[Owncloud] GSoC idea: syncing client for Android

Ester Sanchez de Vera esanchez at misato.es
Tue Apr 6 16:10:13 UTC 2010


If you need help doing Android stuff, I can help you ^^
Also I think your idea is a good one, I could do also an iPhone client  
if the rest of the people agrees.


El 06/04/2010, a las 17:46, Silvère Lestang escribió:

> Hi all,
> I would like to work on ownCloud for the GSoC as this project really  
> interested me, but I have little knowledge of C++/Qt and the  
> proposal of a syncing client for KDE is already taken.
> I think that a syncing client for another platform can be good idea  
> and will make ownCloud less KDE centric. I know quite well Java for  
> using it in many modules at the Uni and I want to make a Android  
> application but never find a good idea of app to make. So I would  
> like to develop an ownCloud syncing client for Android platform as a  
> GSoC project.
> The number of Android devices is currently increasing rapidly and  
> will certainly explode in the incoming months/years, making the  
> Android platform a relevant choice to bring ownCloud to a maximum of  
> users.
> Furthermore mobile device have typically a little of storage making  
> difficult to keep in it a lot of files but as you always have it  
> with you, it's the perfect device to access all your data wherever  
> you are. So the Android syncing client could download files only on  
> request (e.g. from your mobile, you browse your files which are  
> store on your ownCloud server and when you find the one that you  
> want, the client download it) and upload only when certain rules are  
> follow (e.g. upload all my new files to the server only when I am  
> connect with wifi). I need to think more about the uniqueness of the  
> mobile platform and how we can handle them but I think I can make it.
> Do you think my idea is good? Do you think it's can work as a GSoC  
> project?
> I am conscious than I need to find a mentor with knowledge of the  
> Android platform and that most people working on ownCloud are from  
> the KDE community, where can I find a mentor? (Android dev mailing  
> list?)
> I am also conscious that I start to think about this quite late as  
> the deadline for student application is Friday of this week but it  
> was difficult to me devote time to this because of the Uni.
> Cheers,
> Silvère
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