Saturday, August 23, 2014

The game Pathogen on Kindle Fire - it's easy to drag Editor screen UI onto the main menu

Date: 08/23/2014

Description:

I downloaded the game Pathogen on my Kindle Fire.  It’s pretty fun, you should download it and try it out.

I did find one bug which I felt like I needed to write down.  This bug takes a little two finger dexterity, but I’ve noticed that I can consistently get this to reproduce.

What’s worse is that once it happens, it sometimes continues to happen even if you exit the game and then restart it.

Basically, it’s very easy to drag the “Editor” screen UI options onto other screens.  This happens if you select/press the “Editor” option while also pressing “Single Player” or “Multiplayer” at the same time.

It is much easier to show this bug than to describe it, so please see the attached screenshots. 


Steps to Reproduce:

1.     Download and launch Pathogen on a Kindle Fire
2.     From the Pathogen main menu, press and hold “Editor”
3.     From the Pathogen main menu, press and hold “Single Player”
4.     Simultaneously release both
5.     Exit out of the “Editor” screen using the back arrow
6.     Note that the “New Map” UI from the “Editor” screen has been dragged onto the Pathogen main menu

Result:  It’s very easy to drag the “Editor” screen UI onto the Pathogen main menu


Expected:  You shouldn’t be able to drag the “Editor” screen UI onto the Pathogen main menu

This is the Pathogen main menu, you'll notice the "Single Player" and "Editor" options.

Use two fingers - first press (and hold) the "Editor" option.  Next, while holding down "Editor", press (and hold) the "Single Player" option.  Then release both options at the exact same time.

As you can see, it's quite easy to drag the "New Map" UI from the "Editor" screen back onto the main menu.

You can enter into gameplay, with the "New Map" UI still on screen.

The first level tutorial with the "New Map" UI pieces still on screen.  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SmartMap Berlin on the Kindle Fire: Location called Blaues Wunder crashes the App

Date: 06/11/2014

SmartApp Berlin Android App (version 3.0) on the Kindle Fire

Description:

There’s one particular location displayed in the SmartMapBerlin app that always crashes the app once it is selected.

It is called Blaues Wunder and it is located just outside of the 3-D version of the map.

Every time it is selected, the app crashes with an error message of:

“The application smartMap Berlin (process hpi.de.android) has stopped unexpectedly.  Please try again.”

Steps to reproduce:

1.     Launch the SmartMap Berlin app on a Kindle Fire
2.     Scroll the map out
3.     Select the location called Blaues Wunder

Result:  Selecting a location called Blaues Wunder will crash the SmartMap Berlin app on the Kindle Fire

Expected:  Selecting the location called Blaues Wunder should not crash the SmartMap Berlin app on the Kindle Fire

Note:  Please see the attached screenshots.


There's a location called Blaues Wunder pictured above.  It is located outside of the 3D portion of the map...

Tap on the blue arrow for Blaues Wunder.

This Blaues Wunder page will load for a brief moment...

Then the app crashes.  

SmartMap Berlin on the Kindle Fire: Search doesn’t work

Date: 06/11/2014

SmartMap Berlin Android App (version 3.0) on the Kindle Fire

Description:

The search function inside of the SmartMap Berlin app does not seem to work on the Kindle Fire.

I tried searching for various terms, and I only ended up receiving an error message.

The error message displays as:

“Unfortunately, your search request could not be executed because there is a problem with your internet connection.  Please check your internet connection.”

Steps to Reproduce:

1.     Launch the SmartMap Berlin App on a Kindle Fire
2.     Type in a search term in the search box (Example: “Potsdamer Platz")
3.     Click “Go” on the Kindle Fire keyboard

Result:  Search does not seem to work inside of the SmartMap Berlin Android App on the Kindle Fire

Expected:  That search should work inside of the SmartMap Berlin Android App for the Kindle Fire


Please see the attached screenshots.


This is on a Kindle Fire - enter in any search term into the search box....

You'll get this error message.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

FlappyFins game on Kindle Fire: Cannot enter in your name

4/24/2014

FlappyFins game (version 1.0) on the Kindle Fire

Description:

I’ve tried a lot of Flappy Bird clones.  Most of them aren’t that good.

This one I downloaded today is actually kind of ok.

It’s called FlappyFins.  The premise is a little different.  Instead of spastically hopping your bird up and down, you kind of help your bird as it is being pushed through the air.

I’ve found a few bugs, however.  There was one that I found egregious enough to write down.

After you complete a game, you are given an input box where you can supposedly enter in your name for a leaderboard.

But, the problem is, it doesn’t work on the Kindle Fire.  When you click on the input box that appears under “Congrats!  Enter your name,” the input box disappears as the Kindle Fire keyboard UI rises on screen.

I paid more attention to this than to the fact that the game screamed “You Loose!!!” at me.  Who are you calling loose, FlappyFins?

Steps to Reproduce:

1.     Download FlappyFins on a Kindle Fire
2.     Start a game, then die
3.     Click inside the input box that appears under “Congrats!  Enter your name”
4.     Note that input box disappears as Kindle Fire keyboard UI appears

Result:  There doesn’t appear to be a way to enter in your name after finishing a game of FlappyFins on the Kindle Fire

Expected:  You should be able to enter your name after finishing a game of FlappyFins on the Kindle Fire


Repro Rate: 5/5

On a Kindle Fire, click inside of the input box under "Congrats!  Enter your name"

Input box disappears.

Typing does nothing. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Candy Creek Android game - exiting out of game using the Kindle Fire's back button results in a "stopped unexpectedly" error message

Date: 04/14/2014

Candy Creek game (version 1.0) on the Kindle Fire

Description:

I just downloaded a game called Candy Creek onto my Kindle Fire.  The game is like Flappy Bird, but instead of a bird you send a winged carton of chocolate milk through an obstacle course of candy bars.

Anyways, there’s a funny little crash with the game.  If you use the Kindle Fire’s back button to exit from the game, and back into the Amazon Marketplace where you purchase the game, you’ll be presented with a notification that the game crashed.

If you exit out of the game using the Kindle Fire back button, you’ll be presented with a “Sorry” message that says, “The application Candy Creek (process com.iigemu.CandyCreek) has stopped unexpectedly.  Please try again.”

This is easier to show than to described, so please just see the attached screenshots.  This is the first time I’ve seen this with a game on the Kindle Fire.

Steps to Reproduce:

1.     On the Kindle Fire – Select “Apps” – Select “Store”
2.     Search for “Candy Creek” in the app store
3.     Download “Candy Creek” – launch the game using “Open”
4.     Exit out of the game using the Kindle Fire’s back button
5.     Note the “stopped unexpectedly” error message

Result:  Exiting out of “Candy Creek” using the Kindle Fire’s back button results in a “stopped unexpectedly” error message

Expected:  Exiting out of “Candy Creek” using the Kindle Fire’s back button should not result in a “stopped unexpectedly” error message

Launch Candy Creek from the App Store on the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Exit out of the game using the Kindle Fire's back button...

You'll be presented with a "stopped unexpectedly" error message - this isn't common on the Kindle Fire after exiting from games in the manner described above.