Covenant Eyes for Android

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I know I am not the only one who desires a Covenant Eyes program for Android. A server side accountability program like CE has for the Desktop is especially needed since Iphone only allows filtered browsers and will never have a good solution. Please, Please, Please, make this a priority :) I love CE and want to see them as the first and best for an android solution.
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Getting CE on Android sooner than later will be awesome. I'm hoping to upgrade to an Android phone in the next couple days. In addition, with Android OS tablets coming out from Samsung and other companies. In fact, Barnes & Noble's Color Nook is essentially an Android tablet, too. If there's a timetable or a beta testing opportunity, I'd love to get more info.
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Any updates on the development? A possible timeline? Best Regards.
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Luke Gilkerson

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Official Response
Leadership at Covenant Eyes is setting priorities for 2011 right now. We should have a concrete direction set by the end of this month.
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John Wa

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Thanks, Luke. I know a lot of us would love to see CE on Android and are waiting in anticipation for the release! I appreciate that you are keeping us updated!
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Chris Leonard

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Thanks Luke! Obviously we Android users are hopeful that CE will be able to provide a product on Android, but I'm sure that the platform sprawl in the mobile market makes it difficult to set priorities. I'll look forward to hearing what CE decides they can do.
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Not sure if you guys are paying attention to the things going on at CES this week... but the amount of android devices being released this next year is mind blowing. Android is going to surpass IOS on phones by next month and will surpass in tablets within 6 months at the rate they are going. PLEASE focus energy on this as this will be the NEXT battle ground for our men and young men.
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Thanks, Luke. One suggestion. If not already going to be implemented, would CE be able to monitor apps on the phone as well as the browser? For example, X3Watch currently monitors all activity on the browser. However, it does not monitor the YouTube app on the phone... and as we all know, despite YouTube's attempt to block all inappropriate content, there are many videos on there that contain partial and even full nudity. I think it would be important to have CE be able to monitor apps like YouTube. What do you guys think? God bless.
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I would strongly agree that all internet activity/search needs to be monitored. There is currenly no solution like this available on ANY mobile device. CE for Android would be the first and best if it is developed. IOS is a lost cause with their current restrictions without seriously crippling the devices abilities.
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love the idea of CE for Android - i'm new to the smartphone world and look forward to being able to put CE on my phone. the sooner the better!
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Jordan Kissick

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My whole church uses covenant-eyes and now a number of us are on android and we would really like to see this happen. None of us have much money, but if theres anything we can do to help please let us know, because you guys rock!
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So where is this at in development I notice a response from a month ago so I was curious about it.
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I would like to know where this stands as well, i tried looking for it in the apps last night but i cant seem to find it. i hope you will continue to work an this app for the android.
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Please HURRY! We want to protect our teens (and ourselves), and the Android market is huge.
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Luke, any word on a release date? I'm due for a phone upgrade and wont get a droid without proper protection.
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There is an app for android called X3watch. It is not as effective as CE on your computer, but it is better than anything on the iphone/ipod. Apple does not allow any real accountability without severely restricting the function of the phone. X3watch monitors all internet activity and also all apps loaded onto the phone. Hope that helps
https://market.android.com/details?id...
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X3watch does not monitor all internet activity as I got an email from their support stating this:
"We're only able to access data from native android apps, not 3rd party apps. This is stated in the app description."

I didn't catch that in the app description (ex/ the link shared above doesn't state this). I was really disappointed about this and therefore am looking towards a CE solution with more eagerness.
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But X3watch does monitor apps being loaded onto the phone so it still offers a much higher level of accountability than anything else to date. The problem is the report is not categorized or detailed like it needs to be.
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@bkleinm1 - No word on a release date yet. Our development team is still working on it and we will let you know when a release date is set.
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I hope it will be compatible with the new android tablets coming out. And I really hope it was worth the wait!
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Just want to add my voice to these requests. I would pay extra for any mobile accountability app. I'm sure the market is huge. Go for it! We need this product.
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I too would be very excited about accountability on the Android.
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I think we need to be careful about assuming that CE on Android will be more comprehensive than X3Watch is. CE on iOS (iTouch/iPhone/etc) is a standalone browser, I think, not a comprehensive network stack filter like it is on Windows.
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If CE is only a browser on Android it will be an utter fail. I doubt they will release anything that is not comprehensive to all network activity. The beauty of android is the open source nature that will allow CE to access the things they need to create true filtering. I like X3watch, but it does not have the detailed reports CE has on the computer. If CE can do both, then it will be superior. It is just sad it has taken so long and they invested on IOS so much with so little value.
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I don't know about how it will compare to X3Watch on Android, but like pkooistra, I think it will be better than the browser on iPhone. The iPhone seems unique in that (it appears anyway) there is absolutely no overlap between programs. Apps seem to run separately in their own space, whereas this does not appear to be the case with Droid (someone correct me if I'm wrong).

