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[APP][2.1+] BITS Widget - Need beta testers

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By DogSpots, Retired Recognized Developer on 22nd April 2011, 10:12 PM
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2011 08 19 EDIT: I'm starting a new round of testing for new weather forecast bits.

2011 08 11 EDIT: I've published a new General Release to the Android Market that includes all of the changes in the recent betas. Thanks to everyone who helped in testing.

2011 08 05 EDIT: The latest beta includes bits for battery temperature (F & C) and battery voltage (mV). It also includes a dedicated bit for shortcuts.

2011 07 06 EDIT: The latest beta can turn on or off any widget size from 1x1 to 4x4.

2011 07 01 EDIT: The latest beta can use any graphic from the sd card as a bit.

2011 06 26 EDIT: The latest beta version includes the ability to launch any shortcut from any bit. We need help testing this new feature.

2011 06 15 EDIT: The latest beta version includes integration with Tasker. We sure could use some help testing this new feature.

EDIT: BITS Widget is now version 1.0 and is available in the Android Market.

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I've been working on a widget for several months and I'm just about ready to show it to the world, but I want to make sure it's ready.

I've been running the widget on four different phones. The widget runs perfectly on all but one. On that one, it crashes (force close) about once a day at random times and I've been unable to track down the problem. I'm hoping to get the widget running on some different hardware and software combinations to see if a pattern emerges.

If you're interested in giving a hand, I would appreciate some help.

The name of the widget is BITS, which stands for Bits Is The Stuff.

BITS is a home screen widget with a WYSIWYG editor that allows the user to add, remove and arrange bits of information on the widget face.

Each bit can be configured to launch a shortcut when it is touched on the widget face.

Currently the widget can show the following bits of information:
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location (from GPS or locked to specific one)
  • Moon Phase (graphic)
  • Sun or Moon Phase (graphic, sun during daylight, moon phase at night)
  • Sun or Moon Phase with Weather (same as above with weather conditions superimposed)
  • Temperature (in C° or F°)
  • Cloud cover (text description)
  • Weather conditions (text description)
  • Humidity
  • Air Pressure
  • Wind Speed (kt)
  • Wind Speed (mph)
  • Wind Direction (deg)
  • Wind Direction (cardinal)
  • Weather Station
  • Sunrise (time at location)
  • Sunset (time at location)
  • Next Alarm
  • Battery Level (percentage)
  • Battery Charging (“charging” or “”)
  • Battery Temperature (in C° or F°)
  • Battery Voltage (mV)
  • Available RAM
  • Available file space
  • Available SD Card space
  • Rectangle
  • Rounded Rectangle
  • Last Weather Download (time and date)
  • Last Weather Observation(at the weather station, time and date)
  • Tasker Variable
  • Any graphic from SD Card
  • Shortcuts

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Market Links:
Mobile Link: market://details?id=com.bitswidget.BITS
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22nd April 2011, 10:45 PM |#2  
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It FCs on my galaxy tab 7. Can't launch the app. Creating the widget doesn't take me to the settings for the widget either.

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22nd April 2011, 11:01 PM |#3  
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FC on my Droid Eris, same as kay_kiatt88
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Sorry buddy FC on my DZ as well.

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FC four times on my thunderbolt here's the log of all four FC. Stock radio on das bamf 1.5 rom.

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It seems to work on my Inspire 4G, but the screen that allows you to choose the content doesn't display any text until you select the item. Makes it hard to configure and set up.
22nd April 2011, 11:36 PM |#7  
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What a way to make a bad first impression.

I made a typo in my obfuscation script (which I don't use while programming and debugging) and didn't test the published version before I posted.

I'm so sorry.

If I haven't completely lost your confidence already, please try one more time with version 0.55 β or greater.

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Originally Posted by djeaton

It seems to work on my Inspire 4G, but the screen that allows you to choose the content doesn't display any text until you select the item. Makes it hard to configure and set up.

Thanks so much for helping out. I appreciate it.

When you first go into the configuration, does the lower half of the screen show any text at all? It should start with, "Touch a bit to select it and ..."

If you are able to, would you mind posting a screen shot of what it looks like before you select an item?

Thank you,
23rd April 2011, 12:33 AM |#9  
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Here's what it looks like on DROIDX running libertyGb

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Tried 0.55 beta on my X10 mini pro running CM Froyo, it FCs
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Interesting! I would mostly use the weather info. Slightly larger position controls would make life easier for smaller screens or larger fingers. Gives a tinkerer plenty of tinkering material without risk damaging phone.

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