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10000 active users

I’m happy to say Power Schedule has more than 10000 active users. That’s a small town using it. I know it’s nothing comparable to > millions other apps have, but it’s a great milestone for me. It even motivates me to continue working on it (I know, I’ve bene quite lazy lately) 🙂

Thank you all.

Restore Airplane Mode

One of the users wrote me an e-mail that after uninstalling Power Schedule, when he turned on Airplane Mode, WiFi was still enabled. This is because Power Schedule (and others) change this setting to allow individual control over WiFi, Bluetooth and Telephony. Since the application being uninstalled is not notified it’s being uninstalled, it has no chance of cleaning up (and restoring previous settings). This is how Android is designed (a bit of a flaw, in my opinion – on Windows Mobile an application was notified before uninstall).

Anyway, I wrote a small app to restore the settings. Download and install it using Astro or whatever file manager you have on your device.
Here’s the link:
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Back on track

As you know I’ve been away for a few days – so the release date for Power Schedule 2 was shifted a bit. I’m also quite busy at work – so I don’t have the energy to work on it after I get home :(.
I made some progress last Sunday – I still have to write a help file, some hints, and design new High resolution icons. But the overall functionality is done 🙂

10011 Power Schedule users!

Yes, indeed. It happened a few days earlier than my predictions (I thought it would get to 10000 next Sunday – that’s why I said I’ll release Power Schedule 2.0 on the 5th of June).
Anyway, that release date still stands, as I still have a few things to work on.

Looking forward to Sunday 😉

Power Schedule 1.4

I’m working hard for version 2 (which was basically rewritten), however I made this minor update (1.4), due to users complaining “Data Connection” doesn’t work on Gingerbread devices (see this article to understand why: Google is destroying Android). Basically, in 1.4 you will get a warning message when trying to access the Data Connection menu, with a link to the open issue at Google. Please star it to support developers (not just myself) – and not let Google create a(nother) precedent.

Thank you.

Google is destroying Android…

I received some disturbing news from some users. It seems the “Data Connectivity” does not work any more on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). So I wanted to know why is this happening. Well, Google decided that a certain permission (MODIFY_PHONE_STATE) is no longer for us mere mortals, and only system applications are allowed to use it.
This permission is required for quite a number of apps in the Market, not just mine, so it will break ALL of them.

They did this before: they didn’t allow apps to change the GPS status, for example (starting with 1.5). Their reason is “privacy”. If the user wants his GPS off, it should stay off (of course, this doesn’t prevent Google – or Apple, for that matter – from tracking you). So no “track my girlfriend” kind of apps are possible 😉

Anyhow, to get serious. Google chose this security model for apps, where if the user knows that an application does need to do something and he allows it, it should be allowed to do so.
So why shouldn’t an application that specifically says it will enable / disable data connection (or GPS etc.) be allowed to do it ?!

I have *some* Windows Mobile development background, and I always blamed Microsoft for using their complicate signing procedure for applications. But it turns out this model is more “open” than Google’s:
– if an app was signed with a “privileged” certificate, it could access all functionality
– if an app wasn’t signed (or signed with an “unprivileged” certificate), it didn’t have access to all areas
These certificates were kind of hard to get (complicate procedure, paperwork etc.), but in the end they were linked to your person / company, so evil-doers *wink* could be easily identified.
So this model opened up a lot of possibilities for developers and apps.

Frankly, I don’t like how Google reacts to bad apps. They see a bad-acting app and what do they do? “Oh, we’ll lock this function up. Easy.”. They will do this until apps are only allowed display “Hello, world!”, and only for a limited amount of time.

In the end, there can be only one: Google’s app.

EDIT: here’s other people complaining about it as well: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=15031

Working…

I’ve been working on a brand new Power Schedule (I will call it 2.0, since it’s re-written from the ground up). The problem I’m still facing is that the user interface is getting quite complex (and by that, I mean the app is now larger in size). Unfortunately, Android has a BIG limitation when you’re trying to some special things (like having background services running): you must install the app in internal memory. And this is what users hate most, they’re running out of internal storage space quite quickly.
Therefore, you end up with a lot of angry users uninstalling apps.

So what to do then? Make the User Interface simpler? It’s not “fancy” enough for some. Install the app on SD Card? Not possible for this kind of app. Hopefully either Google comes up with a better solution for this situation, or manufacturers add more internal memory to their phones.

Hopefully I’ll find a solution which suits all 🙂

Power Schedule 1.3.5

I just updated Power Schedule to 1.3.5. I received one MMS message on my e-mail address from someone in Germany (thank you – I couldn’t reply back to the MMS message via e-mail though, also you didn’t leave your name 🙂 ). He / she said the Bluetooth kept turning on, even though the schedule for Bluetooth was disabled completely. So I fixed this problem in this version. Also, I removed some debug logs I forgot in the app – this caused some slowdowns. So now there are some speed improvements as well.

Translation to other languages

I looked into the Market stats, and I see the top 5 languages (in the Android Market) for Power Schedule users are:
– English (US & UK)
– French
– Italian
– German
– Spanish

So… I would need some help translating it to these 4 languages (for now). Does anyone have a few minutes to help me out? I don’t want to use Google Translate – it’s not good enough yet 🙂

Thank you all in advance.