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By muntos, Senior Member on 24th January 2011, 03:13 PM
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I would like to take the opportunity given by XDA forum and share with you my application, named "Total Screen Control".
I would be more than happy if I will receive through this thread opinions, features requests, bug fixes requests, new ideas, anything that could improve the application.
Thanks !

Total Screen Control

Total Screen Control is an application for setting the Brightness Level, Screen Filter, ScreenOn Lock and Rotation Lock preferences individually for any application installed on your phone.
Allows you to apply a filter that dims the brightness below minimum value so your eyes don't hurt during night viewing. Very useful in low light conditions especially on AMOLED screens where even the lowest brightness value is still bright. Also can save a lot of battery combined with ScreenOn Lock based on phone orientation!

More features:
- Screen Filter/Privacy with schedule and brightness slider for fine control !
- Dynamic Screen Filter based on phone's light sensor! Forget about classic auto-brightness, switch to Dynamic Screen Filter!
- Screen Filter Bar for easy and cool control of Filter dim
- ScreenOn Lock based on phone orientation! Keeps the screen on as long as you use your phone! SAVE BATTERY also!
- ScreenOn Lock, Brightness level and Rotation Lock individually for any app
- Option to disable softkey backlight (not working on all phones)
- Tasker/Locale plugins !
- Notification icon on Status bar with all needed information
- Up to 5 configurable Screen Filter Presets
- 3 Widgets for easy access
- Configurable preferences, alerts
- Start at boot

Does your eyes hurt you when reading or playing before bedtime ? Enable the Screen Filter
Tired to get the screen off while reading your eBook, browsing on Web or playing? Setup the ScreenOn Lock
Want to set the brightness or rotation individually? Configure them with Total Screen Control
For all these this application is for you!




Changes log:

12/04/2012 - Ver 2.4.2
- Added option to manually input a value for Light sensor when using Dynamic Screen Filter
- Increased the list for dynamic levels to 10 items (from 5)

10/04/2012 - Ver 2.4.1
- added option for changing text color in notification status bar
- few bug fixes

26/02/2012 - Ver 2.4
- Tasker/Locale plugin for ScreenOn Lock event !

22/02/2012 - Ver 2.3
- Tasker/Locale plugin for Screen Filter settings !
- "Install button fix" option. Enable it only if you can't press Install button when installing an aplication.
- To come: Tasker/Locale plugin for other Total Screen Control features (eg ScreenOn Lock)


28/01/2012 - Ver 2.1
- Enhanced Softkeys backlight module. Turn off softkeys when screen filter value reach a configurable preset value
- New Softkeys off detection method (Root devices)
- Fixed first detection method,now it will work on supported devices. If not,select another method or contact me.


19/01/2012 - Ver 2.0
- Added NEW FEATURE: Screen Filter Bar - Control Filter dim with a swipe of you finger in any application you're in!
If you like this feature check Total Screen Filter which allows more customizations !
Check video for demo of this new feature

- Redesign of the application interface
- ICS compatible
- Various code enhancements

02/12/2011 - Ver 1.9.3
-Redesigned Screen Filter Schedule to be more intuitive
-Better performance when using Dynamic Filter
-Fix bug in Screen Filter Presets

11/10/2011 - Ver 1.9.2
Added option to delay Screen Off after the ScreenOn Lock is released.

07/07/2011 - Ver 1.9.1
Added option to select the interval Total Screen Control checks what application is visible and apply configured options.
Useful for those who want a better response time in changing the configuration but also for those who don't use settings per individual application by increasing the checking interval and by this achieving a lower battery usage.

26/06/2011 - Ver 1.9
*** New feature ***
- Option to disable softkey backlight when Screen Filter is enabled (not working on all phones)

Changes:
- Removed brightness popup window when brightness is changed

18/06/2011 - Ver 1.8
*** New feature ***
Screen Filter Color - allows you to change the color of the Screen Filter !

20/05/2011 - Ver 1.7
New feature !!
*** Dynamic Screen Filter ***

With this option you can configure Screen Filter levels based on phone's light sensor! Assign for every light sensor value a value for the Screen Filter !
Forget about the inexact auto-brightness option of your phone and enable Dynamic Screen Filter for better control of your phone's brightness!

