Are there any Android blogs and podcasts that are NOT about new phones? I would love your recomendations.

Android - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:24

Hello. I've asked this question years ago, now I'm asking again. I am again moving from iOS to Android and I'd like to know the question in the title.

Every podcast and blog in the Android world seem to be focused on talking about new phones that are coming out, or reviews of phones that came out recently.

But is there content in the Android world for people that already have a phone, like there's a lot on the Apple side?

I would like to see blogs like Macstories and many others, that mostly talk about apps, and how to better use the phone and apps that you already have. Or podcasts like Mac Power Users, Appstories, Automators.

Any kind of content about actually doing something with the powerful phone that you already have.

I would love to hear your suggestions. Let's try to build a great list to also help other people.

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Android should have the option to disable quickcharging from notification panel.

Android - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:21

Having the ability to charge your phone quickly for 10 minutes is great but doing that over and over again degrades your battery a lot faster.

When I'm at home I don't have any hurry for charging my phone, infact I leave my phone to let it charge overnight.

Some powerbanks, for example my Mi powerbank has a trickle charging feature which upon enabling charges your devices incredibly slowly ( it was originally designed for BT sets and Mi Band).

Samsung phones too have the ability to disable QC from the UI itself.

I'd like to have this ability on my phone to prolong it's life.

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What should I buy Thursday (Dec 13 2018) - Your weekly device inquiry thread!

Android - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:13

Credits to the team at /r/PickAnAndroidForMe for compiling this information:

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When talking iOS vs Android... I'm a hardcore Android fan, but are none of you seriously freaked out by Google's user data mining??

Android - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:31

I've been a long-time android fan since 2011, never owned an iPhone, every phone I ever bought was an Android phone.

Than my company gave me an iPhone SE as my work phone, and at first I was like yeah whatever, but after using this tiny-screened 1gb RAM piece of "ancient" tech for a few weeks I started to get the charm of Apple.

Now I know many people, especially in the tech community say they are overpriced, Siri sucks, Apple locks you into its ecosystem etc. etc. but think about it, maybe they do charge more than they need to (probably), but Apple's take on user privacy is the best in the business AFAIK, you do not feel like a product when using an Apple device. Google charges you out the nose for a Pixel AND harvests your data like there's no tomorrow (thousands of location reports/day from android to google and that's a fact, the reasons Google assistant is so good is cause of that Data mining, same reason Siri isn't that smart).

Google locks you into it's own ecosystem just as much if not more than Apple. Name the last time you searched for something on the internet using anything but Google, and don't act like there's a wealth of choiice to choose from. Google is after money just as much as Apple, they're just less upfront about it, and I do not like that one bit.

The point of this post basically is why the hell do we praise Google so much???? I'm not saying throw out your Android phone and spend 1.5k on an iPhone, but to be honest if that 1.5k helps me know Apple doesn't treat me like a product that produces data, maybe it's not that high a price to pay.

What do you peeps think?

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Appreciation for long-supported ONE-OFF paid apps (with list of good ol' paid apps)

Android - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:27

As 2018 comes to a close, I'd like to show my appreciation to the devs who have supported their apps all through the years while I pay their apps only once long time ago.

Apps are essential part of the phone. Great apps raise the value of my phone, and these great devs of paid apps increase the value of all my future phones. It's a great bargain to buy Tasker for ~$4 in 2014, made my Android a powerful gadget, and now have joaomgcd updating it for me for free. Perpetually.

The list below consists of apps which I appreciate/recommend and meet the following criteria:

  • currently installed on my phone
  • available since 2013 (i.e. 5+ years)
  • updated within 2018 (or actively maintained)
  • possibility of one-off payment with no other means of revenue from user (no subscription, no ads, no linked paid-services), even though many of these apps have a free version (with ads or function-restriction)
  • no excessive trackers (data collection is a kind of payment) or other known misbehaviour
My List of Good Ol' Paid Apps

The list is ordered in geekiness, from system apps to entertainment apps:

