well ok – technically it’s 2.93 – but it was meant to be 1.93. However due to a quirk of the android market in not allowing you to go backwards in version number…we ended up upgrading ourselves (by mistake).
So now you have drumroll for version…..2.93
The cool new feature here (along with the assortment of usual stability updates and speedups) is FULL INTEGRATION with the Android addressbook.
This means that you can send an echo to find somebody directly from many places in your phone. It’s the kind of deep integration for echoecho that should/will eventually happen on every handset – but in any case let me show you an example:
It’s that easy. (note that phone numbers and email address have been changed to protect the errm…innocent)
Not all Android contact views look exactly the same (since the manufacturers frequently tweak some settings but every contact will have the ability to directly find that friend (i.e. send them an echo) with one-click.
During your first echoecho startup it takes a little while to configure the contacts (approximately 30 seconds for each 300 contacts you have) – but this process is asynchronous and you can carry on using your phone while this is happening. You’ll see a small notification that looks like this:
This configuration only happens once. When you add/change a number subsequent adjustments are near-instantaneous.
Let’s see – what else. Oh yes..we’ve had to say goodbye to Android 1.x
So you echoecho users out there who are on older Android handsets that cannot be upgraded to 2.1 or higher versions of the O/S – we cannot continue to develop the platform for you. Google’s recent stats estimated the older handsets are less than 15% and decreasing rapidly.
You can still continue to use the older version of echoecho – but you won’t be able to take advantage of any new features.
Oh wait – there’s one more thing. I’m a big fan of this device integration because I believe it should be as easy as possible to say “Where are you?” – the whole premise of echoecho is built around the concept of speeding you up and making impossible tasks not only possible but super-efficient.
With that in mind – check this out – because of the way we implemented contacts integration – any time you click on the icon of a user e.g. in the Contact List view shown here:
or in the SMS inbox as shown here:
You can find your friend with one-click.
Awesome stuff. Have a nice Christmas break – there should be a new iphone build this side of christmas (assuming iTunes plays ball) – but as for the New Year – LOTS of stuff is coming at end February.
Enjoy and happy echoing 😉