Ironically, the thing I hate about Windows is what allows CE to work so well. Everything is tied together so much in Windows. With iPhone, there is no dll (heck), but it makes it harder for accountability.
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I don't know about how it will compare to X3Watch on Android, but like pkooistra, I think it will be better than the browser on iPhone. The iPhone seems unique in that (it appears anyway) there is absolutely no overlap between programs. Apps seem to run separately in their own space, whereas this does not appear to be the case with Droid (someone correct me if I'm wrong).

Ironically, the thing I hate about Windows is what allows CE to work so well. Everything is tied together so much in Windows. With iPhone, there is no dll (heck), but it makes it harder for accountability.
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Windows apps can certainly run in their own address spaces. I think it's the security model of Windows that allows CE to work so well.

All I'm saying is that I don't want everybody to have unrealistic expectations. I've programmed a lot in Windows, a little on Macs, and a very little bit on Android. They are quite different programming and eventing models. I'm sure they'll do everything they can figure out a way to do, but remember that iOS and Android *are* somewhat related, since they are both *nix derivatives. So even though Android is "eventual open source" and iOS is probably the most restricted mass-market OS in existence, I'm not assuming that solutions on one platform will be drastically different from the other until I see it.

I do use X3Watch now, and once you have it installed, it's a good option. You have to watch the reports, though, and make sure the person you're working with doesn't install any non-stock browsers.
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I agree and hope that CE is listening. Only a filtered browser would be a waste of time and not a real solution.
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Not sure what it takes behind the scenes to get CE on Android but I may switch to X3watch because they have android as well. I think you are losing business here. I know my renewal is coming up and I am trying to figure this out. FYI
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I don't think it is a matter of "if", but "when" based upon Luke's remarks. If I happen to get an Android phone before CE comes out, I'll just use X3Watch on that particular device.
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I don't think it is a matter of "if", but "when" based upon Luke's remarks.
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Thank you for the note, Steve.

You're right, @sadastronaut. Luke is saying 'when' not 'if'. We don't have a release date yet, but progress is being made and we will let you know as soon as we have some solid information on when that release date will be.
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Alaina, thank you for your response. I know everyone appreciates input directly from CE! May I ask very generally if CE is moving toward a solution that tracks ALL internet traffic or just traffic within an app (browser)? That will definitely affect how I make my decision on if I should wait for the CE Android app or go with X3Watch. Thanks!
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@johndubya You're welcome. Our goal is to give you the most complete coverage that we can based on the platform that we're working with. In the case of Android this is much more open than iOS or WP7, which is allowing our developers more freedom in terms of what they can do with tracking as compared to the others. I know they are working on taking advantage of that ability. How exactly they're rolling out that functionality is something that is still being worked out as they delve into the code, which is part of why there isn't a release date yet.

Our office was impacted by the snow storm that came through last night, so I can't check in with the folks who are directly working on the project (I'm in the dev team but not a developer myself), but I will check with them as soon as I see them and see if I there's anything more specific that Luke or I can share on here.
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Just bought my Android and came right home and checked into CE availability. Please make this happen.
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I just wanted to give you guys a quick update/follow-up on my last comment.

