EliteBomb SUSPENDED From Android Market

Google has decided to pull all three versions of EliteBomb, “Lite”, “Plus”, and the regular version without any formal notification what-so-ever. In fact, I didn’t even realize that my EliteBomb applications had been pulled this holiday season until I was notified by some of my customers. All I know for sure is that my last EliteBomb Plus order is dated December 22, 2010, which means that the applications were likely pulled between the 22nd and the 23rd. I have no intention of discontinuing support of the applications that have been pulled. I contacted them regarding this matter, but unfortunately, because of the holiday season, or some other unknown reason, I have yet to receive a response from them despite emailing them about it several days ago. Originally, I decided to wait until I received a response from them before writing up anything on my website, but out of frustration and due to emails from some of my over 45,000 EliteBomb users, I decided to post this anyways to let you guys know what happened. I hope to have EliteBomb back up soon, but if that is not possible, I will likely release a modified version that is acceptable on the Android market, under a different brand name. I was thinking along the lines of “Phoenix Text Bomber”. ;)

New EliteGuard AdMob Advertisement

In order to reach even more users, I’m now running a new advertisement for my brand new anti SMS bomb application, EliteGuard, across all of my applications that serve AdMob advertisements. This advertisement is an image in the same style as the ones for EliteBomb Lite and FiOS WEP Calculator. Check it out:

New EliteBomb Plus Gingerbread Screenshots Added

I’ve been working on cleaning up the market pages for my applications, and I noticed that the screenshots I had on the EliteBomb Plus page looked really stretched and unappealing, so I fired up my Android 2.3 emulator to get some better looking screenshots for use on the Android market. After playing with my app in the emulator for ~15 minutes, I finally got a really nice set of screenshots for the market, and I thought I’d post them here as well. Enjoy! :)

Simple Dice Accelerometer Support Added

In the latest update to Simple Dice (1.6), I added support for using the device’s accelerometer to detect shaking movement and roll the dice. The new version is available to download in the market right now. Check it out!

New FiOS WEP Calculator Advertisement

In an attempt to get more downloads of my FiOS WEP Calculator, I created a new advertisement that I will be running on AdMob. This new advertisement is much better than the plain text advertisement that I have been running previously, and will likely get many more clicks and downloads than the old version. Anyways, here it is:

EliteGuard Plus SMS Protection Now On The Market

I’m pleased to announce the release of EliteGuard Plus SMS Bomb Protection on the Android market. EliteGuard is an application that is able to block SMS bombing attacks with a very minimal impact on battery life consumption. EliteGuard is automatically started when your device turns on, and can be easily disabled with a single click inside the EliteGuard application. I have personally tested EliteGuard, and it works wonderfully on my Samsung Epic 4G, and I am barely even able to tell that it’s running. Because EliteGuard runs passively, meaning that it only checks for an SMS bombing attack upon receiving an SMS message, EliteGuard uses absolutely no additional battery power unless you receive an SMS. EliteBomb is currently in an early stage of development, so there are not very many features yet, but I plan on improving it and adding many more features in the future, such as the ability to view a log of messages received and how many of each message was received. At the moment, EliteGuard keeps track of those statistics internally, but nothing is actually displayed to the user. EliteGuard is currently available in the Android market for $1.99, and I highly recommend getting it. It’s the perfect compliment to EliteBomb Plus. Also, here is the high resolution application icon that I used for EliteGuard:

Beginning Work On EliteGuard

I’ve begun working on my latest project, EliteGuard SMS Bomb Protection, and I have the logo in addition to a good amount of the actual source code completed. EliteGuard is going to be an application to protect you from being text bombed. Right now it only prevents against repeated messages, and upper/lower case variations of the same message, with no additional changes, but in the future I plan on improving the spam detection logic to automatically determine if the text bombing application is making very slight changes to the original message in order to get around spam filters. I plan on getting EliteGuard into the Android market soon, although initially, it won’t have very many features available. As EliteGuard is right now, it doesn’t display logs of messages received, but it does internally keep track of how many of each message was received. Also, EliteGuard is capable of blocking messages received, even if the messages are from different senders. Because EliteGuard is only active when SMS messages are received, it has a very minimal impact on battery life, and the impact on battery lift should actually be less than if you were to receive all of the messages when you were getting text bombed, since there is no longer a need to use precious battery life to vibrate the phone, play a sound, or display an incoming message notification.  If you want to be protected against SMS bomb attacks, make sure to download EliteGuard from the Android market when it’s available.

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Software Development Kit Released

The Android 2.3 software development kit was recently released which means I will be updating the screenshots in the Android market to have the new look, and checking my applications for compatibility. Stay tuned for more updates!

Introducing EliteBomb Lite (for Legacy 1.6 Devices)

I’ve been getting emails from users of legacy devices still running Android 1.6 asking why they can’t install EliteBomb, and I decided to port the application over to that version. This will be available in the Android market as “EliteBomb Lite” soon. EliteBomb lite is a copy of the free version, but without the ability to select from you contacts (which uses APIs introduced in 2.0). I don’t have any plans of porting over EliteBomb Plus to 1.6 at the moment. EliteBomb lite will be supported by advertisements, and will offer all other features present in the free version of EliteBomb, including SMS limit removal. If you have a device running a version of Android higher than 1.6, I do not recommend using EliteBomb Lite, as there are no benefits to using the Lite version. Unlike the regular and the Plus version of EliteBomb, EliteBomb Lite doesn’t even request the permission to read your contacts, since that feature isn’t available. EliteBomb Lite uses the maxSDKVersion attribute in the Android SDK in order to hopefully prevent the application from being used on version of Android greater than 1.6. Even though setting the maxSDKversion value is typically a bad idea, I believe it will help prevent people from installing the Lite version on their device if they don’t have to, since the Lite version provides a lesser user experience than the regular, free version. If you have a legacy device, expect to see EliteBomb Lite in the Android market soon. Also, here is the high resolution application icon that I created for EliteBomb Lite:

UPDATE: EliteBomb Lite is available in the Android market. Users of devices with versions of Android greater than 1.6 will not be able to see it listed.

Experimenting With 2D Graphics in Java

Recently I’ve been playing around with drawing 2D graphics using Java code. This application is the result of my experimentation. Nothing too fancy, but I decided to share this with the readers of my blog.

Click the following button to launch the application.