it explains the numbers he has written inside the text itself...
sorry.
wouldn't it be better to put text on the links themselves ?
something like this:

download from play store
G+ community
github

?
 

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Hello all!

This is my first post on this forum so if I'm posting this in the wrong place, let me know! I would like to show off my latest Android App that I've been working on for the last few months. It has been a long path of changes, changes, and more changes! I've really enjoyed how far I've come with learning development. So here it is!

Planets is a educational app that is centered around providing users with information about the planets in our solar system. It also has info about other objects like the Sun and Pluto. I recently redesigned the app to make the content easier to scan and make it a little more fluid like. I have a community[1] set up with Beta testing for the people who want to test stuff before it's released to the public. I am looking to gain a larger user base but my main goal is just making the app look nice and easy to use. You can download[2] it on the Play Store and feedback/ratings are appreciated. So far, I've got about 1,400 downloads and I'm hoping to get more! Also, you can view the full source code for this app[3]!

See attachments for screenshots.

Links:
Google+ Community [1] http://goo.gl/gVpeOd
Play Store [2] http://goo.gl/Cv0UAR
Github Source [3] http://goo.gl/DLz2Ea

Note: This app was featured on xda-developers on August 4th, 2014. http://goo.gl/dffA1N


nice
 
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hardmaster92

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Not enough information. Can you tell me how is this app better than the others universe related apps in Google Play? I appreciate your effort but if you want your app to be competitive he should add more features or at least more info because the info included here is common and can be found in wikipedia for example. There are also apps who also provide 3D model of the solar system with the orbits of all planets.
I'm not trying to offend you, don't get me wrong.
 

AMQTech

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Not enough information. Can you tell me how is this app better than the others universe related apps in Google Play? I appreciate your effort but if you want your app to be competitive he should add more features or at least more info because the info included here is common and can be found in wikipedia for example. There are also apps who also provide 3D model of the solar system with the orbits of all planets.
I'm not trying to offend you, don't get me wrong.

For being a high school student and balancing life and school and this, I take pride in the work that I've done. Sure there are better apps than mine with more info and awesome 3D renderings of planets, I'm not afraid to admit that. However, I'm proud of the work I've done and if people don't recognize that it IS work from a high school student and not some average middle-aged developer, then so be it. Thanks for your feedback :good:
 

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For being a high school student and balancing life and school and this, I take pride in the work that I've done. Sure there are better apps than mine with more info and awesome 3D renderings of planets, I'm not afraid to admit that. However, I'm proud of the work I've done and if people don't recognize that it IS work from a high school student and not some average middle-aged developer, then so be it. Thanks for your feedback :good:
As I said in the beginning of my post I appreciate what you do because I love astronomy and physics so it's good beginning and I'm not hating. But yet you needed something to stimulate you to develop your app. I wish you all best and I'm sure that you'll keep developing this app until it becomes competitive to all the apps out there.
 

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    Hello all!

    This is my first post on this forum so if I'm posting this in the wrong place, let me know! I would like to show off my latest Android App that I've been working on for the last few months. It has been a long path of changes, changes, and more changes! I've really enjoyed how far I've come with learning development. So here it is!

    Planets is a educational app that is centered around providing users with information about the planets in our solar system. It also has info about other objects like the Sun and Pluto. I recently redesigned the app to make the content easier to scan and make it a little more fluid like. I have a community[1] set up with Beta testing for the people who want to test stuff before it's released to the public. I am looking to gain a larger user base but my main goal is just making the app look nice and easy to use. You can download[2] it on the Play Store and feedback/ratings are appreciated. So far, I've got about 1,400 downloads and I'm hoping to get more! Also, you can view the full source code for this app[3]!

    See attachments for screenshots.

    Links:
    Google+ Community [1] http://goo.gl/gVpeOd
    Play Store [2] http://goo.gl/Cv0UAR
    Github Source [3] http://goo.gl/DLz2Ea

    Note: This app was featured on xda-developers on August 4th, 2014. http://goo.gl/dffA1N
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    Is it possible to convert the given units into scientific units (e.g. mass of sun = 1.9891 * 10^30 kg)?
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    For being a high school student and balancing life and school and this, I take pride in the work that I've done. Sure there are better apps than mine with more info and awesome 3D renderings of planets, I'm not afraid to admit that. However, I'm proud of the work I've done and if people don't recognize that it IS work from a high school student and not some average middle-aged developer, then so be it. Thanks for your feedback :good:
    As I said in the beginning of my post I appreciate what you do because I love astronomy and physics so it's good beginning and I'm not hating. But yet you needed something to stimulate you to develop your app. I wish you all best and I'm sure that you'll keep developing this app until it becomes competitive to all the apps out there.
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    Not enough information. Can you tell me how is this app better than the others universe related apps in Google Play? I appreciate your effort but if you want your app to be competitive he should add more features or at least more info because the info included here is common and can be found in wikipedia for example. There are also apps who also provide 3D model of the solar system with the orbits of all planets.
    I'm not trying to offend you, don't get me wrong.

    For being a high school student and balancing life and school and this, I take pride in the work that I've done. Sure there are better apps than mine with more info and awesome 3D renderings of planets, I'm not afraid to admit that. However, I'm proud of the work I've done and if people don't recognize that it IS work from a high school student and not some average middle-aged developer, then so be it. Thanks for your feedback :good:
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    Planets 2.6 Out Now!

    Hey everyone!
    It's been a while since Planets was updated. Apologies for that. I've been busy with school and work so I haven't had a lot of time to work. But I managed to scrape together enough time for this update!

    Planets 2.6 includes material design, Android TV support, and lots of other changes. If you'd like to know more, head over to the official website: http://planets.amqtech.com

    Thanks, and happy coding!
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