So wow it’s been awhile. OK a Long while but, I’ve had a really good reason. You see MAL For Android basically got me a new Job back in 2010. On a lark I interviewed with MutualMobile in Austin TX and they liked what they saw. I think having an app in the store is what set me apart. I was interested as well, as Wester New York is not exactly known for it’s thriving software development scene. It was a tough move especially being a family man: Moving is not easy, having wife and kids in tow adds a whole new layer of difficulty. Well long story short I’m finally settled in, the job is going well, family doing good.
However I look back on the early work of MAL For Android and it’s just not up to par with what I can do now. I’ve lived and breathed Android for two years and the only app I have in the store does not match my skill set. I need something that shows what I’m capable of and that is MAL For Android 2. Now granted I could have upgraded the original but I lost the signing key, oops, sorry guys.
So what is MAL For Android 2? I did a complete rewrite. I did keep some architecture I liked but, I also pulled in some really nice new tricks. Things like using Roboguice for dependency management, EventBus for light weight message passing and a ton more. In all I’ve made MAL For Android 2 a worthy demonstration of myself and it is my intent that it will continue to be improved to reflect me better. Hopefully MAL For Android 2 will help me standout in the future like it’s predecessor had.
I realize that this was a lot of meta. I thing it’s time to speak about what MAL For Android 2 can do. Currently you can synchronize your list to the app and have ready access at all times. Even if you’re in a no wifi or cell service zone. Update your watched status, score and, watched count and with our journalized update feature there is no need to worry as it will be synchronize to Myanimelist as soon as you’re back online. Browse your anime list and lookup related sequels, prequels or, alternate re-tellings and add them to your list on the spot. Search the Myanimelist catalog for keywords and preview the results in their full glory. If you like one you can add it to your list immediately from the app. It also supports most device form factors: phones, 7 and 10 inch tablets.
Now not everything has a silver lining. I’ve decided not to support pre Ice Cream Sandwich devices. The days of Froyo, and Gingerbread are over and I’m moving on too. I’ll keep the light of for you guys by not removing the original but, you’ll receive no love from my new endeavors. Also like the original I decided to keep the scope limited and have chosen to not yet support manga lists. I’ll be adding manga in time so, please be patient.