28/02/2011 - Ver 1.6
New feature:
"Bright Light Detection", automatically disable Screen Filter based on Light Sensor readings when bright light is detected.
Useful when Screen Filter is enabled and the phone is used under direct sun, this feature will temporally disable the Screen Filter if the light threshold is passed.

14/02/2011 - Ver 1.5.1
Fixed Android 1.6 compatibility

07/02/2011 - Ver 1.5
Added option to disable Global Screen Filter for certain applications (e.g. you want Global Filter enabled but for Video Player or Messaging you want it disabled).
Just go in Application Tab/Brightness Icon and configure this feature for what application you want!

29/01/2011 - Ver 1.4.2
Added No Movement Detection in ScreenOn Lock based on phone orientation feature. Allows to set the time after that the ScreenOn Lock will disable if the phone was not moved.
Various enhancements in phone orientation detection algorithm.

Download: trial version valid until 06.02.2012
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24th January 2011, 03:30 PM |#2  
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you might wanna say if its for android or winmo in the thread title
24th January 2011, 03:45 PM |#3  
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you might wanna say if its for android or winmo in the thread title

Thanks, I have only Android in my head, I didn't realize that it could be also for other platforms
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24th January 2011, 04:12 PM |#4  
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Yeah, quite surprised that XDA hasnt created sub-forums for the different OS's aswell as mandatory topic titling.

Very nice idea though and thaks for posting info on your app bud
25th January 2011, 08:28 AM |#5  
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Really a good app , it could help me use lowest brightness value to save my battery.


But what i got a highly battery usaege on this app..... too bad~~~ Could some one tell me what's going on ?

My phone is idle , i even did not use it when i plug out the ac.

But ..
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25th January 2011, 09:24 AM |#6  
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great app but it crashes everytime i try to change one of the settings :/
25th January 2011, 09:50 AM |#7  
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A great app, I like this.
25th January 2011, 09:52 AM |#8  
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Great app. working so far fine. No crashe....till now I can not confirm that battery problem.
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Originally Posted by serect

Really a good app , it could help me use lowest brightness value to save my battery.


But what i got a highly battery usaege on this app..... too bad~~~ Could some one tell me what's going on ?

My phone is idle , i even did not use it when i plug out the ac.

But ..

Ok I have got an equal result like you. 82% usage for the last 1h 20 min....Gonna keep it for a while on my device and watch its usage with the monitoring function of the app "SystemPanel".
25th January 2011, 11:20 AM |#10  
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Here is a screen shot of the usage
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25th January 2011, 11:51 AM |#11  
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Hi guys,
thanks for your feedback:

Regarding battery use, this is something it needs deeper investigations, I have also encountered this high battery use REPORT but not always and I have gathered the following info:
- This is related only to ScreenOn Lock based on Sensor Orientation feature. So anyone that doesn't need this function just disable it and 99% that this usage will not appear anymore
- For the others, who find this feature useful there are 2 remarks:
1. First is a quote from another, much known application who's users reported also this high usage report:

* Battery usage is an insanely misleading stat. Many people assume that it means "80% of my battery was consumed by ****", and consequently, "if ***** were not running, my battery would last 80% longer". This simply isn't true. It's not even close. I've tried to get clear answers from Google on what the stat actually means, but haven't gotten more than "the amount of power consumed by an app when it is running". ***** doesn't run much.
* Some phones appear to get confused and attribute nearly all system battery usage to *****. This problem is not unique ******, and in fact applications such as Locale have started providing disclaimers for certain devices to warn users of the issues.
* ***** still suspends itself whenever the screen is turned off. The ***** service puts all threads into a sleep state using Thread.sleep(99999999999). It's possible that the Service is still being attributed some kind of resource usage since it hasn't been terminated (even though the threads have been suspended). I'm looking into this. At this point from what I can tell, there are no running threads once the screen is turned off...

I'm continuing to look into this, as I'm getting absolutely hammered at this point from a ratings (and consequently sales perspective), but I'm not sure that there is much I'm going to be able to do about improving the battery usage stats on specific devices.

The bottom line is this: ***** either improves your phone's battery life or it doesn't, regardless of what the battery stats say. On my Nexus One, ***** averages around 2-3% on the stats list. Sometimes it goes higher, but will generally drift back down to around that level.


2. This occurs randomly, please try to reboot your phone and check if the usage is still high.

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