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finfin82

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Oct 30, 2009
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Hello guys and girls,

I follow the android development since version since 1.5 cupcake and i ever thought, if you have a great idea - write an app.
So i didn't wrote WhatsApp but i love it to be bleeding edge of development, so i was looking for a new prerelease of whatsapp from time to time on their website.

I wrote an app that checks for WhatsApp prereleases.

Thats the story.

Ive got some cool ideas for the future of this app where all bleeding edge user and even blogs have a great advance of...

Maybe someone shares my love for following the development of apps.

To install my App search for it in PlayStore "Whatsapp 2Date"
Or have a look to the attachment of this post.

Changelog:
3.161
- new icons - thx to philipp again
- small fixes and improvements
- new ad-partner

3.155
- support new playstore
- small fixes
3.154
- pull to refresh implemented (as requested)
- service doesn't run anymore if sync is set to never
- small improvements and fixes

3.151
- made the old download-manager to an option (as requested)
- crashlytics replaces acra as crashreporter
- small improvements and fixes

3.141
- fixed force close on Devices < Honeycomb
3.14
- share information about your installed WhatsApp-Version
- libs update
- kleinere Verbesserungen und Fixes

3.13
- libs update
- no longer need to stay in the app until the download has finished
- small improvements and fixes

3.10
- Using the android download manager to download updates from server
- added option to translate the changelog into system language

3.00
- added ActionSherlock for consistent ui experience
- added ACRA AndroidCrashReport for better bug-report to get the app more stable
- service only running when actually check for new version - less ram consumption (as requested)
- service-timing improvements
- simple theme switch (as requested) - will be further developed
- small improvements and fixes
...
1.32 - hotfix playstore-version > server-version - download-btn leads in this case to the official WhatsApp-playstore-entry
1.31 - changelogbutton impl. nicer version will follow soon
1.30 - force close fixes - some optical changes (thx Sebastian)
1.22 - too lazy 2 compare vers. - no notify if installed ver is newer than server ver
1.20 - PlayStore-Version is now shown to compare & download-button shows only if there is a new version (thx goes to Philipp Drexler for ideas)
1.14 - fixed problem when offline - service timing fix (sry for high update-freq - it's a beta :p )

got deleted on playstore
link to playstore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.barum.whatsapp2date
here are the circumstances for that
Yep i got deleted, thats what they told me:
"REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the dangerous products provision of the Content Policy:
Applications that cause users to download or install applications from unknown sources outside of Google Play are prohibited."

So I tried to ask for any changes I could make to keep my app in playstore I also made suggestions, but i just got an default reply:

"Thank you for your note.
We have reviewed your appeal and will not be reinstating your app. This decision is final and we will not be responding to any additional emails regarding this removal."

Here is a short quote of what i wrote:
"The german policy sais, that it is forbidden to "seduce user to download or install extern apps without their knowledge" but i'm explaining in my app description that my app notifies on playstore or server updates.
so i think the users know that they download apps beside the playstore."

No comment on what I argumented.
I'm so disappointed how google deals with developers, that had 1,8 Mio downloads and 180.000 active user.
If I the App violates the policy they could have given me at least a chance to make it clean without loosing all my user.

When you ask for a bill for you playstore-order you get a contact person who takes care of the flow.

As developer you have nothing.

I didnt realized that i violate the policy, otherway i would have changed my app to get conform.

So my app still works, i just cant update it anymore via playstore.
If you want to keep informed follow this thread and join the comunity
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115265323599778360589

Cheers andy
 

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bustem

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AW: [APP] WhatsApp2Date

nice work. thanks!

Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda premium
 

finfin82

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Oct 30, 2009
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changelog

I like that you enjoy the app... may b someone can post the link to the app? as long as i still can't post links.

To the Changelog thing.... there is no official changelog at all from WhatsApp directly but i have a great idea concerning this.... just need some time to realise this...

currently there is a "bug" in my app ... i din't thought of that whatsapp would pull back some update ... so if someone installed the latest version last night... he would get notification that there is a new one - cause they pulled the never version back and i was too lazy to implement version compare.... working on it and guess to release update during this day.

ps: maybe someone (of the mods) can link this post to other relevant forums? i dont want to spam with double-postings
 
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finfin82

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Oct 30, 2009
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2lazy 2 compare version

Hello everybody,

i just want you 2 know, that the fixed version is on its way to the PlayStore.
Now there will be no more notifications if the installed-version is higher than the servers version.

