PSA: Stay away from BLU phones, they are showing ads on notification bar, also Malwarebytes detected 2 apps as malware

Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 22:55

Hey guys,

So I had my Blu Life XL for 2 years now and recently I noticed that I am seeing weird app ads on my notification bar. I found out that it was being provided by "Android Communication Sync". I then downloaded Malwarebytes and it detected 2 apps that are considered malware. It was the Android Communication Sync and FotaProvider.


I was able to disable the Comm Sync app, but can't do anything with FotaProvder

After a quick google search, it seems like other Blu devices have them as well and you cannot remove them.

Edit: just to add to it, I also purchased the Blu R1 HD and BLU Advanced A4. I didn't see any ads until recently.

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Any cool/useful widgets that you know of?

Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:41

I just got my Galaxy S9+ in the mail today and I'm looking to fill up my home screen... What are some cool widgets that I could add to clutter it up a bit?

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Unpopular Opinion: I like Bixby

Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:18

I got my first phone with Bixby on Tuesday (Galaxy S9+) and I have to say, I actually don't hate it. I loved Google Now, but Assistant has made things much more complicated (I can't just add to my Grocery List? Really?). I'm actually finding myself liking Bixby.

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[HELP] Cell Near/Screen Off Problem?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:54

I have a profile that uses Cell Near to turn on my location services, and it used to work fine, but recently (within the past week or so) it stopped functioning properly and it now requires me to turn on the screen before the profile becomes active (i.e. before "Cell Near" triggers). I have tried the "New Cell API" and the "Cell Workaround" toggles in the preferences, but neither worked (by themselves or in tandem). Does anyone know what the problem is or how I can fix it?

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What makes a good lead android engineer?

Developing Android Apps - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:47

Open discussion. Thank you!

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Categories: Android, Linux

Profile shown in notification - how to remove clutter

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:06

Not sure what I'm doing wrong here. I have two criteria checking profiles to identify when I'm at work; "Var Set Work Location" (sets variable %Wlo to 10 when location is true) and "Var Set Work Network" (sets variable %Wnt to 10 when near the work network). For both of these two profiles I have also unchecked the box "show in notification".

I then have a primary profile "Work - mute and disable bluetooth" (whose actions are self evident). This one is triggered if %PACTIVE matches *Var Set Work* . So far, so good; the primary profile activates if either or both of the criteria checking profiles are active. The two criteria checking profiles are also successfully used as flags for other profiles as well.

My problem is in the notification box. When at work, instead of the notification box showing only the name of the primary profile, the box shows either "3 active profiles" or "2 active profiles". If the criteria checking profiles are unchecked for "show in notification", why are they even showing in the notification box? I was only expecting the primary profile to show in the notification box. Am I misunderstanding how these settings work, or am I missing an additional setting that would prevent the two criteria checking profiles from adding clutter to the notification?

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Interview with Designer of Sony: real reason for removing audio jack; curved back, FPS and other designing details on Xperia XZ2 (link in text)

Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:40

Link (Chinese):

Google Translate to English:


  • The designer of Sony Japan, Yoshimune Iijima, answered a few questions about design decisions after the launch event of Xperia XZ2 in Taiwan.

  • The curved back which is thick in the middle is because they want the phone to feel comfortable. The camera and FPS aligning on a line makes it look like HTC U11+.

  • The FPS is located at the center because the design team wants the FPS easy to reach when any of the four corners lies in your palm regardless of whether the phone is portrait or landscape.

  • SONY’s originality of XZ2 is in its color and its curvature. Color is inspired by reflection of light and water. Silver is like the surface of water reflecting the sunshine. Black is like the blurred light reflected by the deep sea in a dark night. Green is the dark green and blue light shining through the sea. Pink is the sunset color reflecting on water.

  • Next flagships will follow the same design concept of Ambient Flow.

  • Reason for removing the 3.5mm audio jack: The design team heard from SONY audio division that starting from 2017, the ratio between wired and wireless headphones is reversed and wireless headphones were sold more than wired ones. The team considered it’s the right time to cancel the audio and let consumers get used to wireless headphones. Hi-Res audio is still supported through the included adapter or LDAC Bluetooth.

  • As for OLED and FPS under the screen, designers cannot decide what components can be used. The team thinks whether to use new materials depends on if they satisfy the demand.

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Let's talk about the current state of Android tablets

Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:24

I really want a tablet to use to draw, and I don't like iOS so I looked for Android alternatives, but it turns out that I could find almost no good ones at all. There were a few here and there, but the rest are just cheap tablets from unknown Chinese brands. I finally just had to suck it up and realize that iOS/Windows are really my only options.

Like what happened to the Android tablet market and why did it decline? Is Android really only good on phones or what? And what could possibly be done to revitalise this market?

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Add exceptions to tasks?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:16


I'm new to Tasker as well as this sub. I made a task for opening Spotify whenever I plug my headphones in but I want to create exceptions for incoming/outgoing calls and really whenever the phone app is open. I also want to create an exception for a few other apps (e.g. other music apps).

I couldn't find much on this sub or elsewhere online on how to create exceptions using Tasker, so any help on how to do this would be much appreciated!

It's just that I'm afraid to turn the task on for fear of e.g. inadvertently rejecting a call because I decided to plug in my headphones while my phone is ringing but before I answer it. I would also like generally to avoid the inconvenience of Spotify opening in those few situations where I don't want it to.

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Number of apps in recents panel ?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:58

How can I do to get number of apps opened or in recent panel ?

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Where are you from and what is the variety of phones you see when you walk around outside/at work?

Android - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:49

I'll start. Slovakia, most common devices are cheap android phones that providers offer, mostly Huawei PX Lite ones. Young people go for older iPhones (6, 6s). Samsung or iPhone X can also be seen.

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