I already wrote about the topic “rooting of Android” in 2013. Since then the direction of Android itself changed a lot.
Things which where not very popular yet five years ago are now quite normal: films are being watched on mobile devices with services such as Netflix and games like Pokémon GO generate huge sales (as of the end of 2017 about 890 million USD). For the providers of such services, it is of course important that the data of the apps are not accessible by third parties – for example to protect DRM mechanisms.
Another area are payment services, such as Google Pay, which got introduced in 2015 – and again, it is important that no third party can access confidential data.
In September 2017 a security hole concerning Bluetooth was discovered in Android and published under the name “BlueBorne”. Unfortunately Sony decided not to provide any updates for the Xperia Z3 Compact anymore, as the device was already too old after nearly 3 years on the market (also see my other post about this).
Recently someone informed me via Github about a copy of Periodical on Google Play, which was published as “Period Tracker” – however without the modified source code and without mentioning the original source, which is a clear violation of the GPL.
After a longer break I finally extended “Periodical” by the functions which already have been planned for a while:
- single days can be added to a period or removed from a period individually.
- days of the period can be marked with an invididual intensity.
- the calendar shows the current day of the cycle.
- you can add notes and symptoms to every day in the calendar.
The new version is available as download or at Google Play. F-Droid will follow soon.
Some time ago, a severe security problem was discovered in Bluetooth devices, which had been given the name “Blueborne” by their discoverers. Operating systems like Linux and Windows already got security updates. Android is theoretically also fixed already – however, only by Google and the devices sold under their name. For devices from other manufacturers the situation is worse if the device has been on the market for more than 2 years.
Recently I experienced this again: after opening Firefox on my Android smartphone there was a notice about a new contribution in the “IRL podcast”.
Even though this is not a commercial ad but an offcial podcast by Mozilla (also see https://irlpodcast.org) it is still irritating when such notices appear.
Periodical now also supports Japanese (thanks to Naofumi Fukue for the translation).
For a while I’ve been using Firefox as browser in Android – also because you can use AddOns like uBlock Origin there.
Today Periodical 0.30 was published. Changes included:
- You can change the length of the luteal phase if it does not match the standard value of 14 days.
- In Android 6 or later the required permission for data backup is requested if needed.
- The wrong sort order in the list view with the calendar entries was fixed.
Today Periodical 0.24 was released. When you have look at the issue list in Github, you notice that there is some activity on this project and some new features will hopefully be implemented soon (e.g. adding notes, integration in regular calendars, reminder for birth control pill etc.).