Thursday, 15 August 2013

Technology & Message: Locky's English Playground app v1.1.4 (Beta Pre-release Version)



v1.1.4 (Beta Pre-release version)
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Hope you all had a happy typhooliday!

Sorry people, didn't have any update from Monday to Wednesday as I was too engaged in working on Locky's English Playground app v1.1.4, trying to add a Share button on every page for you to share your favourite article. After days of hard work, I have finally succeeded!


Download:
As usual, you can find the latest download links from our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/LockysEnglishPlayground


Bug Fixes and Update List:
Here's the list of bug fixes and updates:

App updated to v1.1.4 (Beta Pre-release version)

v1.1.4 Bug fixed:
Added Share button to every page
Added Menu button / action bar interactivity

v1.1.3 Bug fixed:
Changed Actionbar colours
Removed splash screen for low-res phones
Smaller size of app

v1.1.2 Bug fixed:
Added logo background screen

v1.1.1 Bug fixed:
Can now play YouTube videos

v1.1.0 Bug fixed:
Added Settings page on swipe-to-left
Removed right menu list
Enlarged logo
Replaced menu list with small fonts
Added hardware menu button functionality


Installation:
For first timer:
Do visit: Technology & Message: Locky's English Playground App (Alpha)


Interface:
Here's how the latest v1.1.4 looks like:
Loading on Slower Network
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If your network is slower, you will see the app's background logo of the app and the logo at the top left corner.
Fully-loaded app
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When the app is fully-loaded, you will see three most updated blog clickable pages. Click on them if you want to start reading immediately.

Settings Page
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On swipe to left, the settings menu will be opened. The "My Bookmarks" function will still need some waiting, but the rest are working well. Do use the Contact / Report a Bug function if you encounter frequent problem when using the app.

Category / Tag Menu
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On swipe to right, the Category / Tag menu will be opened, click on the list to find the posts related to the specific topics.

8 latest posts in the "Animals" Category
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Once clicked, the 6-grids layout will show the 6 latest posts in the requested category. Click on anyone to read that page.
A blog post opened in web
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When a grid is clicked, the page will be loaded.

Playground app will launch requested videos on your YouTube app or have it played in the webpage itself
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YouTube videos can now be played in the app itself or by launching your YouTube app on the phone. This is done automatically by the app and you need not worry about it.

A blog post opened in web
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If you like the post and would like to share it with your friends on your favourite app such as Facebook or LINE, hit the menu button on your phone and find the share button either at the bottom or on the right side of the top bar.
Sharing post on your favourite app
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Then pick our favourite app to share the post. To remove the top bar and the share button, hit the menu button on your phone again.
To share the entire blog, use this share button
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To share the entire blog, use the share button on the cover 3-grid page.

To share the entire category, use the share button on the 6-grid page.
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To share the entire category, use the share button on the 6-grid page.

Horizontal view of the 3-grid cover page
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Horizontal view of the 6-grid cover page
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Locky's English Playground also supports the horizontal view. Looks cool, especially with BB Sharky, doesn't it?

Share button on the top-right corner
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Share button is located at the top-right corner for the horizontal view.


Well, that's it for the updates on the features of the app, many thanks for your support and as always, "like" the Facebook page and leave me a comment!


Vocabulary:
"typhoo-liday" -- (n)[C] A word created by Locky, meaning a holiday brought about by the hoisting of a high level typhoon signals, in the case of Hong Kong it is number 8 or higher.


Resources:

Message: Nesat Brings First Typhooliday In 2 Years? @ Locky's English Playground
http://lockyep.blogspot.hk/2011/09/message-nesat-brings-first-typhooliday.html

Locky's English Playground Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/LockysEnglishPlayground

Technology & Message: Locky's English Playground App (Alpha) @ Locky's English Playground
http://lockyep.blogspot.hk/2013/08/technology-message-lockys-english.html