Dienstag, 14. Mai 2013

... Even more Live Wallpapers !

True, I've been a little lazy for the past months...here's another awesome wallpaper - app ! :D

RealTime Live Wallpaper 

Aren't the screenshots just awesome? This is a beautiful, highly dynamic Live Wallpaper with a fantasy - like scenery.

- Ever changing background according to daytime
- Day / Night cycles
- Moon phases in respect to the current real time moon phase.
- Lots of animations like meteors, clouds, flares, twinkling stars ...

Everything done with Open GL ES while always having battery efficiency in my mind.

This Live Wallpaper transforms your phone from a dead, technical device into a beautiful, living thing !
Everytime you look at it, the Wallpaper looks slightly different. From a warm, reddish sunrise, over a sunny blue sky up to a pitch black night with an awesome milkyway in the background - everything within this Wallpaper.

The app is available for free, as a fully working 5-day trial version. After that, the app is still usable, but the background won't change anymore. In order to get an unlimited version, you'll have to pay a small fee to get the paid version. :-)

Trial @ Google Play
Pro @ Google Play

Donnerstag, 15. September 2011

LiveWallpapers anyone ?

Yay, I just created my very first Live Wallpaper !

After several hours of designing, FantasyDawn is now finished !

What does it do ?

- It looks awesome.
- A lot of cool animations, like flying birds or moon phases !
- It is battery efficient
- It looks awesome.
- Wait, did I mention the awesome thing already ?

As always, there's a free version as well as a paid version (0.99€ isn't paid at all...rather semi-paid.).
To get it, search your local Android market or visit livewallpapers.org :-)

Some screens

Dienstag, 23. August 2011

A new App - AndTracks !

Hey there,

I just finished my newest app, AndTracks !


AndTracks is a handy little tool for Android that tracks, saves and analyzes your route while running, biking, hiking, jogging etc. . You can then review or share your track data and route picture via Facebook or email it to friends.

Okay nice...but what makes this app unique ?

AndTracks focuses on user friendliness and is therefore very easy to use. You just downloaded an app and are helpless how to use it? Not with AndTracks' clean, simple layout.

Furthermore, there are some pretty cool additional features like sharing your track easily via Facebook, charts for speed and altitude or browsing through detailed statistics. Try it out !

In the end, there's also its developer which separates this app from other ones. Since supporting my apps is of great importance, I'm constantly trying to enhance my apps with additional features, while maintaining a close connection to the community. You got some questions or even ideas for the next update ? No problem, just mail me and you'll receive an answer shortly :)

Where to get ?

Android Market


Samstag, 6. November 2010

BatterySave got smarter again !

Hey folks,

version 1.2 of BatterySave has just been released!

New in 1.2: Network connections are only disabled now, if there are no current downloads. BatterySave is of course smart enough to differentiate between RSS/Weather,... updates and real downloads :)

Happy upgrading ;)

Mittwoch, 27. Oktober 2010

BatterySave free version !

There's a free, unlimited version of BatterySave now available from the android market.

Have fun with it ! ;)

Samstag, 16. Oktober 2010

BatterySave - FAQ

Frequently asked questions concerning BatterySave

What settings can I customize within a profile ?

The profile settings are:

- Network connection (WiFi / mobile networks)
- Screen brightness (manual / automatic)
- Screen timeout
- Haptic Feedback
- Sound effects

There may be more to come, such as sync or master volume...but for now, that's it.

Why are my settings not changed even though my battery level is low enough ?

To prevent disturbing the user, settings are only changed if your screen is locked. See the last question regarding the BatterySave service for further information.

I set the profile to change my display timeout but in my system settings there's still the old value. Is that a bug?

Nope that's working as intended. Even though you see the old value, the actual display timeout is what you set in your profile. If you click to change the display timeout in the system settings, you see that there's a list of predefined intervals. If your profile's value doesn't match any of those, that list is just not updated and shows an old value.

Why can't I get a mobile network connection even though I enabled APN ?

This could happen if you've installed other APN-disabling apps like "quicksettings" or "apndroid". Unfortunately, the only possibility to disable mobile networking by code is to modify the APN database saved in your device. A very common method is to append a prefix or suffix to some of your APN settings. So what happens if you've installed multiple programs is that each of those will append their own pre-/suffix to your APNs. In order to get the APN switch working you either need to enable APN in each other program and only control it with one of them, or uninstall the other programs.
Besides, that's also the reason why you only should uninstall an APN modifying program with its APN setting enabled. If you'd uninstall it with disabled APN, in your database were still the modified APN saved. To resolve the problem you could manually delete the appended Text by navigating to settings -> wireless & networks -> mobile networks -> Access Point Names. You now click all of your affected APNs and remove (in case of BatterySave) the "BSave" text after your APN and type.

If you don't have any other software installed, this could also relate to Issue 2207 which seems to be a bug in the latest android versions. To sum it up in short: Sometimes one can only get a mobile network connection after toggling airplane mode, what seems to be caused by the WiFi module after walking out of range of your access point while WiFi is active. Apparently, there's no fix for it yet :(

Does BatterySave really save Battery ?

Of course it does ;)
Seriously, how much battery you'll save by using BatterySave is very individual as it really depends on your usage behaviour. Two main factors for a short battery life are active network connections and your display. Both can be minimized by using BatterySave, as you can change both settings dynamically.

To mention concrete values is very difficult for the above reasons. During tests with my HTC Desire, I found out that with an enabled mobile network connection, a weather app that's refreshing itself after 1 hour as well as an RSS reader that's refreshing after 30 minutes, I lost 12% of battery life within 9 hours of night. With BatterySave running and a battery update interval of "medium", I lost 0% during 9 hours. Again those settings are very individual, but one can see how much potential only disabling a not used network connection has.

There's a BatterySave service running in the background, should i kill it ?

BatterySave is based on two design principles: Consume no battery yourself and  Don't disturb the user.
Both principles can be achieved by using services. Instead of refreshing the current battery level all the time, BatterySave will only refresh the current level in predefined intervals ( You can customize those in the options menu ). While refreshing it starts a service to request the current battery level. Now if there's a profile to be activated based on the current level and you are currently working with your device, that service will wait until you went idle (i.e. your screen was locked and you didn't return after a predefined wait time) to change anything. That is the only case where you might see the service listed in any list of running services. In all other cases, the service will close itself after some milliseconds.

Now to answer the question: There's no reason to kill it, because it does nothing (and therefore doesn't consume any power). You could kill it, it won't affect anything except to change preferences delayed if you decide to go idle right after.