Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Swipe down to see the expanded notification area. To display the "plugged in" information, plug your charger into your phone or tablet. When the charger is plugged into your phone or tablet, the second line of the notification will change to say "Plugged in 0h 0m ago at (current battery level)." Later, after the charger is unplugged from your phone or tablet after a full charge, the second line will change to say "Unplugged 0h 0m ago at 100%."
NOTE: This "plugged in" and "unplugged" information will be lost if you reboot your phone or tablet, or if you restart Battery Notifier.
1) To get the time it takes to charge your phone or tablet...
Turn on the full charge notification by going into Settings - Full Battery Charge Options -
and place a check next to "Notify when charged."
When the phone or tablet is connected to the charger, swipe down, and in the extended drop-down notification area the second line will say "Plugged in 0h 0m ago at 25%."
(In this example it is assumed you are charging your phone or tablet once it drops to 25%.)
NOTE: As a general rule, to extend the life of your battery, you should not let your phone or tablet's battery drop below 25%. (A battery that is charged once it drops to 30% capacity will last up to four times longer than a battery that is repeatedly allowed to drop to zero.)
How to Prolong Lithium-based Batteries
When you get the full battery alert, DO NOT UNPLUG THE CHARGER RIGHT AWAY.
Before unplugging the charger, swipe down, and look at the notification area.
It will now read something like "Plugged in 2h 45m ago at 25%."
Now you know how long it takes to charge it from 25%. If you wish, you can write this information down somewhere to compare future full battery charges.
2) To get the time your battery lasted from the last charge...
Turn on the low battery notification by going into Settings - Low Battery Charge Options - Low Battery Level. Move the slider and set the low battery level notification to 25%.
After charging your phone or tablet, when you unplug the charger the display will change to say "Unplugged 0h 0m ago at 100%."
As long as you do not plug the charger back in again or restart your phone, tablet, or Battery Notifier, this information will remain in the notification area, and when you get the low battery alert at 25%, it will then say something like "Unplugged 6h 30m ago at 100%"
Now you know how long your battery lasted before it dropped to 25%.
If the information text is not fully visible or runs off the edge of the screen,
you can make room for more "plugged/unplugged" text information by hiding the icon
in the extended notifications area.
Go to Settings - Configure Notification Area - Check "Hide icon".
This works in both Battery Notifier (Big Text) and Battery Notifier Pro BT.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Reason #1 - Ads In Free Apps Drain Your Battery
This is a Mac page link, but the study was done on Android and Windows mobile phones...
In-App Ads Drain Up To 75% Of Your Phone's Battery
"Free apps that display in-app advertising are sucking the life out of your cellphone’s battery. A team led by Abhinav Pathak, a computer boffin at Purdue University, Indiana, found around “65%-75% of energy in free apps is spent in third-party advertising modules.
The problems come when the apps switch on power-draining devices like GPS, the camera or SD card readers. Pathak and his team found that Angry Birds, for example, spends just 20 percent of the energy it uses on the game itself. The rest goes on tracking the user’s location and serving location-targeted ads.
Translation: Free apps may actually cost you more than paid apps in the end.
So instead of cheaping out and whining that a $2 app is 'expensive', why not just pay for it? Because the alternative seems to be that you’ll be paying for it anyway, in terms of wasted electricity and annoyingly short battery life: Some of these apps can drain your battery in just 90 minutes."
A humble suggestion from the developers: Battery Notifier Pro BT U.S. $1.49 :-)
Reason #2 - Privacy Concerns
Giving Up Your Privacy For "Free" Apps
"Some popular 'free' smartphone applications come with a surprising price: They tell marketers the users' locations and can legally snatch their contact lists and even their photographs, a pair of Carnegie Mellon University researchers found.
Jason Hong, an associate professor in CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Norman Sadeh, a computer science professor, studied the 100 most popular, free Android phone apps and found that more than half gather information about users.
They discovered users often were surprised to find popular apps gathered information from them, including their locations, the unique identification numbers of their devices, their contact lists and in some cases their photographs.
Over 90 percent of users are surprised that Angry Birds is getting their location data. Likewise, users were unaware that Brightest Flashlight -- a free app that turns a smartphone into a flashlight -- collects the location of users fumbling in the dark.
"During my talks, I can actually see people deleting apps," Hong said.
A Pew Research Center survey of 2,254 app users last fall found 54 percent decided not to install an app because of privacy concerns, while 30 percent reported they deleted an app for the same reason.
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris released a report recommending app developers take steps to be more clear about the information their apps collect.
Sadeh said the researchers' findings make a case for clearer, concise disclosures on issues users find most important, rather than lengthy statements that pop up after a user has clicked to download an app."
So in an effort to be clear and concise...
Battery Notifier (Big Text) and Battery Notifier Pro BT only require these two permissions:
automatically start at boot
And we don't collect or share information from your device with anyone.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
So once again, to all of you who have downloaded Battery Notifier (Big Text), and to all of you who have purchased Battery Notifier Pro BT to enjoy all of the extra custom features it provides, a great big THANK YOU!!!
Thanks again for your continued support!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Sometimes you may notice something odd happening on your phone or tablet, and our app may not be operating like it was before. Sometimes a simple reboot of the phone or tablet will clear up the problem, but sometimes it doesn't.
Problems very often arise after the Android OS has been updated. Also be aware that while an upgrade to the next new shiny Android OS such as Jelly Bean may be an improvement, many times there might still be a few bugs that remain.
You should also make sure that you have all the latest updates for your phone or tablet. If you have an option to send error reports to the manufacturer, I highly recommend you turn it on and keep it turned on. I previously had mine turned off. After I turned it on, and it sent an error report to HTC, it detected the problem with my phone not reading 100% when fully charged, downloaded a "battery level update" from HTC, and ever since my phone has been working fine.
