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DiWineTaste Goes Android


 The next month, October 2012, DiWineTaste will celebrate its ten years of activity spent in telling wine and distillates sensorial tasting. We will then enter our eleventh year, certainly a goal of which we are proud of, while wishing to do even better. To us, who have always believed on network and Internet - it was 2002 - the connection with devices belonging to this category, computer and mobile devices, represents the primary mean for the spreading of our job. As mobile devices are getting more and more common - not only phones, but also tablets - this requires to take in consideration this new way of using the network. As far as we are concerned, this trend is also witnessed by the high number of visits our site receives from users using these devices, a sign what we write and offer to our readers, is also appreciated when “they are on the go”.


 

 It is now many years DiWineTaste is offering the possibility to use part of its services in pages expressly dedicated to mobile devices - available at the page www.diwinetaste.com/mobile - a possibility which has been very successful in the course of the years. They however are WEB pages developed in order to offer an essential service to all mobile devices capable of connecting to the Internet, therefore a service with a minimal impact on phone costs for our users. Despite the simplicity of mobile pages, our readers continue - after many years - to appreciate and to use them on a daily basis. The availability of new platforms and new systems, as it is commonly known, offers new possibilities of development and communication, such as in the case of the so called smartphones, small computers controlled by dedicated operating systems, capable of running programs expressly developed for them.

 At the moment, Android and iPhone are the system mainly used for mobile devices - phones and tablets - with an increasing spreading for both, although, in this period, it is Android to receive a higher appreciation from consumers and market. It is right on the Android system we focused our attention in order to continue the evolution of DiWineTaste, by exploring new possibilities for the spreading of our articles, our guides and our services. We therefore developed DiWineTaste Mobile application - or app, as they are generally called - a tool expressly developed for devices which make use of Android. Just like every Android application, DiWineTaste Mobile is available in Google Play Store and can be downloaded for free. It is however the first release and, as such and just like any other software project, it is in an evolution state and development, just like our site.


DiWineTaste Mobile: the Android
application. DiWineTaste always with you in your pocket!
DiWineTaste Mobile: the Android application. DiWineTaste always with you in your pocket!

 DiWineTaste Mobile application is currently offering you most of the services available on our site, some of them, revised and adapted to the need of the ones who are using a mobile device, including - of course - the availability of the magazine, which you can read “on the go”. You will also find all of our Guides - Wine Guide, Aquavitae and Wine Place Guide - always at your service wherever you are, to give you an advice about a wine or a distillate when you are at the restaurant, as well as searching for a restaurant or a wine shop. Besides that, you will always be informed and up to date about our events and polls, which you can vote directly from your Android device, as well as EnoGames, very appreciated by all of our readers. Moreover, our application includes another tool very popular among our readers as well as very appreciated: the alcohol test. The same consideration expressed for the alcohol test available in our site is also true for the one available in the application: it must not be considered as an “exact” tool; it just gives an approximate value in order to understand whether what you are appreciating in a glass is still pleasure or abuse.

 Moreover, the application also offers the possibility of customizing its behavior in order to have it adapted to your need and preferences. You can, for example, choose the size of the font to be used for the magazine's articles, save your wines, distillates and places in personal lists of “favorite items”, in order to have them always at hand when you need them. Moreover, and the same is also true for our site, you can give your support and express your opinion about the wines, distillates and places reviewed in our Guides. You can do that from your Android device in order to let you tell us your experience and opinion in the very moment you are sitting at the table of a restaurant while appreciating a good wine. Please consider that in order to review wines and distillates, or vote a place, it is required to be registered users. Most of you will certainly know the registration is free and you can do that also from DiWineTaste Mobile application.

 Like already said, it is however an evolving project: we are confident that with times and with your precious contribution, just like what already happened for our site with your mails and suggestions you keep on giving us, this application can grow up and develop in order to become more and more useful and rich. I like the idea these words of mine are being read in this very moment by some readers who already downloaded DiWineTaste Mobile on his or her mobile device. The same pleasure, of course, to know it is now ten years readers all over the world keep on reading our magazine, both the PDF edition as well as the WEB edition. Knowing this is also happening in an Android device and by using our new application, makes this job even more interesting and amazing. Like I wrote ten years ago in the first editorial of DiWineTaste - mentioning the famous quote of Lao Zi's Dao De Jing - I go on from that point and say this is a new step for DiWineTaste project. We all wish, just like ten years ago, this new step will take us to new places and wherever you are. I hope you will like DiWineTaste Mobile and may it give you the same pleasure and satisfaction it gave me while I was developing this application and to give it to all our readers for free. On this regard, I must thank all the ones who, in the course of these months of development, have contributed in a fundamental and precious way by testing this application as well as with right and useful suggestions. By using our application, DiWineTaste will always be with you, at your service, right in your pocket. Download it from Google Play Store: it is free. Enjoy it!

Antonello Biancalana






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