There have been a number of meetings about this Android this past week interspersed with getting the most recent RSL release live and I hear good things, but instead of me trying to paraphrase for the devs we're actually working on getting answers to a number of your questions/suggestions/comments etc. directly from them. If everything goes according to plan this interview should be going live in the next several weeks. Luke and I will make sure that a link gets posted on here for you all.
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@Alaina has anything happened on this? Communication on this would be greatly appreciated especially as people are looking at which phones to buy and now what tablets to get. Thanks
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@Alaina has anything happened on this? Communication on this would be greatly appreciated especially as people are looking at which phones to buy and now what tablets to get. Thanks
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There is active development on this project. I know that they are working on a prototype and beta testing plan, but I don't have a beta test/release date yet. My understanding is that it is going to be an open beta, though, and I will post the information on how to sign-up for that as soon as the form goes live.
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There is active development on this project. I know that they are working on a prototype and beta testing plan, but I don't have a beta test/release date yet. My understanding is that it is going to be an open beta, though, and I will post the information on how to sign-up for that as soon as the form goes live.
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Well I decided to finally upgrade to the Evo Shift Android phone. Lately God's grace has been given so liberally that I fooled myself into thinking that I could handle an unmonitored connection. How FOOLISH was I!! Hopefully there is a CE option soon or I may have to return this.
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I'm getting an android phone soon. I'm going to download X3Watch for my browser and get something like App Protector Pro to limit what apps I can access. When CE comes out, I'll download that.
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Nevermind. I opted for X3Watch which I really like. And you can't beat a one-time charge of only 6.99
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I'm new to the smartphone world, but have been a long time user of covenant eyes. I love everything about my Droid X phone except no covenant eyes app! I'm a huge believer in internet accountability and am patiently waiting.
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I also had to go with X3Watch as well since CE has no App for the Droid platform. I'm totally satisfied with CE on my laptop and would really like to see a moble app from CE that would be apart of my current service account; especially since X3Pro for $7/month is where the bnlocking/filtering features are.
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I undererstand about priorities but my android phone gives me full internet access in more areas and easier access than if I am tied to my Computer. This needs to be a priority or I will need to find a program that helps me be accountable with my phone as well. There are a LOT of android based phones...my pastor has one too. I highly suggest you put android apps to the tops of your priority list.
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Amen Larry! All we need is for CE to even just release something bare-bones out the door. They can improve the UI and add extra features later, but we have waited far too long for the core functionality of keeping us accountable on our devices. I've resorted for the time being to other "workarounds". First, at home I got BSecure Whole Home Filtering setup to block bad sites at the router level. It's a fantastic service, but not free. Then on my device itself, I have Verizon Wireless. I logged into my account, went to Parental Controls, and then in the Content Filters tab, I set my Android device to YA17+ (Young Adults 17+) setting. That actually does a very good job at blocking most adult web sites and content when surfing over the wireless 3G or 4G connection. And it's completely free if you're a Verizon subscriber. In both cases, an extra meaure you can take is to let your wife or accountability partner change the password to the router and Verizon account so that you can't login to turn off the filtering. Lastly, there's the issue of "other" WiFi hotspots, other than avoiding them or keeping company nearby. However, even doing what I mentioned helps 75% of the the time, and that's a good start while waiting on CE or someone else to create an Android app/filter!
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I dont express myself well often, but here is what I have seen and heard. I have been reading the replies, agreed I would rather CE on my Android, but I was looking in the word one day...Mark 9:47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,

now, obveously he is not being literal, BUT in order to preserve yourself, and live in the kingdome, you are to go to EXTREME measures to keep yourself pure... here are some suggestions:
1. get your internet turned off by your service provider,
2. downgrade to your old phone without internet
3. I heard about X3Watch, it costs 6.99... or even if needed the 7 dollars a month... I would do it, till CE has a app available. BUT THIS WOULD BE WORTH IT, to remain pure.

In the movie FIREPROOF Kirk Cameron, comes to a point where he is through playing with internet "Fire" and trashes his computer...

I am going to take extreme measures, and this will help me. I hope this helps you all till CE comes out on Android.

Peace,
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X3watch has its own weaknesses and does not have the incredible monthly reports that CE has, but it is MUCH BETTER than nothing (Which unfortunately is what Covenant Eyes has produced for android) It is not $7 a month. It is a one time charge of 6.99 for the app and it monitors all internet activity and App changes on the phone and emails that to an accountability partner. You can find out more at http://www.x3watch.com/x3watchandroid...
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Yes it is needed NOW! To much temptation and easy to get around.