BBO on an Android Tablet?
Posted 2011-March-14, 19:54
My mom is a dedicated BBOphile. She also travels to a lot of tournaments, and I've been thinking of buying her an iPad. But since my neighbors in Cupertino have refused to support Flash on the iPad, I'm wondering if anyone has tried using BBO on an Android tablet. If so, how's the experience? Seems to me it could be very cool (like holding the cards in your hand) or very clunky...
I'm also wondering about BBO's dedication to Flash. Or maybe developing a BBO App for iOS? In general, does the presence of 15 million non-BBO compatible iPads and X million iPhones provide any motivation to consider an App, or a port to HTML 5? Arguably, your target demographic has lots of money to spend on flashy devices...
Posted 2011-March-15, 00:54
Posted 2011-March-18, 12:48
Engadget link and some info that faster performance will still becoming for the Xoom:
Posted 2011-March-18, 17:32
So far, I've been able to log in and sit at a table. Haven't been able to figure out how to bid yet. If I can figure out how to upload photos, I will let you know.
So far, I've tried on the Dolphin Web Browser, but it wouldn't pull up the keyboard to let me login. I then tried on the native browser and got to where I could sit but not bid. I will keep trying.
I did manage to chat, but it's not going to be a strong point of the tablet.
Posted 2011-March-18, 18:12
Hand diagrams look a lot better without pictures of the cards. I'll try to upload some screenshots.
Posted 2011-March-19, 14:31
Number of downloads: 87
Landscape view with pictures of the cards
Number of downloads: 80
Portrait view with hand diagrams
Number of downloads: 63
Another portrait view with hand diagrams
Posted 2011-March-19, 14:40
Playability is good. If I went on and simply played without chatting, it would be workable. Chatting is pretty difficult, but that is not so much BBO as it is that typing is generally slow on the tablet. I think it would suffice for alerting, but not for chatting. It is fantastic for VuGraph for what it's worth.
I think a few small changes may help. I think for tablet play I would want very little area for chat, since chatting is just not something I'd want to focus on while playing on a tablet. I would want more area for bidding. Even with the 10 inch screen, the area for clicking on the bids is pretty small. Clicking on the cards is also relatively small. All that being said, using a stylus would go a long way.
I think for chatting, an ideal item would be a clickable list of common phrases, even more ideally an editable one. That way, you can handle a lot of your chatting by clicking rather than by typing. As an example, some common items might be:
Good luck partner
Alert - Artificial
Alert - Transfer
Alert - <Whatever>
Be right back
<Create your own>
Posted 2011-March-19, 14:43
Posted 2011-March-19, 14:59
Number of downloads: 45
Posted 2011-March-19, 16:24
I could not get the login password box to take the password I was trying to enter. The letters appeared singly and then vanished. Any issues logging in on the Xoom? Could you post a pic of entering text in a chat window? If you have time to do a video demo, I'll send you some BBO dollars as a thank you.
I went to buy a Xoom today but neither Verizon store in my tiny town of 30,000 had any in stock. I may wait and buy a WiFi only from Radio-shack on the 27th. I also know that HTC has a tablet coming that will include a stylus. Might be better for BBO.
Posted 2011-March-19, 16:49
Posting pics is a bit of a process. I take a pic with my phone, email it to myself. Open it in Paint. Reduce the size of the picture. Save it. Then upload it. I will do it, but give me a little bit.
The basics of chatting, as far as I can tell, is that you click on a user's name. It opens up a dialog box. You click in the chat space and the keyboard pops up. The difficulty is that the keyboard then covers the chat area, so you can type and hit enter and it works. However, you cannot see what you are typing.
My wife went to Verizon on the first day the Xoom was released. There was almost no hype like there has been for the iPad. She told me there were two people in front of her when the store opened. Both of them were there to pay their bills. So she was the first person to buy it from our store.
As per the stylus, I have not used one on the Xoom, but thought I could without anything special. My son has a few stylus' for his Nintendo DS. I will see if those work. They only cost about a dollar or two to buy.
Posted 2011-March-19, 19:54
Posted 2011-July-13, 08:34
1) It has usb port!! (Also SD, mini usb, hdmi). The USB port enabled me to plug in a mouse and use that to click around at times.
It was not playing my USB thumbdrive - apparently there will be an over the air update that will allow other file formats to be read.
2) Not much bloatware. The few apps included by Toshiba were pretty useful. I quite like the news reader they have.
3) It can play BBO with no problems. The login password problem has been noted by others earlier, but typing it in and ignoring what looks like blank space works well. "Save" your password for future logins. Everything in BBO works well except trying to read news pop up, trying to click to read alerts, or trying to type to others because typing is still a pain. (Less so with a mouse) Probably a pen would work as well as a mouse and is more mobile, but I didn't want to buy one of those special styluses.
4) Seem to use battery well. Lasts about as expected.
5) Honeycomb 3.1 is probably better than 3.0. The xoom used to freeze and crash a lot more.
Posted 2011-July-17, 07:31
Anyone got any thoughts. Have downloaded Adobe Flash 10.3 without any success.
Other people complained about this too - see Echognome's reply above. The catch is to just type your password anyway and click Log in. Even if the letters don't show, it will be recorded. Then check the "remember PW" checkbox so you won't have to re-enter it.