[sword-devel] question regarding Android front end

Martin Denham mjdenham at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 05:53:55 MST 2010

Hi Matthew,

You can find the bible for Android that uses JSword at
http://code.google.com/p/and-bible/.  There was another bible for Android
based on Sword called Bishop and it appears that Gary at CrossConnect has
continued development of that code and has a beta release but I don't really
know much about that.

I use an old G1 which is a very low spec mobile and it runs fine.  I used to
have Android 1.6 but upgraded to 2.2 and both versions were fine.  The bible
has not yet been put on App Market so that is why you can't find it there.

It would be useful if you could give feedback regarding how the Chinese
bibles work on the Android bible s/w.  I did install a Chinese module but
can't read Chinese.  Also if you do some testing on and-bible can you raise
(or fix) any issues.

Some people contribute ui translations to and-bible by translating
strings.xml and arrays.xml.  Thomas has proposed doing a translation of all
languages using a Google tool but I don't know how well the Google tool
would handle Chinese, so it would be good to have a manual translation of
the ui in Chinese.

There does not seem to be a Mongolian bible available on CrossWire but you
may be able to help out in that respect.  There are a few comments regarding
a potential Mongolian bible here:
http://www.crosswire.org/wiki/Module_Requests.  It would be great to have a
Mongolian bible available for download so that could be an area you could
help out.  David Haslam seems to have looked into this.

Best regards

On 29 September 2010 02:12, Matthew Patenaude <mnglfiddle at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> testing.
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Matthew
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