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whitedavidp

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This app is still one of my long-time favourites, which I've been using every day since I purchased it years ago!

However, Google will remove apps from the Play Store that haven't been updated in two years, even if they're still fully functional.

As this app was last updated 26 November 2019, it means that it will be removed.

So, please would you update this app, even if the only thing that you do is to update its version number, and make a note to do this every two years?

Thank you!
Paddy, I am NOT the app's developer. But I am (or at least have been) a developer of apps on Play Store. I cannot speak for this app/developer, but over time Google has made it increasingly onerous to keep an app on Play Store. It is NOT just a version update. Google keeps adding more and more "requirements" for apps to be updated on Play Store. Some of it MAY indeed be good ideas. But many are simply what I call "security theater" in that, for example, being forced to include a "privacy policy statement" for an app does absolutely nothing to ensure privacy. I, for one, have gotten sick and tired of all of the foolishness that is required. And now Google says it will remove apps just because they have not been updated. It is rather a Catch-22 and it means that perfectly good apps, that do not need updating for any reason (like bug fixes), will potentially be removed for all. Google has decided to call an app "abandoned" based on their own criteria and will remove it simply because they choose to define "abandoned" this way and because they have decided that an older app is no longer a useful app. In my opinion this stinks and makes no real sense. And I, for one, have stopped being willing to abide by this and my apps will likely be (some have already been) removed.
 

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Paddy, I am NOT the app's developer. But I am (or at least have been) a developer of apps on Play Store. I cannot speak for this app/developer, but over time Google has made it increasingly onerous to keep an app on Play Store. It is NOT just a version update. Google keeps adding more and more "requirements" for apps to be updated on Play Store. Some of it MAY indeed be good ideas. But many are simply what I call "security theater" in that, for example, being forced to include a "privacy policy statement" for an app does absolutely nothing to ensure privacy. I, for one, have gotten sick and tired of all of the foolishness that is required. And now Google says it will remove apps just because they have not been updated. It is rather a Catch-22 and it means that perfectly good apps, that do not need updating for any reason (like bug fixes), will potentially be removed for all. Google has decided to call an app "abandoned" based on their own criteria and will remove it simply because they choose to define "abandoned" this way and because they have decided that an older app is no longer a useful app. In my opinion this stinks and makes no real sense. And I, for one, have stopped being willing to abide by this and my apps will likely be (some have already been) removed.
Thanks for the reply. The privacy policy stuff was forced on Google by the European Union's data protection laws. Google was faced with the choice of removing the Play Store from the entire EU, or enforcing the privacy laws, so you can't blame Google for that.

But removing old apps because of an arbitrary deadline, I agree with you. It's uncalled for. I understand why Google wants to do this, but they need to be more circumspect.
 

whitedavidp

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Thanks for the reply. The privacy policy stuff was forced on Google by the European Union's data protection laws. Google was faced with the choice of removing the Play Store from the entire EU, or enforcing the privacy laws, so you can't blame Google for that.

But removing old apps because of an arbitrary deadline, I agree with you. It's uncalled for. I understand why Google wants to do this, but they need to be more circumspect.
That may be true for privacy policy stuff, I don't know. If so, I feel oh so sorry for Google. But as I said, this was only one example. To update any app in Play Store, you must modify it so that it targets the latest Android version - even if there is no reason or desire to do so. This often imposes radical re-writing of the app to "conform". Again, if the app is working fine - as is the case with this app - this presents a huge effort for no reason - other than to prevent Google from removing it on a rather arbitrary basis.
 
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    I'm proud to present my new app: Notification Toggle.

    With this app, you can place different toggles into your Android status/notification bar for quick access without having a dozen toggle-widgets on your homescreens ;)

    You can choose which toggles to display in the settings of the app. You can also change the color of the icons as well as the icons completly to fit your systems design.

    The app is for free in the Play Store, would be nice to get some feedback :)

    Download


    Some notes:
    • not every toggle will work on every device: especially the flashlight functionallity is very erratic and every manufacturer implemented it somehow different. you should install TeslaLED in addition to notification toggle
    • some settings aren't changeable by user apps, so it will bring you directly to the android settings (like GPS since Android 2.3)
    • if have a rooted device, you can install the app in /system/app to directly toggle GPS even on Android 2.3+ Click here for more information
    • Issues with the TalkBack service? See here

    Some nice icons: (you can also use this app on Android 2.3+ to download the icons)

    XDA:DevDB Information
    Notification Toggle, App for the Apps & Games

    Contributors
    j4velin

    Version Information
    Status: Stable

    Created 2014-11-06
    Last Updated 2014-11-06
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    Holo Stock Notification Icons for Notification Toggle

    Here are some ICS/JB Holo Stock-styled icons. 128x42 because 42x42 are the size of a stock notification icon alone, and 128x128 is the size of the icon area in a notification but I wanted to allow people to cram as many into the All-In-One as possible without them getting resized.

