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Oct 9 19

Fuzzy Watchfaces for Sony SmartWatch2 update

by eir

I published an update of the Fuzzy Watchfaces app for Sony SmartWatch2, which features a typo in the German Watchface, and adds a new language – Macedonian. These Watchfaces are my favourite, and the ones I most often use on my watch.

I was unpleasantly surprised to see the Sony SmartWatch2 app missing from Google’s Play Store (if you need it, you can download it from Sony’s site)… That just speaks of the abandonment of this platform by Sony itself.

SmartWatch2 is the best smart watch I’ve used, and also the best smart watch platform, in my opinion.

Thus, this is a sad development of events. I assume the reason are the new policies enforced by Google:

  1. The Play Store requires all new updates to target at least Android 8.0, while
  2. Android 8.0 is more restrictive towards background processes, and hinders the SmartWatch apps from functioning properly.

Therefore, there will be no updates to the SmartWatch apps, as I won’t be able to publish a functional version on the Play Store.

That said, if you happen to be a user of the Fuzzy Watchfaces app, and face any issues with the latest update, write me an email and I will provide you with an APK, which is unacceptable on the Play Store, but it’s perfectly functional on all Android devices.

Oct 5 19

End of support for Garmin Connect IQ apps

by eir

I have to announce the end of support for the Garmin Connect IQ apps I have developed. The overall user experience has proved to be not pleasing. The main reason for this is the way the Garmin watches communicate with the phone. In order to save energy and increase battery life, the Bluetooth communication between the Garmin watches and the Garmin host app on the phone is reduced to a pretty low frequency. That is enough for simple data exchange, but this proves to be overall insufficient for the type of apps I develop, where it is expected that this Bluetooth communication is instantaneous. With a little patience, this all works out well in general, but it seems that on many devices it takes more time waiting for the connection to be established than the actual operation that should be taking place. Since there is nothing I can do to improve this behaviour, I made the decision to remove my apps from the store.

Here’s a reminder how this could work fine.

Sep 8 18

iOS and dialing companion apps removed from the App Store

by eir

Unfortunately, I had to remove my iOS Companion app for Garmin Connect IQ and Pebble from the Apple App Store. The reason are the recent changes in the iOS system that pose additional restrictions to dialing apps, by requiring that the requested number dialing is confirmed by tapping on the phone screen, which defies the sole purpose for the existence of these dialing apps that I had developed.

The restrictions were neither present nor announced at the time I developed and published my apps on the App Store, thus I could not have been aware that my apps would be rendered useless due to some new iOS modifications.

Apart from that, I experienced attempts to block the development of companion apps for Garmin devices. The mere existence of the Garmin API in the app was a reason for my apps to be rejected from the App Store. That was also something new for me, which hindered me to publish any updates. The reason for the rejection was:

We were required to install Garmin Connect Mobile before we could use your app. Apps should be able to run on launch, without requiring additional apps to be installed.

The reason for the rejection is contrary to the developer documentation for the Garmin Connect IQ API, and renders this whole chapter useless: http://developer.garmin.com/connect-iq/programmers-guide/ios-sdk-guide/

I addressed Garmin at many levels, and they were not able to help me with this issue.

Apr 26 18

Minor fix for the Email Writer for Sony SmartWatch app

by eir

Since there was a change in Google’s system of authentication, if your Email Writer for Sony SmartWatch app starts malfunctioning, just reinstall it, and make sure to allow the permissions, as shown on this screen.

Feb 20 17

iOS Companion app for Garmin Connect IQ dialing apps

by eir

Here’s an iOS companion app for few of my dialing apps for Garmin Connect IQ watches.

A brief demonstration:

Dialing Hub for Garmin Connect IQ

Feb 18 17

Pebble Speed Dial app for iOS

by eir

Announcing the iOS companion app for my Pebble SpeedDial app. Until now, only Android Pebble users were able to make use of this tiny, but effective, Pebble app.

One might ask “why develop for Pebble, isn’t Pebble an obsolete device?” Well, Pebble watches are not produced any more, but there are quite a bit that are still in use. Pebble does not offer support for them, but I don’t expect them to simply fall apart. They will last for a little while more, for sure. I’ve seen reports claiming that once Pebble company is no more, the watch would have no functions due to some “gone servers”. That’s rubbish.

