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trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
37467 posts
Mate just told me about this; it's being demonstrated out at a UQ day thing today - an app developed by students as part of a project which aims to make Qld Transport stuff more usable: Transmob.

TransMob by Transponders

TransMob is a mobile application specially developed for public transportation commuters in South-East Queensland region, Australia. The application is built using Translink's official API.


Currently implemented features:
-Nearby stops: see the 25 nearest public transportation stops around your location!
-Estimated service arrival time: for each stop, see all the available services and when is the next service (and second next service) will arrive at that particular stop.
-Service route map: see the route and all the stops of any services offered by Translink.
-Approximate service tracking in the service route map.
-Real time current location tracking in the service route map-- so you know when to stop the bus!
-Journey Planner: take the most efficient services to get to your destination!
-Maintenance news: shows all the service news and updates.


TransMob works for all services that Translink offers: bus, train, and ferry!
Still in development but I can't imagine anything would be more painful than the current Translink website so might be of interest to some (i.e., someone please beta test it and let me know how it goes).

https://lh5.ggpht.com/26nYUROjR-amo1aJFz92O5oeKSWHM_xmG351U3IE7PJWTe1W2Jn42AoHJBiI26rAp4RO=h900
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Fish
Brisbane, Queensland
3045 posts
I remember the days of going into they myer centre when they had a little corner where you could ask for bus directions and get printed time tables. Fairly certain that's more painful than the site.
10:39pm 27/10/13 Permalink
csirac
Brisbane, Queensland
3068 posts
I'll give it a whirl. I hope its not so in beta that it leaks battery.

edit: well damn. after playing around with it for a few mins, it's pretty impressive. its basic and does what it needs to. What's sad is that it took this long for something to come out. Good on the students for making this.

Trog, are you taking feedback for your friend? I wrote a little something for usability on the play store, but i doubt it'll get read. Feedback through the playstore is pretty cumbersome.
11:34pm 27/10/13 Permalink
XandraX
Brisbane, Queensland
1182 posts
Post on their Facebook page and they'll probably respond.
07:21am 28/10/13 Permalink
simul
Brisbane, Queensland
1588 posts
If you post feedback here I'll make sure they get it.
08:31am 28/10/13 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11955 posts

Shame it's only Android 3+. Doesn't really seem to do anything special that it can't support previous versions prior to that?
08:47am 28/10/13 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
14504 posts
Why have pre android 3+? Custom firmware yo
08:51am 28/10/13 Permalink
Some Fat Bastard
Brisbane, Queensland
1455 posts
There's been an Android app for Translink written by an independent for quite a long time which works fine for me.
10:35am 28/10/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
37477 posts
Trog, are you taking feedback for your friend? I wrote a little something for usability on the play store, but i doubt it'll get read. Feedback through the playstore is pretty cumbersome.
Nah I don't know the guys that made it, the guy I know just sent it to me because he knew I'd be interested in it.
11:06am 28/10/13 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11956 posts

There's been an Android app for Translink written by an independent for quite a long time which works fine for me.
Yeah I use this one. Ugly as s*** but it works :p A UI spruce up and fixing gocard integration would be sweet. I think it scrapes the data from the website rather than using the Translink API info.
Why have pre android 3+? Custom firmware yo
Because that last custom ROM I stuck on ran like crap. I think my Desire HD doesn't really have the legs on it anymore :)
02:23pm 28/10/13 Permalink
Some Fat Bastard
Brisbane, Queensland
1457 posts
Twisted, yes that's the one I use, it's simple as but works.
03:45pm 28/10/13 Permalink
Zak
Brisbane, Queensland
3047 posts
I only have occasional need to catch public transport these days, but it is always a ball ache trying to remember which station I need when I am in the city. Have had a play with this and already I can see how it will be handy, so happy to keep it on the phone.
04:09pm 28/10/13 Permalink
Saint
Cainer
Brisbane, Queensland
3288 posts
Looks nice Trog, now we just need buses and trains to have real-time GPS tracking
05:14pm 28/10/13 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
4432 posts
Looks nice Trog, now we just need buses and trains to have real-time GPS tracking



would you need GPS tracking??, I thought there would be an already better method in play (QR have to have a pretty good idea anyway to controller the signalling it would just be a matter of making a system that relays that info into a readable format)

also the only downside to that is whenever there is an issue with a train, they can be magic and change what sort of service they are
05:36pm 28/10/13 Permalink
Saint
Cainer
Brisbane, Queensland
3290 posts
would you need GPS tracking??, I thought there would be an already better method in play (QR have to have a pretty good idea anyway to controller the signalling it would just be a matter of making a system that relays that info into a readable format)also the only downside to that is whenever there is an issue with a train, they can be magic and change what sort of service they are

I was more thinking for buses where it's harder for them to run on time due to traffic etc.
08:37am 30/10/13 Permalink
abvincita
Brisbane, Queensland
1 posts
Hello guys, sorry for new-member-barging-in, but I just found this thread from a quick search on Google and I just have to post here haha. I am Andrea from team Transponders, the developer of TransMob :)

Thank you very much for your enthusiasm on TransMob ^__^ So glad to see people using the app that we've been working on this whole semester :)

Regarding support for lower Android version, we have made some adjustments on the app so that it's usable for Android API 8 (Android 2.2) and above. We are currently testing the app on Android 2.3.3 and it works well, we just need to do a bit more testings then we can release it in the Google Play Store.

For real time tracking, Translink provides real time data only for certain areas: Clarks Logan City bus services, CitiGlider, and Cairns city bus services. Currently we are still working on retrieving and processing the real time data, we'll definitely release an update after we got it working well.

For any feedback / question / comments / suggestions, please feel free to post at our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Transponders or email us at contact.transponders@gmail.com

I'll definitely keep an eye on this thread as well ^^ Thanks~!
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trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
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Hello guys, sorry for new-member-barging-in, but I just found this thread from a quick search on Google and I just have to post here haha. I am Andrea from team Transponders, the developer of TransMob :)
Thanks for dropping by :>
04:29pm 13/11/13 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11963 posts

Regarding support for lower Android version, we have made some adjustments on the app so that it's usable for Android API 8 (Android 2.2) and above. We are currently testing the app on Android 2.3.3 and it works well, we just need to do a bit more testings then we can release it in the Google Play Store.
Sweet! I used it on my Nexus 7 tethered to my Desire HD. Worked quite well. I was impressed.
08:18pm 13/11/13 Permalink
trillion
Brisbane, Queensland
3414 posts
are those GoCard tappers nfc or rfid? surely they can be duped for free credit with some kind of nfc phone or rfid cloner
10:29pm 13/11/13 Permalink
abvincita
Brisbane, Queensland
2 posts
Hi everyone, Transponders released a new update for TransMob today ^__^
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=transponders.transmob

In this update, we implemented what you've been asking for: TransMob now supports Android 2.2 (Froyo) and up!

In older Android versions, if the app appears as a blank white screen, then you need to update Google Play Services from Playstore. The app needs Google Play Services version 3.2.25 or above.

If you still encounter problems in loading the app, please feel free to contact us, or just post your problems here ^^
I can give you easy tips on how to update Google Play Services, which can be tricky in some devices haha
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