    These are 90% stock ICS that I lifted from screenshots on my Galaxy Nexus. The others are Notifcation Toggle defaults I resized, and I grabbed the Screen Timeout icon from the SGS2 toggle widget, then altered/recoloured it. I also included a Notification Toggle icon (now the old one) so you can add it as an app shortcut and get back to the settings from the All-In-One itself.

    The filenames are just guidelines for usage and there should be a lot of usage possibilities with the different icons and colours provided (white, blue, grey). For example, I like my icons white, then blue if they are different from my personal settings defaults: so I would use the white "bluetoothsettings_shortcut" and the blue "bluetooth_on" for Bluetooth off/on; similarly I'd use the white "screentimeout_dialog" and blue "wakelock_on" for Wake Lock off/on, but if you wanted the Screen Timeout Dialog on there as well you could use the grey "wakelock_off". Sometimes my on/off colouration differs from the Notification Toggle defaults, so be aware (eg. I keep Rotation Lock off generally so that is white, and on is blue). For usage cases where there are a lot of similar icons (eg. WiFi on/off, WiFi networks, WiFi settings), I included a generic Settings icon that can be used beside them to help keep things straight. Lots of possibilities for the brightness and sound options provided as well.

    Swap and mix and match as you see fit, have fun. Cheers!

    P.S. If anyone was wondering, the 3rd icon on my 2nd noficiation is for an app called N.memo which is extremely handy. It allows you to make little memos to yourself in the notification area, and is extra handy when it can be triggered from NT so its icon is included. :)

    Recent Updates: Added Home and Haptic Feedback Toggle icons; new stock Alarm and Rotation Lock icons. Old Rotation Lock icons are still included for those who want them.

    Edit: Add new NT Screen Wakelock/Timeout and Mobile Data Toggle icons (resized to stock height), and stock USB and WiFi tethering icons. Old versions still included.

    Previous version downloads - most recent: 166; 115; 286.:good:
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    Well done

    All I can say is WOW!! Congrats for creating a really great and useful app and many thanx for great work.

    I mainly needed an app to toggle screen rotation and it had to be accessible from notification bar as I am usually already in another app when I realize that I need to enable/disable rotation :) Tried many different solutions (probably all that are available from the Market) and this proved to be the best one. And if someone asks you what is the biggest difference between this and Widgetsoid… well how about 1.8MB difference (that is if all you need is toggles from notification bar).

    I am sending here a few icons for switches I use (and a screenshot) for those of you who like sense style toggles. If you like I can create more.

    One more thing. If you have time and if you are willing to add more functionalities to this app I think that haptic feedback would be great as an option.

    BTW I am using HTC Desire (Original).

    EDIT: As requested I am putting a few aditional icons: Sound ON/OFF/Vibra, GSP ON/OFF. Let me know if you like them :)
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    I love this app...its realy handy and its one of my top apps.
    Oh yea...is there any whey to put battery % and temp. on bar?
    And I modify some icons for my self but I whant to share it and if some of you like it...say thanks. ;)
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    @j4velin

    I tried many alternatives as well as custom ROMs but this app is still the best alternative. Congrats!! Keep up the great work! If you catch some time and you figure out how to do these things, may I suggest some improvements:

    - Some way of configuring order of the icons for "all in one" (as many of the users already suggested). Maybe for rooted phones? Some config file? Something...

    - Shorter (or configurable) haptic feedback (something like in "Dialer" or when using keyboard). At the moment, I think, vibration is a bit too long. You can easily test different values (in milliseconds) using Tasker (there is a free trial).

    - Is there a way of changing background color (for "all in one")? If not maybe there is a way of getting rid of the padding (margin) around the icons so we can achieve different background by changing icons' background. In that case you can put "precisely N" icons in one row (e.g. 5 or 6) and tell us their dimensions if we want to accomplish the "tight" effect (e.g. for WWGA 480 px / 6 icons in row = 80 px of width per icon). If I'm not mistaken the space between adjacent icons is currently 14px.

    @all

    I created a set of new Sense icons so use them if you like. There is a version with and a version without the bottom bar (green/gray, depending on the "widget" state). Let me know if you like them and if you have some suggestions.