Is there any way to "get" persistent notification ?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:44

I use MP3 Converter to convert my daily records. This app creates notification(like this) while converting. I want to get the notification variables when notification's text change, but autonotification's event and state doesn't work the way I want.

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Select dynamically bulb with variable autohue

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 07:34


I'm new in tasker / autohue plugin. I use it with google home to create voice actions.

I have done one by using if/then condition, but I would like to improve it. I explain : I say "ok google, power off all lights except X" with X a text ingredient pass through join and get by tasker. What I have done if that : If X equals "sofa" then power off all others lights. It works but there if one if for each possibility.

So, I want to do a for loop that loop all the existing lights, and for each of them, check if the name of the light corresponds to X or not. If not, there is a huestate line + à hue 2.0 line to say power off this light.

I have 2 problems with this: 1) it seems that to get value of hue 2.0 variables (%hue_nr_lights, %hue_lights ...), an action hue 2.0 is needed before 2) I don't find the way to target dynamically the hue light. I don't want to select a light in the list, I want that huestate and hue 2.0 target the light from the for loop (it loops through %hue_lights)

I'm not sure my explanation is very clear, is so, don't hesitate to tell me. Before to post this, I have search without finding the solution.

Thank you in advance for your answers / help.

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What is the best ASO tool for Google Play?

Developing Android Apps - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 06:07

I have been doing ASO for 1 years. I tried different ASO tools like MobileAction, SensorTower, and more. For you what is the best ASO tool? Which estimation of ASO tool is good(Especially in Google Play)?

Well-known ASO tools.

-Mobile Action -App Annie -Sensor Tower -AppTweak -ASODesk -Meatti -Apptweak -App Radar

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Categories: Android, Linux

Adaptive Icons are a mess. How do we constructively go about asking developers to implement them?

Android - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 03:23

The app drawer is a disaster when icons don't reach the right standard!

It's not such a bad idea when done right.

So what do you think? How would you constructively go about asking developers to implement them correctly?

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Problem of adding 4K support for my app

Developing Android Apps - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 01:48

Am recently adding support for 4K in my app for Android TV users. My test device is SONY KD-49XF9005. While the built-in image viewer, as well as YouTube, can display in 4K without issue, I've got no luck getting it to work for my app so far.

My app uses a GLSurfaceView to render images. I've followed the 4K Display Mode API guide, and with that I hope to be able to select one of the 4K display modes available on my TV so that my GLSurfaceView can draw in physical resolution (code snippet shown below). However, the API constantly returns me one and only one display mode i.e. 1080p. This really bothers me, the hardware should support it as other built-in apps can use 4K, why doesn't it return a 4K display mode for my app?

I've also read through all relevant Android TV developer guide and wasn't able to find anything special. I'd really appreciate if anyone can shred me some light on this. Thanks!

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Categories: Android, Linux

Play Store Console notification about app I don't own? ("Seeker")

Developing Android Apps - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 01:43

I got this weird Play Console notification about an app I don't own called "Seeker". Has this happened to anyone else? I'm wondering how this would have actually happened, too. I wouldn't want notifications about my own apps being accidentally sent to other developers.

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Categories: Android, Linux

Would a 'pseudocode then Google' approach work well for creating apps as a newbie?

Developing Android Apps - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 01:21

Hello. I'm still trying to code an actual, usable app that people would want to download and use. It seems that while I have these great ideas, I seem to be unable to implement them due to my limited knowledge of code.

I do recall the concept of writing pseudocodes when I sat in for a Java course during college. Here I am thinking that even if I don't know how to exactly code for what I have in mind, I'll just write everything down in pseudocode, then Google everything afterward replacing it with real code.

Would this approach work well enough?

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Categories: Android, Linux

Tasker Loop WhatsApp

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:37

How can I loop tasker to forward message to 'n' number of WhatsApp broadcast list? e.g. Broadcast1, Broadcast2..

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New Rule Announcement: No paywalled submissions.

Developing Android Apps - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:00

Hi folks - one of the moditarians here. Due to an influx of recent submissions of this type, we've added a new rule to the sub: Any posts linking paywalled articles are not allowed. Please do report these.

This includes anything from established publications to subscription-only posts. This does not necessarily apply to entire sites (unless the site happens to be 100% subscription-only). For instance: you can post a medium blog post, but you cannot post a subscription-only medium blog post.

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Categories: Android, Linux

Recent Graduate looking to develop an application for experience/fun. Are the tools i plan to use relevant enough?

Developing Android Apps - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:58

Hi everyone. I'm a recent graduate and I'm looking to build an Android app for some experience with new frameworks and architectures. I took an android course in my last semester which introduced me to some new technologies and frameworks but it never really went into a deep dive. I made two Android apps in school but they weren't that great in terms of quality. I'm looking to get some relevant experience for the real world since i've been applying for java developer/android developer jobs and would love to continue my career path in this field.

