Android Beta 0.9 is available!

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We're literally days, perhaps even hours, away from our public release of Android. An email update will go out to all our Android Beta testers soon with info on what features are included and what the next steps are for everyone.

Most importantly to most of you is that we've removed the persistent system tray notification after hearing loud and clear that you all weren't fans of that solution. This means there's a chance Android could kill the app in the background but we're hoping this will be minimal. We've got some firmware updates coming down the road that will further help us address this issue.

New in 0.9:

  • General bug fixes and stability improvements

  • Removed system tray notification

  • MIL Improvements



Note: It may take a few hours to show up for everyone.

As always, contact android.help@automatic.com or let us know here if you experience any issues. Thanks for being a Beta tester!

Haven't joined the Beta but want in?
Please go to our Android Beta Google Group and join! Please be sure to read the Known Issues post before installing the app.

Read up on past releases here, here, here, and here.
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Posted 4 years ago

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Well drat and fiddlesticks! I really liked that icon. Can't you make it a configurable option? It never caused a bit of trouble for me.

Cheers,
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They should at least add a status bar option to allow us to hide it. It's only slightly annoying as you can't dismiss the notification.
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I've come to like the status bar icon while I am driving. I agree with Eagle One that it should be a configurable option. I still would like to see a way to exit/close the app when not driving and some way to use Trigger or Tasker to automate the closing of the app when my phone is not in drive mode. Thanks Automatic for all the hard work your putting into this app! :)
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I also am in support of the Waiting for a Drive... Currently Driving... Notification bar line. Or have show up once a drive is detected.
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Same here, please bring the notification back ONLY WHEN DRIVING, that would be ideal :)
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Sherry McDonald

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I get the announcements but can never find the downloads. Where is the actual download for beta Automatic
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Go to the Google Play Store. The update was waiting for me to approve it.
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Went to the store at 1246. It registered at 1.7 miles. Came back at 1301 and it registered 1.0 miles on the return. Since I did not notice any spacial anomalies nor traverse any wormholes on the way home I wonder why the mileage was off.

Cheers,
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It looks like Automatic took a bit longer to properly connect on your return which is why it shows as a bit shorter. If by chance you do remember any wormholes or anomalies, let us know the coordinates so we can account for these in the future.
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Well played, well played indeed...
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You could try using airplane mode and cycle on/off before trips. Usually that works to remedy many problems including a slow cell phone connection.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Beta 0.9.


So I got the 0.9 Beta this morning but no blog info. Whazzup
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What do you mean no blog info, Ken?
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No crashes. 1 minute delay but all good.
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Amy

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Hooray! Glad we got that remedied for you! :)
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I think the notification would be good to show only when we are driving to ensure that our trip is being recorded. But if I am not driving it was super annoying.
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For those that just received their new Automatic device as part of the Andriod campaign and the e-mail that indicated v0.9 was available for use, how do we get access to the Beta Google group? I follow the link given in the original topic post and all I get is a Google message that this is a private group of which I am not a member.
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Hi Chad - were you wanting to get the public production release of the app or join the Alpha? We'll be phasing out the Beta.
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Chad C

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The public production release will do nicely. I just needed to search farther down the search list results for all of the applications named "Automatic." Problem solved. Thanks for pointing my nose in the right direction.
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You're welcome! Sorry about the confusion.
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Hi All. Many of you likely saw the email we sent announcing the public release of the Android 0.9 app! You can find it in the Google Play Store.

If you've been enjoying testing and would like be part of our Alpha program, please go here and request to join. (Apologies if some of you tried to do it earlier and didn't see that option. It was set to "invite only" but has since been changed.)
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We've got a new update topic about the public launch of 0.9.

If you've been in our Beta, please get on the main public app or request to join the Alpha this weekend. We'll likely be shutting the Beta Google Group down next week.

Thanks all!

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