Cherry Mobile Ace FAQs and Hacks

It has been a while since the Cherry Mobile Ace User Groups has been established on Facebook and the group is growing day by day from consumers to app developers who owns, will own or just a fan of the Cherry Mobile Ace.

Cherry Mobile Ace is a new device and no doubt that consumers who are trying out the platform will have some questions about the device. But since these questions are usually being asked everytime, i have collected most of the Q’s here and i will do my best to answer it straightforward and clear.

If you think there is a lack of clarity in my answers, feel free to drop it in the comments section. Without further ado, here is the list of Cherry Mobile Ace FAQs:

“Is Cherry Mobile Ace an Android device?”

Answer: No, it’s not. It runs on Firefox OS 1.3T

“Can i update my device to Firefox OS 2.0?”

Answer: Not yet. Firefox  OS 1.3 is the current stable release of Firefox at the time of this writing.

Firefox OS 2.0 is currently being offered to developer devices and it’s not ready for prime time just yet. Same goes to Firefox OS 1.4, 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2.

“What are the APN settings for Firefox OS? I want to connect to the Internet!”

Answer: More here http://www.yugatech.com/apn-settings-for-globe-smart-sun-cellular/

“Will Clash of Clans or any other Android games will run on my Cherry Mobile Ace?”

Answer: It depends. Not all Android games can run in Firefox OS, true.  BUT some of the most popular game publishers and content providers are porting their games to Firefox OS. To name a few, you can play: Cut the Rope (By ZeptoLab) , Fix-It-Felix (By Disney) and among others.

If you want your favorite app to be ported in Firefox OS, why not give the developer a shout out and ask them to port it? (But ask gently, of course. ;) )

“Can i root my Firefox OS device?”

Answer: No.

“Can i install apps through an .APK on my phone?”

Answer: Nope. Only Android can read and install APK files. Firefox doesn’t have a file extension.

Here’s why: With Firefox OS, you can literally install a website on the go by visiting a website that supports Firefox OS app install feature.

So imagine you’re visiting your favorite website and it will offer you to install it in your phone. Imagine the time saved from opening the Marketplace to searching the app you want and tapping the download button.

“How do you take a screenshot on this device?”

Answer: Hold the POWER BUTTON + Home button (The circular button at lower part of the phone) at the same time.

“Why is it that my phone takes me to the future (or past) by giving me the wrong date?”

Answer: This happens everytime your device has been turned off. And the “Set automatically” option usually doesn’t work if your telco doesn’t support it.

To solve this, set the time manually and turn off the automatic time adjustment feature.

“I’m getting SMS or call notification even though i have seen it before”

Answer: Related to the former question, it has something to do with the time adjusting itself automatically when you turn off your device. Make sure to set the time manually and try again.

“I want to develop apps on my Phone”

Answer: Visit https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Apps/Quickstart/Build/Your_first_app

“I’m developing an app and my computer can’t find my phone”

Answer: Please check this guide: http://www.stramaxon.com/2014/10/debug-intex-cloudfx-firefoxos.html

And…

“I’m having issues with my device.”

Answer: Please contact Cherry Mobile Customer Support. Visit https://www.facebook.com/cherrymobilecustomersolutions

ChikkaFOX – The Chikka SMS API Simulator in Firefox OS

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I’ve been playing around recently with the Chikka SMS API and i’m amazed on how easy it is to integrate the API on your existing apps or try the API by creating a small app that would simulate it. That is exactly what i did with ChikkaFox.

ChikkaFox is an open source app in Firefox OS that would let you send SMS to any mobile phone number.

All you need to do is to add your api info into the following variables in main.js:

var sCode = “”; // Short code
var cID = “”; // Client ID

var sKey = “” // Secret Key

To test the app, you have to format a mobile number by adding: +639XXXXXXXXX.

Message ID is used to track a request status. You can put any numbers you like for testing. (Example: 01)

The great thing about the Chikka SMS API is that you can buy airtime credits using your SMART Prepaid load and the minimum package you can avail is only 100 pesos (Up to 250 SMS). Talk about convenience and affordability.

Cherry Mobile Ace: An end to the Gingerbread Era

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Cherry Mobile has announced a new set of devices for this month of November and i think it’s the best line up yet for both consumers and developers.

It’s nothing new that Cherry Mobile has been actively releasing new devices every now and then but this time, in my own opinion, they wanted to point out that they are working really hard to put balance in modern hardware and reasonably priced devices.

