Equake v1.05 released

Version 1.05 of Equake and Equakelite is now out on the Android market: Available in Android Market

Amongst the most noticeable features added are:

  • You can now share Earthquake information with your friends using the “Share” button in the “EQ” tab
  • You can now create your own customized maps and lists of earthquakes
  • Various speed improvements and minor bugfixes (as always)
Equake EQ tab

Equake EQ tab

Create customized map or list

Create customized map or list

Customized map

Customized map

6 thoughts on “Equake v1.05 released

  1. ankaatje

    I wish I had a smartphone. The GNU-with-Linux version of Equake works great for keeping me up to date with seismic activity worldwide. So well that I knew about last year’s big earthquake in Turkey before they wrote about it in the news, so when I heard about it, I already knew that my friends who were on vacation there were safe.

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  2. equake Post author

    That’s cool. I’ll have to release the gnome equake applet soon, once I get autotools working with it… Though I might just release binary packages first.

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  3. David

    Have purchased and installed the E-Quake app, Exactly the type of app I want – Thanks!
    However two issues which hopefully will be addressed.
    1. The semi-transparent background available is a fantastic idea – and critical for me. However it always disappears within a few minutes, leaving if I can see it, the print. Can this be fixed so that the background (if chosen) stays?
    2. So far it seems that 90% of the earthquakes shown are on the US. Is the tool US-centric? Can this be changed or made an option??
    Thanks again.
    David

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    1. equake Post author

      Hello David, thank you for your suggestions and for purchasing the app.

      Regarding the problems you found:

      “1. The semi-transparent background available is a fantastic idea – and critical for me. However it always disappears within a few minutes,”

      I am sorry, that is unfortunate. I haven’t noticed this myself which makes it hard to trouble shoot. Could you let me know the exact Android device and the version of the OS you are using? In that case it will be easier for me to reproduce the problem.

      “2. So far it seems that 90% of the earthquakes shown are on the US. Is the tool US-centric? Can this be changed or made an option?”

      I get the data from the USGS site and they have updates every 5 minutes for North America and updates every 30 minutes for the rest of the world. That means it is more US centric. However I am looking into changing this or giving the user the ability to choose a different source.

      A first step would be to allow the user to choose to monitor a higher magnitude. Say you choose magnitude 3, in that case you would only see earthquakes of magnitude 3 and up. This will filter out a lot of the US centric earthquakes because many of those are below magnitude 3.

      This would be an easy fix so expect an update soon. The other one (choosing a different source) will take a bit more time to implement.

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      1. David

        Thanks so much Jeroen! What a quick and complete response – much appreciated!

        I have an LG P970 (aka Optimus Black) running Android 2.2.2

        I cannot prove it but it seems that the background transparency disappears when the overlying data changes – yet when I go back in – choosing the background still shows as “Yes”. Turning it off and then back to “Yes” puts the background back on.

        Your explanation of why the tool appears to be US Centric was excellent. I think your proposed quick solution of providing the ability to up the threshold of Magnitude will address the problem, while still giving the ability of retaining USGS as the source. Is it not the “best” and most timely?

        Thanks again!
        David

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        1. equake Post author

          I’m working on a solution, expect an update soon.

          I couldn’t yet reproduce the background issue. But I suspect it has something to do with saving preferences. The app reads the preferences from an xml file after each update (they can get “lost” otherwise). It looks like in your case they either aren’t saved properly or get reset. I believe the former. I don’t know why though, lack of space or no write permissions?

          Yes I agree the USGS source is the best one. I was thinking of adding alternative sources in addition to this one, however that is more work so it’ll be something for the long term.

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