I’ve been busy working on my new app, but I’ve still found time to give Solar Explorer some love.
This version includes a model of a small spacecraft called New Horizons that’s on a long, one way journey to the stars, following in the giant footsteps of Voyager I and II.
In 2015 New Horizons will do a flyby of Pluto, after which it will head on to the Kupier Belt, a cloud of debris left over from the solar system’s formation. It’s thought that this belt is similar to the asteroid belt we know and love, but much larger and composed mostly of chunks of water ice and frozen gasses, instead of rock and metals.
NASA has a handy countdown till New Horizons reaches Pluto and at the time of writing there’s only 1,350 days to go until it reaches Pluto.
The excitement is building!
Android Market problems
A user notified me that the paid version of Solar Explorer was blocked on their tablet device, a Joypad M778, but the free one was available for install.
The only restriction Solar Explorer has is that it runs on Android 2.2. Apart from that, I haven’t blocked any devices, and none are disabled in the developers console.
In general, Android Market is pretty flaky, mostly because Google ‘s developers appear to make changes to the market code without adequately testing it, assuming they test it at all, which is up for debate.
Unfortunately, I have no control over a great deal of what goes on with the market, in particular things like payment issues and compatibility problems.
I can’t even contact Google on behalf of a user because they won’t respond to developers.
If you have any problems with the app, especially bugs, then feel free to let me know, but please post it as a comment on this website.
I may not be able to do anything immediately, but at least I’ll know it’s happening, and maybe I can come up with a workaround.
If you want to contact me, then don’t use the comments system in Android Market either. It’s broken too.
Solar Explorer Lite has had over 40 comments posted since I released it, but I can’t read half of them because they don’t show up in the developers console and they aren’t on the market page for the app.
If you report a problem via Android Market comments, I may never see it.