Help us test our new Android app

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The day has finally arrived. We've heard your comments and read your e-mails. We are officially launching our testing program for our new Android app.

When it's all said and done, this app will be an Internet accountability program for mobile devices that use the Android operating system.

We are releasing an "alpha" (pre-beta) version of this app, which is currently only a bare-bones plugin for the Firefox browser. Over time we will develop more features as we receive feedback from those who use the plugin. Other upcoming features will likely include a way to monitor how and when other apps are used and a way to control what apps are accessed in the first place.

If you are interested in being a part of the alpha program, you will need to:

  1. Be a Covenant Eyes Accountability user (not just an accountability partner for someone else)

  2. Have a mobile device that runs the Android operating system 2.0 or higher

  3. Run Firefox on your Android device


We'll use comments from alpha testers like you to build this app from the ground up.

Interested? Go to CovenantEyes.com/AndroidAlphaSignup and fill out the necessary information.
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Luke Gilkerson

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des

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I am eager to have CE on my Droid X. Does the alpha version actually send data to my accountability report?
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Dave Caswell, Developer

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Yes, it does.

This alpha version of our Firefox for Android plugin will monitor any addresses you access within Firefox and send that data to your report.

Hopefully, next week, we will begin an alpha test of our background application for Android, that will add the ability to monitor the stock browser on the device - more on that soon!
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sheaweekley

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Just to make sure and cover all my bases I'll ask what may be a silly question. But since you mentioned the stock browser I wanted to make sure that the final product will cover all applications like bloatware and default browsers that cannot be deleted and so forth.
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Dave Caswell, Developer

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Not a silly question at all.

The answer to your question is somewhat complicated. Due to the limitations of the system, our application is unable to function in the same manner as our desktop application where we have access to all of the network traffic. At this point the only apps that we can get all of the exact url's visited from are the stock browser on the device and Firefox for Android (if you're using our plugin). To deal with the limitations of the platform, we have had to explore different ways to provide accountability.

First, we are developing ways to track what is running on a device and for how long. For example if you have 2 monitored browsers available, but you always use an unmonitored one, that could be a good thing for your accountability partner to ask about. We will also be tracking install and uninstalls of applications.

Next, we plan to provide the ability to password protect applications. This way you could only have access to monitored apps and need a pin code to be entered to access others. This could include password protecting the Android Market and even the ability to manage applications.

The Android ecosystem is a very difficult one within which to provide airtight accountability. We have had to get somewhat creative and find ways to inform the accountability relationship between your accountability partner and accountability user in order to provide protection on these devices.

You'll be able to begin testing these features when we release the alpha test of our background application very soon.
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What's the anticipated release date for the Android version?
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Cynthia Powers

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Thanks for the reply.It sounds like beta testing would be the best way to go. I'm a big fan of beta testing and do it myself. However, I'm scrambling to handle someone's surprise purchase of an Android phone.

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