Sorry for that annoying bug. As i allready said, i hadn't planned on that. :)

In Attachement is the mentioned version - the PlayStore takes its time to release my uploaded version.
 
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finfin82

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Oct 30, 2009
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fixed fc

Force close fixed in this version....

I'm pretty new to android dev. so i guess i need to build a test-chain to test all cases that can get wrong, sorry :)

Updated version in attachement.
 
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finfin82

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Oct 30, 2009
51
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no ideas comments problems or anything?
At the moment the changes that come with the update are significant - whole whatsapp is rebuild in holo-design....
 

finfin82

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Oct 30, 2009
51
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AW: [APP] WhatsApp2Date

In the next release i will include the changelog
from the whatsapp Website.

Are there other ideas or wishes i can add?

Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda app-developers app
 

jojoost

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Re: [APP] WhatsApp2Date

Maybe you should make it a complete toolbox for WhatsApp, so not only checking for update
 
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finfin82

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Oct 30, 2009
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Great idea!
Which functions would you like to see?!
I wouldn't like to make it require root to function, since whatsapp runs on nearly every device.
I guess a rolleback-function would be great for the beginning - backup+uninstall server-version + reinstall playstore-version?!
 

bteljuice

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Love it! GREAT IDEA! I, just like you, check the website daily. This will do it automatically for me. Thanks man. Keep up the good work.
 

spupuz

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R: [APP][Free][2.3+] WhatsApp2Date

Dies whatsapp has integrated into application this function recently?

Inviato dal mio Galaxy Nexus con Tapatalk 2
 

finfin82

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AW: [APP][Free][2.3+] WhatsApp2Date

Many users say that, but I never got a message from whatsapp. So i think, maybe they check once a week or its not active in all installed versions. With my app you don't miss any update ;)

Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda app-developers app
 

spupuz

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R: [APP][Free][2.3+] WhatsApp2Date

Many users say that, but I never got a message from whatsapp. So i think, maybe they check once a week or its not active in all installed versions. With my app you don't miss any update ;)

Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda app-developers app

I know today I received the message more than once from whatsapp

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finfin82

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Oct 30, 2009
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You received this message from whatsapp or from my app?.... didnt got any notification from whatsapp this night, but 2 from my app ;)
 

spupuz

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You received this message from whatsapp or from my app?.... didnt got any notification from whatsapp this night, but 2 from my app ;)

it was a black pop up not a notificant and it happened opening whatsapp so i suppose it's coming from original app not your.

il like your app so much, could you please make a setting for dark holo theme?

GUI can be also be tweaked more :)
 

ShockBuddy

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AW: [APP][Free][2.3+] WhatsApp2Date

German Translation of the Options Screen is kinda funny xD

Your App looks interesting, i will try it!

Gesendet von meinem Xperia Arc S
 

finfin82

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Oct 30, 2009
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@spupuz great idea, i think im gonna implement a toggle to switch between light and dark holo-theme :)
a new design is on my table, but had no time to implement ... the way the changelog is presented will be changed too in further versions...

@ShockBuddy thx, hope you enjoy the app as much as the german translation ;)
 

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    Hello guys and girls,

    I follow the android development since version since 1.5 cupcake and i ever thought, if you have a great idea - write an app.
    So i didn't wrote WhatsApp but i love it to be bleeding edge of development, so i was looking for a new prerelease of whatsapp from time to time on their website.

    I wrote an app that checks for WhatsApp prereleases.

    Thats the story.

    Ive got some cool ideas for the future of this app where all bleeding edge user and even blogs have a great advance of...

    Maybe someone shares my love for following the development of apps.

    To install my App search for it in PlayStore "Whatsapp 2Date"
    Or have a look to the attachment of this post.

