KX3 Companion Is Ready For Android 5

Hi everyone,

as anticipated yesterday, I just uploaded a very small update for the KX3 Companion app that makes it fully compatible with the new Android 5 (Lollipop) that has starting to be released in those days.

The bug was really easy to fix and if you have (or are about to have) the upgrade soon (probably all the owners of Nexus smartphones and tablet) I suggest you to do the upgrade.

Yesterday I also started the porting of the KX3 Companion app to iOS (finally I’d say!) and hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be able to have it running.

Unfortunately actually I don’t have any iOS device supporting BLE (Bluetooth 4.0) 😦 That means that I  can’t test communication with the BLE/Serial hardware module I developed. I have an iPhone 4 and two iPads but none of them supports BT4.0. I hope to solve this problem soon as otherwise I can’t release the app.

The serial/BLE module is actually based on Arduino + nRF8001 based “shield” but I’m starting to work on a very simple and compact module (based on the HM-11) that has a Texas Instrument CC2540 that I know quite well and develop a custom firmware.

Probably the module will be very compact and I’d probably be able to power it from the KX3 itself (using the ACC2 port tension). Or simply using a CR2032. We’ll see 🙂

That’s all for now.

72/73, Andrea IU4APC

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