On-board database application for Android is now available on Google Play.
For smartphones and tablets we offer Plant Base for Android with the same basic capability as the Windows and Mac desktop editions. It uses exactly the same database to offer the same plant information.
Designed for usability on mobile devices, this edition looks and works a little differently from the desktop programs. However, the main functions are the same - search and view plants, add or modify records or pictures and manage user-created plant lists.
The database is the same for all editions and the files are completely interchangeable between all platforms - Android, PC and Mac. They can be simply copied between systems without requiring any kind of conversion. This full edition of Plant Base for Android is a completely "on-device" application and does not need an active internet connection for normal use - you can access the plant information anywhere and at any time.
The core functions, with the capacity to handle the full size database, make this quite a large application. So compared to the desktop programs certain features have been omitted or simplified. Care has been taken to minimise system overheads and make the app simple and quick to use.
Some things not included in the current mobile version:
However, there are extra features relevant to mobile devices that are not found in the desktop editions:
Plant Base for Android is available from the Google Play App Store, at a price based on half the cost of the desktop licence. As a distinct product, it is not included in the standard desktop Plant Base licence.
This Android application replaces a much older Mobile edition of Plant Base for MS Windows Mobile 5 and 6. Very few of these PPC/PDA devices are still in use and it is no longer actively supported.
All our work with Android uses the Basic4Android development system from Anywhere Software. This is the same company that created Basic4PPC - as used by us some years ago to write the Windows Mobile edition of Plant Base. Since its release in December 2010 Basic4Android has become established as one of the most efficient programming languages to generate native mobile applications.
Developers can find more information on their website - www.b4x.com
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
Basic4android is a product of Erel Uziel, Anywhere Software
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation