May 24

Aeris Pulse for Android Pro Tip: Oreo Persistent Weather Notification

Aeris Pulse for Android – it Feels Like Something is Missing…

Since you updated to Oreo, you may have noticed that something was missing from your Aeris Pulse for Android app. One of the changes that came with our Oreo notification update is to default the persistent notification to off. If you’re missing it (like I was), here’s how to get it back!

 

Aeris Pulse Settings

Ok, first let’s turn that option back on. Open Pulse and swipe down on the main view. Next, at the top of the locations view, tap the settings icon in the upper left corner.

Then on the settings view, scroll down and tap “Notifications”.

Finally, find the Alert Notifications section, and select “Ongoing Notifications”. Once that option is selected, we’re done with this part.

 

App Notification Settings

If after 30 minutes the persistent notification does not appear, let’s make sure that the notification channel is enabled.

First find the Aeris Pulse icon on your phone and give it a long press. Next, in the popup menu, choose “App Info”. Tap “App Notifications” and check out the “Categories” section at the bottom.

Notice that there are two channels listed, Primary and Widget. The Primary channel is used to send weather data to the persistent notification we are referring to at the beginning of this post. We’ll need that one enabled so that Pulse can update our newly re-enabled friend (see the first section above).

The other channel is for the Pulse widgets, and is how we update the data for the various Aeris Pulse widgets available for Android. If you use any of the Aeris Pulse widgets, you’ll want that channel enabled too.

 

One Final Note

You may notice that after you have changed your settings, the initial notification post doesn’t always appear right away. Along with the Pulse Oreo update, we implemented a small power saving feature. While the notifications and subsequent data updates do occur on a regular cycle, we can opt to allow this to happen in a variable 15-20 minute update window. Hence, Android can schedule these updates together with other tasks and perform them all at the same time. Allowing Android to schedule tasks together like this helps conserve battery by waking the phone less often, rather than for each individual update.

But don’t worry, if you’re eager to see that weather data on your main menu there is a solution! We can force an update right away by opening Pulse, swiping down on the main view to reveal the location view, and re-selecting whatever location you have chosen.

That’s it, you should have your old pal back on the lock screen and appearing in the pull down menu!

 

Don’t have Aeris Pulse for Android? You can get it from the Google Play Store.

Interested in making your own weather app? Check out our Aeris Android SDK!

The Aeris Android Team
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