Thanks to my friends Sara, Valérie and Margarita StayOn is now translated in English, French and Spanish.
The texts for Google Play as well as the texts in the app itself are translated.
The “stay on” app was available for Android version 4.4 and up.
We’ve deployed a new version which keeps working for those versions, but can also be installed on devices with Android version 4.2 or 4.3.
So, more people can enjoy this app!
The “Am I connected” app is in Google Play, you can download it here:
This is the icon you see when you have an active internet connection.
This is the icon you see if you have an active internet data connection via WIFI.
This is the icon you see if you have an active internet data connection via the mobile / cell network.
This is the icon you see if you do not have an active internet connection.
This is the icon you see if you do not have a data connection.
This is the icon you see when we are checking if you have a data connection.
This is the icon you see when we are checking if you have an active internet connection.
Had a great day coding today!
I have the first beta version ready. I will install this on the device of a set of friends to see if it all works ok.
Keep you posted.
I started working on the “Am I connected” app this week.
My designer created all of the artwork (more about that in a later post) and all of the code already lives in my head.
Now it’s time to transfer all of the code from my head into the development environment (which is Eclipse, if you want to know).
A lot of time is spent on creating the screen. Even though it is only one screen, it takes a lot of time to get all things aligned right.
I was used to create screens in Microsoft Windows applications a few years ago and in my opinion it was a lot easier to create screens for the Windows app than for an Android app.
But on the other hand it’s fun to find out new ways to do stuff!
So the next weekend I’ll spend some time to create the logic behind the screen, and then the testing can start!
Keep you posted…
Actually it’s 2 screens because I create one for the portrait layout and one for the landscape layout.
New (spinoff) app idea: Am I connected?
Sometimes new ideas are no more than a spinoff of an existing idea (or app).
In my case, I created an app in which I show you your current internal and external IP address (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=greenledsoftware.whatsmyip)
When I gather that information, I also gather the info which kind of data connection you have (WiFi or cell connection or none) and whether you have a live internet connection.
And what happened: I got messages that the IP addresses are nice and all, but all they really are interested in was whether they were internet connected or not!
They thought the IP address was only ‘noise’; which I can understand when you don’t use these terms daily.
And if I could build an app without the IP address with only the connection info.
The one question that needed to be answered was: “Am I connected?”.
And with “connected” they meant “internet connected”.
Of course there was a second question also when the answer was “yes”: am I WiFi or cell network connected?
The second question of course is for getting the right mind set for their data-usage because high data consumption on a cell network usually is a costly idea.
Good news, version 1.0 of “stay on” is in the Google play store.
Can I change the timeout of ’30 minutes’?
Not at this moment. Since the app has no screen/form/UI, I don’t have a place to put any ‘setting’ menu item. If and when I find a solution for this, I’ll make the ’30 minutes’ configurable.
My app resets to ’15 seconds’; the app of my colleague resets to ‘2 minutes’
When you start the app to extend the screen timeout time to 30 minutes, the app remembers the current screen timeout setting.
When you start the app again and the app resets the screen timeout, it resets the screen timeout to that original, remembered, setting.
So in this case, your original screen timeout setting was ’15 seconds’ and you colleagues screen timeout setting was ‘2 minutes’
Can I remove the notification from my home screen?
Not at this moment. I’ve put the notification there to indicate that the screen timeout is set to 30 minutes so you don’t forget to turn it back to ‘normal’ again to prevent heavy battery usage from the screen.
I would like to make it a configurable user setting but didn’t find out yet how to do that (see question “Can I change the timeout of ’30 minutes’?”)