This was actually my first Android application, but I did have some previous development experience, including some limited Symbian and Windows Mobile experience.
It was still the very early days of the Android ecosystem. Tools were not perfect, documentation was lacking details as well. There was no StackOverflow where you could find any Android related questions that might have. Development was much more difficult back then, but also more fun.
Anton is a software engineer from Russia, now living in San Francisco. He is the author of multiple open-source software projects including Traccar server and mobile apps.
Bitwarden – open-source password manager. I use it on a regular basis for managing my password for almost all websites.
Bromite – Chromium for Android with ad-blocking functionality. I wish Google would add ad-blocking capabilities to standard Chrome, but I guess it’s not going to happen any time soon.
I started working on around 2011, so almost 10 years now.
My main project is an open-source GPS tracking system – Traccar. Originally I developed Traccar Client as a tool for me to simulate GPS locations to test my open-source back-end, but I also decided to publish it on Android Market (now Google Play). The app became fairly popular because it allowed people to implement GPS tracking without needing to buy special hardware for it.
I believe there are two main advantages over competitors:
• It is completely open-source, so people can build their own customized versions of the app for their own needs.
• Traccar Client is also a very light app and it’s not bloated with often unnecessary extra functionality.
There are no plans to add any major new features. I want to keep the app very light, as I mentioned previously, but there are plans to keep improving location accuracy and battery life for common use cases.
App is free and open source, so we don’t have any marketing budget and we rely on our users to spread the word. Also, any constructive feedback is always welcome.
Traccar Client is an app that allows you to use your mobile device as a GPS tracker. It reports location to your own or hosted server with selected time intervals.
By default application is configured to use free Traccar service (address - demo.traccar.org, port - 5055). To see your device on the map register on http://demo.traccar.org/ and add your device with an identifier.
Traccar (Server) is a free open source server that supports more than 100 different protocols and GPS tracking devices. You can use this application with your own hosted instance of Traccar. For more information visit https://www.traccar.org/.
Date: January 14, 2020
Developer: Anton Tananev
About developer: Anton is a software engineer from Russia, now living in San Francisco. He is ... Read more