Google Certified Associate Android Developer


Hi dear reader!

As some of you know, a while back I received an Scholarship from Google to take the Android Developer Fast Track Course form Udacity (–nd818). This is a course designed to polish your Android Developer skills, best practises, and development techniques in Java in order to obtain the Google Google Associate Android Developer Certification.

developers_logoThis certification is a new way Google has devised to officially prove your Android and App development skills. You can find more info in this link (, and by watching the following video

As part of the course, to make sure I was ready to take the certification, I had to build some cool Apps. I’ve published one so that you can see if you are up to the certification. The App (movieDB) connects to database and queries the top rated and popular movies. It then downloads the movie posters asynchronously and displays them in a recycler view. Users can access a movie to view information, the trailers, and comments by other users. There is also an sqlite database that works with a content provider to save movies to watch later, and a settings screen to switch between the different modes. It uses an MVC architecture and is designed to work on limited hardware.

You can download it from the following link! It covers many basic requirements in the certification exam!


I recently took and passed the exam!! You can view my official badge here! It has been a great opportunity to brush up on best practises, and have the chance to have Google verify your code.

In my next post, I’ll be doing a much-asked-for QA post on the certification.

See you then!


El Niño Lottery App

Whilst reading this post, the most logical reaction is to think that it is a mistake, since the “El Niño” lottery from Spain was on the 6th. Bear with me a second please.


It turns out that after Apple’s App Store holidays, and a ridiculous time in review due to questions about the App (talk about efficiency in Apple’s App review process), the App has just arrived in the App Store. So, since it finally is ready for download, you can check (in case you haven’t already) if your number has been chosen in the most comfortable, efficient and easiest way. This App is basically a port of the Christmas lottery App.

Hope you enjoy it :)!



Is 2017 the year where tech will become uncomfortable?

Hello dear reader!

Once more, it is time to say goodbye to another year and prepare ourselves for the next. I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be an amazing year, but before, it is time to take a little stroll down memory lane and think about what this year will mean to the tech world.

We could probably talk about this topic endlessly, there are many blog posts that highlight all the advancements and most important milestones in technology for 2016, but I’d like to take a minute to talk about what I think is a curious trend we are seeing.

When the IPhone 7 was launched in September, it was received among mixed feelings. Some people praised the plus double camera and the water resistance it promises, but Apple decided to kill the headphone jack and sell you some ridiculously expensive AirPods. As if that wasn’t enough, the headphones that come bundled with the iPhone have problems with the audio and you are forced to un plug them and plug them back in if that happens.

Moving on, when the new MacBook where released in October, we got a fancy touch strip, which apple dubbed the “magic bar” in their everlasting pursuit of finding cool names. This was a move to tell Microsoft that they had no interest in making a device like the surface which has a touch screen tablet surface with a full laptop. Not only did they do that, but also they removed the USB ports, leaving only USB type C ports and ironically, the 3.5 mm jack. This is fun, because if you buy an iPhone 7, you cannot connect the headphones to the MacBook Pro, neither can you connect the iPhone to your laptops. Bang up job Apple!


This is particularly hilarious, because Tim Cook once addressed the audience on a keynote assuring that Apple had a clear path ahead, because it wasn’t trying to make tablets into laptops and laptops into tablets. Moreover, he used an image to define the competition which you can see below.


It’s funny though, because Microsoft Surface is on the up (they are reporting record sales compared to iPad), and the switch is mainly due to discontent with the new MacBook Pro. So one can only beg to question, who is confused? We are being imposed a new standard that might be the future, but that in the present day means we have to rely on dongles and all kinds of adapters to connect our camera, USB drives or phone to our computer. It might be the future, but do we want it today?

There an amazing video, which always manages to put a smile on a face which I think sums this all up. Hope it makes you laugh too 😉

What do you think? Are you happy with how things are moving? Or are you a bit worried about where we might be heading?

After our small rumbling, I wish you a happy new year and I hope that 2017 comes packed full of everything you desire most.

Thank you very much for reading!

See you next year!

Spanish Christmas Lottery App

It’s that time of the year when everyone starts to frantically buy Christmas lottery. It is a tradition that has been around for years and years and no one wants to be left out. It is usual that offices, gyms, coffee shops, supermarkets,etc. offer small participations and of course, hard core followers buy their own lucky numbers. There seems to be a general feeling that not buying one wherever you go could mean that you are left out in the biggest prize available (El gordo).

If you are not from Spain and would like to check out how big this is, you can watch our TV commercial from this year, which I don’t particularly like, and from the previous year (which was a masterpiece) – It seems the Spanish lottery has fallen into a Windows like type cycle, one good version and one bad version 😉 –

This year’s TV commercial:

The previous one:

The point is that many people end up with lots of number and they have to check to see if icon762xthey have won a prize. Thanks to technology, this is easier as there are webpages where you can input all the numbers and see if you have scored a lucky one. The problem is that in the end you end up retyping the same numbers again and again. With all the technological advancements we have, and having such processing power in our pockets, there had to be a simpler way we could do better. So, I teamed up with Fran, who works with me at Wave and is an awesome Android developer, to build an App that would simplify this.

I took charge of the iOS version, and he worked on the Android counterpart. The result is a visually appealing App that allows you to:

  • Check individual numbers easily
  • Saves all your history of checked numbers so that you can check them all at once.
  • Allows you to view the state of the raffle and all the prizes at just a glance.


The App is available on iOS and Android, and you can check it out today!




We hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

Feel free to drop us a line with any comments!

We wish you the best of luck and a very happy Christmas!

New gimmicks for wave on iOS 10!

Following our trend of delivering the best possible performance and features for our ever-growing user base, we have decided to create a cool iOS 10 today widget. You can add this to your main screen and easily access your waves with just a tap.


This latest release also comes with revolutionizing battery performance and a much improved under the hood contacts management.

Take for it a spin and check out the massive overhaul!

We are currently getting ready to announce extremely cool features, stay tuned 😉

Wave gets full support and treats for iOS 10!

Hi dear reader!

I just wanted to drop a quick line to let you know that you can now download from the App Store the latest update for Wave. This is a special update as we have made vast improvements under the hood to give you the best possible experience. We have also scoured through the iOS 10 features and documentations to see what we could use to make the App more robust and efficient, and thanks to that we are now fully iOS 10 compliant.


One of the new features we have implemented is interative notifications. From now on, when someone accepts one of your Wave requests, you can simply swipe the notification down to see where the person is, wherever you are in the system. You can see a screenshot below.


Feel free to drop me a line to let me know what you think 🙂


Thanks for reading!

Try MemoPark Ultimate for free!


After receiving a number of requests from people who wanted to try MemoPark Ultimate before buying it, I have made a free version of the App called MemoPark Free. This App contains all the features of the ultimate version, but will only allow you to save 5 locations. After that it will ask you to download the paid version. This way you can get a taste of the efficiency, the powerful and easy to use features, and the eye-popping design of the best way to find your car ;). Hope you enjoy it!

You can use the link below to download 🙂