Screebl Pro has Been Released! Print E-mail

Screebl Lite has been cranking along for over three months now.  Since it's release a lot has happened, and we've learned a lot about what it takes to nurse a little utility application into a product.  Before I go into what is contained in the next major release of Screebl (it's some pretty cool stuff), let me hit on the highlights of what Screebl Lite has done so far...

  • Screebl Lite has been downloaded over 20,000 times, and thousands of you use it every day. 
  • I've received hundreds of questions, high-fives, suggestions, and death threats.  Much of that feedback has made its way directly back in to the product.
  • Screebl has been localized by native speakers of five different languages. 
  • Screebl has been reviewed six times, by a variety of online publications, including AndroidGuys, AndroidTapp, Phandroid, KnowYourMobile, BrightHub, and (Japanese).
  • Screebl came in 5th in its category in the Android Developer Challenge 2, just behind a smokin' hot digital secretary.

Now how could things possibly get any better, you might ask?  Well we've been hard at work scraping together Screebl Pro, and there are some really cool things to be excited about...

Why Go Pro? Print E-mail

Screebl Lite has been cranking along for quite some time now.  From coming in 5th in its category in ADC2 to the hundreds-of-thousands of times that the app has been downloaded, it's been really fun watching this innovative little utility spread throughout the Android community.

We often get the question "why should I upgrade to Screebl Pro?".  We think that there are lots of great reasons, including supporting continued enhancement and bug fixes.

In a nutshell, you get the following Pro-only features:

o  Locale/Tasker Integration - Include Screebl detection capabilities as you configure your phone.  Your imagination is the limit!

o  Screen Timeout Control - You are in control of how fast your screen times out after your phone is moved out of a configured Screebl range.

o Icon Customization - Choose how you want your icons to look in the notification bar.

o Improved Detection Algorithm - Bed reading, lying on your right side, and other tricky detection scenarios work better in Screebl Pro.  You have move control over Axis Variance, the key parameter that makes these work.

Here's a detailed description of the enhanced features that you will get ONLY in Screebl Pro...

Screebl Finishes 5th in Its Category in ADC2! Print E-mail

Well, the Android Developer Challenge is over, and unfortunately Screebl was not in the money this year.  We were close, coming in at 5th (prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category).  That at least puts us on the first page of rank ordered finalists.

Google chose to not put a link from the contest results to the developers' web sites, so placing well hasn't helped much in promoting Screebl.  It was a fun ride though, and a lot was learned.  Thanks for all of your votes!

Screebl Power Saving Study Results Print E-mail

Recently, the Android Guys published a review of Screebl.  At the end of that review they mentioned that they planned to do an evaluation of my claim that Screebl can save power under common usage patterns.  Well, Android Guys have yet to follow through on their evaluation, but I've been meaning to do a study myself for some time now, and I've finally gotten around to it. Here are the results...

Screebl User Instructions Print E-mail

Screebl Overview

What is Screebl?

Screebl is an application that was written to do exactly one thing:  keep my phone's screen from locking (turning off) when I'm using it. 

I loved my T-Mobile G1 when I got it, with a few very annoying exceptions.  Most of all I hated the short battery life, so I did everything that I could to increase it.  This included dropping the screen timeout as low as it could go: 15 seconds.  For those of you that have done this in the interest of conserving battery, you know that the result is repetetive screen timeouts whenever you're doing something that doesn't involve touching the screen.  Things like looking at or showing someone a picture, watching a web page load over a slow connection, reading a long email, etc.  I disliked the interruptions enough that I usually ended up raising the timeout back to a higher value, and that wasn't good for battery life.

It occured to me one day that I always held the phone in the same position when using it.  This observation was the basis for Screebl.  Screebl is a background service that monitors the phone's orientation, and based on that orientation decides when to allow the phone's power-saving features to operate.

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