[sword-devel] question regarding Android front end

Matthew Patenaude mnglfiddle at gmail.com
Tue Sep 28 18:12:46 MST 2010

Hi, my name is Matthew. I would like to contribute in some way to the Sword
project. I have been a user for a long time. I don't know fully how I can
help, as I am not a developer, but I am a translator (Chinese or Mongolian
<-> English), and I am fairly savvy with computers could possibly do some

I am a Linux user - Ubuntu 10.04, presently. I have used Linux exclusively
for several years, and preferred open source software wherever possible when
I was still stuck in Windows. :)

My first question is thus. I just purchased an Android phone, and as I use
Sword project software on my desktop (BibleTime, Xiphos), and on my iPod
Touch (PocketSword), I went looking for something from you guys for Android.
Alas, the disappointment! :) However, I saw something that said someone
there is in fact working on a front end.

I am curious how that is coming along. Also, I didn't have the money for a
high-end phone, and went the cheaper route, with an HTC Wildfire. I love the
phone, actually, but one thing I discovered is that due to lower screen
resolution (QVGA), there are some android marketplace apps that don't even
show up in a search, because they will not install on my phone. Therefore, I
am asking if it is possible to put in a request that when the Sword project
does have an Android front end, can the developer(s) be sure to allow this
to run on those of us who are running slightly lower screen resolutions?

If I can help with testing the app, I'd love to give it a try. My phone
presently runs Android 2.1.

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