The current plan was to build a food application using an API i found online which allows you to search for recipes based on ingredients you may already have. I was thinking of using Retrofit with RxJava for communicating with the API endpoints and Google's Room architecture to store the data in a local db.

Are these tools used in industry enough to where I should use them to build experience? If not, what tools can/should I look for? Am i even doing the right thing lol

Thank you so much in advance!

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Hand-on quick review of the VIVO NEX

Android - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:37

I currently own a Samsung S7 Edge which I've enjoyed for a mere year before Samsung released both the S8 and S9. Having dropped my phone (before I got my case) that now has a cracked back glass, I've been looking to upgrade the S7 to the S8 S9. However, the recent releases of Chinese phones have gotten my attention (I live in China), in particular this VIVO NEX which I saw in person yesterday. Here are some of the sample shots that I took with the S7 edge (I'm not sure of how to post videos as I have footage of the front facing popup camera):

  • The NEX feels very solid and well built. It is a huge phone so it might feel a little hefty for small hands, but if you look at the picture it is a woman holding the NEX and she has no trouble operating it. Like most phones, it will require a case and front screen protector which is mandatory in China (I see people drop their phones at least once a day).

  • The volume control is on the right, which took some getting use to because most phones have it on the left.

  • The screen is absolutely gorgeous to look at. It is virtually the entire front face of the phone. This was what we should have been looking at for the Samsung S9 (not too bad) and Apple X (worst design I've ever seen). Why after a decade a company can only come up with a notched screen is beyond me. This is the future of mobile phones. The Amoled screen gets better every time I see it. With Apple adopting this technology as late as last year, there is no reason why we can't view gorgeously bright colours and deep blacks on any of our displays.

  • The bezels are better than anything I've seen, I'm not sure if I can still call them bezels. Borders may be a better word to describe them. I remembered my first impression seeing the S7 edge's screen and how beautiful it was compared to the super-thick bezels of past phones. It was like comparing modern jeans with flared pants from the 70s (do take a quick look at a vintage iphone 4s lol). The NEX however is truly a step into the future like I've never seen before. I have seen and used the Xiaomi Mix and Mix 2s, but they still have the camera on the front (and in an odd location). They're not truly bezel-less. The NEX is. There are no cameras, sensors, speakers or buttons that warrant the extra space for bezels. This is a border that is slightly more noticeable at the bottom of the NEX. It's a non-issue IMO and far less bothersome than staring at notches all day long.

  • Vivo claims that their speaker technology is unique on the NEX, and it is. There is a speaker at the bottom of the phone but the ear speaker is no where to be seen. Apparently this is behind the screen and it works quite well. The speakers while playing music are as loud as any other but I still have access to a 3.5mm audio jack for my cabled headphones and real speakers. If this was what made the bottom screen border slightly bigger then this is totally a non-issue.

  • The popup camera was what I was anticipating the most. It is super cool the way you press an onscreen button or app and it pops up. It isn't slow either, I guess it was as responsive as a popup flash on a DSLR camera like the Canon 7D. It felt solid though I didn't test the rigidity of it in case I might really break it. VIVO claims that the mechanism is just as reliable as any other self-closing mechanism on camera and projector lenses. I didn't feel like I missed the traditional spot for the front facing camera at all while enjoy the benefit of the full screen.

  • I was not able to test the on-screen fingerprint feature as the sample I used was probably the basic model (3898rmb). Is this feature worth almost $100 more? I'm not sure. I think the back fingerprint scanner does the job for most things like payments at the supermarket or restuarants. I do think it is a better alternative to the front fingerprint scanner on the button of my S7 edge and previous Samsung phones.

  • The OS and software were fluid and easy to use. I'm not all that big on skinning and custom ROMs and I have been using Samsung phones since the Galaxy SII. Having used my GF's phones, I have no issues with the software other than the onscreen keyboards which were a little smaller than I would like.

Is the VIVO NEX the hype that it claims to be? Absolutely.

However there are still a couple of things that holds me back on this phone:

  • Lack of expandable memory. I'm so used to having them on my Samsungs because I need more space for photos and videos. On my 128GB phone I can add another 128GB or 256GB of storage to play with. I can't get that with most phones like the NEX that doesn't have this.

  • No waterproofing capabilities. Perhaps this would be in the next version, but it really needs to be a standard on all phones. They are portable devices and are subjected to falls and elements from the weather.

Other than that, the NEX is a dream phone for gadget and technology lovers. I'm now waiting to see what the OPPO Find X has. They would be the second company to come out with a notch-free "bezel-less" screen design.

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