Giant Bomb Android Application, now in Beta!

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#1  Edited By harris

Drew, poserdonut, and I (Harris) are proud to announce that the Giant Bomb Android application is now in beta. The beta includes many improvements, including video search/filtering, vast performance enhancements, and much more. 
 

Stats

As of 8/8/2010 we have 3768 active installs at 4.5/5 stars with 355 ratings.

Getting It

Search for "Giant Bomb" on the marketplace to get the app. Leave a nice review while you're at it ;) If you've already installed the application from beta
If you don't have access to the market, grab it on our Google Code page.
 

Screen Shots

NOTE: These screenshots are from version 1.3.  (OLD)
     
 

Source Code

 The project is open source. See our Google Code page if you're interested. Please let me know if you'd like to help in any way! 

Change Log

 See our Google Code page for a detailed change log. 

Upcoming Feautres

  • Experimental Forum Reading Support
  • Barcode Scanning for game lookup

Donations

 If you'd like to donate, please keep the following in mind: we are not Giant Bomb. They are the ones who make the app worthwhile. Before donating, consider buying a Giant Bomb t-shirt. If you decide to donate, donations are split equally between all three of us. Thanks in advance. 
 
Click here to donate. 
 
You'll be asked how much you want to donate after clicking the link. We appreciate any amount. Thanks again.

Notice

 A new feature in the beta is error reporting. Whenever the app crashes, a crash log is sent to our servers. This log contains NO personal information and is completely anonymous. This is a mandatory feature during beta, to help us better the app.
 
Please report any other issues you have with the app, or suggestions. Since the app only reports errors that cause a crash, other errors may go unreported. Please let us know about these errors.
 
Sorry for the lackluster post, I hope the app will speak for itself ;) I'll improve this later. 

Thanks!
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#2  Edited By poserdonut

Drew and Harris are the real heroes of this release. 
 
Great work guys

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#3  Edited By harris

I'm heading to an Android Developer Labs Conference now, so perhaps I'll get to show off the app a little :P 
 
Also, it looks like they're giving out free phones this year, so hopefully I'll have a new device to debug and optimize for :D
 
The error logging is already helping us out, quite a few crash reports have already been sent to us, so we'll be able to fix those issues now. Also, be sure to launch the app again after a crash, so the crash data is sent. (It's sent on the next launch after a crash)

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#4  Edited By SamStrife

Im still hoping on the Symbian version that will never come.

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#5  Edited By EpicSteve

I really want community features or some sort of update to the iPhone app.

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#6  Edited By TheGremp

Oh boy oh boy oh boy. 
 
Updating apps is like Christmas for me!  Thanks duder.

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#7  Edited By DanielJW

Bump for this thread, Android users should be all over this! :)

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#8  Edited By watertails

Thanks for that bump, JW! I just got my Droid in the mail today, and this is going to be my first Android app.
 
:o It's really nice having Giant Bomb in my pocket. There went all of my productivity during off hours.

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#9  Edited By choffy21

Good update. Very stable, and the name looks good on my Nexus One. One thing though, that icon looks horrible. Not the design, but the quality of the picture. Definitely needs to be cleaned up.

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#10  Edited By Luke

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
 
Thank you all very much for your hard work dooders! :D 

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#11  Edited By Skytylz

awesome, i get a new phone in a week and i'm trying to decide between a droid eris and chocolate touch.  This is pushing me towards the droid.

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#12  Edited By jkz

Not sure if it's worth much, but I'm running a 2.1 rom on my myTouch 3G, and the video is just black (I do get great audio though!). 
 
Not sure that my rooted experience is of any help (on second thought, you should probably just ignore this, because others running 2.1 aren't having any issues), but just thought I'd throw it in there; keep up the good work! 

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#13  Edited By cspanick

Yeah, I'd love to see some new updates to the GB iPhone app.  One problem i've had is the release section seems to be inaccurate with games released last year saying they are coming out this month.

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#14  Edited By harris
@choffy21: Yea, the icon was a really quick last minute thing. We still need to find a good icon designer who can make a decent one.
  Please PM me if you're someone who could make a better one!
 
@jukezypoo: Woah, didn't know you could get 2.1 running on a myTouch. Not sure what's causing that issue.. sorry duder :\
 
@cspanick: This thread is about the Android application. The iPhone app is maintained by the GB staff, not us community members.
 
Thanks to everyone for testing, we're getting tons of very helpful crash reports.
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#16  Edited By CastroCasper

I love this app, one question though, I can only get videos, except for one random time where I could change from video, to news or reviews. Is it something up with my phone? Am I thinking of something else or is it user error?

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#17  Edited By ChrisTaran

Is there anyway you can make it so we can read comments on videos and news stories? 
 
Thanks!

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#18  Edited By drew
@ChrisTaran: Unfortunately, the Giant Bomb API (the set of functions this app and the iPhone app both use to retrieve information) don't include any community features.  You can rest assured, if the guys at GB decide to add this functionality to the API, we'll add support for it to the app.  This includes things like the forums as well. 
 
@kurtdyoung: What phone are you running it on? I haven't come across this problem before...
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#19  Edited By Noxpectius

Great, I Will check it out now.

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#21  Edited By ch13696

I'm gonna definitely download it. Any chance that the iPhone version will soon have forum support? 

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#22  Edited By drew
@ch13696: We don't maintain the iPhone version, that's an official app supported by the GB staff. If they decide to provide a means for adding forum support to the iPhone version, we'll add it to the Android version too.
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#23  Edited By ch13696

I will literally pay 20 gzillion dollars if there is soon to be forum support.

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#24  Edited By megalowho

Checking it out right now. Great work guys!