    Changelog:
    3.161
    - new icons - thx to philipp again
    - small fixes and improvements
    - new ad-partner

    3.155
    - support new playstore
    - small fixes
    3.154
    - pull to refresh implemented (as requested)
    - service doesn't run anymore if sync is set to never
    - small improvements and fixes

    3.151
    - made the old download-manager to an option (as requested)
    - crashlytics replaces acra as crashreporter
    - small improvements and fixes

    3.141
    - fixed force close on Devices < Honeycomb
    3.14
    - share information about your installed WhatsApp-Version
    - libs update
    - kleinere Verbesserungen und Fixes

    3.13
    - libs update
    - no longer need to stay in the app until the download has finished
    - small improvements and fixes

    3.10
    - Using the android download manager to download updates from server
    - added option to translate the changelog into system language

    3.00
    - added ActionSherlock for consistent ui experience
    - added ACRA AndroidCrashReport for better bug-report to get the app more stable
    - service only running when actually check for new version - less ram consumption (as requested)
    - service-timing improvements
    - simple theme switch (as requested) - will be further developed
    - small improvements and fixes
    ...
    1.32 - hotfix playstore-version > server-version - download-btn leads in this case to the official WhatsApp-playstore-entry
    1.31 - changelogbutton impl. nicer version will follow soon
    1.30 - force close fixes - some optical changes (thx Sebastian)
    1.22 - too lazy 2 compare vers. - no notify if installed ver is newer than server ver
    1.20 - PlayStore-Version is now shown to compare & download-button shows only if there is a new version (thx goes to Philipp Drexler for ideas)
    1.14 - fixed problem when offline - service timing fix (sry for high update-freq - it's a beta :p )

    got deleted on playstore
    link to playstore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.barum.whatsapp2date
    here are the circumstances for that
    Yep i got deleted, thats what they told me:
    "REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the dangerous products provision of the Content Policy:
    Applications that cause users to download or install applications from unknown sources outside of Google Play are prohibited."

    So I tried to ask for any changes I could make to keep my app in playstore I also made suggestions, but i just got an default reply:

    "Thank you for your note.
    We have reviewed your appeal and will not be reinstating your app. This decision is final and we will not be responding to any additional emails regarding this removal."

    Here is a short quote of what i wrote:
    "The german policy sais, that it is forbidden to "seduce user to download or install extern apps without their knowledge" but i'm explaining in my app description that my app notifies on playstore or server updates.
    so i think the users know that they download apps beside the playstore."

    No comment on what I argumented.
    I'm so disappointed how google deals with developers, that had 1,8 Mio downloads and 180.000 active user.
    If I the App violates the policy they could have given me at least a chance to make it clean without loosing all my user.

    When you ask for a bill for you playstore-order you get a contact person who takes care of the flow.

    As developer you have nothing.

    I didnt realized that i violate the policy, otherway i would have changed my app to get conform.

    So my app still works, i just cant update it anymore via playstore.
    If you want to keep informed follow this thread and join the comunity
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115265323599778360589

    Cheers andy
    4
    Just uploaded the version 3.10 to the PlayStore.
    Using the android download manager to download updates from server and added option to translate the changelog into system language.
    No theme progress, sorry :D

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda app-developers app
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    Short Update

    Hi,

    I just uploaded the version 3.155 - its not new but was not available here on xda ....

    Short update on further plans - im working on new gui update that makes the whole experiance a bit cooler ;).
    For a short spoiler look at our community at g+ https://plus.google.com/communities/115265323599778360589?partnerid=gplp0

    I have and had some family healthy-issues and this takes too much time to make big steps now.
    At this point i dont know when i will find enough time to push the development further - please be paitent and remain faithful :).

    Cheers Andy
    2
    Just Uploaded the new Version to the playstore.
    Here is the Changelog:
    (thx goes to Philipp Drexler for ideas and new UI-Sketch)

    3.00
    - added ActionSherlock for consistent ui experience
    - added ACRA AndroidCrashReport for better bug-report to get the app more stable
    - service only running when actually check for new version - less ram consumption (as requested)
    - service-timing improvements
    - simple theme switch (as requested) - will be further developed
    - small improvements and fixes

    there is a theme-switch in from now... will invest some time in the next releases... but its basicly implemented :)

    cheers
    2
    Hey, thank you for your work, it looks pretty nice, guess im gonna change the icon in the next versions... ;)
    I worked the whole night to finish the new layout... guess to release a new version with cooler ui tomorrow.

    the holo-theme-switcher will come soon too.