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BBO mobile app 3.1 released

#1 User is offline   fred 

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Posted 2012-May-30, 07:53

The first version of the BBO mobile app is now available.

Click here for more information

If you have any comments or questions, please either use this thread or e-mail support@bridgebase.com.

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Posted 2012-May-30, 08:36

I'm told "This item is not compatible with your device.", with no explanation why. I guess you have a minimum resolution or something? My phone has Android 2.2.1.
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Posted 2012-May-30, 08:45

Samsung Galaxy S2 I think Android 2.3, it workd great for me. Keep up the good work!
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Posted 2012-May-30, 09:40

View Postmgoetze, on 2012-May-30, 08:36, said:

I'm told "This item is not compatible with your device.", with no explanation why. I guess you have a minimum resolution or something? My phone has Android 2.2.1.

Same here. Galaxy y android 235
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Posted 2012-May-30, 09:40

View Postmgoetze, on 2012-May-30, 08:36, said:

I'm told "This item is not compatible with your device.", with no explanation why. I guess you have a minimum resolution or something? My phone has Android 2.2.1.


Must be compatible with Adobe Air.
List of supported smartphones
List of supported tablets

This post has been edited by diana_eva: 2012-May-30, 09:43


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Posted 2012-May-30, 11:42

View Postdiana_eva, on 2012-May-30, 09:40, said:

Must be compatible with Adobe Air.

Hm, so no-name phones will never be supported? That's too bad. I don't think Mobile BBO is worth a $100 brand-name markup.
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Posted 2012-May-30, 11:58

View Postmgoetze, on 2012-May-30, 11:42, said:

Hm, so no-name phones will never be supported? That's too bad. I don't think Mobile BBO is worth a $100 brand-name markup.

I don't see how what you quoted implies that the answer to your (rhetorical?) question is "yes".

Our mobile app is less than one day old - "never" is a long way away.

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Posted 2012-May-30, 12:04

View Postfred, on 2012-May-30, 11:58, said:

I don't see how what you quoted implies that the answer to your (rhetorical?) question is "yes".

Well I clicked on Diana's link and it looked to me like Adobe is taking money from phone manufacturers to have their phones certified. I don't think the kind of manufacturer I'm talking about has any money to spare for that kind of thing. But maybe my first impression of their business model was not correct.
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Posted 2012-May-30, 16:59

Programming Ixxxx devices and Androids is a problem, because code can't be reused. Maybe the future lies in software like Mono Droid and Monotouch to use as many code as possible for both platforms.

Flash is not supported by Apple products.

So there is a big challange for BBO. The first step is a nice one.
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Posted 2012-May-30, 17:39

View Postmgoetze, on 2012-May-30, 12:04, said:

Well I clicked on Diana's link and it looked to me like Adobe is taking money from phone manufacturers to have their phones certified. I don't think the kind of manufacturer I'm talking about has any money to spare for that kind of thing. But maybe my first impression of their business model was not correct.


Can't you just flash your firmware then download AIR+BBO anyway?
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Posted 2012-May-30, 19:59

It works on my iPhone, so I can play bridge at work :P . Thank you Fred for this awesome app.
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Posted 2012-May-30, 23:04

For a first release. this is very,very good!
Love the interface.

Keep working on this - big hit!

(I'm on Samsung Galaxy Note, 2.3.6)
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Posted 2012-May-31, 00:22

Looks great at first glance.
The options screen is a bit too tightly packed (iPhone 4) - it took me a couple of tries to hit the right toggle.
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Posted 2012-May-31, 03:32

I have played 18 boards in a row now on my Samsung Galaxy I9000. Settings were "Zoom when playing" on and everything else off.

The app is very well designed, and the functonallity for the first release is well chosen. It is looking good, and can be used intuitively.

Playing worked fine. There were only very few misclick, by far less than I expected regarding how close the card designators are located next to their left and right neighbors. The most lucky misclick was when I opened 2 hearts instead of 2 spades. Partner raised to game with Axxxx, and I was happy to make with H Kxx in my hand.

The proportional font used makes it difficult to see the length of the suits, especially if a ten occurs. I suggest to use the T character instead of 10. At least this should be a settings option.

The result display at the end of a hand should contain the IMPs won or lost.

When my robot partner was declarer, they played so fast that it was impossible for me to follow. Maybe a "next trick" button would help in this case.

After I had finished playing I switched to the internet and started writing this. I expected that the bbo-session would stay in background, but when I switched back to bbo, the app was restarted from the scratch. This is no problem as long as I only kib or play with robots, but as soon as it is possible to play with other humans, e.g. an incoming SMS should not kick me off the table.

When watching a table I display the settings window. I do not change anything. When I tip on the return button of the phone, I find myself away from the table. Instead, I had expected that just the settings window is closed.

In contrast to most other apps, bbo hides the status bar at the top of the screen, that contains information I like to see always, especially the battery status and the time.

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Posted 2012-May-31, 09:19

View Postmink, on 2012-May-31, 03:32, said:

When my robot partner was declarer, they played so fast that it was impossible for me to follow. Maybe a "next trick" button would help in this case.

That's just like all the other versions of BBO.

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Posted 2012-May-31, 10:23

I too get the "not compatible with this device" message. Any ideas as to what I can do to make it work?
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Posted 2012-May-31, 12:35

I've played for this for a while on my iphone 3GS. (Yeah, it's old, my replacement is coming soon).

I agree that the options are too close to eachother, making it hard to adjust the one you want to adjust.

The Robots that are in this software are not very intelligent, in fact, they've made some really dumb plays. This doesn't seem like GIB; is there any chance this will be improved in the future? Or is this an artifact of my ancient phone?

Thanks for creating this; I look forward to full functionality of the website on the app.
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Posted 2012-May-31, 14:06

It would be nice if you had also landscape mode for tablets. Sometimes the online version does not load properly on my galaxy tab 10.1 and it is just much more natural to hold it in landscape.
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Posted 2012-May-31, 15:21

View Postgwnn, on 2012-May-31, 14:06, said:

It would be nice if you had also landscape mode for tablets. Sometimes the online version does not load properly on my galaxy tab 10.1 and it is just much more natural to hold it in landscape.

Probably this will happen eventually but it is more complicated than you might think (for design reasons - not for technical reasons).

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Posted 2012-May-31, 15:23

View PostAntrax, on 2012-May-31, 00:22, said:

Looks great at first glance.
The options screen is a bit too tightly packed (iPhone 4) - it took me a couple of tries to hit the right toggle.

Thanks - I will add more space between options in the next version.

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