OpenMetro

Today, nearly a year after the creation of The Seven+ Project, marks the initial release of another sub-project: OpenMetro. This project is freely available under a non-commercial, attribution-required license that will enable skilled developers to create great Windows Phone 7/ Metro User Interface applications for Android 2.1 Eclair and above. More information can be found on Thomas Barrasso’s blog and of course access to the actual JAR file as well as documentation on GitHub.

Calculating Infinity

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Oddly enough, The Seven+ (when Windows Phone 7) Calculator was one of our first applications when we began work last August, 2011, and now it is the first to go. Today, we published the final update to The Seven+ WP7 Calculator on Google Play, AndroidPit, and uploaded the latest APK to our website. After fumbling to the finish line, we listened to your feedback and have decided to remove StartApp and are no longer pursuing a monetization strategy. It is, as it always has been, completely free. Anonymous bug reporting and analytics can both be disabled by disabling “Anonymous reporting” in the settings menu, and otherwise the only big change is better international support. Now, commas and periods during calculations are based off of your device’s current system language. That about wraps it up for the latest (and last) update, don’t forget to try it out yourself.

Try It Before You Buy It

When StatusBar+ was first released, there was only a paid version. It had one feature: “Enable the custom status bar.” This was revolutionary because prior to September 10th, 2011, most Android users would have never though that a custom status bar was even possible without rooting your device and flashing a custom ROM. Well we not only proved that it is possible, but we are proving that by making a custom status bar an app the possibilities are endless!

We are working on greatly enhancing StatusBar+. When it was first released it did not support third-party notifications, hiding in full screen applications, or just about anything it does now! As one would imagine, it is quite difficult to create a custom status bar as it is not a “normal” kind of application, especially given the over 1,400 different Android devices running Eclair 2.1 or higher. We want everyone to experience StatusBar+ for themselves, but of course we need to support our time and effort in development. Today, StatusBar+ Lite is now StatusBar+ Trial, a full-featured 14-day free trial of StatusBar+. It should allow the user to get a feel for the app and hopefully be amazed by what it can do. Enough so to consider supporting us and purchasing the full version.

We understand that not every user has a credit card and that is why StatusBar+ is also available on AndroidPit and can be purchased using PayPal.

Showing Support

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As if we hadn’t made supporting us easy enough, we are adding one more way you can profess your appreciation for our efforts through a donation using WePay. They make it simple, easy, and very public. Contributing any amount $5 USD and over will also get you a spot on our List of Contributors! For those of you looking for a little something in return for your support, we are also selling “I ♥ 7+ Android” t-shirts on SpreadShirt. As always we thank those who have supported us in the past, it is much appreciated. For all those consider supporting us, just give our applications a try and consider even a small contribution if you would like to see more updates and more apps to come. Thanks again and happy coding!

Have Pride

Often times we look at out applications and think how much further we have to go. We notice all of the features missing, all of the bugs, and the differences in responsiveness compared to the applications that inspire us. Try as we may, the glass is always half empty.

Today we are encouraging everyone to join us and have pride, the glass is in fact half full! We want to show everyone what we have done and not what we still have to do.

Full screenshot of Launcher7

Launcher7 is our oldest application available on Google Play so it is only reasonable that it is also our most established. Here is a full-scale panoramic screenshot of Launcher7 running on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Widget tiles, app tiles, folders, notification counter tiles, contact tiles, and more and displayed, each just a swipe away! The top status bar is another of our apps, StatusBar+. The result: a seamless, highly-customizable WP7 experience. The custom status bar is a built-in feature of Launcher7 as well for those who do not need the same level of customization. A swipe to the right reveals an app drawer with the option for indexing so that two clicks is all you need to reach any app. All this under $2.

ZPlayer Panoramic Home Screen

Our second oldest application is ZPlayer and with age comes wisdom. It is a highly-refined music experience like no other. It has a simple, smooth user experience and features every music junkie will love. Even the largest collection is no match as the panoramic home screen allows for quick navigation to what you care about while jumpviews make getting around albums and artists a breeze. It integrates with services like last.fm to provide amazing, high-quality images, album art, and artist biographies. The features are endless and the best way to understand is to experience it yourself.

The Seven+ Calculator

Although many users take this for granted, we take every detail seriously. The Seven+ Calculator is not even a year old and yet it is loved by many and packs more features than the original inspiring app. It is the perfect calculator for any user, offering advanced trigonometric functions along with simple percent operations. Whether you need to calculate a tip or the angle of an physics problem, The Seven+ Calculator works for you. That, and it looks great doing it. Did we also forget to mention, it is completely free!

Want to show your support and get an awesome t-shirt? We’ve uploaded the “I Love Seven+ Android” design to SpreadShirt. We get a $2.39 commission on each shirt sold so it is a great way to show your support and tell everyone about us. As always thank you and happy coding!

Google+ & Photography

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For fans of Google+, it is always good news when the social network proves itself to be ahead of its competition in some way or another. With increasing pressure to compete with social media giant Facebook, Google+ is having to work harder than ever to close the gap between them. One way in which it has done this is to put a lot of effort into its photo technology services. It is enhancing this aspect of its platform by using innovative techniques and brainpower. It will be interesting to see how the photo element of Google+ is improved as a result.

If Google+ is successful in expanding and improving their photography platform, then they will stand a good chance of closing the gap between them and Facebook. At the moment, many people upload photographs to the latter social network, using their computers or mobile phones with a network like O2. However, increasing numbers of photographers are discovering Google+ and the enhanced photography display service that they offer. These features have been found to be much more advanced than that if its competition.

One advantage of using Google+ for photographers is that there is sufficient light-box integration. This means that galleries can be viewed conveniently and easily. As well as this, photographers can find other like-minded people and organize real-life photography walks and trips. While this is possible with Facebook, the concept has not taken off and Google+ is still the place to go for this type of socializing. User can also find hangouts for those interested in photography, as well as many other things. So as long as Google+ only moves upwards from here, it is likely that they will continue to capture the photography market, as well as working their way into others.

As is things weren’t tense enough, Facebook released its application, Facebook Camera, not long ago. As the social network giant looks to turn the other direction after its IPO, and after purchasing Instagram, Google will have to work even harder to compete.

The Seven+ Project on AndroidPit

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After much anticipation a number of our applications including Launcher7, StatusBar+, and The Seven+ Calculator, are available on AndroidPit! This will allow our users who want to purchase and support our applications via PayPal to do so. We have never used this service before but have had a pleasant experience thus far with uploading our applications. To bear with us as we get used of a new system and if you were previously unable to purchase our application due to a lack of a credit card this should help.