Introducing CityZen Android app

(Redon Skikuli) #1

After announcing to OLs members first, I’d like to share the news also with other open source contributors, especially OpenStreetMap enthusiasts.
I’m working for quite some time now with some friends on CityZen app, a free open source Android app that shows different points of interest (POI) that are nearby based on your location. CityZen based on OSM for the base-map and it has predefined categories such as bars, transportation, touristic attractions etc. The app has a special focus on privacy and that is why we don’t keep your location or any other data. In addition, you can also edit or/add new POIs if you have an OpenStreetMap account and if you don’t have an OSM account you can even create one from the app.
The app is currently on alpha version for Android (ver 4.4 and up), and things seem to
work quite satisfactory.
I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in the current version of it. So, if you happen to have an Android phone (version 4.4 or higher) and want to be an early tester of the app please fill the form on the website and we wil get back to you in the second phase of testing:

Here is the code of the app:
Follow the Twitter account for the latest updates:

Many many thanks in advance - your help is highly appreciated. If you happen to apply you will be contacted soon for the next steps.


(Redon Skikuli) #2

Happy to announce that the website is online: A lot of things to improve in the next days. Feedback is more than welcome as always :blush:


(Irdi Merzheku) #3

Sapo e shkarkova dhe duhet te them qe punon mjaft mire…

Nje pune teper e mir nga ana jote dhe shpresoj ta shofim sa me shpejt ne perdorim te pergjithshem.

(Jonathan Beliën) #4

Hey @rskikuli ,

Some suggestions :

GitHub suggestion about version number :

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(iker) #5

Hey @rskikuli,

Where are POIs taken from? Are you using API from OSM or custom API?


(Redon Skikuli) #6

POis are straight from OpenStreetMap API @iker. Did you use it? How did you find it?


(iker) #7

I was thinking about audioguide project… to extend POI metadata to support “audioguide info point”,… :rofl::rofl::rofl:

(Redon Skikuli) #8

Audio guide makes sense, but I’m not sure on the energy needed to incorporate it to the app. This is something than we can definitely talk about during your event. You can also propose it as a feature at the Github page of the project.

On other news: we submitted it to F-Droid and are working on going live with it: Hopefully if it will be approved soon.

Need the opinion of the forum on this: what is the best open platform that might be used for localizations of the app, the website and other assets? This is the next step on creating an architecture for the community to work on and contribute in the next months. Thanks in advance!


(Sotirios Vrachas) #9

Just appear on my F-Droid repository. Congratulations!.

(Redon Skikuli) #11

Just wanted to inform you that you can see the presentation of the app at Fosdem 2018 here All positive feedback welcome!

ps: deleted your comment @vookis since it is considered spam.


(Redon Skikuli) #12

Can someone with a pre Android 5 device help us test the app and share the feedback here Would really help @Andy and myself :slight_smile: . Thank you!


(Redon Skikuli) #13

Guys, anyone out there with a tablet willing to spend some time testing CityZen in tablet devices? Would highly appreciate. Thank you in advance!


(Redon Skikuli) #14

Here is an opened issue for people with pre Android 5 devices: If you could test CityZen there would really help.

(Redon Skikuli) #15

Hey folks, I’m happy to inform you that I got invited to present CityZen in the next Navimotive conference in Kiev in about 10 days. I will speak about the usage of OpenStreetMap and CityZen from the car industry. Privacy, security and copyright issues are on the agenda for my presentation.
You can find more about the conference here: I will try to document our presence there by posting on Twitter and maybe here.


(bimaloy) #16

Can’t really remember the exact time but sometime around Q4/2017. I discovered it because some members of the CityZen project are also involved in the Nextcloud project which is where I usually spend my time contributing to the development of its Android app. So they tweeted about this new project and that is how it came to my attention.