Jun
21
2011

Bug fixes in Wifi Reconnect Widget 1.3.2

Another fast release! It really helps to have live feedback and tests from a dedicated user. For this new version, no new feature, only bug fixes. Both were related to the new “status bar notification feature”.

First, a little change I did in 1.3.1 made it so that the notification entry was not shown in the list when you pulled down the notification bar. It’s now fixed. Yeah!

Second, you shouldn’t get a blank icon splitting your other notification icons on the top bar if you chose the “yes, but no icon” option. A little bit cleaner that way, no?

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Jun
18
2011

Wifi Reconnect Widget 1.3.1 just released

Well, that was a fast one! User Paulo Braga nicely provided the Brazilian Portuguese translations, and suggested a couple of fixes in the UI and some texts. His feedback was integrated in this new version. Enjoy!

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Jun
08
2011

Wifi Reconnect Widget 1.3 now available

I know this whole project seemed dead, but it was not! That said, this new version is not the fruit of months and months of labor, but simply the implementation of a nice feature suggested by a (most probably) nice user, Paulo. With this new version, you’ll be able to access the widget’s features directly from the notification bar, meaning that, assuming you have access to that bar from within the application you’re running, you won’t have to leave it to reach the widget on your home screen. Simply pull the notification bar, then click on the (optional) Wifi Reconnect notification, and ta-dah! The reconnection process will launch.

Please note that after updating, you might have to remove-then-add the widget from your home screen, and/or reboot your device, for the application to work correctly. This is due to the fact that I had to refactor a lot of the underlying structure, and it seems the Android OS cannot easily “hot-change” a running process/service… or maybe I just haven’t found how to do it properly. In any cases, re-adding the widget and rebooting the device should do the trick, until I can figure out a clean way to do things.

Thanks all for your patience, and I hope this new feature will please you.

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Sep
02
2010

Wifi Reconnect Widget 1.2 finally ready!

After more than two months in the making (albeit very part-time), this new version is hot and live. It includes the requests I got, either by email or by reading the comments left on the market. Here’s a quick run-down of the changes, and what it means (maybe) to you.

Faster reconnection
If the wifi is already enabled, the connection to a known wifi network will happen much faster than before. Now, I scan the networks *for real*, instead of just turning the wifi off then on again.

Configurable
When you’ll add the widget on your home screen, you’ll be able to configure its the behaviour. This includes how it should notify you, if it must display the connected network name or not, and how much time it should keep trying to connect before deciding that it’s enough.

Network name label
If configured as such, the widget can display the name of the wifi network the device is connected to. This can be useful if you want to make sure you’re not connected on the wrong network by accident.

Can be launched as an application
This one may seem to make no sense, but check this: If you’re using an automatic app launcher/configuration modifier (such as Locale, Profiles Manager, etc.), you cannot ask it to tap a widget, but you can tell it to launch an application. By launching the Wifi Reconnect Widget application, you’ll have the exact same behavior as if you tapped it from your home screen. Neat, eh?

I still have a couple of ideas to could be implemented in a future version (check this), but I’ll take a little break from it right now. However, if you have any request, or any bug to report, please do so (by email, so I can ask you for details if needed, etc.). Also, I’ll be happy to accept any help to localize/translate this application in any other language than English and French.

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Aug
26
2010

The new Wifi Reconnect Widget is coming soon, I promise!

Sorry, I know there haven’t been an update since… a long time. I got the next version almost ready; I just want to test it as much as I can before releasing it. I don’t want to break anyone’s working setup or anything, so I’ve installed the latest build on my on device, with different configurations (yes, it will be configurable), and I try to trigger the reconnection in a lot of different circumstances: when there’s a wifi network in full force, no network, only protected ones, etc. I also try to remove and re-add widgets, add more than one… Let’s just say I try to cover most cases before the release. Believe me, this new (upcoming) version will be worth the wait!

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Jun
30
2010

Aaargh, I broke (then repaired) Wifi Reconnect Widget!

Yeah, sorry… The last update was broken. It seems it’s not easy to do reliable tests for wifi connections. Anyway, it’s now fixed and available on the Android Market, as the 1.1.1 version. Sorry for those who had the broken version (for the couple of hours it was available). However, that means the “faster reconnection” announced in that version had to be roll-backed to the 1.0 build, which is, to be honest, a little slow… I’ll be working on it shortly, but right now, the bed is calling.

As for this new version, please report any bug you may find. It will be my pleasure to fix them, so we can all enjoy a nice and mostly bug free tool. And, if you’re so inclined, I’d gladly appreciate help for localizing (translating) Wifi Reconnect Widget. There’s not much to do (about ten-or-so sentences), and I’m sure a lot of people would appreciate an experience in their own language. Thanks!

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Jun
29
2010

Wifi Reconnect Widget updated to 1.1

A couple of optimizations (mainly, a faster reconnection), a couple of bug fixes (mainly, the dreaded infinite scan)… See the full change log here.

Now available on the Android Market.

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Jun
26
2010

Wifi Reconnect Widget 1.0 released

My very first app, Wifi Reconnect Widget, is now available of the Android Market, for the sweet price of free. Enjoy!

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