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    • 19 posts
    March 2, 2015 5:56 PM CET

    on the left side there is a wiki menu, second from top is Edit function.

    • 41 posts
    March 2, 2015 5:53 PM CET

    @Gabor....

    How can i add the S3 to the list.....because i put a comment the other day in the list page with all the issues and version i test.....and still the S3 is not there.

    Comon....S3 is a very popular model!!!!


    This post was edited by Denis H at March 2, 2015 5:56 PM CET
    • 41 posts
    March 2, 2015 5:51 PM CET

    Just tested the **NEW** 0.80 version of the app.....i have to say it (sorry!!) but it's still a piece of crap.

     

    Tested in my Samsung Galaxy S3 (android 4.3), do a clean install (remove the previous app, erase the cache and all stuff):

    - I can't discovery the sbrick in the port test (only discovery once from like 30 times i try).

    - The one time i discovery the sbrick the port test don't work at all.....no engine is moving, even left the slider to max for about 1 min.

    - Also I can't discovery in the profile screen.

    - I can download my "test" profile from the PD.....but is useless if i can´t discovery the sbrick.

    - The app hangs a lot.

     

    If you ask me the 0.6 and 0.8 version of the app is THE SAME!!! no change at all!!

    So, Sbrick-TEAM.....where is the routmap of the android app development.....where is the date i can use the sbrick???? 

    My phone (S3) is a very popular model.....you can do a google search (wiki page) to the top selling models with android OS, and the S3 is in the Top 3.....i can't believe you CAN'T borrow some S3 from a friend and test.

    • 19 posts
    March 2, 2015 5:51 PM CET

    Maxim, Samsung Galaxy S3 is not even on the list, you should add it first if you have problems with it.

    • 21 posts
    March 2, 2015 5:33 PM CET

    You read all comments? Or you specially ignore Samsung Galaxy S3?


    This post was edited by Maxim Baybakov at March 2, 2015 5:33 PM CET
    • 272 posts
    March 2, 2015 1:33 PM CET

    We are trying to collect different devices that runs android and debug the app device by device.

    On our development devices the app is not bugfree, but works much better than you reported here.

    It can be a big help for us if you leave comment about your device in this list: https://social.sbrick.com/wiki/view/pageId/12/slug/application-device-compatibility

    Please test with 0.80.

    • 5 posts
    March 2, 2015 12:17 PM CET

    Just tried the App 0.8 on HTC One 4.4.3 app crashes as soon as I try to connect to a brick, actaully worse than the previos version. 

     

    • 19 posts
    March 2, 2015 12:06 PM CET

    Oh man, this whole thing is not about specifically stated Android versions or who gets proper app first, it's about developing a great product for the Lego community. If you say I'm more selfish than constructive when offering debugging with my nexus devices you are simply mad or not objective.

     

    Whole thing is nonsense, whining for refund and offending devs/other members won't solve any problems with Android fragmentation or alpha App issues.

     

    Btw iOS is not perfect either, I could control my SBricks with gyro steering from an iPad Air weeks ago, but now that profile is gone and only manual steering profiles are available in the public profile market.


    This post was edited by Gábor Polczer at March 2, 2015 12:10 PM CET
    • 24 posts
    March 2, 2015 11:53 AM CET

    [blockquote]Gábor Polczer said:

    I'd rather say that devs should test new app versions on a pure Android device like a Nexus, not on heavily modified systems like Samsung Galaxy devices! And when it's ok on a Nexus, there is a chance that it will be ok on other modified systems! And we did not talk about Android versions here, a 4.3 or 4.4.2 system can not be compared with vanilla 5.01 or  the upcoming 5.1...

    [/blockquote]

    I understand exactly where you're coming from, Gabor.  I'd like the app to be proved on my device first as well.  If it works on "heavily modified systems like Samsung Galaxy devices" there is a chance that it will work on other systems.

    The Kickstarter project stated that it would work on Android devices without any limitation on version being specified.  Sbricks own advertising states that it will work on Android from version 4.3 up so you are mistaken when you say that "we did not talk about Android versions here".  Android versions have been specifically stated!!!

    • 19 posts
    March 2, 2015 11:34 AM CET

    I'd rather say that devs should test new app versions on a pure Android device like a Nexus, not on heavily modified systems like Samsung Galaxy devices! And when it's ok on a Nexus, there is a chance that it will be ok on other modified systems! And we did not talk about Android versions here, a 4.3 or 4.4.2 system can not be compared with vanilla 5.01 or  the upcoming 5.1...

