News for Monday, January 29, 2018

    Monday, January 29, 2018
    2018-01-29

    What's new in this release?

    • Improved V1C-LE connectivity
    • Improved auto start for Android 8.x
    • Improved multi-window support (7.0+)
    • Mostly static white text changed to orange for less wear on OLED screens and better night vision (speed is still green/white)
    • Alert screen dimmer option
    • Alert screen flash option
    • Hide navigation bar option
    • Toast messages restyled and color coded by category (green = info, orange = warning/attention, red = error)
    • Bug fixes

    I made a lot of changes to LE connectivity, hopefully for the better. I tested it exhaustively on three different brands of hardware (Google/LG, Alcatel, Samsung) running four different versions of Android (8.1, 7.1.2, 7.0, 6.0.1), and it's working pretty well. I was able to trip it up a little when pulling the plug on dongle power at the worst times, but it always recovered and reconnected. I wasn't able to test on 5.x, but I don't expect it to have any problems. I'll continue to work on making it smoother for brown-out starts.

    Hope no one minds the change to orange for mostly static text that stays in one spot on the screen for a long time. After only a few minutes, I started liking it even more. It's way better at night. I got the idea to change it after researching which colors are worst for wearing out AMOLED screens ("burn in"). Worst are blues and whites. Best are reds, yellows, oranges, and greens.

    I LOVE the alert screen dimmer, personally. I use it (60%) in combo with the alert screen flash for new, non-muted alerts. The flashes are color coded to the band, of course. :) I'm sure there will be tweaks in future releases. If you depend on the speedometer or speed limits, you may not want to use the dimmer. I could add an option to raise those items above the dimmer, if there's interest in that.

    Master changelog for all releases.


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