Author Topic: Android has been around a long time by now and some things STILL have no fixes ?  (Read 1172 times)

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    At least that I have been able to find...

    Here's my least favourite one=>
    The teeny-weenie almost impossible to read phone statusbar.
    The thing is a useless waste of screen space as well as being a sort of torture device for anyone who must struggle to even read the tiny print or symbols in it.

    I've looked at many, many alternative launchers and all seem to keep this stinky thing - and the closest I've come to getting along with it is an app that opens it from an icon.

    Solution sought:
    How to either make it a bit bigger on my phone's tiny screen - or just hide it most of the time ?!?
    (Seems it can be customized via Xposed - but I wish there was a simpler way to just make it bigger !!)

    Another real goodie=>
    When connecting via Wifi, sometimes it will just try to get an IP address over & over & over endlessly without success.
    This can happen even when sitting right beside a strong signal source.
    The only way I've ever found to get around this is to manually assign IP values, then it will connect fine.

    Solution sought:
    Any trick or tool that will allow Android to connect to Wifi without any extra fuss and/or delay.

    This one is a pet peeve of mine:
    Endless, flashing/flickering in-app ads in supposedly 'free' apps !!
    I've searched for solutions numerous times and all I have found is folks debating about which ad blocker app & method is good vs. which one (in their opinion) sucks.

    Here is one possibly useful bit of info for this; its from a comment after just such an argumentative article:
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    I tried ad blockers in the past, but gave up them as being too much hassle.
    Then I was speaking to someone about the health ruining effects of flashing banner crap and how I could no longer use some apps because of it (they don’t always have a pay version), and they said I should try Mobiwol.
    So I looked at it in Google Play and thought, “No way! Too many suspicious permissions.” Then I carried on through the list and decided on NoRoot Firewall by Grey Shirts, which not only has no permissions (except perhaps Internet), it has no ads itself, there’s no blank space where the ads used to be (unlike with some ad blockers), and I can download any app that doesn’t want access to the dialler and texting because my privacy is assured.
    I’m telling you guys, use a selective firewall and you won’t want an ad blocker ever again.
    Plus the fact that Google can’t kick firewalls off of their market because ad blocking isn’t the only reason for them.

    Solution sought:
    Any good way to keep using such 'free' apps minus the crazymaking ads, and still for free.
    (Yes - I do know that devs depend upon these horrid things for income - but many devs do not offer a paid app at all and ONLY offer a 'free' app with these eye-paining things...)

    Thanks for any help with this annoying stuff !!
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    Wow - just found this:
    "Obtaining IP Address" loop fix"
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    Thanks for posting that Motorhead - I'll have to try that for sure !!
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    The status bar gets better as the Android version gets newer :P. Also, in AOSP land, we have what's known as "expanded mode" which puts it only a swipe away, but hides it for the majority of the time.
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    Thanks Motorhead.
    I am no sort of coder, dev or even close to any of that so AOSP is a very distant thing I can merely admire.

    For me to have anything Android a'tall the 1st qualification is low price as it is an option rather than a necessity - something to keep my mind engaged, a gentle activity possible for one who is at home most of the time.

    As luck would have it I was given a broken Nexus 7 tablet, and did get it to (mostly...) work again.
    It has downloaded the Lollipop update, but I have not allowed it to install as yet simply because I am uncertain that I want it.

    My 'daily drivers' are the L38C and L34C phones which cost very little yet work very well.
    This means that I am tweaking either version 2.3.6 or 4.4 .
    (I actually find the older one to be a bit easier to work with...this is just my own impression though.)

    It continues to amaze me that something so seemingly simple as the properties of the statusbar can not be altered in ways to make it more visible for older folks like myself whose eyes cannot read such tiny things without a magnifier.

    Thanks for replying, and Best Wishes.
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