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Enjoy your Pebble, now with this Speed Dialing for iOS.
Speed Dial is available on the Pebble appstore SpeedDial Pebble

Feb 2 17

Eir Fast Dialer for iPhone

by eir

I got myself an iPhone recently, in order to do some smart-watch related development. But, I stumbled upon the same issue as I did when I got my first Android phone – the useless dialer. My approach was the same, as with the Android phone – after not finding in the App Store something that suits my needs, I created my own 🙂 Since the Fast Dialer app already exists for Android, the main logic was already there, I just needed to translated it into Objective C, which turned out to be not such a difficult task.

The end product has the same main functionality as the Android app: search using two languages keyboards at the same time, with one significant addition: one can choose a first language different than English / Latin based. That means that you can set your two language combination to be Russian – Hebrew, for example. Quite nice.

The search by numbers and search with wildcard modes are also available.

Other than that, the app theming is much alike the Android app, with initial choice of only 3 themes, but with more to come if there is interest.

There are some iOS limitations that significantly affect the app:
1. The access to the call log is prohibited, for security reasons. This beats me, its ridiculous. Some app can have access to the list of contacts, and the internet at the same time, enabling the leaking of personal information, but an app that has no internet access, is not allowed to access the call log? Makes no sense.
Anyway, the lack of the recent call list is not trivial, so my Eir Fast Dialer app cannot fully replace the default Dialer app. Pity.

2. There is no sorting of contacts based on the frequency of calls. I guess this is relation to the first point. It also shows how much more advanced system Android is in comparison to iOS.

Anyway, the app is already my default dialer app, try it out yourselves:

Eir Fast Dialer

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Jun 29 16

Древний Патерик

by eir

Это знаменитый Алфавитный патерик (Изречения Отцов, Апофтегмата Патрум или Геронтикон, или наконец просто Патерик), но изложенный не по персоналиям, а тематически. Одна из центральных книг Церкви, вобравшая в себя опыт величайших подвижников. Никая другая книга (кроме Библии) не переписывалась христианами так часто как Патерик. Это собрания крайне простых, лаконичных слов.
300-titleДоступный всем, Патерик напоминает самые основы христианской этики – написанный огнём Духа, Патерик содержит величайшие Его откровения. Древний Патерик – по сути ряд коротеньких историй или высказываний Отцов Пустыни. Интересно, что эти Отцы – почти все копты (коренные жители Египта), часто просто безграмотные – однако именно к ним стремились попасть лучшие представител античной интеллигенции. Хаушер, исследователь восточнохристиаснкой духовности писал о значании Патерика: “если изучаете историю духовности или духовной жизни Церкви, увидете, что что каждый раз, когда в Церкви наступает духовное возрождение, отцы пустыни становятся заново актуальными, либо вследствии этого возрождения, либо как его причина, или и то, и другое одновременно”.

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Древний Патерик для Android

Древний Патерик для iPhone

Древний Патерик для Windows Phone

Apr 5 16

Fuzzy Watchfaces for Android Wear

by eir

My first Android Wear app, or Watchface bundle, to be precise. I’ve been told that other kind-of fuzzy watchfaces do exist for Android Wear, but they’re not as beautiful as this app 😉

Check it out!
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Get the app from the Google Play store:
Get the app from Google Play!

Mar 5 16

The coolest app for Sony SmartWatch, yet

by eir

Presenting to you the coolest, yet, app for Sony’s SmartWatch devices (1 and 2, SmartWatch 3 is running Android Wear, thus it is not supported). Installing the Android Wear app, however, might improve this app’s functionality.

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The app enables you to reply to messages from many different sources

  • E-mail
  • Text messages (SMS)
  • Skype
  • Viber
  • Whatsapp
  • Messenger (Facebook)
  • Telegram
  • Hangouts

and more!

You can reply by either selecting from a set of predefined messages, or type the message on your watch, using the advanced T9 keyboard with spelling suggestions, available for a number of languages:

  • English
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • German
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Greek
  • Serbian
  • Croatian
  • Slovenian

Get the app from the Google Play store:
Get the app from Google Play!