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    Made an app for cycling... any opinions?

    Hey there, I'm a student studying in a college who is bored hack out of during the terms between semesters.

    I have made an app called 'Ride Weather' and you can find this on google play store by searching or on https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...nt.rideweather

    Its free and ad-free

    I'm not here to just promote my app but I want to hear some opinions about this from you folks from the western.

    As a dual citizenship holder who just got out of Korean army this year to maintain two citizenship, I still stay with my parents in Korea until I get back to school.

    So I need your opinion about the app itself, if it works on western area (ie. auto-location matching). The app has been very successful in Korean cycling forum.

    * This app I made, basically tells you which direction the current wind blows and how fast the wind moves that direction so that riders can ride with tail wind to beat some PRs or even to take KOM/QOM in strava.

    I know there are tons and millions of weather app that tells you this kind of information, but I found inconvenience in those conventional apps that I have to navigate thru few taps to get wind information.

    My app tells you the information right on when you start the app by automatically searching for your location on start. If you want to search for other locations or a specific location you will be riding on, you can search that location in the search box down below.

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    I would be very appreciated if you can give me your opinions and critiques about my app so that I can improve this in next updates!

    Thanks in advance and have safe rides.
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    No auto-detection on my HTC one. And US measurements would be nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcriverjunky View Post
    No auto-detection on my HTC one. And US measurements would be nice
    Is your network stable? Ride weather detects location using network. I will add US measurement selection in next update. Thanks!
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    I'm on AT&T. I'll use it. Thanks!

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    You should make one for sailboats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcriverjunky View Post
    No ...And US measurements would be nice
    Don't blame the US. If you're talking inches, feet, miles, lbs those are imperial units, an invention of the British.
    ... 'cuz that's how I roll.

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    iOS version? I would use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looigi View Post
    Don't blame the US. If you're talking inches, feet, miles, lbs those are imperial units, an invention of the British.
    Beat me to it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by looigi View Post
    Don't blame the US. If you're talking inches, feet, miles, lbs those are imperial units, an invention of the British.
    Yeah, but the Americans are the ones who insist on continuing to use them. The Brits went metric a long time ago. So in contemporary terms, those are "U.S. measurements" for all practical purposes.

    Leestrin, where does your app get the data?
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    Does not find my location, defaults to Drenthe Netherlands. I can enter my location but there is no way to save that so I'd have to do it every time. Yes, my network is stable, all other location apps find my current location.

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    It puts me in Luxemborg. I'm actually a few miles down the road in Utah...

    I like the idea for the app however!
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    Looks like a great idea, I'd use it, but I'm in an apple phone so I need iOS. Right now I have to use the apple weather app and it isn't nearly as good as what you've done. I also just created an app, any chance you are willing to give me some feedback now? http://www.paceright.com

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    I have updated the app with much better functions and look. I also fixed location problem that many of you were having. Ride Weather will detect exact location of you and tell you the right weather.

    Also, I have added forecast by 3 hours in term + 12 hours. Just need to scroll down a bit and there it is.

    The basics are the same, if you want to search for a place, click on search icon or if you want to get back to your location after a search, click on earthy icon. Both are on the top.

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    Check it out : https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...nt.rideweather
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    Just sent an update to Google.
    Now, Ride Weather supports Fahrenheit and MPH for temperature and wind speed.
    All you need is to tap on ... icon on the top and select F mode, restart the app.

    Also, huge performance improvement has been done.

    You will see these changes as soon as google accepts my update file.

    Enjoy! ;)
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    It now works as you describe--and I like it a lot!!! I'll pass this along to our riding club for further distribution.
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    I haven't looked at it yet, but based on your screenshots, it seems useful. Nice display.

    However, can I ask again, where does it get the data, and how often does it update?
    "None of us knows for sure what's out there; that's why we keep looking. Keep your faith; travel hopefully. The universe will surprise you, constantly." The 13th Doctor.

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    Now it's perfect! I'll use this for going kayaking and boating out on the Bay.

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    Thanks everyone for your interests. I will certainly continue to develop further.

    JCavila, I'm sorry I just cannot tell you where I get the information because that is a part where things get little tricky and I did sign up not to tell anyone about it. For now, I can tell you that my weather source covers the globe and it gets updated every 3 hours.

    And for those who use Apple, I'm sorry I just cannot afford apple's developer sign up fee which is about $100 per year (also no Mac...). But I will try to get a chance to make one for you guys in the future!

    *by the way, I have added unit support. If you folks are more familiar with F and Mph, tap on ... icon on top and restart the app.
    Last edited by leestrin; 07-20-2015 at 10:06 PM.
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    Installed on Samsung S6 Verizon variant and works well. Quick summary information and what would be useful is a tap for regional radar?

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    I'm actually working on that right now. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    Yeah, but the Americans are the ones who insist on continuing to use them. The Brits went metric a long time ago. So in contemporary terms, those are "U.S. measurements" for all practical purposes.

    Leestrin, where does your app get the data?
    Not really: street signs in the UK are still in "miles, feet, stones, potatoes, strawberries". And people report their weight in stones.

    If you go to a UK tailor he will pull out a tape with inch marks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leestrin View Post
    I'm actually working on that right now. Thanks!
    Any chance you can build an iOS version?
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    I use weatherbug for wind on iOS. Works fine but this is still cool.

    Or if you want to go nuts check out http://hint.fm/wind

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    The app looks and works great, but is there any reason why the permissions list is so demanding? There is a lot in there that it wants but doesn't make sense why it would need all of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reubenc View Post
    The app looks and works great, but is there any reason why the permissions list is so demanding? There is a lot in there that it wants but doesn't make sense why it would need all of that.
    Hey, thanks for downloading.

    Ride Weather needs some permissions but its not that a lot. I myself only put
    - Network : of course thats where the weather info is comming from.
    - Location : to automatically set users location

    Permissions and that is it.

    Two other permissions the app still needs (device id, media) is set by Yahoo that I put their sevice to track analysis. I'm NEVER getting users personal information WHATSOEVER. But only yahoo will count the number of downloads of Ride Weather so I can see how many people are using my app.

    If you take a look at data spend of my app, there is no doubt that my app is clean.

    Hope this answered your question.

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