MV’s Field Guide app - now on Android!

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by Nicole K
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6 May 2013
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Since the launch of MV's Field Guide app for Apple mobile devices, we've received hundreds of requests for an Android version, my favourite being:


All I want for Christmas is an update on the Android field guide!

Well – drumroll – it's here!

Last Friday, we were very proud that Senator The Hon Don Farrell, Minister for Science and Research and Minister Assisting for Tourism, was able to join us at Melbourne Museum to celebrate this significant milestone. 

  Field Guide apps team pose with Minister Farrell: Simon Sherrin, Jo Taylor, Ely Wallis, Ajay Ranipeta, Minister Farrell, Blair Patullo (absent: Nicole Kearney, Michael Mason). Field Guide apps team pose with Minister Farrell: Simon Sherrin, Jo Taylor, Ely Wallis, Ajay Ranipeta, Minister Farrell, Blair Patullo (absent: Nicole Kearney, Michael Mason).
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Development of the Android version is part of a wider project, funded by the Australian Government under the Inspiring Australia, Unlocking Australia's Potential scheme, where we are working with museums around the country to deliver field guide apps for all States and Territories.

The MV Field Guide app is now available through Google Play for Android devices – including tablets, phablets and phones. And it's free.

The MV Field Guide home screen (shown here on a Nexus 7) The MV Field Guide home screen (shown here on a Nexus 7)
Image: Museum Victoria
Source: Museum Victoria
 

The app contains over 730 Victorian animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fishes and marine and freshwater invertebrates. Each detailed description includes stunning images, distribution maps, endangered status and animal sounds (for birds, frogs and other noisy critters).

The Helmeted Honeyeater is Victoria's bird emblem (shown here on a Nexus 7) The Helmeted Honeyeater is Victoria's bird emblem (shown here on a Nexus 7)
Image: Museum Victoria
Source: Museum Victoria

Apple device users will be able to download an updated iOS version in the coming weeks. The new version represents a significant upgrade to the existing iOS app.

Additions to the new Android app (and coming soon for Apple devices) include:

  • Over 30 new species (many added as a result of user requests), including the Great White Shark, the Giant Gippsland Earthworm and Victoria's bird emblem, the Helmeted Honeyeater
  • New marine mammals: seals, dolphins, whales
  • 75 new bird calls, including the Powerful Owl, the Little Penguin, the Tawny Frogmouth, the Sacred Kingfisher and the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
  • The complete set of frog calls
  • The updated Victorian Endangered Status for all vertebrate species (bringing the app in line with the DSE's 2013 Advisory List for Threatened Vertebrate Fauna)

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Simone 8 May, 2013 23:04
Nice job :) Well done.
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Adrian 13 June, 2013 09:33
Many thanks for this. Any thoughts on including the ability to record sightings of each species?
Discovery Centre 15 June, 2013 14:02

Hi Adrian,

Thank you for your feedback about Museum Victoria’s Field Guide to Victorian Fauna app. You will be pleased to know that we too hope to add a function that will allow users to record their animal sightings from within the app (as this has been requested by a number of our app users). It is certainly something on our wish list for a future update!

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Richard Rawson 10 September, 2013 12:55
Congratulations on this app. I hope you have the funding to continue development. What a great educational tool it should prove to be. One comment - I looked at the item on Sambar deer and was astonished to see the distribution map. I know you qualify how the map was developed but even I know the distribution of this animal is very widespread across the ranges east from Melbourne. Just for credibility of the app in general I think you should have a look at this. Any deer hunter who saw this would be astonished as would many residents near to our forests as far east as Lakes Entrance and beyond.
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Discovery Centre 28 July, 2014 10:36

Hi Richard,

Thank you for your comment about the Sambar Deer distribution map. The maps are created using data from specimens held in Australian museums, as well as from human observations. Ironically this means that the distribution maps of very common species can be inadequate; we have fewer of them in our collections and their occurrence is less likely to be reported to us. The same is true for feral species.

We are now creating custom maps for those species that have incorrect distribution maps. We have replaced the map for the Sambar Deer (and the Fallow Deer). These new maps will appear in the next data update.

Thanks again for helping us to improve the quality of our app!

gary 2 January, 2014 14:48
outstanding, i wish NSW would catch up. Vics seem to do everything better. It's time I moved to a more progressive State.
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Discovery Centre 20 January, 2014 10:00
Hi Gary, Glad you like our app! We're actually producing a Field Guide app for every state in Australia, (including NSW). The new apps will be available for Apple and Android devices and will be released over the next few months. Stay tuned...

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