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InfiniTime 1.7 "Jackfruit" - Motion service, buttonHandler and new torchlight

November 13, 2021 — Nico Cartron

How about you can get the number of steps you walked synch'ed to your companion app? That's what this version brings, along with other nice improvements. Let's have a look!


Motion Service

Something I've been eagerly waiting for: InfiniTime now exposes a service allowing companion apps to get the number of steps.
That way, they can display this number, and use this to build nice charts :)
Adam Piggz recently shared his ongoing work on Amazfish for Sailfish OS in a tweet:

Set Date and Time from the watch

Up to now, when booting your PineTime, the date and time would be set to 00:00 and April 1970, and you had to sync with a companion app so that it pushes the correct date and time to the watch.

Starting with 1.7, it is now possible to manually set date and time from the Settings menu:

Improved torchlight app

The torchlight app has been around for a while, and while it did the job, it was pretty basic: just ON/OFF with no possibility to define the brightness level.

The improved torchlight app brings 3 levels of brightness, and you can increase/decrease brightness by swiping to the right/left, and enable/disable the torchlight by taping the screen.

Misc

There's a few more nice features:

Wake-up on charge

Thanks to this PR, when you place your PineTime on the charging craddle, it will wake up the screen - small one but definitely useful to check that the watch is correctly charging.

Wake-up time

Before Jackfruit, pressing the button of your PineTime to wake up the screen would incur a small yet perceptible delay - not a huge deal, but you expect a watch to wake up right away when pressing a button.

So Martin Hub worked on it as part of this PR and found that a lot of delays were part of the previous code, which is why waking up the watch took so long. Removing those delays didn't break anything as they were just "checks".

Better battery level reporting

Another "nice to have" but definitely useful improvement: battery level used to be a bit weird, and the percent shown could go up or down without any reason.
This is a PR from Riku Isokoski.

Double-tap and Long-press on the button

Another PR from Riku - how about we take advantage of this button, which so far only supported single tap to wake up or switch off the screen?
This feature brings:

  • Long-press: will display the About screen
  • Double-tap: will display the notifications screen, no matter where you are in the interface - pretty handy if you want to avoid going back to the watchface to see notifications!

Those behaviors are not configurable today, but I bet we'll soon see something appearing in the settings menu, allowing for such a configuration :-)

Templates for reporting bugs and features requests in GitHub

As I highlighted in my article about how non-developers can contribute to Open Source, it is important to report bugs or request new features, so that the project can improve.
InfiniTime is no different, and making the end user experience pleasant is critical - so the team has improved the templates for reporting bugs and asking for features.

You can do it from here, and then you'll have to choose between:

Awesome Community

While testing the latest version of InfiniTime (something now super easy as the project uses GitHub's actions to build a new firmware everytime there's a new PR), I found out that the Alarm app would crash almost every time I was using it : either when setting it up, or when it was vibrating, trying to stop it / return to the main menu would just reboot the PineTime.
A quick search on the GitHub issues showed that I wasn't the only one as there was an issue opened about that very same topic.
Riku Isokoski fixed the issue super quickly, and tests showed that indeed the Alarm app was not crashing anymore thanks to this PR

To me, this once again shows how awesome an open source community can be, with people reporting problems, developers looking at them and fixing them, and people testing/validating that the problem is indeed solved.
This is especially true with InfiniTime, the project is super active, I see it daily on the Telegram channel! (You can also join via other means, more details here on the Wiki).

And this, despite the fact that 1.7 includes not less than... 45 PR!!! If you look at the 1.7 Milestone on GitHub, you can see all the good work that the community has produced :)

Wrap Up

InfiniTime "Jackfruit" 1.7 is yet another nice release: after 1.6 which fixed the BLE bug, this one brings more "smartwatch features" (notably the Motion service), and the improvements on the wake-up time and button pressure handling are also welcome.

Now just go download it from here and enjoy!


Tags: PineTime, English

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