1.8.2 WiFi management rewritten, and Cover issues fixed

Unfortunately, the wakeup cycle was not played when the cover was closed – a problem of Android, which did not leave the alarm screen active in that case. But it nevertheless needed a fix. My daughter complained because she sometimes closed the device in the night, and the alarm sound did not play.

  • plays sound on closed cover
  • plays hue cycle on closed cover (yes, here’s the advantage of the extra light system!)

In addition, I re-wrote the part that checks whether WiFi is OFF and needs to be switched on

  • as Hue, Weather Forecast, and a Music Stream need a connection, or
  • one of the WiFi options is set in the app’s settings.

Thus the “Alarm time” in the system (>= Android 5) is one minute even before the sequence start time. Might be a bit confusing, but I cannot do anything about it. To make the Wifi management easier, the CHANGE_WIFI_STATE permission is now requested.

Successful: “Philips Hue”

The version is not yet released. Beta testers welcome!

Supported are multiple Lights, each with a configurable maximum brightness.

Recommended are the new “LightStrips+”, as they really start very dim. The normal “LightStrips” (without the ‘+’) start with about 30% brightness, so they must be placed somewhere for indirect illumination.

Experience with other lights is always welcome! Drop me a note!

1.7.3 golden rule: never change a running system

even if Google offers you the golden apple… there’s always a catch!

  • on devices with Android up to 4.2 the app icon was gone. Chose to use the “mipmap” instead of “drawable” as suggested by Google, and did not check version compatibility. Duh!
  • added intelligent Calendar supervision
  • 1.7.3a: Clock and Sleep Helper menus did not work any more
New feature: Intelligent Calendar supervision

The calendars selected for the Calendar automatics (using the”@Sunrise:” commands invented last week) are searched for all-day-items with “vacation” in the item’s text.

If one is found, a notification offers to ignore that entry as irrelevant (by adding “@sunrise:ignore” command to its description) or to suppress alarms in that date range (not surprisingly using “@sunrise:-“).

1.7.2 Maintenance Release

  • replaced the icon by the new one 🙂
  • STANDARD version: coexistence check (offers to uninstall FREE version if it is already installed)
  • FREE version: added settings entry to go to the Play Store of the Standard version
  • FREE version: removed access to clock and sleep helper (unneeded for the app that is intended to allow checking whether the dawn simulation helps to get up easier)