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[APP][2.2+] Impel - easily and automatically do things

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9th October 2012, 04:55 PM |#21  
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peterevans9, thanks for the suggestion. We will certainly look into this, although I'm unsure of the timing for adding such a feature. Right now we have some fixes we would like to get into a new release that would help stability, but we can look at what it would take to add icon support.

For our future reference and research: How are you imagining this feature would work? Would you somehow provide your own image? Would the icon from the selected app be used automatically? Some other method would provide the icon?

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Use the App icon I suppose, this is how it is at moment.

Launching play store, fb, browser, Dock mode. The app icons would be a nice touch.

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13th October 2012, 02:00 AM |#23  
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peterevans9, thanks for the feedback. We are just beginning to work through all of the customization UI work on our other app, Recast, so I think we will probably wait until we have it figured out and stable there before including it into Impel. In any case, your suggestion is noted and we have it on our watch list now.
29th December 2012, 12:40 AM |#24  
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After a bit of a delay, we posted Impel 1.1.2 today for Google Play customers. Here are the highlights:
  • New: Time repeating tasks - can now create events that occur every X hours and Y minutes
  • New: Some devices can now stop apps without root permission
  • Fixed cases where Android 4.x devices couldn't obtain Plus upgrade (big fix!)
  • Fixed cases where some devices experienced corrupt Impel task database (big fix!)
  • Fixed cases where app could hang if network or data service available

It is rolling out across the Play Store servers now. Amazon update will come later. Let us know how it works for you.
29th December 2012, 08:21 AM |#25  
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could someone else comment on wakelock ytiggers and memory useage?
29th December 2012, 03:04 PM |#26  
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Originally Posted by mstroud

After a bit of a delay, we posted Impel 1.1.2 today for Google Play customers. Here are the highlights:

  • New: Time repeating tasks - can now create events that occur every X hours and Y minutes
  • New: Some devices can now stop apps without root permission
  • Fixed cases where Android 4.x devices couldn't obtain Plus upgrade (big fix!)
  • Fixed cases where some devices experienced corrupt Impel task database (big fix!)
  • Fixed cases where app could hang if network or data service available

It is rolling out across the Play Store servers now. Amazon update will come later. Let us know how it works for you.

I've installed the new version today and the plus version is now correctly recognized on Nexus 4 and 7. As for memory usage it still seems a bit high, at 36mb on my N7 with 5 tasks on, and 71mb on my N4 with 9 tasks on. There are 7 and 14 mb taken up by the play store for the N7 and N4 respectively.

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I'd like to make a couple requests that would much improve this app for me. First of all, I'd love to have the notion of setting a time range as a condition, to set for example a condition like "WiFi disabled AND time between 0800 and 0830".

Secondly, it would be nice to be able to set AND/OR relations between conditions, unless I'm mistaken it's currently only possible to use AND.

Finally, I was hoping to set a task to deactivate the screen lock when I connect to my home WiFi, but neither the "WiFi connected" condition nor the "disable screen lock" function works on my devices. Is this a 4.2 issue?
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29th December 2012, 03:43 PM |#27  
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zetsui, what are your questions? I will try to get answers for them when I next talk do the engineers.
29th December 2012, 03:49 PM |#28  
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Latest version work great! I like it! Best of its kind.
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29th December 2012, 03:51 PM |#29  
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Sigvic, thanks for the feedback.

I have Impel running on two devices with me, a Galaxy Nexus (4.1.1) and a Nexus 10 (4.2.1) and the memory usage varies greatly by both device and OS version. On the Nexus 10, Impel uses only 4.3 MB when the UI is not in use or shown. On the Galaxy Nexus, Impel is using 28 MB while the UI is in the foreground. As soon as Impel is pushed into the background its memory usage will drop.

Time range conditions are already supported: Look at the "Only If" or "Restrictions" section of your task while editing it.

We don't have plans to support OR due to the large amount of negative feedback given during Impel's beta period. It was too difficult for the majority of folks to figure out and it led Impel to trigger when people didn't expect it to. I can ask again, but I don't see this as a near-term option.

Yes, the screen lock feature has been DOA since Android 4.0. Google has removed things they deem security risks, and disabling the lock screen was high on the list, evidently. I'm not aware of any way using published APIs to get around this limitation. WiFi triggers, however, do work fine.
25th January 2013, 08:09 PM |#30  
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Re: [APP][2.2+] Impel - easily and automatically do things
I just updated my Gnex to 4.2.1 (CM10.1M1) and Impel no longer deactivates wifi for me. I have tried my usual time trigger and tried a widget trigger without success. Interestingly, Impel has no problem turning wifi back on... Thanks!

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25th January 2013, 08:10 PM |#31  
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winsettr, thanks for letting us know. WiFi issues aren't something we've had reported as an issue before. We'll look into this and post back what we find out.
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