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franciscofranco

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Me and Jesús David Gulfo Agudelo AKA @D4rKn3sSyS present you Peek!

This application is a complete redesign of the known "Peek" feature by ParanoidAndroid project, built to work on any 4.4+ ROM. The whole concept lies into allowing users to quickly interact with their notifications, without having to press any button. The new design includes sharper typography, nicer placement of the items, breathtaking new effects and extended functionality (including blacklist). It works on secure locked devices, with the ability to customize what information to show.

How peek works:
When you receive a notification, and screen is off, peek will start polling your sensors. If some movement is detected on your device (either it was on a table and you lifted it, or it was in your pocket and you got it out), peek will show. Sensors will be polled for 10 seconds (by default, customizable) and then it stops doing so, to save battery. It is not possible to simulate the behavior of devices like the Moto X, without affecting battery, since they have special hardware for the task.

Featured on:

Android Police: http://goo.gl/0Dtr2P
Android Authority: http://goo.gl/iJ9GC9
Droidlife: http://goo.gl/WCo7C0
Chris Nacca YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/233P2G

And many more!

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Play store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jedga.peek

IMPORTANT NOTES:
-This application was successfully tested on stock Android 4.4 and AOSP based 4.4 ROMs, on multiple Nexus devices (including tablets) and Oppo Find 7a.
- Internet permission is used for bug catching.
 
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Remoteconcern

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Interestingly, I have found that enabling 'always polling' a là the Moto X only has a very small battery impact (maybe around 1% extra per hour). The default 10 seconds has no impact on battery life. Love the feature.
 
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hotnikkelz

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Works very inconsistently on my xperia z2. Success rate under 10% I'll say. Submitted an email for support on the issue, awaiting feedback.
 

franciscofranco

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Works very inconsistently on my xperia z2. Success rate under 10% I'll say. Submitted an email for support on the issue, awaiting feedback.

Can you help us describing what is the problem? We've tested successfully on more than 10 devices that we own, with no apparent problems. Just quote this post, me and Jesus will see it and help you. Sorry if I didn't reply to the e-mail, my inbox is crammed with e-mails from Peek, I haven't had time to answer them all.

So u guys have any plans to make this an "lockscreen replacer"?

Currently we have no plans because it would require a major re-design of our code. Its not so straightforward, but its something we can think about for the long run.
 

hotnikkelz

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Can you help us describing what is the problem? We've tested successfully on more than 10 devices that we own, with no apparent problems. Just quote this post, me and Jesus will see it and help you. Sorry if I didn't reply to the e-mail, my inbox is crammed with e-mails from Peek, I haven't had time to answer them all.



Currently we have no plans because it would require a major re-design of our code. Its not so straightforward, but its something we can think about for the long run.

Simple problem really. The screen supposed to come on when i pick up my phone and display notifications right, whether past or present?! Mine simply doesn't most of the time. I actually see a little red light indicating the sensor coming on, but Peek doesn't get activated for some reason and my screen remains black. I'm using a Sony Xperia z2 with 4.4.2. Hit or miss basically. Sorry I can't give more info for you, but that's just the reality with my device. I'm testing for a few days to see if i can discern some kind of pattern
 

franciscofranco

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Simple problem really. The screen supposed to come on when i pick up my phone and display notifications right, whether past or present?! Mine simply doesn't most of the time. I actually see a little red light indicating the sensor coming on, but Peek doesn't get activated for some reason and my screen remains black. I'm using a Sony Xperia z2 with 4.4.2. Hit or miss basically. Sorry I can't give more info for you, but that's just the reality with my device. I'm testing for a few days to see if i can discern some kind of pattern

Hmm... that's not easy. Did you read the "how peek works" in the OP? You sure you're following it?
 

hotnikkelz

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Hmm... that's not easy. Did you read the "how peek works" in the OP? You sure you're following it?

Yeah, I didn't want to report the problem, but I thought I should due to the app's infancy. I believe i followed it. I have made sure Peek is a device administrator, and I have made sure notification access is checked as well.
Correct me if I'm wrong but regardless of when I get the notifications, as long as I pick up my phone at anytime, the Peek screen is supposed to activate right? it seems (and don't quote me) that it activates when I get a fresh notification. At one time it activated with me just looking at the phone (without touching it)
I left thepolling a the default 10 seconds, I'm going to put it to always on and see if that helps. I think my problem may be device specific though. Good luck, and thanks :)
 

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I'm using nexus 4 with FK r208.

I have to say, Peek is a great work for nexus 4. Especially for the poor durability of the power button of nexus 4, Peek massively reduces the usage of power button :p

Here's a little question:

I find that when the screen just turns off for about 2~3 seconds, a new message accidentally comes in and the LED glitters (controlled by Light Manager 6.0),

I lift it from the table, but Peek does not work.

Is this event not meeting the criteria for Peek to take actions?

BTW, if it's not a must for Peek's functionality, is it possible to remove the "Peek service is running" message from the notification tray?
 

zellleonhart

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I would like to suggest to reduce slightly the distance to slide to unlock and dismiss notifications. Currently I have to slide until the very end of my screen to trigger it. Or maybe just me. Thanks for the nice app anyway!

