Amora: 14001 downloads

September 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm 5 comments

Around 2 years ago, I did the release of Amora (A mobile remote assistant) for Nokia smartphones. This started as a pet project, mostly driven by my own requirements to have a good software for reliably controlling slides and movies using my cellphone through bluetooth. It has a server part, installed in the desktop (written in ANSI C) and a client part, installed in the cellphone (written in Python for S60).

Recently, I haven’t being really active developing it, mostly thanks to some factors:

  • At the time, I was waiting for PyS60 2.0 being released (and it took a long time to finally being made public);
  • This is my perception, but I feel that there is a shift from python to javascript as a scripting language in general;
  • I have being waiting for Qt in Symbian starting to support some features required (like bluetooth, for example). There is a QBluetooth project, but it requires some special capabilities to even install in a real device (and AFAICT, there is not an official build of it for third-party developers to use, say like Qt mobility);
  • Finally, I have being quite busy with other projects.

Last week, while checking the project’s webpage, I noticed this:

14001 downloadsNot too bad, hum? If you consider that from all the demographics, it targets only the Nokia, smartphone users (3rd and 2nd edition), non-touch, that runs linux as desktop (i.e. a subset of a subset of a subset of…). There is the added complication that the client is also available in other websites for download, so this number probably is not that accurate.

I guess that the fact that it followed the Unix philosophy (“do one thing, do it well”) and the great artwork (provided by my friend Wilson Prata and Alexis Younes) helped. And the fact that it is included in several Linux distros too! Special thanks to all the pacman (package mantainer) who packaged amora.

Amora background while connected

ps: initially, I thought about naming this post “Amora: 14k downloads”, but that would be incorrect, since 14k == 14336.


Entry filed under: linux, mobile.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. aa  |  September 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    No: 14k is 14000 =)

  • 2. Ademar  |  September 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    ps: initially, I thought about naming this post “Amora: 14k downloads”, but that would be incorrect, since 14k == 14336

    Not really:


    • 3. savago  |  September 23, 2010 at 9:25 pm


      What a shame… I just wasted a really nice post title.



  • 4. xSacha  |  September 24, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Qt4.6/4.7 is officially shipping with S60^3 devices. Don’t these have Qt bluetooth? I will be getting one of these devices and would love a touchscreen version of your app no matter how many extra bluetooth packages are required.

  • 5. Elvis Pfützenreuter  |  February 11, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Nice! It is a shame that PyS60 was not promoted by Nokia — at least while Javascripting in S60 is not as powerful as PyS60 is.


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