GSoC project: Hedgeroid Netplay - First demo
It has been quiet for a long time now, while I withdrew into a deep and mysterious cave to learn the mysteries of Android development. Now I have finally returned (and shaved), and can show you the first results of my project that are actually interesting to all you Android users.
This .apk (Android app package) is a snapshot of the current work and allows you to connect to the lobby to chat, and to get information about players and rooms. There have also been a few improvements to existing parts of Hedgeroid. For example, the main menu is a bit prettier, and the initial moving of the game assets to the SD card is now a lot faster. You cannot enter rooms or join games yet - that will be the work for the next weeks, but it is mostly user interface work now.
To install the app, you have to uninstall the Alpha from the market first, and you have to allow installing apps that are not from the market. Select Network Game from the menu, enter your username (and your password if needed) and test away.
You will stay connected if you leave the lobby screen via the home button or switch to a different task (e.g. to read an SMS). To disconnect, either use the back button or the "Disconnect" option from the menu. I plan to add an indicator that will remind you the connection is still running, though it should not eat much battery, and turning your screen off for a while should disconnect you as well.
I'm looking forward to your feedback. Have fun!