  • Tasker (2010) THE hardcore automation app
  • AutoNotification (2013) AutoApps are best Tasker plugins
  • Titanium Backup (2010) still the best backup solution for rooted phones
  • Greenify (2013) hibernate misbehaving apps (but less useful as battery-saver since Doze existed)
  • SD Maid (2011) remove useless files, including cache; I also use it to stop apps from starting at boot
  • GSam Battery Monitor (2011) easy-to-comprehend battery monitor
  • FolderSync (2011) sync files with cloud and NAS
  • PowerLine (2013) display a thin line at screen edge to indicate battery %, media volume, etc.
  • Chore Checklist (2010) checklist for recurring chores. UI is outdated, but it is compact and minimalistic (i.e. non-bloated) which I value in to-do lists
  • SimpleTask (2012) to-do lists following GTD and todo.txt format. I use it for one-off personal tasks. It has both cloud and cloudless versions.
  • Simplest Reminder (2013) for quickly setting simple reminders
  • Sleep as Android (2010) best alarm app with sleep tracking
  • White Noise Baby (2013) white noise for my babies, useful for me too
  • JotterPad (2013) nice text editor with markdown support
  • Moon+ Reader (2010) great ebook and pdf reader with easy access to net library such as Project Gutenberg
  • Calculator ++ (2011) calculator with scientific functions and history
  • OSMAnd (2011) offline map using OpenStreetMap data
  • Color Reference (2012) - picking color (in HEX/RGB) from image or palettes
  • F-Stop Gallery (2012) my favourite photo gallery, with options to browse images in folders or nested folders format
  • Photo Editor (2011) the swiss-knife of photo editor; filters, add texts, crop, resize, rotate, add frames, draw, edit pixel, anything.
  • DailyArt (2013) one curated art masterpiece presented daily
  • Pocket Casts (2011) nice podcast app
  • MX Player Pro (2011) still my favourite offline video player; I specifically link the PRO version here. Hope Pro version stay clean from bloated functions.
  • PowerAMP (2010) still my favourite offline music player, and now it has a revamped UI
  • Reddit Is Fun (2009) my favourite reddit app, don't argue with me. I tried many and I prefer compact/minimalistic design.
Honourable Mention
  • Cerberus (2011) best featured anti-theft app. I can't find info on its current payment model so I'm not sure if it's still one-off payment. And, due to the "revoke free lifetime license" fiasco in 2015, I'll restart their clock as 2015.
  • Lightning Launcher (2013) most customizable launcher with tasker support and scripts. Functionwise, LL vs Nova is like Photoshop vs Paint or Tasker vs IFTTT. However, there is no update since 2017, UI sucks, functions getting outdated since Oreo, and getting buggy. It's a shame if this app is abandoned.
  • Lux (2011) auto-brightness app which allow subzero brightness. Great integration with Tasker - I set my Pixel2XL squeeze function with auto-brightness and it's amazing. No updates since 2016, but it still works.
  • Lightning Web Browser (2013) my alternate browser, light, simple & fast, but no updates since mid-2017
  • Flud (2013) torrent downloader, no update since mid-2017
  • Textra (2013) SMS app, highly customizable. I rarely use SMS now. I have uninstalled it as the stock Messages app is sufficient.
  • Localcast (2014 Feb) cast media to Chromecast from phone, cloud or NAS. It has 13 trackers though, not sure if these trackers are still active after paying.
  • Collateral (2014 Feb) put reminders in notification area, even as persistent notification, which is cool

Note: I link to the free/trial version of the apps as far as possible.

BTW, it goes without saying that I also appreciate truly free apps. I'll express my appreciation to them later, especially after I can find a method to look up the "available since" of F-droid apps such as Adaway and Tachiyomi.

I'd love to know your long-time faithful paid apps as well!

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What's the best way to transfer files from a computer to a specific Android app?

Developing Android Apps - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:12

I've got a Mac app/Android app pair where a file is opened on the Mac and then "beamed" to my app on a "connected" device. How should I go about setting this up? The best experience would probably be wireless or wired works too.

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RxJava with LiveData in MVVM - using MutableLiveData vs. LiveDataReactiveStreams

Developing Android Apps - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:43

Hey all, I need some help thinking this through.

Let's say you have an MVVM app with a UI layer, a ViewModel, and a Repository. Say that in your repository, you're getting some data from an API with Retrofit, and transforming it into a UI-ready viewstate object.

The way I see it, you have two basic choices:

1) Have your observer wrap your viewstate object into a MutableLiveData in your repository, and expose that as a non-mutable LiveData to the ViewModel, which the UI subscribes to.

