vzMediaScan 3.0.0 Published!

vzMediaScan App Icon

After 2.5 years, finally I am able to finish working on the new version. This is mainly to fix the problem introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop that empty folder will turn into file after scan.

Others changes include support of runtime permission in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and also IDE change from Eclipse to Android Studio. Well but IDE change doesn’t affect the user anyway.

You can get the latest version of the app from Google Play below.
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hk.zst.vzmediascan

vzMediaScan 2.0.0 Published!

vzMediaScan App Icon

Finally I am able to squeeze some time working on the new version. The old trick doesn’t work on Android 4.4 KitKat due to security issue. I searched the web for some solution and insight and finally figured out the way myself. Anyway the app is working now on Android 4.4 KitKat and hopefully without any issues or bugs. If you find any, would be the best if you could report to me.

You can see the app from Google Play below.
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hk.zst.vzmediascan

vzMediaScan 1.1.0 Published!

vzMediaScan App Icon

Last week my Nexus 4 finally received the OTA to upgrade to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. It is great but for my apps on Play Store they just not that great with the new KitKat.

Android KitKat changed the system behavior due to security concern and as a result vzMediaScan will crash if you perform immediate media scan. Fixing the crash is easy but having the media scanning working again is another story. Anyway here is a new version which fixed the app crashing problem. I have also restricted the new version to Android 4.3 and below. I will have the app support Android 4.4 later on. Well but that’s gonna to be a long way.

You can see the app from Google Play below.
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hk.zst.vzmediascan

vzMediaScan 1.0.0 Published!

vzMediaScan App Icon

This app has been ready for sometime but it lack an icon. I was waiting for one from my friend but now, the date will never come. Anyway I got no graphical skill for the icon design and therefore just use a simple text as the icon.

I was using Nexus S before and after switching to Nexus 4, I encountered a problem that the deleted files sometimes still appear in the file explorer on the PC. It is the problem that the media store is not updated. There are a number of apps that helps to force a media scan, but none of them is able to set a schedule to scan automatically. Therefore here is a little app I wrote for myself to set the scheduled scan and forget the out-of-sync media store when I need to access the file from PC.

You can download the app from the below link after Google has finish processing my new published app.
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hk.zst.vzmediascan

vzClock 2.1.1 Published!

vzClock App IconWell while I was working on the old vClcok to add 4×2 widget, I discovered a bug in vzClock in handling 2 widgets of different size. Not sure if this is lucky or not, this bug will never happen on some Android because a bug on Android which prevent it from happening! I cannot rule out that there are some other Android OS from other vender which actually discovered and fixed the bug so I am releasing a new version to fix the bug.

Below is a change log in version 2.1.1:

  • [Fix] Fixed a bug when user delete all widget of one type, the another type of widget will stop working
  • [Change] Minor UI change

Fixing no Notification on new Hangout app on Android Phone

A few months back, Google released Hangout app on Android which replaced the old Google Talk app. The new Hangout app is good, but in some case you might found that you did not receive any notification when new message came.

After some trial and error, I found that it is actually related to the notification sound in which the Hangout app shows that you have selected a notifications sound but actually none was selected behind the scene.

So to fix the issue, here is the step:

  1. In your Hangout app, go to Setting and select your account
  2. Click on the notification sound for hangout notification. You will notice that although it displayed a sound to play, when the list of sound is shown, the default selection is actually map to no sound
  3. Select the sound you want to play
  4. Repeat step 2 and step 3 for video call as well if you need to

vClock 1.4 Published!

vClock App IconMy friend recently asked me if this app got a larger clock for him. This feature is already exists in my new vzClock but sadly his phone is Samsung Galaxy S which is still running Android 2.x. I thought it would be easy to add a 4×2 widget without redesigning but end up spending around 3 hours. Anyway here is the new release and help some other people who want a 4×2 widget are happy as well.

Below is a change log in version 1.4:

+ Added 4×2 size widget
! Bugs fix