     

    As I've previously said, I'm ready to help your work by providing feedback using my Nexus phone/tablet.

    • 24 posts
    March 2, 2015 11:13 AM CET

    Another month, another broken promise!!

    The latest app 0.8 is at least different rubbish on a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.3.

    Still have the well-known freezes and crashes but it appears to connect to an Sbrick.  I say appears because there is no way of actualling testing whether it has connected.  The Port Tester has disappeared and it is impossible to add any Profile to a creation.

    There is a chance that it properly downloads both public and personal profiles but as these can't be used at all I have no way of knowing!

    You say that this app has been tested on a Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.  Could I make a radical suggestion and ask that you test it on other Android devices as well?  Sbrick have previously claimed that the problem is caused by the vast number of different variations of Android that are about.  I have already suggested that if a single app is beyond the capabilities of your developers you should make separate variations for differing versions of Android.  However, I now see no future in this approach if you are only ever going to test on a single Android device.

    Continual promises of fixes that do not materialise only undermines the little confidence that is left that Sbrick will ever provide what they have claimed from the very first - an Application that will work on any Android device from version 4.3 on.  I do get the feeling that this claim for an Android app was only made in Kickstarter to increase the chances of reaching the funding target with no real commitment to creating this app.  Why don't you prove me wrong, Sbrick, and come up with a working solution AS YOU HAVE PROMISED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS!

    I'm inclined to wait a further few days for this but, after that, I'm fairly certain that my 2 Sbricks will find their way into the "I've thrown my money away" receptacle!

     

    • 19 posts
    March 2, 2015 10:50 AM CET

    I don't know how this is possible, but 0.8 app is the same on Nexus 5 as official app before: no working profiles at all (even your handdrawn profile seen on the most recent video from Tamas). On Nexus 9 app can drive SBrick but not all functions work as they should (acceleration is choppy or non functioning).

  • March 2, 2015 7:28 AM CET

    Tamas, good work. App is much more stable now. Custom profiles works like a charm. No disconnects and lags. But "one function, two ports" problem are still there. So, when you assign functions to every port, and use two or more ports for one function, app will "remember" only first port with this function. If you disconnect motor from the first assigned port - no other motors will work. So maybe the problem appears on the "writing function to every port" stage.

     

    Regards, Alex


    This post was edited by Alexey Tikhvinsky at March 2, 2015 7:31 AM CET
    • 164 posts
    March 2, 2015 12:54 AM CET

    Guys, here's a non-public version of the latest Android application:
    Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/41rq6hyxzikp7ln/SBrick_0_8.apk?dl=0
    Google
    Drive link: http://goo.gl/5Mxcpa

    We
    tested on a Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, and the App works properly. Video: http://youtu.be/E1SF7vb-7Wk

    We
    have made a big step. The application is basically already works well, but unfortunately, the app doesn't run the same on every device yet. There are some devices we were found bugs ( for example LG G3). This is the reason why we are in delay.

    If you find any bugs on your device, please help us and extend the mobile compatibility list here: http://goo.gl/R0IGmy

    We hope, we can solve these minor bugs in the next few days, and the App will works on every device like you can see in the video.

    Sorry for the delay, and thank you for your understanding!

    (If the app doesn't work on your device, please try to use this SBrick Simple Control app: 
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vengit.blecontrol&hl=en)


    This post was edited by Tamas Misik at March 2, 2015 1:20 AM CET
  • March 1, 2015 10:41 PM CET

    I want my money back !!!

    • 4 posts
    March 1, 2015 5:52 PM CET

    Hello SBRICK-Team,

    permanent app crash (v 0.60) at my s4 mini with android 4.4.2, have done a factory reset also.

    Now we  have march a no working app for android. It would have been better to spend my money for some lego spare parts.

    I named my SBRICK: UPOH (Useless Piece Of Hardware). I am very unsatisfied and disappointed.

    Thinking about to sell my UPOH to an ios user.

     

     

    • 4 posts
    March 1, 2015 3:46 PM CET

    Hello Everyone and Sbrickteam, 

    I am also very disapointed about the functionning of the android app. I have installed the last version today with connecting to my sbrick. Nothing works correclty. I have a Nexus 4 with 5.0.1 version.

