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.
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’?”)
The “Stay on” app is almost out of the testing phase, time to publish the working of the app: enter the manual.
So what is the purpose of the app?
The purpose of the app is to easily extend the screen timeout.
How does it work?
When you install the app you get one icon:
When you click the icon, it will remember your current screen timeout, and then set the screen time out to 30 minutes.
You will get a short “toast message” that this happend
And you get a notification to remind you
That was all to extend the screen timeout.
I don’t see a app screen or form?
That’s correct. Because there is no interaction with this app there is no visual screen or form. You only see the “toast messsage” and the notification.
(If you think another way would be better, please leave a comment!)
Typical usage for the app is that you only want to extend it for a limited time of use, so you want to reset the screen timeout to the old value too.
There are 2 ways to do that:
1: click the app icon again or
2: click the notification
In both cases the screen timeout will be set to the old value (which we remembered earlier) and you get a short “toast message” what the new screen timeout is.
Hope you enjoy the app, and if you have any questions please post a comment.
I’ve released a minor update of the “What’s my IP” app.
I’ve improved the retrieval process of the IP address.
The version is now 1.1; your version should be automatically updated.
For new users, you can get it at the play store:
Do you recognize this:
- You are typing a to-do item on your phone and when you check the television for a second, your phone screen is off.
- Or you are online banking on your phone, and when your child asks a question, your phone screen goes off.
- Or you are typing an email on your phone, and when you ask for the exact name of the recipient, your phone screen goes off.
- Or you are…. well you know what I mean.
Wouldn’t it be nice that you can easily extend the time that the screen will stay on?
I thought it would be nice that I could click a button and the screen would stay on long, and when I click the button again, it would restore the old screen timeout.
So click once: screen timeout long, click again: original screen timeout restored.
I would like that, so that will be my next app, and it will probably be named: ‘stay on’
Almost there… last week of testing my app to see if it has any weird behaviour.
This is what the app will look like when you’re connected via Wifi:
This is when you’re connected via the cell network:
This is when the app is getting the data:
And this is when you are not connected to anything: