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Animated Live Wallpaper for your Android phone

Here’s a Live Wallpaper for your Android smartphone. It’s an animated video of the Bellagio water fountains in Las Vegas. The video runs in the background on your phone’s home screen.

The video used for the live wallpaper was taken by myself with my Canon DSLR. Then edited in Apple’s iMovie.

Get the wallpaper here,
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anthonyhoang.bellagiohotellasvegaslwp

UI/UX Design of a Content Management System

GBIHelpScreen

In this month-long project, it was my task to come up with a new design to an existing website. The goal was the make the User Interface clear for users and the User Experience easier to use.

I conducted interviews of End Users to gather their pain points and requirements. The information from the interviews helped me to design a new UI for the website which I displayed in a comprehensive wireframe. I’m proud to say, my UI/UX designs were very well received by the end users.

My Toddler Can Learn Names

My Child Can Learn Names

I have been buying a lot of apps from the AppStore and Google Play Market for my toddler. And then I thought, “Hey, why don’t I make my own app?!”

In my limited spare time, I made an app that teaches my 2-year old son the names of his family and favorite cartoon characters.

There are apps to teach your toddler animal names, colors, shapes, vehicles… but what about apps to teach your toddler the names of friends and loved ones? This app can teach your toddler the names of his/her family and friends in a fun and easy to play game.

Download the game from Google Play or Play the game online

This game was created using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Javascript and a plugin to stretch images.

My Phở app is now available for all mobile devices

Everything you need for the delicious Vietnamese noodle soup, Phở, is in this app.   Quickly get a list of all the Pho restaurants near you and plot them all on a map. Or enter in a city name to get all the Pho places in that city. Also included is a recipe to make your own Pho. View the photo gallery of all the Pho toppings you usually get in a restaurant – brisket, steak, fatty brisket, tai, chin, gau, pho ga, etc.  Finally, an app my parents would use.

For Google Android users, download the app in the Google Play store here and install for free,

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anthonyhoang.phoapp

For Apple iPhone users, use the Safari browser to access the web app here,

http://ahhdesig.w01.wh-2.com/PhoApp/

This app was developed using Sencha Touch 2.0.   Sencha Touch 2.0 is a javascript framework using HTML5/javascript technologies.  The data is taken from Yelp’s Webservice API.  I added Google’s geolocation APIs to plot the restaurants on the map.  The images for the Pho toppings were taken with my Canon t2i and photoshopped by me.

update: There are some pros and cons to using Sencha Touch over other mobile-specific frameworks like jQueryMobile.  I’m currently working on another smartphone app using jQuery Mobile and will have it available soon.

My app game works on my Android and iPad!!!

Find the Differences game for smartphone devices

I’m ecstatic to announce my mobile app game works on both my Android and my iPad!!! It’s a somewhat educational “Find the Differences” game.  Spot all the differences between the two photos before time runs out, in this case – before the crab bites the mermaid, and you’ll get a brief summary, fun facts and tourist information about the beach displayed.  This is the “Beaches” edition with photographs of various beaches over the United States.

I developed my game using Flash with Actionscript code. Using the exact same code, I’m able to make the same app work on both Google Android devices and iOS devices. To do this, there were some changes required to the dimension of the app and images but the Actionscript code remains the same. I snapped all the beach photos myself with a Canon t2i camera and used photoshop to created the differences in the images.

Free Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.FindDifferencesBeaches

*update: As of Jul 2013, there has been 70,000+ downloads of my game from the Android Market.

My first smartphone app!

Android app using flash

Creating a smartphone app is exciting and rewarding. Not only do I get to be creative, I can also share it with people around the globe; put it right in their hands! Umm, if they own a smartphone, that is. haha  Anyway, I decided my first foray into the mobile app world would be an app with which I could display my photography.

This app was developed using the latest version Adobe Flash Professional v5.5. This version comes with the Android app packager as well as the iOS packager. Essentially, this means the same Flash app can be packaged as a native application for either the Google Android Market AND Apple’s AppStore. For my app, I implemented all the cool things a phone can do… swiping through each photo in the gallery, two-finger zoom in and out, saving the photos directly to your phone, watching videos, and using your phone’s email client to contact me.

Link to my app on the Android Market – (link to my app on the Apple AppStore coming soon)

*update: As of Dec 2011, there has been 5000+ downloads of my app! (without ever marketing it).

Watch out! I can turn you into a cartoon character!

Creating cartoon characters isn’t as simple as some may think. I’ve recently been interested and picked up some skills in creating a cartoon image from a real photograph.  Let me tell you, it is very involved and time-consuming.  This is a cartoon image is one that involved a 25-step process which took 3 hours to complete. I crafted the image using Adobe Photoshop – shows how powerful Photoshop can be.