The end of Android Gingerbread

The current line-up of Cherry Mobile smartphones has abandoned Android 2.3 a.k.a “Gingerbread” and that’s okay. Gingerbread has been here for a very very long time. It was first introduced in December 6, 2010. That’s nearly 4 years ago!

The most affordable Cherry Mobile Android Phone runs Android 4.1 a.k.a “Jelly Bean”

Firefox OS is here to fill the gap

Now that Android Gingerbread is retiring, something needs to fill out the gap.

And now they are offering the Cherry Mobile Ace now runs Firefox OS 1.3.

With Firefox OS, you get a modern operating system with a modern browser. It’s an operating system which has been made with Web Technologies at its heart. Whichmeans you can get more apps because most the apps are lightweight when compared to a native Android app.

I’ve been using Firefox OS for almost a year now and i can safely say that the O.S has been improved dramatically since its inception. And Mozilla is doing a good job on enhancing the operating system. In fact, if you own a Geeksphone Keon or Peak, you can try out Firefox OS 2.1 on your device.

I just bought a unit today and will update my blog on how to test your Firefox OS apps and setting up the development environment using the new Cherry Mobile Ace. So please stay tuned. :)

Tren for Android, now available at the Pinoy AppShop

trenmarketingmaterialI am pleased to announce that Tren for Android is now available for download the Pinoy AppShop for Free!

Pinoy AppShop is a marketplace that offers easy access to a variety of mobile applications/games which are specially selected for Filipino. It’s a great platform to get a sweet spotlight in the ocean of apps in the Android universe.

This is also a great platform for Android developers who wants to target the local market with groundbreaking innovative apps. The app marketplace is pre-installed with every Cherry Mobile device and if you’re not using a Cherry Mobile smartphone, you can download it at Google Play.

If you want to install Pinoy AppShop in your Android phone, head on to this link. You can also like Pinoy AppShop on Facebook and show your support in cultivating locally made apps.

 

Next chapters ahead

Just last week, i have finally signed my contract with Cherry Mobile. And i’ll be working at Cosmic Digital Universe, their associte company for all things digital solutions! (We are still hiring!)

History made me

Since 2011, all of my efforst are being poured into deep research about how mobile works and since then i always wanted to focus on creating cool stuff on the device you can actually lift.

It has been almost 3 years since i began developing apps on mobile, even if i was a college student back then, i have at least created up to 10 apps from top mobile platforms. I’ve been also busy in the past few years promoting and helping student developers for all things app development.

Why Cherry Mobile?

My passion for mobile never stops in college. I’m always interested with mobile. In fact, i have spend my internship with SMART Communications Inc and i learned a LOT! And i also believe that i can grow with a company that ships affordable consumer phones to the filipino market. I know, i can learn a lot with Cherry Mobile.

What’s next?

From time to time, i can still blog and tweet. I’ll be busy more than ever, but i won’t give up from where i have started. I’m also sticking with Mozilla as a Non-paid volunteer and might help you out if you have any questions with Firefox OS App Development. (You can join our local dev group here.)

And of couse, expect Cherry Mobile stuff on my blog. =)

I’m pretty much excited with what life can offer me together with Cherry. =)

An Open Web App sample that controls your music by just waving

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Since the dawn of “Touch less” music navigation has begun from different phone manufacturers, i was curious enough to replicate the feature to Firefox OS by using the Proximity API.

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Meet “Air Wave” a sample Open Web App that lets you pause or play a music file by just waving your hand near the proximity sensor of a phone.

Thanks to WebAPI, you can create awesome innovations that involves information from your phones hardware!

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Here’s a video demo (Instagram Video): http://instagram.com/p/qp7KbBiMUR

If you want to play with the code, you can get it on GitHub: https://github.com/aaroncajes/airwave

Happy Hacking! :)

Tren 1.1 for Android has been released!

 

It’s just 10 days after tren has been first released on Google Play, from the start we promise to deliver relevant features to our consumers by bringing innovation on the table and better refinements to the app experience. Now, enough chit chats!

What’s new in TREN 1.1 for Android?

  • TREN Alerts (BETA): We’re launching Tren Alerts. Get the latest news and scoop from us via “Push Notification” so you can get the up-to-date announcements from LRT/MRT and PNR. How cool is that? ;)
  • Simplified User Interface: We’ve made some minor U.I changes. We’ve added a new tab for the “About” section.
  • Better performance: 20% faster than before. It’s a huge performance deal breaker here.

