Last week we posted about how our Zazzle design tool works well on Apple’s iPad tablet. This week I’m here to show you how well it works on Google’s Android OS!
Android OS Version 2.2 (codenamed “Froyo”) is the latest iteration of Google’s rapidly growing mobile operating system. Not all Android phones have been updated to Froyo yet, but for those that have, designing on Zazzle just got a bit better.
One of the main issues when using a mobile browser is not being able to upload images from your phone’s memory or SD card to a web site like Zazzle. I won’t get into the technical details of why that is, but Froyo circumvents the issue by supporting full Adobe Flash 10.1.
No, Zazzle’s design tools are not written in Flash. But we do support a small Flash based image uploader right within our tools. It’s seamless, so you probably never even noticed that it uses Flash (and if you don’t have Flash installed, it simply falls back to using the default browser upload control).
In any case, Android 2.2 can now take advantage of our Flash uploader and allow you to upload images you have saved on your phone!
First, navigate to a design tool. In this example, I went to create a mousepad using my HTC Evo Android phone, which recently got the Android 2.2 update.
After clicking on “Select image” from the Get Started box, I see my image upload screen. From here I can choose to add an existing image from My Zazzle Images, or upload a new image.
Let’s upload a new one by clicking on the “Select Images to upload” button. This is where the magic happens! Before Froyo, this button was disabled. Now it’s available, and clicking it brings you to a list of images on your device:
Cool! Now just touch the image you want to add. In this example, I added “Androidian Man_4.jpg”, but all the images on my phone (including photographs I took with my phone’s camera) appeared on this list.
After the image finishes uploading, it appears on the mousepad! Simple as pie!
So who out there uses Android, and are you on Froyo yet?