    I can connect to my sbrick, make the Led status on but not the port tester (or sometime when I keep the cursor some second, the motor starts and stop). I can create a set, add a profile and a linked sbrick, but half a time, I can not set the action on sbrick (mapping), And when I succed (port A = steering and port B = acceleration), it doesn't work when I try to move cursor (Servo motor don't move or juste stop and start quiclky), and the motor get stall to the noisy sound. Also, when mapping the function, the cursor on/off on the top beside the sbrick do nothing. To finish, the apps crash often.

    I understand this is a alpha version of the apps but when the developper team asked me for making a video promotion for christmas, I can not say yes because it doesn't work ! The Ios apss was very good at least. Now the sbrick is sold, so the apps have to work ! 

    I hope I am not the only one who have trouble with it.

    Good luck team !

    • 5 posts
    February 28, 2015 11:55 PM CET

    [blockquote]Alexey Tikhvinsky said:

    We were promised an upgrade to the end of the month - and as a result we get nothing. The current version of the application is incompatible with the designer profiles and didn't work in general. We are disappointed more and more. All the promised features doesn't works correctly for Andoid OS. 

    Such disregard seems strange to me, especially after the successful launch of the project. I would like to believe the best - but after months of waiting I can't.

    Regards, Alex

    [/blockquote]

    I held off buying the Sbrick untill it looked like the Android was working.  Like Alexey,pretty dissapointed that there has been no fix for the app.  App wont connect to the brick at all.  Come on guys put some effort into the product you are promoting.

  • February 28, 2015 10:27 PM CET

    We were promised an upgrade to the end of the month - and as a result we get nothing. The current version of the application is incompatible with the designer profiles and didn't work in general. We are disappointed more and more. All the promised features doesn't works correctly for Andoid OS. 

    Such disregard seems strange to me, especially after the successful launch of the project. I would like to believe the best - but after months of waiting I can't.

    Regards, Alex

  • February 26, 2015 9:44 AM CET

    @Frederic:

    There is a possibility to get all the features you just asked:

    • control more than one device
    • control more than one channel with the same slider
    • reset
    • create a sequence of commands
    • react on events that are sent from the device
    • minimum requirement Android 4.0
    • ...
    • it's working

    And no, i don't mean to buy an overprized apple.

    • 95 posts
    February 25, 2015 5:29 PM CET

    I also hope will be able to control more than one SBrick,

    control more than one channel with the same slidder,

    "auto reset" set to No works

    Thank you

     

    • 1 posts
    February 25, 2015 9:19 AM CET

    Hello,

    just wanted to ask, will the following problems be solved in the new version?
    - App is force closing all the time! (adding/modifing profiles, using sliders, connecting to sbrick, logging in...)
    - Multitouch on sliders works only, if you first press the left slider and then the right one. 
    - connection problems after changing profiles
    - after playing with it few times, there is a massive lag on the communication. Like 5 second

    + please add the functionality to store email and password, so I don't have to re-type it all the time

    Thanks

    Phone: HTC One S, Android 4.4.4.
    app version: 0.0.60

    • 272 posts
    February 24, 2015 1:05 PM CET

    Testing the new android app. We are working hard to make a new release in this week.

    • 3 posts
    February 23, 2015 7:52 PM CET

    I have had success with the adroid app with simple setups(acceleration and steering) using only one SBrick. I have an Asus tablet with Kitkat. This all ends when trying to get two Sbricks setup as with Jurgens Linkbelt excavator. With the designer program with custom features I will  try to get it going(I'm not going to work too hard on this BTW) but when you check out the profile for the iOS it's plain to see that it is well written and works well. How much time was put in for the development of the iOS version? There is a lot of Android user's out there that will expect a version just like the iOS and regular updates. This product is a fantastic wish come true for a lot of us MOC builders and we are all hoping that good quality app will happen soon!

    • 95 posts
    February 23, 2015 5:06 PM CET

    I pledged the Construction Crane and the F1 Racer Sets five monthes ago
    What do I have today?
    - One of the intruction book has messy pages
    - extra parts list is useless (png file)
    - Official remote profiles: not released yet
    - android app still alpha


    This post was edited by Frederic Ayrault at February 23, 2015 5:06 PM CET