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    • 164 posts
    January 10, 2016 8:06 PM CET

    Thanks Peer for the update :)

    If everything goes well then the new Android application will be available within a few days. It will uses the same code like the "Simple Control"

    More details soon.

    • 3 posts
    January 10, 2016 8:42 AM CET

    Mornin'.

    I noticed you folks updated the "Sbrick Simple" app. Whatever you did must've been an improvement, because I can use it now to control the Sbrick. It still won't update the firmware, though. And the regular Sbrick app hasn't improved yet, either. But hey, baby steps.


    This post was edited by Peer Kreuger at January 10, 2016 8:42 AM CET
    • 32 posts
    January 8, 2016 8:40 PM CET

    [blockquote]Szymon Z said:

    I need to buy BLE phone because I don't have one. Is there any list of phones which are working always correctly with sbrick android app? Also list with phones which I should not buy because app is very unstable on it?

    [/blockquote]

    Dont buy the Galaxy A5

    • 99 posts
    January 7, 2016 12:50 PM CET

    [blockquote]Szymon Z said:

    I need to buy BLE phone because I don't have one. Is there any list of phones which are working always correctly with sbrick android app? Also list with phones which I should not buy because app is very unstable on it?

    [/blockquote]

    I don't think you'll find an Android Phone that garantees 100% correct operations with the SBrick: that's all the trouble we have.

    I have a Sony Xperia Aqua M4, and it works very correctly with app v1.6.1. It's an affordable phone, so it's a choice to be considered.

    For a complete overview, there's a table on the SBrick's wiki that lists the compatible devices : I can't retrieve the link right now, but you will sure find it in somewhere in this thread.

    Marc

    • 5 posts
    January 7, 2016 12:18 PM CET

    I need to buy BLE phone because I don't have one. Is there any list of phones which are working always correctly with sbrick android app? Also list with phones which I should not buy because app is very unstable on it?

    • 12 posts
    January 3, 2016 8:12 PM CET

    I suppose that application lose control with bluetooth module and cannot return back this control again.

    Application must checking periodically a wireless connection and automatically re-initialize a bluetooth module when connection is lose.

    Maybe in first time - add a button to menu, for example, "reset bluetooth"?

  • January 3, 2016 6:50 PM CET

    2 pieces on Kickstarter bought two years ago ...
    Not function properly until today ...
    I want my money back :-(

    • 12 posts
    January 3, 2016 6:35 PM CET

    I want that Sbrick is working properly. Why I bought it? To send back to seller? No, sure.

    What can I do? To testing a some other beta-version of app? I don't mind (sorry for bad english)


    This post was edited by Viktor Onishchuk at January 3, 2016 6:39 PM CET
    • 17 posts
    January 3, 2016 6:19 PM CET
    Come on sbrick team. Its time to fix all the problems or give your buyers the money back
    • 12 posts
    January 3, 2016 12:59 PM CET

    Hi all! A recently times ago I bought a Sbrick controller (to Christmas, a week before).

    I have a chinese minipad Tesla Gravity 7.0 OCTA (Chuwi VX3)

    Technical specifications of device:

    - screen size: 7", 1920x1200

    - processor: MTK6592, 1664 Mhz, 8 cores

    - graphics: Mali-450

    - memory: 16GB flash, 2GB ram

    - peripherals: all needed to modern pads (BT 4.0, WiFi, 2cams etc)

    - installed OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat

    I hope that's all needed information about my pad. These pad is meet all requirements.

     

    I have install a Sbrick application from Android Play Market. BUT! Application does not work properly - where attempts to connect with SBrick. There is a sequence of my steps. Before these steps I've switch off an SBrick receiver and reboot a pad.

    1. I switch on an SBrick device. LED is light on.

    2. I run an Sbrick via red icon "S". SBrick application is rinning.

    3. Main menu appears (LOGIN, Home, My Creations, Market, Manage Bricks)

    4. I choose a "Manage Bricks". Via some seconds my device appears to string later, I see an address of device (00:07:80:2E:3F:A4)

    5. I Click to this string...   That's ALL! SBrick application aborted with error message "An error encountered in SBrick application".