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#25  Edited By jakob187

Checked it out extensively last night after I updated.  No crashes so far on my Droid, streaming feels good, video searching is A-W-E-S-O-M-E...man, you guys are goddamn champions!!!  Thank you so much for keeping up on this as well as making it in the first place.  You've done a great community one hell of a great service, gents.

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#26  Edited By CastroCasper
@drew: I am using an Android G1.
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#27  Edited By harris
@ch13696:  I would gladly do it for any amount of dollars in the gazillions :D
 
Seriously though, I'm considering adding basic forum support as an experimental feature.
 
@jakob187: Thanks for the constant testing and praise :)
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#28  Edited By harris
This weekend I'll be adding experimental forum reading and barcode scanning. Expect a new release around the middle of next week.
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#29  Edited By artofwar420

YAAAY! My phone will love this.

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#30  Edited By harris

Forum reading support is coming along nicely... got most of the hard work done. May have a release with some basic forum reading out this weekend.

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#31  Edited By harris

Here's the terrible looking interface for it so far (this will improve GREATLY soon):

  I think this has a lot of potential :D I can see myself reading the forums on my phone in a lot of situations.
 
That's probably all I can do for tonight... I'll continue tomorrow. 
 
UPDATE: Got it looking pretty decent.
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#32  Edited By RoyaleWifCheese

Wonderful updates. Would it be possible to hide the Notification slide on 2.0.1 during video playback? It's a little distracting, but by no means a big deal. I'm honestly just happy this app exists.

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#33  Edited By harris
@RoyaleWifCheese said:
" Wonderful updates. Would it be possible to hide the Notification slide on 2.0.1 during video playback? It's a little distracting, but by no means a big deal. I'm honestly just happy this app exists. "
I did this at one point, but the aspect ratio is such that it just leaves more blank space at the bottom of the screen, at least on the G1. We could add code to detect if the your screen's aspect ratio is such that it would utilize the extra space. We might do this in the next release.
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#34  Edited By The_Laughing_Man
@harris said:

" @RoyaleWifCheese said:

" Wonderful updates. Would it be possible to hide the Notification slide on 2.0.1 during video playback? It's a little distracting, but by no means a big deal. I'm honestly just happy this app exists. "
I did this at one point, but the aspect ratio is such that it just leaves more blank space at the bottom of the screen, at least on the G1. We could add code to detect if the your screen's aspect ratio is such that it would utilize the extra space. We might do this in the next release. "
I have my brand new droid sitting next to me right now. Maybe I will grab it
 
 
Edit..
 
Got it but I think I might have found a bug.
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#35  Edited By harris

Next release has a MUCH nicer icon.

The current icon is pretty terrible... sorry about that.
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#36  Edited By CenturionCajun

I've been using it for the last few weeks and it's pretty sweet. I usually listen to the Bombcast while I'm opening up work in the morning and watch various videos on my break. The only issue I've come across is that you can't jump around in the Bombcast or on videos. So, you have to start it up and just ride it out.

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#37  Edited By CastroCasper

I still do not have the tab at the top to change between news, videos, reviews, or bombcast. It starts and says on videos.

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#38  Edited By harris
@kurtdyoung: That's very strange... have you tried uninstalling and installing the latest version from the market? I've never encountered that error before, except for when the app actually was only videos. Which firmware version are you on? Also, if you hit menu, does anything come up? Sorry for the trouble, hopefully I can fix that.
 
Posted some stats in the first post.
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#39  Edited By harris

Found a major bug thanks to bug reporting. App will usually crash when you change screen orientations during a loading dialog. This should be fixed by next release.

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#40  Edited By choffy21
@harris: Did the bug get fixed? Any update on the update?
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#41  Edited By Afroman269

Fantastic now maybe they will, I don't know, update the iPhone app sometime? That thing is still kind of janky.

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#42  Edited By kidman

Finally bough the glorious HTC Magic (MyTouch 3G with 288MB of RAM for US folks) and the app is great! One thing that is not-so-great is that the video gets out of sync, looks like it's not able to keep up.. I tried killing all the processes but not much has changed. I'm streaming via my own Wifi. My rom is slightly modified 1.5 with Sense Ui (cursorsense if anyone's curious). Anyone know how i could i fix it?

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#43  Edited By harris
@choffy21: We're working on it, been a bit busy lately. Should be out in maybe a week or so.
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#44  Edited By harris
@kidman:  The new patch has quite a few video optimizations, see if that helps when it comes out a week or so.
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#45  Edited By kidman

thanks for the response! Anroid at this moment isn't the most optimized system in the world, but i got youtube hd  playing pretty smoothly so i think it's possible. Right now i cannot test it on 3G due to outrageous prices in my country (paid 30$ for 30megabytes by mistake) but will get 2GB plan in a week so i'll test again then. Thank you very much for your hard work!

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#46  Edited By ToastMan

Would it be possible to add Low, Medium and High video options like the ones in the site's player?

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#47  Edited By wefwefasdf
@EpicSteve said:
" I really want community features or some sort of update to the iPhone app. "
Me too. Forum support would be awesome.
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#48  Edited By harris
@ToastMan: No, sadly. The videos in the format that play on android devices are (currently) only in one quality. They're the same specially formatted videos that play on the iPhone app. 
 
@SpikeSpiegel: Experimental forum support will be in the  next version :D 
 
The update may be delayed a bit, but look for it in the next several days....
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#49  Edited By Dr_Feelgood38

This reaaaaallly has me yearning for an update for the iPhone app. Get some new features on there. Maybe a video search function, Bombcast tab, forum support... Well, the Bombcast is on iTunes, so I could do without that, but an update would still be extremely welcome.

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#50  Edited By Skytylz

got a droid and like the app, kind of messed up when trying to watch videos and when i switch between vertical and horizontal views the app stops working about half the time.