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Working on Mineral themed Android Apps

8th Apr 2012

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The past few weeks Brandy and I have been trying to come up with some great ideas for the Apps market. As Android devices are easier to get approved (oh my, one of the problems is all the JUNK that makes it into the Google Play Market), we developed a couple that are ready for downloading right now.

The basic idea is that, yes, of course we all have browsers on our phones and tablets, we can go to whatever website with just a few screen tapping motions. However, our apps open with the touch of a button and in a second, with just a quick tap of the finger, you are connecting to some of your favorite mineral based websites.

Our first app, "Minerals for Sale", has direct links to Wheretobuyminerals.com, the RSS feed, two of our favorite eBay dealers, The-Vug.com's facebook account and the Where to buy Minerals twitter feed, which is filled with all sorts of extra updates, including the RSS dealer feed on MinDat.org.

The second app is "Mineral Collector's Resources", with colorful one click buttons to take you to MinDat.org, Mineralogical Record, Rock and Minerals, the AFMS, friends of Mineralogy, mineral shows, some book suggestions. It was designed to supply easy to find links to both complete novices, as well as serious collectors. Just last night I had the perfect time to show off the app. I was in the art gallery for opening night of a really great exhibit and I got into several conversations with people who either have a appreciation of minerals or have friends who are into minerals. When I showed these people the app, three of them immediately downloaded it, they loved it so much. Sure, it isn't for everyone, but, both of these apps are 100% free!

In the works, the graphics are being finished on our first paid app, a guide to rockhounding near quartzsite arizona.
More rockhound guides are going to follow, along with more interesting apps. In June, expect us to have approval of our first Apple app, for iphones and ipads.

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