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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Announcing the Nokia Store release of GAuth

So this happened on Friday but immediately afterwards I was coding my next project and found an awkward bug so I planned to delay the announcement until after I had written and Nokia Store had approved the update, but seeing as people are already downloading it (for which I am grateful), GAuth has now been released as a free download on the Nokia Store.


This marks my first successful release of an "app" on any mobile platform. I've toyed with very briefly the iOS App Store (and helped friends release apps) but nothing myself, and I've toyed with the Android Market/Google Play Store but no joy there. The main difference was that I was able to make a full-blown app in my spare time just using my phone*.

* Well plus SSH access to a Linux server for some small parts.

GAuth is a Google Authenticator implementation for the Nokia N9. It allows you to generate six-digit token codes required for two-step verification of your Google Account when GAuth on your Nokia N9 is paired with your Google Account.

That bug? It was a oversight in that when next you download an update to GAuth it will treat it as an uninstall followed by an install, rather than an upgrade which will reset your settings. The new version is available now on GitHub (get version 1.3 - it's the latest as of now) and you will be able to seamlessly get upgrades from the Nokia Store when later I make them. Nokia Store should have the update next weekend. The new version also features built-in help with a description of how to match your phone to your Google account.

The workaround for the bug is simply to copy and paste your secret from the Settings before you do the update, and copy and paste them back when the update wipes them out. This won't happen again.

For more information on this app, please visit the dedicated GAuth page on this blog and I'm interested in your feedback.