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Android app

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:43 am
by Mìcheal Beag
Does anyone use an Android app Gaelic dictionary on a smart (?) phone ? I should think it very handy. Any recommendations?

Re: Android app

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:25 am
by akerbeltz
I don't think there's anything of a respectable size though I vaguely remember some muttering about turning the TYG dictionary into an app. There's a mobile version of the Faclair Beag though that you can shortcut onto your screen.

Before you ask, we're not turning it into an app, there's just no point in terms of developer time needed (you have to do Android, iPhone, prob not Blackberry anymore, Windows Phone and now Mozilla OS), bugfix forever and then there's the data safety issue.

Re: Android app

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:07 pm
by Mìcheal Beag
akerbeltz wrote:I don't think there's anything of a respectable size though I vaguely remember some muttering about turning the TYG dictionary into an app. There's a mobile version of the Faclair Beag though that you can shortcut onto your screen.

Before you ask, we're not turning it into an app, there's just no point in terms of developer time needed (you have to do Android, iPhone, prob not Blackberry anymore, Windows Phone and now Mozilla OS), bugfix forever and then there's the data safety issue.


Thanks. I am interested in a "dictionary app" on the phone because I don't always have ready access to a network, nor do I want to scarf the data plan
looking up words online. I was not planning to ask if you will be "app"ing.

Re: Android app

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:48 pm
by Alasdair Fitheach
Hehe I suspect "bugfix forever" sums up the next few centuries of human life. That and "move inland."

'S e ceist inntinneach co-dhiu / It's an interesting question, anyhoo. I find myself wondering where I'd be away from both my dictionaries and the Internet long enough to need an app. But then, I'm not in Scotland. I suppose there have been times when I've had a book with me and have been traveling. On the other hand, it's nothing that couldn't wait. And when the learner speaks with the Gael, the Gael is usually also the dictionary.

Given the Gael's typical vacation destinations, I had been thinking a Castillian / Catalan / Portuguese - Gaidhlig app (or print pocket dictionary) might be useful.

Re: Android app

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:47 pm
by Mìcheal Beag
I agree that a good dictionary is the best option however it's sometimes one more object to carry. Rarely do not NOT have my phone.

Re: Android app

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:41 pm
by Níall Beag
akerbeltz wrote:Before you ask, we're not turning it into an app, there's just no point in terms of developer time needed (you have to do Android, iPhone, prob not Blackberry anymore, Windows Phone and now Mozilla OS), bugfix forever and then there's the data safety issue.

Why not sublicense the data to someone who already publishes dictionary apps for other languages? That way the bugfixes are already done.

Re: Android app

Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:05 pm
by akerbeltz
That might be an idea, thanks, I'll look into it!