New 14ers.com ANDROID App!

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New 14ers.com ANDROID App!

Post by BillMiddlebrook » Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:33 am

*** EDIT: The app hit the Google Play Store today, 5/20/2020 ***

In the Google Play Store:
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1) Use this link or Search for "14ers.com" in the store. Look for the "14ers.com" app from Developer 14ERS.COM, not the old one from Wyeknot Software which is likely near or at the top of the search results
2) If you previously used the old app, you can now uninstall it from your device

First, I want to thank Nathan Hale for creating the original Android app in 2011 and maintaining it for so many years. His work provided a way to bring full, up-to-date route descriptions into the backcountry, without wasting ink and paper. He also wrote the original (Apple) iOS version that I took over years back. Thanks Nathan!

Over the past two years, I've added a bunch of new functionality to the iOS app so the Android app has fallen a bit behind. I figured it was time to let Nathan off the hook. So, after a knee-surgery in December, I decided to write the Android app from scratch using my current Apple (iOS) version as a blueprint. Once I had it mirroring the iOS version and ready for release, COVID-19 came along. With more time at home, I decided to keep working and extend it to include actual map tracking functionality: Tracks and waypoints, with GPX/KML exporting capability. It's done and I'll be adding it to the Google Play Store in two weeks.


Since it will now be maintained and released from 14ers.com, this will be a new app in the Google Play Store. Nathan plans to release an upgrade to his app which will display a notification stating it will be phased out and users should download the new app, listed under 14ers.com.

Here are the highlights of this new "version":
  • A tab navigator has been added to the bottom of the screen, providing quick access to different sections of the app.
  • Organize your upcoming hikes with ROUTE BOOKMARKS. When you're viewing a route, tap the bookmark icon on the upper right to add it to "My Routes."
  • A new interactive map with 14ers, trailheads, 14er route lines and 13ers. Also, look for the new Location Services button which displays your current location as you hike and allows you to record tracks and waypoints as you hike.
  • Tracks and waypoints are maintained on the My Recordings screen, accessed from the map.
  • When viewing a route description, a "Highlight Route on Main Map" link loads the route line into the map. Combined with the map's "current location" function, you have an easy way to see your current position on the route.
  • App buttons have been switched to blue links.
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Re: New 14ers.com Android App

Post by Eli Boardman » Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:38 am

Wow, that's great, thanks! Tracks and maps...nice.
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Re: New 14ers.com Android App

Post by BillMiddlebrook » Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:44 am

Eli Boardman wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:38 am
Wow, that's great, thanks! Tracks and maps...nice.
Now I have to add tracking to the iOS version. work work work :-D
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Re: New 14ers.com ANDROID App

Post by cottonmountaineering » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:01 am

Is this on the play store right now? I only see the current one
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Re: New 14ers.com ANDROID App

Post by BillMiddlebrook » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:09 am

cottonmountaineering wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:01 am
Is this on the play store right now? I only see the current one
I'm adding it in 2 weeks. Sorry, that was buried in the post.
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Re: New 14ers.com ANDROID App

Post by cottonmountaineering » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:11 am

BillMiddlebrook wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:09 am
cottonmountaineering wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:01 am
Is this on the play store right now? I only see the current one
I'm adding it in 2 weeks. Sorry, that was buried in the post.
cool, the new app and features look great, thanks bill!
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Re: New 14ers.com ANDROID App coming

Post by CaptainSuburbia » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:35 am

Sounds awesome! Thanks Bill! Really looking forward to this. Your hard work on this site is very much appreciated!!
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Re: New 14ers.com ANDROID App coming

Post by Trotter » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:44 am

Looks cool, thanks Bill
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Re: New 14ers.com ANDROID App coming

Post by supranihilest » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:04 am

Great looking update! Having all the 13ers on a map will be super useful for that sub-section of the community!
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Re: New 14ers.com ANDROID App coming

Post by daway8 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:26 pm

Awesome! Can't wait! =D>
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Post by ker0uac » Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:54 am

thank you!
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Re: New 14ers.com ANDROID App coming

Post by Jim Davies » Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:09 am

Very impressive! Just out of nerdy curiosity, what's your development environment for Android?
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