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BFSApps: Differences Between Our iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® Apps & Our Android ™ Apps

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BFSApps: Differences Between Our iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® Apps & Our Android™ Apps

We have generally tried to make both our iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® apps & our Android™ apps similar. However, there are various differences between them. The following are listings of some possible differences between the versions. Note that the lists are not comprehensive and may vary by device / operating system version / configuration / etc. Note that the following is for informational purposes only. We make no guarantee concerning any item herein. For app terms of use, click here.

Click link below for app-specific listings:

» iStations ('IST')

» Catholic Bible References ('CBR')

» Saints4U ('S4U')

» Just Checkin' In ('JCI')

» Speedy Dial! ('SD')

 

iStations

Differences may include...

* Layout: 'Slightly' different layout between versions

* Indicators: Versions have different indicators for automatic scrolling and alternate text (including '++' indicator in Android version)

* Audio: Audio pauses when accessing prayers or help (Android)

* Audio: Audio may be paused/resumed by pressing 'audio' button (Android)

* Background sounds: It may be possible to have appropriate background music on (e.g. Gregorian chant) during audio playback (Android)

* Images: App includes larger images (Android) [3/12 Update: The larger images have now been incorporated into both versions]

* Images: Images may expand or shrink automatically based on available screen space (Android)

* Feedback: 'Haptic feedback' may be enabled (Android)

* Text size: Font size may not be scalable (Android)

Also...

* Access to help file does not check online connection (Android)

* Text may remain in scrolled position when switching back & forth from alternate text (Android)

* Help contains link to access current version information (Android)

* No splash screen (Android)

* No 'close' button for prayers page (Android) [Note: Use device's back button to close]

* No 'close' or other buttons for help page (Android) [Note: Use device's back button to close]

* App may be brought to foreground in a different state (Android) [Note: To avoid this occurrence, use the device's back button to return to the app's main menu]

Also note that there are inherent differences between the platforms that are not app specific.

Update #1: An update to iStations was released via iTunes in 3/12. This update increased the quality of the stations images. This update was not needed for iStations for Android since the Android version already had the increased quality images.

Update #2: An update to iStations was released via iTunes in 10/12. This update was primarily a compatibility update for iOS6 (and is therefore not applicable for iStations for Android). Also changed in this update was the removal of the background image on the app's main screen, making it appear more similar to the Android version.

 

Catholic Bible References

Differences may include...

* Structural differences / layout differences / color differences. Note that a dark theme (which is possibly power saving) is used (Android) (Also Note: On Android devices, items may expand or shrink automatically based on available screen space)

* Main Screen: Main screen contains A-Z rows for easy selection of first letter for topic (Android)

* Grouping: Records are grouped alphabetically (a-z) on individual screens, rather than appearing in a long list grouped by titles (Android)

* Search Dialog: Search is conducted via a pop-up dialog which is presented after pressing the search button (this button is always visible on the main screen) (Android)

* Repeat Search: Last search may be stored for 'Repeat Last Search' feature (Android)

* Search Query Adjustment: If applicable, a trailing space may be automatically removed from a search query (Android)

* Search Count: A count of records found may be displayed after a successful search (Android)

* Selectable Text: Where applicable, scripture text (only) may be selectable (Android)

* Consistent Font Size/Full Text: Rather than employ smaller/truncated text (e.g. with ...), items may be spelled out using a consistent font size (Android)

* Selection Color: Text for row selected may change to gray color to indicate selection (Android)

* Tip Selection: A message may be displayed upon tip selection, rather than opening the detail screen (Android)

* On Screen Messages: Various messages may appear on screen (e.g. when a blank search query is entered; when a search query is in process; etc.) (Android)

* Translation Indicator: Rather than using '<<' or '>>', red text on a translation button may indicate which translation is displayed (Android)

* Expanded Description: Items at top of detail screen may contain more information (e.g. "testament" before OT/NT) (Android)

* Help Button: The detail page may contain a help button (Android)

* Expanded E-Mail: Additional information may be included with e-mails (Android)

* Images: If applicable, images may expand or shrink automatically based on available screen space (Android)

Also...

