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NANY 2014 Release: Q-FlashCards for Android

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TPReal:
It's been over three years since I last posted anything on DC, so probably it's time to pledge something for NANY this year :)

NANY 2014 Release
Application NameQ-FlashCardsVersion0.1Short DescriptionAndroid program for learning (vocabulary, dates, whatever) using virtual flash cardsDownload linkSupported OSAndroid 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higherAuthorTPReal

Description
There's quite a lot of programs that show you some questions every day and schedule next repetition based on how well you answer. This program is somewhat different, and much more effective, I think.

The program is not fully polished, I stopped developing it a couple of months ago as it became functional and good enough for using, but I never put it in the Play Store or anywhere else. Maybe it's time to publish it finally, and NANY seems to be a great occasion for that.

Features

* The initial interval of displaying a flash card is not 1 day, but more like 2 minutes (configurable). This way you have much much better chances to actually remember the word at the time of the first repetition. This is based on Pimsleur's graduated interval recall system.
* A flash card is displayed as Android notification, so it's where you see it every time you look at your phone. Answering a couple of cards takes just seconds.
* If a card is difficult (i.e. you repeatedly give wrong answer to it) its interval is rapidly lowered to as little as 30 seconds. This is so short that it's really impossible not to finally remember it after a couple of attempts :) The program just hammers your head until you remember the word, which is good if you really want to. A specialised algorithm adjusts repetition interval after every response, taking card's history into consideration, to make learning most effective.
* Answering a card is just tapping "I knew it" or "I didn't know it" (or "I almost knew it"), no typing to verify that you can spell the right answer. You just need to be honest, but if you're not, what's the point of any such program anyway?
* You can always request some cards to be shown instantly, even if their interval is not passed yet. There is a couple of algorithms to select the cards to show, including an optimal mix, which asks some of the newest cards, some of the old ones, some of the most difficult so far, plus some random cards.
* Can be used to remember a variety of things, like: vocabulary, dates, names, phone numbers, birthdays. Can be used even for information without easy textual answer, like: where is river X, where is mount Y - you can leave the response of a card empty, and when a card is displayed, just make sure you know the answer, or check it on the map.
* Cards are organised into card sets, so you can learn multiple subjects at the same time without the risk of mixing them.
It's also kind of a feature that you currently cannot import any list of cards into the program - if you want to remember something, you just need to type it in first. This way you will only add cards that you really want to learn, and not just all stuff that you can find, which could turn out frustrating, and useless. Although there might be some kind of import feature added in the future.

I've been using the program since almost a year (it became functional in the beginning of 2013, but was never published anywhere, so I think it qualifies for NANY), and I have in the DB around 3000 words and expression of a foreign language I'm learning (plus phone numbers of a couple of people I might want to contact ICE - might get useful if I lose my phone).

Screenshots
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Download
First, make sure installation from unknown sources is enabled in your device's settings (it is usually somewhere in Security submenu). Then open this page on the phone and download the apk attachment, or scan the QR-code below. Select to save the file on your phone. When download is completed, tap it to install (the details might vary between phones, if the installation doesn't start, try opening the file from the Downloads directory via a file manager).
Q-FlashCards.apk (512.61 kB - downloaded 565 times.)
NANY 2014 Release: Q-FlashCards for Android

kyrathaba:
Excellent, TPReal! Great to have you participating!  :Thmbsup:

TPReal:
OK, here's the app!

I added a couple of screenshots, and the apk download. I also updated minimal version requirement to 4.0.3 (ICS). Please someone at least install it and verify that it works :) as I never shared an apk file before.

TaoPhoenix:
Please add a little advice for us non-programmers.

What's an Apk file? Will you compile it into something that "just works"?

TPReal:
Well, apk is the thing you install on Android. I added some information about installing, but it varies from phone to phone.

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