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Message 49954 - Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 19:40:34 UTC

A version of BOINC for Android-based mobile devices was released today, and is available in the Google Play store and the Amazon appstore (for Kindle Fire). Six projects now offer Android applications.
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Message 49956 - Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 22:22:58 UTC - in response to Message 49954.

Six projects now offer Android applications.

- Asteroids@home
- Einstein@Home
- O-Project@Home
- theSkynet POGS
- World Community Grid
- Yoyo@Home

Do check at their individual forums what their minimum requirements (memory mostly) are.
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Message 49957 - Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 22:26:35 UTC - in response to Message 49956.
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Thank you, Ageless

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Message 49959 - Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 1:02:37 UTC

Initial feedback. I had multiple computation errors on WCG and the phone heated up to the point where computation was suspended and I was getting worried. I uninstalled.

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Message 49960 - Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 10:22:11 UTC - in response to Message 49959.

Was going to download the app pronto but you've put me off. I'll wait for a response to your issue!

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Message 49961 - Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 11:00:52 UTC - in response to Message 49959.

Initial feedback. I had multiple computation errors on WCG and the phone heated up to the point where computation was suspended and I was getting worried. I uninstalled.

Plz revert to the WCG BOINC support forums. When doing so include how you were running the device... connect to mains [default] or on battery. There was a 'getting hot' post, but that one did say that after upgrading to a later BOINC version the issue went away.
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Message 49962 - Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 12:54:28 UTC - in response to Message 49959.
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Initial feedback. I had multiple computation errors on WCG and the phone heated up to the point where computation was suspended and I was getting worried. I uninstalled.

If possible place the device on a large piece of metal (like on top of a computer case), the heat will conduct away fast and the device will stay cool to the touch.

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Message 49970 - Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 21:47:28 UTC - in response to Message 49961.

Done: https://secure.worldcommunitygrid.org/forums/wcg/listthreads?forum=83

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Message 49975 - Posted: 24 Jul 2013, 12:24:20 UTC

Using Nativeboinc, a 3rd party BOINC client for Android, many more projects are available including Seti@home. I'll be using your client, since it is more stable than Nativeboinc, but you might want to check compatibility with Seti@home since it DOES work on my phone - Galaxy Note 2.
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Message 49980 - Posted: 24 Jul 2013, 15:12:45 UTC

So when I first saw the information, I had downloaded and installed it on my

DROID RAZR MAXX HD

then I had uninstalled it to troubleshoot something..

The next day I go to download it and the app is not compatible with my device. Looks like a version change overnight??

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Message 49992 - Posted: 25 Jul 2013, 19:13:18 UTC

Currently trying to run an Einstein WU on my Samsung Galaxy Ace phone.

This phone has very limited internal memory, which seems to be causing problems.

Other apps can and do store/run from the SD card which has plenty memory free.

If BOINC can be made to store/run from the SD card and not the internal memory it would be a lot better.

I will probably try to complete this current WU but will have to uninstall BOINC after due to the memory requirement to run any project.
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Message 49995 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 7:55:51 UTC - in response to Message 49980.

From Bikeman (Heinz-Bernd Eggenstein):

We had received some reports in the beta test phase that indicated that there might be a general problem with running BOINC on the Droid Razr series, more specifically with their custom UI. So we blocked the app for the Droid Razr to be on the safe side.

We continue to test BOINC on the Droid Razr and will re-enable downloads of the app to this model once we are confident that it works in principle. Stay tuned.

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Message 49996 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 7:59:00 UTC - in response to Message 49992.

From Bikeman (Heinz-Bernd Eggenstein):

This version of BOINC on Android can not use space on an SD card.

My understanding is that Android has some restrictions on what an application can put on an SD card, especially if you want to put executable files there. There seem to be ways to get around some of those limitations, e.g. NativeBOINC uses kind of a "hack" (in the words of the author of Native BOINC) to run BOINC almost entirely off an SD card, but I'm not sure I'm entirely comfortable with this solution. But the BOINC team is looking into this.

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Message 50000 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 21:42:36 UTC - in response to Message 49954.

I'm sorry if this has already been asked & answered.

When will the iPad app be available?

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Message 50001 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 22:11:46 UTC - in response to Message 50000.
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As far as I know, there won't be one, as anything run on anything made by Apple (outside the Macintosh computers) has to be approved of by Apple (proprietary software) and available through the Apple Store.

And even if someone would make a BOINC that runs on iOS, you're not there yet as you'll also need to have the science applications from the projects. They don't necessarily want to invest time and money into making their apps work on the iPad, or anything else iX.
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Message 50002 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 22:25:40 UTC - in response to Message 50001.

Thanks.

There are so many iPads/iPhones that, in my opinion, it's a pity they are not put to work.

The company I work for has 5 Android phones and 200 iPads...

Thanks again,
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Message 50007 - Posted: 27 Jul 2013, 9:37:02 UTC

Hi,

Can You add possibility to change checkpointing frequency? Currently is very high, what is unnecessary and can destructively affect the flash memory lifetime.

From similar reason should be added possibility to totally disable client logging, continuous writing data to flash isn't good idea...

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Message 50010 - Posted: 27 Jul 2013, 13:27:59 UTC - in response to Message 50007.

Can You add possibility to change checkpointing frequency? Currently is very high, what is unnecessary and can destructively affect the flash memory lifetime.

Checkpointing is a function of the science application, not of the BOINC client. You will have to ask the project application developers about this.

From similar reason should be added possibility to totally disable client logging, continuous writing data to flash isn't good idea...

I forwarded that question to the BOINC developers.
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Message 50011 - Posted: 27 Jul 2013, 13:42:26 UTC

Thank for info. I will ask on WCG forum.

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Message 50017 - Posted: 28 Jul 2013, 21:03:12 UTC

I added 2 Sony Ericsson 1ghz phones today.
Running WCG on 1 and asteroids on the other.

Will Boinc update itself to newer versions when they are available?
And will the project list update itself as more projects becomes availabe?

I saw you mentioned The skynet pogs as an arm project but it wasn't in the projects list.

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