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kriss2009
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unwanted data connection

Hi,

I have the impression that DoggCatcher regularly uses a data connection. When no Wifi is available it would use the 3g link. My problem is that my contract allows only 30 MBs/ Month (I have a developper g1 and use my old contract, not a g1 specific one) and the app seems to need more. Is this the case? and if yes what can I do?

second, related question: once DoggCacher is started, I found no way to stop it...and it seems to need data from internet all the day...

eric
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Data connection

You have the right impression.

Be careful not confuse channel updates with downloads. The preferences to constrain connection types are for downloading enclosures only. Channels are updated regardless of those settings.

Feed updates occur at the frequency set in the preferences. The closest thing to what you want would be to set the update frequency to the max (I think 72 hrs). Feed updates should require very little data xfer. They are fetched completely when DC starts, but then only small requests are made to see if the feed changed. When feeds change, we'll fetch them again.

Stopping the app - there have been many discussions on the developer forums about this and Google is encouraging developers to not provide this capability. I'm not sure if I agree completely because I have had many instances where I have wanted to stop apps and have rebooted the phone in order to do so.

mcamou
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Joined: 01/20/2009 - 17:12
*NOT* stopping the app

I have a different but related problem here, regarding DoggCatcher stopping when it shouldn't (i.e., while I'm listening to a podcast). This usually happens when I open too many apps after DC (too many might be 2 or 3). For example, go to DC, start playing a podcast, open Sudoku, play for a while, email comes in, check email, call comes in, DC stops. The way I get around it is by trying to rememeber to go back to DC periodically.

One thing, if DC is stopped by the system, will it be automagically restarted when it's time to refresh the feeds?

eric
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This is by design

We go to great length to encourage android to kill android last when it needs to free up resources for other apps. This is done mainly because DC is the kind of app that needs to do work in the background, while most other apps don't.

We really can't take any further measures in this area. Android's design is based on the idea that Android will manage when apps need to get closed, as resources are required for other apps. I think it's a good design for a mobile platform, but as is the case with any design, there are compromises we make.

It's very likely that DC will fire back up when the alarm goes off. I have tried to test this by forcing DC to close but I was never able to get Android to swap it out. If you learn what happens, one way or the other, please let me know.

mcamou
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Works as expected

I just saw the Alarm and the Snoggdoggler service starting up messages, so I guess the alarm IS waking up SnoggDoggler as it should.

eric
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Good to know

Thanks for letting us know.