If you have upgraded to a new Android OS, our app will need to be reinstalled. But even if you haven't updated the Android OS, when problems arise, taking the steps below can often get things working the way they were before.
Doing a clean install:
1) Uninstall our app, and before you uninstall, clear data, clear cache, and anything else you can clear before uninstalling.
2) Check for an option in your settings (it might be under"privacy" or "Backup and reset") and called "Automatic restore" or something similar. This puts back the settings you had when reinstalling an app. To do a clean install you must make sure this option (if you have it), is unchecked first. Then later when you have reinstalled our app and things are working properly, you can go back and check it again.
3) Go to "Developer Options" under Settings, scroll to "Apps" and make sure "Limit background processes" is set to the default "Standard Limit".
4) Do a soft reset of you phone or tablet instead of just a reboot. If your battery is removable, to do this shut off the phone and take out the battery for about 30 seconds before putting it back in and turning it back on. If your battery can't be removed, an alternate way to do a soft reset that many phones have, is to hold down the power button for 10 seconds. (Check the manual for your device.)
5) Reinstall our app from Google Play.
People who e-mail me usually have a wide variety of different problems with their phones. Sometimes the problem is difficult to narrow down. But we need to remember that we are all carrying around little computers these days. And while taking the above steps certainly isn't a cure-all for everything, it does seem to clear up a great many problems and get our app back to working as it should.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Since the icons in our apps appear in the normal Android status bar, if you have a phone or an app which has a custom UI (user interface) or an "enhanced status bar", sometimes we "disappear" from the status bar and then our app gets blamed for not working right.
Phones with custom or enhanced status bars know how to reset their own custom features, but they sometimes don't know how to reset us since they are playing by different rules. This is one of the reasons we put in a quick reset option in the Action Bar. Please be aware of this if you have a phone that already has extra fancy status bar features.
Another reason I have discovered lately for our app disappearing from the status bar, is users changing some setting in the "Developer Options" section. Under "Apps" in the "Developer Options" section under "Settings", one option you should not touch and leave at its default setting is "Background process limit". The default is "Standard Limit". Setting it to anything else might have the effect of shutting our app down and wiping us from the status bar if your phone gets low on memory.
I notice now that in Jelly Bean 4.1.1, the developer options are all grayed out by default, and you have to turn on a separate switch to even get access to the developer options. Very good idea.
There are also some devices which have some strange quirks. Here is one...
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Great tablet, and it works great in landscape mode, but in portrait mode with ICS 4.0.4 it does something that is really annoying. In portrait mode it will only show ONE notification at a time, so our battery level number will constantly be disappearing from the system bar at the bottom if you have other notifications coming in. The solution is to NOT use it in locked down portrait mode only, and if you do use it in portrait mode, if we happen to disappear, to turn the tablet to landscape mode to see the battery level number. Like I said, really annoying.
The update to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 cures the "only one notification in portrait mode" problem, and puts the status bar back at the top similar to the Nexus tablets.
There are also so many apps available from so many different sources that it is literally impossible for us to make sure that our app works alongside all of them. All we can really do is play by the Android rules, and hope that others do the same. Unfortunately, there are some apps that don't play by the rules. Some want to take control of other apps. Still others want to completely replace the Android status bar with their own improved version of the status bar.
Here are some examples of apps that seriously mess with us...
Any task manager or app killer/manager
In the newer Android versions you shouldn't need these to control your phone's memory, but if you do use one, make sure that Battery Notifier (Big Text) or Battery Notifier Pro BT are excluded from memory management, otherwise the "manager" might just manage to shut us off.
Handcent SMS / Go SMS
Handcent SMS and Go SMS both can take control of notification sounds. If you let them, then our alarms will not work right, and odd things may happen. Fortunately they allow you to turn this feature off and let the phone handle the sound notifications, which is the way it should be.
StatusBar+ is more than just a custom status bar. It comes with its own MIUI-style battery bar, the ability to change any and all indicators...
When you see MIUI, think of someone laying a colorful electronic tape over the standard Android status bar. Are you going to see us? Probably not. More on MIUI below...
Chargebar - MIUI battery bar
MIUI (pronounced "Me You I", a play on the common abbreviation of the words user interface as UI), developed by Xiaomi Tech, is an aftermarket firmware for cell phones based on the open-source Android operating system. It features a heavily-modified user interface that does away with the Android app drawer...
"Heavily-modified user interface that does away with the Android app drawer" is all you need to know. If it does away with stock Android features, it might also do away with us.
Start by reading the numerous permissions this app asks for. Also note that Avast is reporting them as malware. Then there's the privacy agreement... "We may disclose your personal information such as an individual's name, postal address, or telephone number, ...Unique identifiers such as email address, site user name and password."
Swipepad: Hyperspace Jump
Last time I saw it, Swipepad had one of the scariest user agreements I've ever read, basically saying it's not their fault if you get a virus, and that you use it at your own risk.
I can't say this enough... Please, take time to read those permissions and user agreements.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Here are just some of the things they say...
"powerful battery manager"
"clean and simple user interface"
"definitely worth your time and money"
The full review can be found here: Battery Notifier Pro BT Review at AppEggs.Com
And to celebrate the news Battery Notifier Pro BT now has an even lower price!
So a big THANK YOU to AppEggs.Com and thank you to everyone for your support!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
IMPORTANT: Use this new feature with caution, and only if you will be with or near your device when the alarm will go off, because only you can stop the sound. If you are away from your device and you use this feature, it has the potential to severely irritate anyone who is near it when it goes off. Also, if you use it for a low battery alarm, if left unattended, it has the potential to drain the rest of your battery rather quickly.