Android Profile Manager passed the 500 download count, and I am hoping that it keeps going. Thanks to all who have downloaded my application.
Recently Google implemented a new feature in the Android publisher market place, allowing multiple APKs for each application. This is nice, because now I can add some controls for WiFi and Bluetooth without losing support for my customers using Android 1.5 and 1.6 (yes I still have a few customers using 1.5 and 1.6). Once school starts back, I plan to start working on this as well as some of the other planned changes.
Again, thanks to all who have supported me through buying my application and contributing to the 500 count.
Recently, I have been working on a couple new features for Audio Profile Manager. In the next release, v1.0.7, there will be an advanced hardware setting configuration option for Bluetooth (for devices running Android 2.0+) and for Wi-Fi. The configuration of these options are disabled by default for all existing profiles and newly created profiles and must be enabled for the time profiles to configure the settings. I chose to go this route, since the application name indicates it controls the volume streams.
Since GPS is not available in the common SDK, I am not sure if I will support GPS configuration (definitely not in v1.0.7). I will not totally dismiss the possibility and will continue to look into this option. I know it is possible, because other applications out there control this setting, but the fact it is not in the SDK has caused me to take some time to consider supporting this setting.
Regardless, I am excited for this next release, because it is bringing some new capabilities to Audio Profile Manager, for the same dollar amount.
Recently, I have had nothing but problems with my development machine. I tried for a while to reclaim it to a working state, but it just doesn’t seem like that is going to happen. After it boots, I have about 5 to 10 minutes before it just freezes. I have tried updates, uninstalling software packages and so on, but nothing has fixed the issue. So, I have started setting up a new development machine and hope to have it up and running soon.
I figured I would go with OpenSUSE 11.3 (again), since it was fairly easy to setup for the Android development environment. And it remained stable for quite sometime, at least until I decided to start experimenting with other software packages. I should have known better to disturb an already working system that contained the bits for developing Android applications.
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at January 18th, 2011. No Comments
The year is quickly coming to an end and we will soon embark into the new year. I, for one, am hoping for a pretty good year. Since the latter part of October, I have not been able to work on some of the new features of the Android Audio Profile Manager. I was kept busy with visitations from family, followed by Thanksgiving, the passing of my dad and Christmas holidays. One thing for sure, is that the latter part of this year was definitely filled with events (good and bad).
With the new year, I plan to work on some of the features suggested on the suggestion/comment thread of the forum. I plan to start with adding support for controlling the WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS settings from each profile and then working towards having widgets for manual control of the audio streams.
As for the newest version of the Android platform, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), I have installed OMGB-v6 Android 2.3 ROM (from r2DoesInc on XDA forums) and tested Audio Profile Manager. I was pleased to find that the application ran without problems on the newer platform without any changes and at the same time realized that Android 2.3 is going to be a pretty good system.
Thanks everyone for having patience with me, as I have taken a while to develop the suggested enhancements and changes. I hope to have some of them completed within the next couple of weeks, so keep watching for an update.
I know I have not released a new version of Audio Profile Manager in a while. I have had my two brothers fly out to visit. One of them has not been out here in over 10 years, so definitely good to catch up with him.
After the Thanksgiving Holiday, I plan on pushing some more updates to the Audio Profile Manager. First, I plan to push a minor update v1.0.6, that will definitely contain the newly needed requirements that Google has issued for market applications. And then thereafter, some additions to the application that allow a little more customization of the behavior.
Anyways, I just wanted to take the time to assure everyone that I am still actively supporting Audio Profile Manager and that I have just been busy lately. Thanks again to all that have supported my development efforts by purchasing my application.
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at November 24th, 2010. No Comments
Recently, I published v1.0.5 of the “Audio Profile Manager” application for the Android market place. The release took a little longer than anticipated, due partly to the fact that my development machine became unstable. I started my machine one afternoon and I was gracefully informed that my disk had become corrupt. It took me a few days of running repair tools and applying the latest updates, but I finally got my development machine back up and running again. Anyways, enough of the irrelevant details and on to what is new for this release:
- A “Preferences” item was added to the main menu.
- Addition of the system default menu icon for the preferences item.
- New icon added for a status bar notification icon.
- Enabled status bar notifications.
- Preferences Activity, with the ability to configure the status bar notification.
- And fixed an index issue on newly created profiles, which would keep you from editing new profiles.
Not a lot of new things, but I was pretty excited to get a status bar notification system integrated into the application. I think it provides feedback for those, like myself, who love to know when “things” are happening.
After about a month of the initial release, on September 11th, Audio Profile Manager has been downloaded 100 times (legally). When first starting the project, I was not sure what to expect. Especially since it was my very first Android project. The application has done a good job and has taught me a lot about the Android market place, yielding desire to continue adding features to the application and start on development of a new idea (more on that in the future).
Set to release in the next update, v1.0.5, will be the ability to turn on/off status bar notifications, which displays the currently active profile. I have been testing this feature for a few days now on my Droid Incredible and it seems to be stable and production ready. Just need to clean up the new code and improve on the user interface for the preferences.
At the moment, I have ideas on how to lay out the preference’s activity, but not quite sure I am 100% satisfied with the presentation. Hopefully, customers will be satisfied with the final decision. If not, I am always willing to sit down and try to draw up a new design that is closer to the desired result.
Thank you to all who have taken the time to download/install Audio Profile Manager. Wouldn’t have reached 100 downloads without you.
I have recently pushed out version 1.0.4 of Audio Profile Manager to the Android Market place. The release contains the following changes:
- Able to attach a name to a profile.
- Small changes made to the profile comparison method.
The changes are small, but I believe having a name attached to a profile helps with identifying your profile efficiently.
Recently I had a few bugs reported against version 1.0.2 of Audio Profile Manager, well I have finally worked out the details on those issues and I believe I have fixed them and thus have pushed out v1.0.3 to the Android Market place. So if you have purchased the application already, thanks for being patient with me as I fixed the issues and if you have not bought the application yet you should.
The application and update itself can be found here from your Android phone.
New version of Audio Profile Manager is now available in the market, version 1.0.2. The newer version contains a couple minor fixes/improvements and the GUI components have been localized for Spanish, thanks to Enrique over at Gudco Diseños C.A. for the translation!