THE SECOND release of the Foodspotting app for Android phones (still in beta) was released at the weekend and made its way straight to my phone. I’ve been loving Foodspotting for over the past couple of week, moreso since they released the first version of the Android app back at Christmas. iPhone users had a year long head start but Android users (if you use any of the HTC handsets, Sony’s Xperia, Samsung Galaxy etc.) have been able to snap and tag since Christmas eve.
Seen as the details for the first beta were pushed out to the public, I reckon it’s safe to assume the details of the second beta (possibly 2.1) should go to Android users. So, if you’re an Android handset owner and you’ve not yet got your hands on a copy of the app for testing, check the steps below.
Installing Foodspotting on your Android handset
- Allow Non-Market Apps: Under “Application settings” select allow non-market apps to be installed, given that you will be installing a beta version of Foodspotting, which is not yet available in the Android Market
- Turn on Wireless and GPS: Under “Location & Security settings” enable the use of wireless and GPS satellites, otherwise the app won’t be able to detect your location. In case you’re concerned about battery life, the phone will only use your location when you’re running the Foodspotting app
- Download the App: Open this email from your phone and download the beta version of the app here: http://www.foodspotting.com/downloads/Foodspotting-beta-01-28-11.apk
- Report Crashes: In the event the app crashes, tap the Menu button the next time you load the app to send us a crash report
- Share Feedback: As you’re helping us beta test the app, please use Get Satisfaction (http://getsatisfaction.com/foodspotting) or email Foodspotting directly at email@example.com to report bugs you find
On the day’s I’ve been away from the blog, it’s quite possible that I’ve been snapping food out and about. I’m tending to stay away from products and go primarily for dishes as they arrive on the table as I figure that’s what’s most useful about the app – you stroll around a particular city or town, fire open Foodspotting and see what looks good to eat. I’ve a few additions from Langton’s Café gone up from the weekend, soon to be followed by a raft of tapas from the Grapevine on Friday night gone.
From what I can tell, there aren’t an incredible amount of active Irish users on Foodspotting. On ‘World Foodspotting Day’ (to mark their first birthday), eight or nine of us got together in Kilkenny for tapas and chats, possibly the only event that was run in the country for it but having been around Kilkenny, Waterford, Sligo, Roscommon, Dublin, Mayo and Carlow of late there seems to be a healthy flow of photos starting to build. Grab a copy of the Android beta from the steps above or if you’re an iPhone user hit the app store for a free download and get snapping!