Sprint rolls out Android Pie to S8, S8+ and Note 8 on March 26th

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  1. headcronie

    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    Just rolled it out yesterday, and I just happened to manually check yesterday. Grabbed it mid afternoon away from my charger, sitting in the bowels of an older school building with poor cell reception. 1.71GB download.

    The update went very quick. Took less time to upgrade the OS, than it did to install Finale 26 by MakeMusic.

    Now my UI is changed. I must be getting old... time to learn where things are again. My 6am alarm went off, and this morning, I couldn't silence it fast enough as in my blurred 'I just woke up, I can't see anything' groggy state, I couldn't discern where the dismiss button moved to. Needless to say, my better half work up due to this.

    I'll need to investigate what changed, and what is new.

    Anyone got any info on what is new in Pie?
     
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  2. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    How's the Pie today? Tasty, I hope! :)
     
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  3. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    I can recommend 'Alarm Clock Xtreme' -- but like my OS, I run an older version (although I did recently (unexpectedly!) receive from Samsung opportunities to update security and OS version…)

     
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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    So, first observation...

    Volume options in alarm clock have changed. Option for slowly increasing volume is gone. I was wondering why my first alarm was blaring, rather than starting quietly and increasing volume. Why... would you remove that? I'd rather not have to use a 3rd party utility for something so simple. :eek:
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    https://support.avg.com/support_Android_Alarm_Clock_Xtreme?l=en

    my version is 3.1g, and doesn't have the stopwatch function, neither does it have the ability to use an on-line radio station as the alarm-sound. but it does start softly and increase in volume, if set that way. if you want that version (which was free and didn't require registration or anything). let me know and I can get it to you (assuming you can side-load [right terminology, yes?]). current version in Play store, below -- they also offer a paid version now.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alarmclock.xtreme.free&hl=en_US
     
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  6. headcronie

    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    For an alarm clock app,the permissions requested seem to be overly expansive?
    Alarm clock needs GPS, contacts, accounts, camera?

    This app has access to:
    [​IMG]Identity
    • find accounts on the device
    [​IMG]Calendar
    • read calendar events plus confidential information
    [​IMG]Contacts
    • find accounts on the device
    [​IMG]Location
    • precise location (GPS and network-based)
    [​IMG]Phone
    • read phone status and identity
    [​IMG]Photos/Media/Files
    • read the contents of your USB storage
    • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
    [​IMG]Storage
    • read the contents of your USB storage
    • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
    [​IMG]Camera
    • take pictures and videos
    [​IMG]Wi-Fi connection information
    • view Wi-Fi connections
    [​IMG]Device ID & call information
    • read phone status and identity
    Other
    • receive data from Internet
    • view network connections
    • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
    • full network access
    • run at startup
    • control vibration
    • prevent device from sleeping
    • set an alarm
    • install shortcuts
    • view network connections
    • pair with Bluetooth devices
    • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
    • disable your screen lock
    • full network access
    • change your audio settings
    • run at startup
    • control vibration
    • prevent device from sleeping
    • modify system settings
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Yikes! my version, from the days prior to AVG being the app owner (used to be anglelabs), has these below:
    • read phone status and identity;
    • pair with BT devices;
    • mod or del the contents of your SD card;
    • disable your lock screen; run at startup;
    • prevent phone from sleeping (I'm gonna that real soon -- townhall meeting..)
    • ;control vibration;
    • change audio settings;
    • modify system settings
     
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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    Yeah... that's a bit over the top. AVG has taken a massive reputation hit lately. This doesn't help their situation at all. :(
     
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    internetpilot Flying Dog (...duh...)

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    I'm pretty sure I used to use Alarm Clock Extreme, but they really botched the whole battery optimization thing that was part of Nougat (right? or was it Marshmallow?) and the app became extremely unreliable for a rather long time. Not just bashing that app/developer, it was the same thing with most alarm clock apps at the time. The first one to resolve these issues was Alarm Plus Millennium, so I went with them and didn't bother switching back when Alarm Clock Extreme finally got their stuff together.
     
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    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    It feels like battery life has improved with this update. I wasn't expecting that and it may be anecdotal, but I will take it. Night mode, and having the always on display only activate after touch are two things that probably lead to these findings.
     

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