Android App: Conference Call Dialer

After a week of my first android application being in the Market, an introduction to the app itself.

My application has gotten off to a great start in the Android Market. Over 100 downloads and over 65% active installations. So, what does the app do?

Well, it's a pretty simple application in the grand scheme of things. It just stores sets of numbers in a database, displays them as if they were contacts. The numbers relate to conference room numbers and PINs, and with a single tap on an item in the list, the phone starts dialing the preconfigured conference switchboard/bridge number and types in the right numbers to access the room, including pauses and hash key presses.

I haven't taken any screenshots of the app, since it's not very pretty, and it really is pretty simple, but I may add some more with later versions if I add some more complex elements.

Like many small applications, I made it to 'scratch my own itch', so that I wouldn't have to add several 'voice conference' contacts to the standard Contacts app, instead I could keep a completely separate list dedicated to conferences.

You can get information about installing the application over on my new Android microsite.

For anyone wondering, the test conferencing system (which is the only one I can currently say it works for consistently) is Elisa Finland's voice conference service. The numbers are completely customisable though, so don't let that stop you trying it out, it should work fine with your provider too.

The code is released as open source, and you're welcome to take it, use it in any way you like, and if you make any good additions to it, let me know and I'll put them in the official release. If you don't know how to code, you can still suggest new features, or tell me about any bugs you might encounter

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Thursday 12 August 2010 15:19 | user icon conference call
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Tuesday 14 September 2010 02:18 | user icon Elvis
Monday 14 March 2011 11:17 | user icon Android
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On weekdays I'm a Technical Lead at Comparethemarket.com, having previously been a Solution Architect at Nokia & Nokia Siemens Networks, creating creative software solutions for mobile operators around the world.

In my spare time I'm an avid new technology fan, and constantly strive to find innovative uses for the new gadgets I manage to get my hands on. Most recently I've been investigating Mobile Codes, RFID and Home automation (mainly Z-Wave). With a keen eye for usability I'm attempting to create some cost-effective, DIY technology solutions which would rival even high-end retail products. The software I develop is usually released as Open Source.

I have a Finnish geek partner, so have begun the difficult task of learning Finnish.


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