Galaxy S9 speakers vs. Pixel 2 impression

Android - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:34

I thought I'd make a quick post sharing my impressions of these two sets of speakers. I'm thrilled with the fact Samsung decided to pay attention to this in the S9.

So even though the Pixel 2 has dual front-facers, the S9 sounds remarkably louder and more immersive than the Pixel 2. Saying the S9 has some "bass" is of course an overstatement, but it does have more "punch" than any other phone I've tried (haven't tried the HTC U11, heard those are great).

With Dolby Atmos on-board, I was expecting this to be a gimmick feature. However turning it on midway through watching a video on YouTube makes it sound like noise is coming from both sides of you versus right in front of you with Atmos off. It was the first time I felt almost overwhelmed by a phone's audio when watching a movie trailer, compared to using a Nexus 6, Axon 7, Nexus 6P, Idol 4S and Pixel 2 (Idol 4S comes as a close second for best speakers, that thing rocked). After watching some Planet Earth scenes and a couple superhero trailers on the S9, going back to the Pixel 2 (5") made audio feel very flat.

Anyway, I thought I'd share. I might make a quick video showing off the comparison if you're interested. Pretty cool stuff!

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Android Wear rebranded as Wear OS by Google

Android - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:55

I got an update this morning to the Android Wear app and it got rebranded as Wear OS by Google following their newer design language (though the app still looks mostly the same).


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Sound Tasks arent working

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:35

Hey guys, hope you can help with this. I've got a few tasks working successfully but any that involve playing a sound don't seem to want to work. I've got a task set up so that when my phone's charged to 100% it plays a noise to get me to unplug it. Unfortunately it doesn't play the sound.

What info do you need from me so I can see where I'm going wrong.

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Learning priorities: Kotlin, RxJava, Dagger

Developing Android Apps - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:05

Just looking for suggestions on priority of learning. Looking to expand my skillset and career. I know these are all beneficial in the long run. I've scratched the surface of Kotlin and RxJava. Thanks.

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Categories: Android, Linux

What's your smartphone history?

Android - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:20

Here's mine:

2010 - HTC HD Mini
2011 - Samsung Galaxy Ace
2012 - Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
2014 - Samsung Galaxy S4
2016 - LG G4
2018 - Xiaomi Mi Max 2

I used to like small screen phones but after getting my current Mi Max 2, I can't see myself going back to smaller phones anymore.

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It annoys me to no end that Google refuses to follow their own design specification.

Developing Android Apps - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:10

Sometimes it feels like Google created the material design specification for no reason at all.

Take for example this:

Their standard components don't look exactly like the ones they use in their own apps: A simple TextInputLayout+TextInputEditText and a EditText below. EditTexts from Google's own Contacts app on an API level 26 device.

Take a look at the spacing between the text and the underlines and bear in mind both the TextInputEditText and the EditText from the first picture have set their textSize to 16sp to conform with the spec, otherwise they would look even more different than the ones in their contacts app, because the base textSize of EditText isn't 16sp, but the spec tells it is.

This is just scratching the surface, then you have stuff like trying to align the text baseline of EditText to their standard underlined (which is not the standard style, for some reason) Spinner, WHILE maintaining the proper underline spacing: This is what it looks like without changing anything, a simple EditText with default textSize and a Spinner with @android:layout/simple_spinner_item, IMO it's unacceptable. Those are Spinners in their own contacts app.

I don't understand what is the point of having standard components if we have to waste countless hours trying to hack our way into consistency to conform to a spec that's not applied by their own creators.

IMO, this is unacceptable, am I in the wrong? Is there some magic I overlooked to make everything work out of the box consistently?

At this point, I think our best option is to try and get everything for specific apps in a pseudo specification of our own, where everything works cohesively, regardless of if it conforms or not with Google's own spec.

How do you deal with this in your own apps? does it bother you as much as me?

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Joao Dias to take over development of Tasker

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 07:39

I didn't see this posted here. I hope all is ok with Pent, but it seems that Tasker will be in good hands.


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Android application for PDF files.

Developing Android Apps - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 07:10

I want to build an andoid application to share courses with other students(offline).This application will simplify for them the revision for exams. Any free courses? It will be simple or not? Because i don't have any idea in building android applications.

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