    And no more... I contact with seller, he is recommended to read this forum. I read this forum and find a new version of SBrick application, see few post before, "sbrick_beta.apk". I've download this app and install to my pad. This application appears more stable behaviour.

    Step 4. I choose a "SBricks" in main menu. My SBrick appears in list.

    5. I choose my SBrick. A new window open, where I can to variate all ports, swith LED. All works. BUT! That's ALL! No more does not works. After close this window, or where I choose any creation - SBrick does not work. Ever if I go to "Sbrick" again, I can't force Sbrick ever to blink their LED. SBrick does not answer.

    After this instance I have not control with SBrick anymore. BUT. If I reboot a pad, then I can to run a "sbrick_beta" application and go to testing SBrick as described before on 5 step. Only ONE time after rebooting. Do you have to control a Sbrick one more time - you need to reboot a pad. Very idiotical rule.

    I suppose that application loses control with a bluetooth module. After this application does not reconnect, does not reinitialize a wireless module. Application remains in pad's memory - until pad is rebooted. I hope that I give a some direction to find a bug.

     

    Application is a very, very unstable, unfinished and buggy. When we see a NEW version of application?

    SBrick is an useless can without appropriate application!


    This post was edited by Viktor Onishchuk at January 3, 2016 6:41 PM CET
    • 95 posts
    December 31, 2015 9:38 AM CET

    When are we going to get news about the android app like a roadmap?

     


    This post was edited by Frederic Ayrault at December 31, 2015 9:38 AM CET
    • 32 posts
    December 22, 2015 8:07 PM CET

    cant get it to work on the galaxy a5 :( 

    • 17 posts
    December 17, 2015 1:09 PM CET
    When can we use the sbrick were we buy it for???
    • 16 posts
    December 15, 2015 4:13 PM CET

    Hi Ronald,

    SBrick uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), that is supported only on Android since version 4.3. (See http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/connectivity/bluetooth-le.html). So I'm afraid you'll have to get another device if you phone can't get updated to 4.3 or better :(

    • 279 posts
    December 15, 2015 4:10 PM CET

    [blockquote]Ronald Vallenduuk said:

    Hi guys,

     

    I ordered my Sbrick on black Friday and I'm trying to get started now. My phone is HTC that's on Android 4.1.2 and is refusing to install system updates to get it to 4.3 or 4.4. Does that mean I'm buggered until I fix or replace my phone or is there a version that works on Android 4.1?

    By the way, nice to see some familiar faces here (hi Philo, Mahjqa ;- )

    [/blockquote]

     

    Hi!

     

    Now we are fixing the issues that reported here. Good news is that the new release will work with 4.3. Of ocurse you also need an android device that supports Bluetoot 4.0 Smart by the hardware.

    We can't support earlier versions because the support for Bluetooth 4.0 introduced in Android 4.3.

     

  • December 15, 2015 3:56 PM CET

    Hi guys,

     

    I ordered my Sbrick on black Friday and I'm trying to get started now. My phone is HTC that's on Android 4.1.2 and is refusing to install system updates to get it to 4.3 or 4.4. Does that mean I'm buggered until I fix or replace my phone or is there a version that works on Android 4.1?

    By the way, nice to see some familiar faces here (hi Philo, Mahjqa ;- )

    • 7 posts
    December 12, 2015 7:56 PM CET

    I test the new version. It works very bad. Almost never works. I have only two (!) times was able to run through his work Sbrick. In other cases, I simply can not choose my Sbrick in "SBrick" item in menu. I can not even understand how it 2 times I was able to run, i can not repeat it. Firmvare SBrick - 4.4, but from SBrick Simple Control everything works correctly. (Smartphone - Explay Vega, Android - 4.4.2)

    • 99 posts
    December 12, 2015 5:05 PM CET
    The most annoying is that if it works fine on some devices and does not on others, debugging will be tricky. We know that the way the manufacturer implements Android follows loose rules, but we are here in an extreme case.
    With my Xperia, v1.9 stops the BLE connection, and v1.6.1 cannot reconnect!
    I must then clear all the SBrick apps data, relaunch v1.6, and redo the whole setup !!!!
    • 16 posts
    December 12, 2015 9:47 AM CET

    Maybe it would be nice to have a look at standby mode: I let the SBrick app running yesterday evening, and this morning my battery was almost completely depleted...

