Gnucash Mobile alpha release

John Ralls jralls at
Sat Jul 14 12:43:04 EDT 2012

On Jul 10, 2012, at 1:25 AM, John Ralls wrote:

> On Jul 9, 2012, at 11:44 AM, Ngewi Fet wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> It's about mid-term in the Google Summer of Code program and I would like
>> to share what I've been working on.
>> The Gnucash for Android app is now ready for a small alpha release. The
>> app supports android versions from Froyo 2.2 (API level 8) and above.
>> I have compiled an Android application package (apk) so that you do not
>> have to download the code and compile yourself.
>> This alpha release is not distributed through any Android market.
>> In order to install it,
>> 1. Modify the settings of your phone to allow installation of applications
>> from "Unknown sources".
>>  That can be found under Settings -> Applications (for Android 2.x
>> devices)
>>  or under Settings -> Security  (for Android 4.x devices)
>> 2.  Then you can just navigate to the link below in your phone browser and
>> then click on Download.
>> 3.  When the download is done, go to the Downloads app in your phone and
>> then click on GnucashMobile entry.
>> ****** Disclaimer ***** *
>> *This is an alpha release, and active development is ongoing. The app is
>> not final and should not be used for*
>> *any production use (whatever that means for you). The (metaphorical) rug
>> can be pulled from under your feet at any time.*
>> Now that we have that out of the way, you can download the application
>> from GitHub
>> downloads <>.
>> If you run into any issues, you can post them on the issues
>> section<>of the
>> Github repo. Thanks.
> Cool! Good work!
> I'll give it a spin this weekend.

I've installed it on my wife's Samsung tablet with Android 3.2.

I created an account and a transaction in that account. The numeric keypad does have a 0, but only the number keys do anything. It displays the list of transactions in the one account, and the total of the transactions. I can create a new transaction, and edit or delete the existing transactions. That seems to be it. I can't go back and add any new accounts, nor see a list of accounts (which would have only one account anyway). The little Android button in the top left doesn't do anything.

Is that expected behavior?

I think it would be easier on Gnucash users if the fields were named for the places in the Gnucash Register display, so "Description" instead of  "Name" and "Note" instead of "Description". Similarly, "Credit" and "Debit" are confusing for users who aren't accountants (meaning most of them), so "Deposit" and "Withdrawal" might be better labels for the button by the amount entry, at least for cash accounts.

John Ralls

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