I have seen some interest from other LingQ users about creating an Android app for LingQ. However I am not sure one is necessary.
For about a month and a half now I have been using LingQ primarily on my Samsung Galaxy Tab, which is a tablet device running Android 2.2. The LingQ website is fully functional through the default browser packaged with Android, as Android 2.2 fully supports Flash functionality. I have been extremely happy with the portability this has afforded me with reading, listening, and LingQing, being able to do it all on a device the size of a book (in fact the tab is a 7" screen and is exactly the same size as the 7" nook and kindle). I have used wifi where I can, however the 3G speeds (on Verizon) have been fast enough for me to comfortably use LingQ in places where wifi was not available.
Yesterday I just upgraded to an Android 2.2 phone, a Droid 2 Global, and have already done my first LingQ lesson on my phone. I was initially worried about the effect of the massively reduced screen size of a phone from that of my tablet (which already has a reduced screen size from that of a laptop or desktop) however I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to listen, read / lingq, listen again without issue just as I do on the tablet or my laptop. The size of the text did not pose any issue for me, but of course I am still in my 20’s with relatively good eyes.
Two months ago I thought that tablets were going to revolutionize the future of learning, but now I am starting to consider that it may be cell phones that revolutionize the future of learning.
As I stated before, the LingQ website is fully functional with the two different Android 2.2 devices I have, meaning I can pretty much read / LingQ / listen from anywhere, anytime I want. LingQ, combined with some other handy Android apps such as Tune In Radio, Google Reader, and the nook and Kindle apps have effectively allowed me to carry the world of languages around with me wherever I go. Boredom will no longer exist. All of those small gaps of time you are stuck waiting for something with nothing else to do can now be used for listening / reading / lingqing.
Circling back to the original point to this post, I’m not sure what an Android LingQ app would do that the website already can’t (apart from promote LingQ on the Android marketplace). Really it would almost seem easier, although not necessary, to just to make the website layout more “mobile friendly” by optimizing it for smaller screens.
Has anyone else used LingQ on an Android device? Are you as happy with the experience as I am? What could make it better?