Elixir and E-Robot for Android by Tamás Barta

19Apr/127

Elixir 2.16 is available

What is new

  • Recent tasks: new screen; new option in running applications widget; new recent application widget
  • Stay awake: new stay awake toggle with wake lock feature; available for widgets, profiles and device information screen
  • New refresh widget toggle with the option to refresh the current widget or every widgets
  • Usb tethering toggle fix for ICS using the system add-on
  • System add-on: download apk, usb tethering toggle for ICS
  • Other small changes, bugfixes (sd mount toggle)

Recent applications

There is a new recent tasks screen available from Elixir 2 if you click on the running icon on the main page. This screen displays recent tasks with the most recent being first and older ones after in order:

The Running applications widget has a new recent applications option. If you select this option then clicking on the icon will open a dialog with recent applications:

And there is a new Recent application widget which displays an application from the recent applications list. You can set the index of the application in the recent applications list and the refresh rate too. Adding multiple icons with this type to your widget will create a dynamic list of applications which changes from time to time:

Stay awake

You can change stay awake setting from Elixir now. If you open the device information screen and click on the battery or display row there is a new Change stay awake option where you can change this setting:

This toggle can be used in widgets too:

You can set to toggle between states or to open the setting dialog:

There is a stay awake always option which uses the wake lock method to keep your device awake. Don't use this setting for long because it can drain your battery faster.

Refresh widget toggle

There is a new Refresh widget toggle you can use in widgets. If you click on the toggle then the widget will be refreshed or you can set if you would like to refresh every other widgets too. It can be useful if you use icons with refresh rates, for example Unread email count, Memory, Running applications, etc and set refresh rate to a large value. In this case you can refresh the state of these icons by clicking on the refresh toggle.

System add-on

The new release of system add-on makes it possible to download system add-on apk if you would like to use the adb tool to convert it to a system app. This version makes it possible for ICS devices to toggle usb tethering too.

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4Apr/120

Elixir 2.15 is available

What is new

  • New widgets: usb debugging toggle, data roaming toggle, background data toggle
  • System add-on: gps, usb debugging, data romaing and background data toggles work with one-click if you convert this add-on to a system application
  • Statusbar and shortcut widgets: the notification area (on ICS) and widget window closes automatically if you click on an icon
  • Applications screen: sort by code/cache/data/total size
  • Open "Data usage" screen on ICS from device information screen and action picker
  • Widget customization: setting of maximize icons without label or not
  • Other small changes, bugfixes

New toggles

There are three new toggles which can be used in widgets:

  • usb debugging toggle
  • data roaming toggle
  • background data toggle

All of these toggles opens the settings screen by default because only system applications can change these settings. If you have a rooted device then there is a way to make them work directly. The following section will describe this method.

System add-on

A new System add-on is released which is a very minimal add-on to Elixir 2 and Elixir 2 - Widgets. If you have a rooted, s-off device then you can convert this application to a system application using Titanium backup pro, adb tool or other method. Of course you can convert the main app or the widget app to a system application too but there are few advantages to use the system add-on:

  • you need to convert only this add-on and my other apps can use this feature without converting them too
  • this add-on has a very small size and it is possible that the system partition doesn't have a lot of free space

Converting to a system application makes it possible to change the following settings directly:

  • toggle gps
  • toggle background data
  • toggle data roaming
  • toggle usb debugging

Statusbar/Shortcut widgets

Statusbar widgets works as expected (directly from the notification area) only from ICS. From this version of Elixir 2 if you click on an icon of the statusbar widget then the notification area will be closed automatically. It is very useful if you click on an application launcher or any other icon which opens a new screen. The situation is not so clear if you click on a toggle. Somebody wants to close the notification area in this case, somebody doesn't. So there is a new Always close widget option on the widget editor which determines if you would like the widget to be closed if you click on a toggle or not:

The same method is working for shortcut widgets too or for statusbar widgets which can open only widget window (pre-ICS devices).

Sort applications by different sizes

Now you can sort applications by cache / code / data / total size if you click on the list icon in the header:

Maximize icons without label or not

The new setting is useful only when there are icons with and without label in the same row. For example if you put a status widget and a toggle widget in the same row and set hide toggle labels. You can set if you would like the toggle icon to be the same size as other icons or it should be maximized. You can see on the screenshots how this setting works:

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