* No splash screen (Android)

* Feedback: 'Haptic feedback' may be enabled (Android)

* Fast Scrolling: Where applicable, fast scrolling may be enabled (Android)

* Access to help file does not check online connection (Android)

* Help contains link to access current version information (Android)

* No 'close' or other buttons for help page (Android) [Note: Use device's back button to close]

* Ability to select e-mail client (where applicable) (Android)

* App may be brought to foreground in a different state (Android) [Note: To avoid this occurrence, use the device's back button to return to the app's main screen]

* Versioning: The first released Android version of Catholic Bible References was 1.02 (rather than 1.0) since it incorporated the changes from version 1.02

Also note that there are inherent differences between the platforms that are not app specific.

 

Saints4U

Differences may include...

* Structural differences / layout differences / color differences. Note that a dark theme (which is possibly power saving) is used (Android) (Also Note: On Android devices, items may expand or shrink automatically based on available screen space)

* Main Screen: Main screen contains A-Z rows for easy selection of first letter for names (Android)

* Grouping: Records are grouped alphabetically (a-z) on individual screens, rather than appearing grouped in a long list (Android)

* Consistent Font Size/Full Text: Rather than employ smaller/truncated text (e.g. with ...), items may be spelled out using a consistent font size (Android)

* Selection Color: Text for row selected may change to gray color to indicate selection (Android)

* Searches: Two search options may be available ('quick search' & 'advanced search'). 'Quick search' is conducted via a pop-up dialog which is presented after pressing the 'Quick Search' button (this button is always visible on the main screen). Quick searches do not provide filtering options. 'Advanced search' is conducted on a separate screen which is presented after pressing the 'Advanced Search' button (this button is always visible on the main screen). Advanced searches offer options - via buttons & checkmarks - to specify query type and to limit records by search field, gender and record type. Both 'quick search' and 'advanced search' may store last query for reuse. Both searches may automatically trim a trailing space from search queries. Both searches may display a count of records found after a successful search. (Android)

* On Screen Messages: Various messages may appear on screen (e.g. when a blank search query is entered; when a search query is in process; etc.) (Android)

* Lists: Lists appearing after pressing a-z row or performing a search may contain additional detail (e.g. gender, attributes) (Android)

* Detail Screen: Items on detail screen may appear in a slightly expanded format, with different layout, colors, and images. A quotation may appear at the bottom of the detail screen (depending on device size). (Android)

* Expanded E-Mail: E-mails generated may appear in a slightly expanded format (Android)

* Data: Data associated with some records may differ (Android)

* Images: If applicable, images may expand or shrink automatically based on available screen space (Android)

Also...

* No splash screen (Android)

* Feedback: 'Haptic feedback' may be enabled (Android)

* Fast Scrolling: Where applicable, fast scrolling may be enabled (Android)

* Access to help file does not check online connection (Android)

* Help contains link to access current version information (Android)

* No 'close' or other buttons for help page (Android) [Note: Use device's back button to close]

* Ability to select e-mail client (where applicable) (Android)

* App may be brought to foreground in a different state (Android) [Note: To avoid this occurrence, use the device's back button to return to the app's main screen]

* Versioning: The first released Android version of Saints4U was 1.01 (rather than 1.0) since it contains new features not available in version 1.0

Also note that there are inherent differences between the platforms that are not app specific.

 

Just Checkin' In

Differences may include...

* Layout / color differences (Note: On Android devices, items may expand or shrink automatically based on available screen space)

* Landscape mode added to accommodate devices with slide-out keyboard (Android)

* Different method of accessing edit screen (double tap text vs. long-press button)

* Different method of clearing fields in edit screen ('x' button for each field vs. clear all button)

* Save/exit buttons combined in edit screen (Android)

* Ability to select e-mail client (where applicable) (Android)

* Feedback: 'Haptic feedback' may be enabled (Android)

Also...

* Access to help file does not check online connection (Android)

* Help contains link to access current version information (Android)

* No 'close' or other buttons for help page (Android) [Note: Use device's back button to close]

* Edit screen from previous session may remain in 'open' condition (Android) [Note: To avoid this occurrence, do not exit the app while edit screen remains visible]

* Versioning: The first released Android version of Just Checkin' was 1.01 (rather than 1.0) since it incorporated the changes from version 1.01

Also note that there are inherent differences between the platforms that are not app specific.