I hope you’ll like this new version. If you’ve seen some bugs, you can e-mail me at: thetrenapp@gmail.com

Like TREN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trenapp

Follow Tren on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/usetren

Join our TREN Commuter Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/trenph/

Tren: Behind the scenes

I want to talk about “Behind the scenes” of Tren, my newest app that you can download for free on Google Play, Windows Phone Marketplace and Firefox Marketplace.

When did you started developing Tren?

Tren is a weekend app. I started planning and coding the mock-ups on March 28 2014 (Friday). Worked really hard on each feature on March 29-30 (Saturday and Sunday) and sunday night, i already have the alpha app for testing. My friends are my guinea pigs (and i love them, truly they have an eye for quality). And on Monday, i have been busy testing the BETA app for release. Making sure that the app won’t crash on my device, and won’t make my testers unhappy.

And on April 1 2014, tren has finally launched in Google Play. It’s a living proof that April Fools Day is not only just for pranks. :P

Why did you focused on developing Tren?

I have a LOT of app ideas in my mind. But these ideas are needed to be cultured, it needs to be planned. A perfect way to launch an app is timing and research. I think it’s the best time to launch a train guide to serve better my fellow countrymen and the fact that  the growing need for info app focusing on public transportation is becoming a necessity.

Why is the CCTV feature NOT built-in on the app?

I’ve been getting the same question right before i’ve launched the app. It’s simply because it’s MRT’s property. I don’t like the idea of serving a feature and have to sneak on their system just to make that feature work. I respect the whole organization. But if ever they would offer an API access for third party developers, like me. I’ll be more willing to cooperate.

Are you seeking partnership?

Yes. Specially if the offer would really benefit the users. If you have a proposal, you can E-mail me instead.

Is Tren really FREE? How do you earn?

Tren will always be FREE to use. I’ll earn through Google’s Ads. I’ll use the money to buy me some coffee. Or a small meal when i’m hungry coding.

Why is iOS not supported from Day 1?

Technical stuff. But hopefully, i would launch an “Up-to-date” version of the app at the end of the year.

That’s it! I hope you liked reading this behind the scene post. I’d like to thank a good friend Bea Fel, My mom, My Uncle and all of my friends who helped and supported my app. I appreciate all of your efforts! You guys are awesome!

Introducing Tren: Your guide to manila transit

What was your first train trip felt like?

We all have this first train trip experience. I bet before your first trip was all excitement and expectations. Everyone does. But it all goes down to the frequently asked questions before that awesome experience. And possibly, you may have asked these questions yourself:

What are the next few stations before we reach our destination?

How much would a single journey ticket cost?

I’ve been riding different train stations everyday for the last 5 years and i’m still asking some of those questions. Not until, i made Tren.

I’m a commuter myself. I love riding the train! And i want an app that would help me with my ride. I want instant answers when i needed the most. So that’s the main reason i started tren in the first place.

What can Tren do for me?

Tren was created for commuters like YOU and ME. It was crafted to answer quickly. We don’t usually ask train questions, but when the time we needed to. That’s when we needed the answers FAST.

From the planning stage, i want tren to…

  • List the stations on a certain train line (LRT 1 & 2, MRT 3 and PNR)
  • List the daily operation schedule of each train line
  • Solve the train metric fare for you
  • Some train reminders
  • …and contact information from every train line you ride.

And i’ve also included a link from the official CCTV  of MRT-3, so you can take a peak at the current condition of a station before you take a ride. Pretty sweat, right? :)

And most of all, this app is FREE. Free to use, feel free to love. Share the good news to your friends and family who are also commuting via train!

What’s next for Tren?

Tren doesn’t stop at this version. It’s a continuous work. I’ve made a solid roadmap for the app and looking forward for the right steps ahead. But for now, you can always count on tren. :)

TREN is available for download at these platforms:

Tren for Android

Tren for Windows Phone 8

Tren for Firefox Marketplace

Tren for iOS is currently in the works and will be released soon.

If you liked it, don’t forget to rate it. If you need technical support or if you want to suggest a feature, kindly email us at: thetrenapp[at]gmail[dot]com.

Attend the Firefox Automation Training Days online!

If you’re interested in testing software and writing code to test code on Firefox, the Mozilla QA Team is organizing a two day online automations training! For FREE!

All you need is a stable internet connection, a browser (Well, don’t be shy to use Firefox!) to attend the training.

You can check out the Public Etherpad for useful resources online, join the video conference on Vidyo, and join the others on IRC (If you don’t know how to install IRC, you can check it out how here) #automation channel.

This is an awesome opportunity if you want to contribute to Mozilla. Help test software, report bugs and make Firefox more awesome!

See you at the Automations training!

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