    • 16 posts
    December 11, 2015 8:37 PM CET

    Good news! Just tested the new beta (1.9 update 5) and it seems to work fine on my Asus ME572C. No crash, no problem after stopping the app and restarting it, no unwanted disconnections.

    Tried with two Sbricks, coupled channels. Worked.

    I can't say for sure about lag (not tested in a real model), but it seems OK.

    Actually the only glitch I noticed is that if BT is not enabled, the app says so in Hungarian ;)

    As for user friendliness, it seems OK, the only thing that could probably be improved is the selection of Sbrick, the color code is not obvious (need to get back to test mode to figure out which is which).

    A huge improvement!

    • 95 posts
    December 10, 2015 4:36 PM CET

    I am also very frustaded because the hardware is amazing. It seems the iOS and windows apps are working but the android app after one year and a rewrite from crash is still a beta

    If I am disapounted to not find the features I need , I was hopping that all the work done and the time spend will at leat fix the connections and upgrades problems but it seems this is still not the case

    For me to improve this app, we need more versions more often and also more informations like a roadmap, change logs (bug fixed, new features, ...)

     

     

    • 7 posts
    December 10, 2015 3:38 PM CET

    Hi Peer,

    I don't understand what you means with "massive company", what's that for a statement ? Vengit Ltd is a company like any others, who sell a product, and the customer pay for it ! If the product is in that kind of stage, it's just way to early to bring it on the market, right ? If you go buying a car and the seller tell you:"Well, the car itself is ok, but the engine is not running properly, but we will fix it in a year...", you will buy it ?

    The other point you mentioned (kick *ss), I just wrote, what will happens to myself, nothing more.

    IMO, Vengit act not very professional, I asked Tamas 3 Weeks ago, for an approx. release date of the updates IOS-app, still no answer so far...not even a "Can't say it, we still have issues to fix"

    Apropos "not very professional":

    @SBrick-Team, I read in this forum e.g. from Lenard "We are working hard on it..." and his pict shows him with sunglasses, don't look very serious... Never seen it before on a comercial (company) website... Just a (marketing-) hint. ;-)

    Frank 

     

    • 3 posts
    December 10, 2015 2:48 PM CET

    Frank Vollmer;

     

    I get that you're frustrated. Completely. I also share your sentiment that so far, the app does not work as promised. 

    Yes, the development team has underestimated the time and effort it takes to get an app like this off the ground. These things happen. However, everything I'm reading here supports that they're doing their best to get this fixed, and get it RIGHT. Half-finished apps are worse than useless. But you must have been aware that this is not a product that's developed by Sony, Philips or any other massive company that has unlimited funds to throw at a problem. 

    Also, talking about people who "need to get their *sses kicked" may not be the best motivator. Just throwing that out there.

    • 3 posts
    December 9, 2015 3:05 AM CET

    Update on my testing today with the beta app.  Okay, I am now able to use the social login - yay!  I can now use a custom profile I created with SBrick Designer from before. 

    Interestingly, when I test using one of My Creations, I lose connectivity about 10-15 feet away consistently.  If I use the basic control option (same place where you can update the firmware), I was able to control the SBrick 25-35 feet away.  I did this many times with the same results to eliminate the chance factor.  Is there a difference in the code that communicates with the SBrick between the two?  Again, I'm running Galaxy S6, Android 5.1.1 with firmware 4.4 on the SBrick.

    Also, minor thing on the My SBrick menu option, the Firmware Version and Hardware Version fields at the top do not show anything.  Should be 4.4 and 4.0 respectively.

     

    • 17 posts
    December 8, 2015 8:52 PM CET
    The problems were always still exist. I have a galaxy A5 with android 5.0.2. The sbricks can not be paired with the phone. Their giving to firmware 4.4.