Updates: An update to Just Checkin' In was released via iTunes in 5/12. This update included an updated appearance with increased image quality for retina display and it added an option to specify a default e-mail address (& cc/bcc address) on a per screen basis (screen 1 & screen 2) via settings. At this time, there is no update available for the Android version of this app.

 

Speedy Dial!

Differences may include...

* Layout differences / color differences. Note that a dark theme (which is possibly power saving) is used. (Android) (Also Note: On Android devices, items may expand or shrink automatically based on available screen space and text length)

* Speed Dial Buttons Differences: Width of speed dial buttons is not fixed. Buttons are solid colors rather than gradient images. Text color is white. Default color is same for all buttons. Buttons do not contain outline or rounded edges. Text on buttons may not scale up/down, and may appear with ellipsis (...). (Android)

* Dialing Panels: Center dialing panel may contain 'Settings' button for new Settings screen. Access to dialing modes available on center panel (only). Help button is on center panel (not or right or left panel). Center panel labeled at top. Buttons to left of speed dials (which may expand/shrink) may contain only speed dial numbers. Text is aligned left. (Android)

* Dialing Modes: Up to three dialing modes may be available (device permitting). (Android)

* Color Override: Ability to override color settings on panel-by-panel basis. (Android)

* E-Mail: Ability to generate e-mail containing speed dial and setting information. (Android)

* Edit Screen Differences: Different layout / different labeling of buttons. 'Insert Current Values' button no longer necessary as current data is automatically inserted into fields. Both a name and a phone number are required to save data to a speed dial. Preview button not available (this was primarily needed for a color sample but colors are now displayed in swatches at bottom of screen, plus it is not possible to get an accurate button preview as data from other buttons can affect appearance of buttons - e.g. column width/amount of text displayed). No dialing from edit screens. Different color choices for buttons now available (white now excluded since the text is white) / more color choices may be available for buttons. Color wheel replaced by buttons (swatches displaying sample of color). Color saved automatically upon selection. Possibly less restrictive input for phone number. No auto-formatting option. Color swatches replace area for 'retrieve from contacts' data (if applicable, additional numbers may be viewed by pressing the 'Next' button). 'Reset' button will now restore button color to default settings. New and/or different dialog messages/notifications (including new notification regarding unsaved data, notification re: text length). No exit button (use device's 'back' button instead). Some differences with 'retrieve from contacts' feature (e.g. standard type button labeled 'Select', activation of 'Next' button when more than one phone number found for contact, data automatically inserted into fields upon selection, etc.). (Android)

* Selection Color: Text for item selected may change to gray color to indicate selection. (Android)

* Column widths/layouts: If applicable, items may expand or shrink automatically based on available screen space. [Note: The Android system has control over the width of columns and column width may change significantly when the screen is redrawn. Speedy Dial! provides only general instructions to the system concerning column widths, but the final decision on appearance is left to the Android system. Note, however, that the user may optimize appearance by following various guidelines. Although the Android system handles how the screen is drawn and Speedy Dial! has limited control, the app presently comes with at least three (3) separate views for the main panels to attempt to optimize the display for users with smaller or larger sized devices. Your device will choose which one to display (Speedy Dial! doesn't control this decision). Depending on the choice made, the layout of the screen may vary somewhat (e.g. the smaller view may condense various elements, the larger view may use a larger text size for some text). Again, the decision of which view is used is up to the device, NOT Speedy Dial!] (Android)

* Possibly different behavior: Some items may behave differently (e.g. ability/inability to return to app after dialing, display of system messages, functionality of dialing modes, etc.). (Android)

* Various messages may be handled by the system (e.g. when device is in 'Airplane mode'). (Android)

Also...

* Feedback: 'Haptic feedback' may be enabled (Android)

* Access to help file does not check online connection (Android)

* Help File: Help contains link to access current version information. Button color samples are excluded from help file (they are no longer needed as color samples are provided directly on edit screens) (Android)

* No 'close' or other buttons for help page (Android) [Note: Use device's back button to close]

* App may be brought to foreground in a different state (Android) [Note: To avoid this occurrence, use the device's back button to return to the app's main screen]

* Versioning: The first released Android version of Speedy Dial! was 1.01 (rather than 1.0) since it contains new features not available in version 1.0

Also note that there are inherent differences between the platforms that are not app specific.

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