Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

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Ryochan7
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Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#1 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:00 pm

Here is an alternative Android application for checking who is online as listed by Dreamcast Now. The backend data used by the app is only updated once every 10 minutes so the listing might not exactly match what is shown on the Dreamcast Now website; I didn't want the server pulling the data to hammer the Dreamcast Now server too much.

Features:
* Main page listing users who are online
* Page showing currently played games with user information
* Sorting options for games page (alpha, number of players)
* Preliminary game event calendar listing with data from the Dreamcast Live calendar
* Local notifications for showing when a user is playing a particular game

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z87ydtvcyaesh ... 3.apk?dl=0

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Source code: https://bitbucket.org/Ryochan7/dcnow-qtquick
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Re: Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#2 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:58 pm

A new version has been made. Some new art assets have been included and POD SpeedZone is now listed in the Games page.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z87ydtvcyaesh ... 3.apk?dl=0

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Re: Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#3 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:39 am

great stuff

any future plans for this? iOS? Windows port? global notifications when someone connects to the internet?

i think Windows app with global notifications is overdue and a must-have for the scene. just my opinion 8-)
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Re: Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#4 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:15 am

DR TEAMCAST wrote:great stuff
i think Windows app with global notifications is overdue and a must-have for the scene. just my opinion 8-)


Yes! Id love a windows app or an iPhone app with notifications.
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Re: Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#5 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:33 pm

An iOS version would be possible except I do not have a Mac to run the tools needed to test and deploy iOS applications. Although the current version could be compiled to run on Windows or Linux, the UI would have to be changed to better accommodate mouse and keyboard rather than a touch screen. I am not sure if making a widget based UI would be better or if a customized QML view would work fine. The current version works on Linux as it is though.

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Re: Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#6 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:41 pm

Ryochan7 wrote:An iOS version would be possible except I do not have a Mac to run the tools needed to test and deploy iOS applications. Although the current version could be compiled to run on Windows or Linux, the UI would have to be changed to better accommodate mouse and keyboard rather than a touch screen. I am not sure if making a widget based UI would be better or if a customized QML view would work fine. The current version works on Linux as it is though.

possible to use something like hacikngtos?? or even a vm??
honestly i dont care as not an apple fan just thought might ask if considered that option.
looks pretty cool and will check it out tho.

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Re: Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#7 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:11 am

This is quite cool. I'll try the APK soon.

By the way, I am in favor of desktop variants of this useful app. I'm particularly interested in a pre-compiled Linux release whether 32-bit or 64-bit.

Otherwise, what is needed to compile it?

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Re: Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#8 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:34 pm

You need the development files and tools for Qt 5.7. Qt 5.7 was the first official release with support for Qt Quick Controls 2. I would also recommend installing Qt Creator and using it when programming Qt applications. If you want to deploy to Android then the Android SDK and the Android Studio suite will also be needed.

This program started as another exercise to learn Qt Quick and QML. The documentation is not as good for Qt Quick compared to the rest of Qt so it is not that easy to learn.

Making an AppImage or a Deb file for the current version would be possible.

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Re: Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#9 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:00 pm

Speaking of widgets. A widget on my android phone that simply stated how many people where online would be pretty cool. A quick glance to see if people where on. Then open the app to see what they are playing.

I just don't know how possible it would be.

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Re: Alternative Dreamcast Now Android App

Post#10 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:08 pm

Hey everyone, we have some mild experience in developing for Android.

Also I'm taking some classes now specifically about how to utilize Xamarin Forms. This seems like a decently simple app to make.

Maybe once we get some time and wrap up some stuff we can revisit this. I love the idea of a widget btw

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