2) Expose your viewstate object as an Rx observable inside the repository (instead of as a MutableLiveData), and have the ViewModel subscribe to it with LiveDataReactiveStreams.

Question is, what would be the functional difference between these two methods? Here's what I believe it to be:

  • Option (2) would eliminate the MutableLiveData in your repository, to the extent you want to keep Android-specific classes out of it.

  • Option (2) would terminate any ongoing network calls, by virtue of disposing the subscription, on config changes when the ViewModel's onCleared() is called (right?). In many cases this wouldn't actually be desirable...

As far as I can tell, the only real purpose of LiveDataReactiveStreams is to automatically dispose your subscriptions when your LifecycleOwner is outside of onStart() - onStop(), and thus (a) prevent redundant/useless stream processing when the UI can't receive updates, and (b) memory/leaks crashes that would happen if your activities/fragments observed an Rx type directly without lifecycle awareness. But, in this case, if Rx is only being used for a handful of network calls, it seems easier to me to simply put the result into a MutableLiveData in the repository and skip LiveDataReactiveStreams entirely.

  1. Is there anywhere my analysis is wrong or incomplete?

  2. Are there more compelling reasons to use LiveDataReactiveStreams than I have mentioned here? Does it do anything else besides (a) and (b)?

  3. Are there any options besides (1) and (2) that should be considered?

Thanks in advance.

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Autovoice has left the conversation - before running my tasks.

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:11

I'm on 8.1/rooted/xposed and I recently had to restore a September backup of my phone, which made me need to re-login on AutoVoice. I only mention this as I have no other idea what has stopped my Assistant/AutoVoice interaction.

Profile: AV Easy Time (784) Event: AutoVoice Recognized [ Configuration:Easy Commands: what time is it,time Responses: OK,if you insist,sure! ] Enter: Timely (785) A1: Variable Set [ Name:%time To:%TIME Recurse Variables:Off Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] A2: Variable Search Replace [ Variable:%time Search:\. Ignore Case:Off Multi-Line:Off One Match Only:Off Store Matches In Array: Replace Matches:On Replace With: ] A3: Say [ Text:Hello. Currently it is %time Engine:Voice:com.ivona.tts:eng-GBR Stream:3 Pitch:5 Speed:5 Respect Audio Focus:On Network:Off Continue Task Immediately:Off ]

If I open GA, then say "ask AutoVoice time", it gives me one of the responses, but that's it - as my title shows.

I tried using the Test Command action, and it works great, GA is just breaking out of AV early, for some reason. It's not just this profile, but all of the AV profiles, that seem to be triggered but stop after the reply.


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When is the app downloads updated on Play Store?

Developing Android Apps - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:50

My app crossed 5k downloads 3 days back but still on Play Store shows 1K+ downloads. When will this data updated? Also, will this(5k from 1k) impact the traffic to my app?

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Tasker Notification On Oreo 8.1

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:09

Hey everyone,

I've tried doing some searching but am only finding outdated resources for the question at hand.

First of all, how can I remove the Tasker Notification in the status bar specifically? I like having it in the pull down, but status bar space is rare and valuable to me. Previously, when I had Tasker on my old phone running Nougat, I could select a "clear" icon and it wouldn't appear in the status bar. Now this icon is no longer available to choose. What are my options?

Second question, what's the best way to toggle location settings without root at this time?

Thanks in advance!

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Do you have a bunch of RAM but don't know where to allocate it to speed up your work machine? Star this issue!

Developing Android Apps - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:06

Not sure if this is completely appropriate as a post on this subreddit, but I know build speed comes up a TON, and a lot of people have chimed in that they have 16GB, 32GB, or more on their machine but they still have slow speeds.

I assume it's because most people don't know what values to increase and at what point those values have diminishing returns. Star this issue and hopefully we'll get a nice little document from the official team!

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What will happen if the app is on Top 10 Applications or Category ?

Developing Android Apps - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:32

Yes, it it a dream and I have never known how this feeling it is. I just want to get sharing if you achieved this.

  1. Did Google Play team send email to congratulate ?
  2. How much revenue increased if your app include ads or in app purchased ?
  3. What did you do with the app or do nothing and celebrate a party.
  4. How long the app been keep on top 10 ?

Thanks :)

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