Previously on Lemmy: Asus
Android tablets are devices that I don't know a lot about. I've seen plenty of them around, but I haven't seen many people actually use them, but I've seen plenty of iPads and sometimes Surfaces out in the wild. Many large Android manufacturers have tried, like Samsung and Huawei, but reception to them seems lurkwarm at best.
Tablets, to me, are more of media consumption devices than productivity devices. So, I guess the questions of the week would be, what is your experiences with Android tablets, and what are some features you are looking for in an Android tablet to make it worth buying?
Previously: Submission Statement Edition
Haven't done these in a while, so let's get started.
- Since we haven't really heard any feedback one way or the other, rule 8 is now official. To be fair, we've had a lot less microblog posts than I expected (only one Twitter/X post in the last month even after I waited longer than the initial 1-2 weeks expected, and that was a crosspost.)
- Again, the rules are always a work in progress, feel free to give your two cents here whenever you like.
- As you guys know, PipedLinkBot went completely insane 2 days ago and looks like it's temporarily shut down. So, I'd like to use this opportunity to explain why I banned the bot pretty much immediately after our community reopened. (And gloat a bit, of course)
Even though I do agree with the principle of using open source, privacy focused frontend instead of using Youtube directly, I have a real problem with using a bot to respond every time somebody posts a Youtube link. It feels like spam, and it doesn't feel like it serves any utility besides pushing an agenda (even though many people here would agree with it). Most people have seen it around here enough to use pipedvideo if they wanted it to use it already.
I think it's always been a rage inducing part of the reddit experience that you see you received a response to your comment, but only have it been a bot smugly correcting your grammar or tell you all your letters are in order or something useless like that. So, for this place, I would like to make sure that everyone you talk to here is a real person as much as possible, because people inspire people to be greater, but bots don't.
The mastodon thread has suggested replacements.
We all saw in the news that Simple Mobile Tools got acquired by ZipoApps and they started filling up the free apps with ads.
Luckily, being those apps open source, a new fork has been created.
It's called Fossify. They forked all the apps on GitHub and they have a new maintainer.
Now we just need to wait for their first official release and then... we need to spread the word and make people switch from the old SMT apps to Fossify!
Nothing makes sense. It's been oversimplified to the point where it's been dumbed down to its core.
I want to install native alpha plus but cannot purchase it as I don't have Google play services, and cannot build it from source as I don't have access to a computer. If this is not possible, could somebody please help me out and PM me a link to a compiled APK.
Since simple mobile tools will soon become a spyware and I use 3 of their apps regularly, yesterday I installed F-Droid after reading many Lemmy recommendations.
Wow, I'm pleasantly surprised.
A new app I've tested is Spotube (Spotify open source alternative; edit: apparently it uses Spotify metadata but it streams from YouTube. My bad.).
Any other underrated app y'all recommend?
I've been wanting to diversify my set of apps for a while now, and the recent purchase of SMT by ZipoApps finally gave me the push to do so.
And that's about it. I still need a replacement for Simple Dialer and Simple SMS Messenger (Contact You doesn't support MMS and it would be really nice to have MMS support), Simple Calculator, and Simple Notes (looking specifically for an app with a dedicated widget like the one SN has).
Can anyone recommend something for the apps I'm still missing?
I'm using Shelter on GrapheneOS to create the work profile, and when I go to screen record, most applications don't get their audio recorded, while a select few do. However those same applications get their audio recorded perfectly fine if they were in the main profile. Any solutions?
I use Google Photos as my photos app. I used to backup photos from another Android device when it was free to back up in reduced quality. I have noticed that some features (eg: Memories, face grouping, photo date editing) are only available for backed up photos, and not local ones. Is there a way to enable those features for local photos in Google Photos?
I've got a tablet with way more storage space than my phone. I'd like to be able to access all the files on it from my phone, just for viewing, without having to manually set up both devices for something cumbersome like TeamViewer. But also without having to use cloud storage. Is there any way to do this?
Simple Mobile apps have been very popular among FOSS enthusiasts. I've personally been using the Gallery, Contacts and the Phone app since a few years now. It's a shame that it has come to this, will be on the lookout for their forks.
cross-posted from: https://programming.dev/post/6749271
Intro about XDA forum (skippable)
I was using a lot
xda-developers.comfor anything that was related to Android development and phone support. (ROM etc..)
But it became rotten -->
Current situation ton Install another ROM ~OS
You need one that is specifically build for your devices for example: https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/
This is so inefficient !
You might have heard of Treble that focus on this problem
sadly it's made by google 👿 and I doubt that they will release all the code. We will see.
If you don't know what is AOSP <--
The question : How to install AOSP on a "Supported device"
I've always use only google-free smartphone ! But OMG it's time consuming.
- Found a smartphone ( with the spec you want and in your budget )
- Check if you can have\import it in your "country"
- Check if someone already cook a ROM that support that specific model
- or create it by yourself (even more time consuming )
- Sometimes: bypass any protection that prevent to install another ROM !
- Finally install the ROM's, boot loader etc...
At this time, when it seem that Treble is not there yet... Do you have a quicker path\Solution ?
Hi all. I recently got a Pixel 8, and it's my first ever Android phone. I'm loving it so far and glad I switched over. One thing that's honestly driving me crazy though is the photo picker. On iPhone it was easy to pick a photo directly within the Messages or any other app, either a recent one, a favorites one, or one from an album, with just a few taps. When I use the photo picker from within the Messages (or other app) on my Pixel, though, it feels incredibly convoluted. First it pulls up a grid of 5-ish recent pictures, followed by rows and rows of seemingly random pictures from the past 20 years. To get to my favorites, for instance, I have to tap on the folder icon, then tap the three dots, tap browse, tap Photos, tap Photos again, then tap favorites. Is this really how it's supposed to work, or is there a setting I can change somewhere? I've double checked that Messages has permission to access all photos and videos. Thanks in advance for any help!
Also from the official announcement (https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2023/11/28/open-extensions-on-firefox-for-android-debut-december-14-but-you-can-get-a-sneak-peek-today/ ):
Starting December 14, 2023, extensions marked as Android compatible on addons.mozilla.org (AMO) will be openly available to Firefox for Android users.
“We’ve been so impressed with developer enthusiasm and preparation,” said Giorgio Natili, Firefox Director of Engineering. “Just a few weeks ago it looked like we might have a couple hundred Android extensions for launch, but now we can safely say AMO will have 400+ new Firefox for Android extensions available on December 14. We couldn’t be more thankful to our developer community for embracing this exciting moment.”
In the latest Messages for Android Beta, scheduled send is broken due to a date validation bug. It won't let you schedule messages after today's date number in any month. So, for instance, today's date is 29 November, 2023; it won't allow any messages to be scheduled in December unless they're scheduled on the 29th, 30th, or 31st. Also, it won't allow any messages to be scheduled in 2024, for what I assume are similar reasons.
Reverting to the latest stable version fixes it and allows messages to be scheduled for any future date.
The only one that know is obtainium, but from what i understood it only fetches the latest version of an app and it doesn't even check if it gets installed correctly.
I'm also i'm concerned about the safety of the apks; i know that trusting the f droid repo isn't any safer than trusting the builds from the dev, but it would be nice to know if there is any way to check other than checking the code by hand.
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