[NTLK] New version of Einstein for Android

Matthias Melcher mm at matthiasm.com
Thu Dec 27 05:36:54 EST 2012

On 27.12.2012, at 06:09, Michael Hurley <mephit at mac.com> wrote:

> On Dec 26, 2012, at 9:50 PM, joe kallo wrote:
> On my Samsung Galaxy SII I can get to the program menu OK but haven't yet figured out how to install the 2010 patch. I'll give it a few more tries before I start bugging the list, though.

Ah, I did not know that newer machines have no longer a menu button. I will check what the Android docs say. This should be easily fixable.

I am glad it is running on a Note II so nicely. I might even just jump int the store today and get one. This will entice me even more to fix the menu issue ;-) . How the heck do I get the purchases from one machine to the other though? 

> First impression is that it's much faster than the previous version but the screen size does make for a bit of difficulty trying to use a non-stylus machine. If I had something like a Note, I think this would work great. With my finger it's a bit hard to hit targets accurately on the 4" screen.

Yes, the NewtoOS was not made for a small screen, and there is no way to shrink the UI in a sensible way, other than just scaling it down.

> Also, is there a way to turn off the Newton Background Service? It's a cool idea, but I don't want the app running all the time ever time I launch it. Sometimes I do want to straight-up quit it.

I will add that as an option to the preferences. Also, there will be a "Quit" option in the Einstein Menu. Lastly, the NewtonOS Extras menu also has a "Quit Einstein" item (which does not do anything in Android Einstein yet). 

The service will eventually have the additional benefit of handling NewtonOS alarms, so that a calendar entry in NewtonOS will actually wake the phone and resume the emulator with the corresponding message. Put that's in the future... .

 - Matthias

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