Oh by the way, how to blacklist system apps? Thanks. @franciscofranco

Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
 
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I'm using nexus 4 with FK r208.

BTW, if it's not a must for Peek's functionality, is it possible to remove the "Peek service is running" message from the notification tray?

Go into app info and uncheck show notifications, test notification won't work anymore but everything else still works :good:
 

franciscofranco

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Yeah, I didn't want to report the problem, but I thought I should due to the app's infancy. I believe i followed it. I have made sure Peek is a device administrator, and I have made sure notification access is checked as well.
Correct me if I'm wrong but regardless of when I get the notifications, as long as I pick up my phone at anytime, the Peek screen is supposed to activate right? it seems (and don't quote me) that it activates when I get a fresh notification. At one time it activated with me just looking at the phone (without touching it)
I left thepolling a the default 10 seconds, I'm going to put it to always on and see if that helps. I think my problem may be device specific though. Good luck, and thanks :)

No, it only shows up during that 10s polling period.
 
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franciscofranco

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I'm using nexus 4 with FK r208.

I have to say, Peek is a great work for nexus 4. Especially for the poor durability of the power button of nexus 4, Peek massively reduces the usage of power button :p

Here's a little question:

I find that when the screen just turns off for about 2~3 seconds, a new message accidentally comes in and the LED glitters (controlled by Light Manager 6.0),

I lift it from the table, but Peek does not work.

Is this event not meeting the criteria for Peek to take actions?

BTW, if it's not a must for Peek's functionality, is it possible to remove the "Peek service is running" message from the notification tray?

We don't know about those LED apps, they are independent of Peek. Maybe that app is consuming the notification. If that's the reason then there's not much we can about it.
 
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franciscofranco

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I would like to suggest to reduce slightly the distance to slide to unlock and dismiss notifications. Currently I have to slide until the very end of my screen to trigger it. Or maybe just me. Thanks for the nice app anyway!

Oh by the way, how to blacklist system apps? Thanks. @franciscofranco

Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk

Ok, I'll check the distances.

Next app update you'll be able to blacklist System Apps.
 

hotnikkelz

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No, it only shows up during that 10s polling period.

Sorry for what seems like a dumb question but is that 10 seconds polling from notification ARRIVAL, or from picking up the phone (independent of when the notification comes in) Just want to be 100% clear. If it is the former then I definitely have to have it always on for it to be of use to me.
 

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    qFwf7UWRdK33FXISz6O8Ehi_mLIdeKGAZoMw-B5H13ziZwwQ10m57t8XZHnXHa_6ft8=w300-rw

    Me and Jesús David Gulfo Agudelo AKA @D4rKn3sSyS present you Peek!

    This application is a complete redesign of the known "Peek" feature by ParanoidAndroid project, built to work on any 4.4+ ROM. The whole concept lies into allowing users to quickly interact with their notifications, without having to press any button. The new design includes sharper typography, nicer placement of the items, breathtaking new effects and extended functionality (including blacklist). It works on secure locked devices, with the ability to customize what information to show.

    How peek works:
    When you receive a notification, and screen is off, peek will start polling your sensors. If some movement is detected on your device (either it was on a table and you lifted it, or it was in your pocket and you got it out), peek will show. Sensors will be polled for 10 seconds (by default, customizable) and then it stops doing so, to save battery. It is not possible to simulate the behavior of devices like the Moto X, without affecting battery, since they have special hardware for the task.

    Featured on:

    Android Police: http://goo.gl/0Dtr2P
    Android Authority: http://goo.gl/iJ9GC9
    Droidlife: http://goo.gl/WCo7C0
    Chris Nacca YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/233P2G

    And many more!

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    Play store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jedga.peek

    IMPORTANT NOTES:
    -This application was successfully tested on stock Android 4.4 and AOSP based 4.4 ROMs, on multiple Nexus devices (including tablets) and Oppo Find 7a.
    - Internet permission is used for bug catching.
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    Just because I've always have unlocked to the right. Every device for the last six or so years I've unlocked to the right. Just feels unnatural unlocking to the left.

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    Works very inconsistently on my xperia z2. Success rate under 10% I'll say. Submitted an email for support on the issue, awaiting feedback.

    Can you help us describing what is the problem? We've tested successfully on more than 10 devices that we own, with no apparent problems. Just quote this post, me and Jesus will see it and help you. Sorry if I didn't reply to the e-mail, my inbox is crammed with e-mails from Peek, I haven't had time to answer them all.

    So u guys have any plans to make this an "lockscreen replacer"?

    Currently we have no plans because it would require a major re-design of our code. Its not so straightforward, but its something we can think about for the long run.
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    Really cool app! Great work Franco and others ;)

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    I would like to suggest to reduce slightly the distance to slide to unlock and dismiss notifications. Currently I have to slide until the very end of my screen to trigger it. Or maybe just me. Thanks for the nice app anyway!

    Oh by the way, how to blacklist system apps? Thanks. @franciscofranco

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk

    Ok, I'll check the distances.

    Next app update you'll be able to blacklist System Apps.