[Owncloud] GSoC idea: syncing client for Android

Silvère Lestang silvere.lestang at gmail.com
Wed Apr 7 18:36:21 CEST 2010

Hi all,
I apply to the GSoC, my proposal is here:
Now I have to wait and see whats happen.


2010/4/6 Silvère Lestang <silvere.lestang at gmail.com>

> 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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