Will CE cover the web browser on the Nexus 7 tablet?

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I am thinking about purchasing the Nexus 7 tablet, but I don't want to if CE does not cover Google Chrome that is provided on the Nexus....
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Paul Goodman

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Posted 7 years ago

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Dave Caswell, Developer

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This is a very timely question, Paul.

Actually we only just received our Nexus 7 tablet yesterday and did some fairly extensive testing with it. We did find that the version of our app currently in the Google Play store does not detect addresses from the Chrome browser included on the device, however after spending the afternoon working on it, I was able to modify our app to get the addresses flowing once again.
This fix will be included in our next update to our Google Play app. I also plan to post a beta version by the end of this week so that our customers can have access to the fix in the meantime.
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Awesome! Perfect timing!! Thanks for your prompt response and thanks for the work you do!
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Chance

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This is great news!
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Thomas Jones

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Has the Beta been created?
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@Thomas

Taking me a little longer than I'd hoped. Just ironing out some clunkiness and really hoping to get it posted today.

Sorry for the delay but I wanted to make sure we addressed some things that could cause issues for some.
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Any word on this? Sorry to push... Its affecting my purchasing decision as well.

Does the App monitoring part still work even though the address detection doesn't?

Also, how does this affect performance of the tablet. Do you think it is still a good experience?
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Nothing new to report.

It's very close to being ready to post, but still has just a bit of tweaking to be done.

App monitoring does work on the Nexus 7 with the current version.

When the beta is posted, it shouldn't affect the performance of the tablet at all. Once you've signed in and completed the install process, you shouldn't even know it's there, other than the eye icon in the notifications area.
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Thanks!
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@Paul, @Chance, @Thomas:

Just wanted to let you know that I just posted new beta build of Covenant Eyes for Android that will monitor the stock browser, Chrome browser (on devices where it is the stock browser), and the Kindle Fire Silk Browser.

If you would like to try it out, please uninstall any version you are currently running on your device and then pull up http://www.covenanteyes.com/droidtest on your device's browser and tap the link located on that page to start the install process.

I'd love to hear any comments you have if you try the new version: please send them to androidbeta@covenanteyes.com.

Thanks for your patience.
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Great Got It!
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Dave Caswell, Developer

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Awesome, Thomas. Please let me know how it works out for you.
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Will the kindle fire and regular android versions have the same features?

Specifically, will each monitor stock browser activity, app download activity, and internet access through browsers embedded in other apps (like the kindle browser within the iPad kindle app)?

And good work on getting this out so fast. Very impressive.
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@Andrew - the version that will monitor the Kindle Fire is the same version of Covenant Eyes for Android that runs on any other Android device.

On the Fire, it will monitor the Stock Amazon Silk browser and report on which apps have been run on the device. On Other Android devices, it will monitor their stock browser and report on which apps have been run on the device.

We can't monitor browsers embedded within other apps (like the Kindle app example you offered), but we will report that app was used and for how long each day.
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Very helpful answer. Thanks Dave. I haven't used the fire, but I'm betting the kindle app spits you out to the Silk browser. It probably doesn't on normal android. This is an important consideration. Hopefully the fire 2 has nexus-like specs.
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Running the CE beta on AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2, and haven't had any problems whatsoever.
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That's great to hear @Chance!
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And for what it's worth, I've been running CE on Galaxy S2 for both Gingerbread (2.3.6 to be exact), and am currently running it on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thanks for adding support for some additional browsers as well!
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For the most part, 1.0.4 had been running fine on my ICS Galaxy S2, but I noticed over time it started crashing more and more frequently. Then one day it would crash constantly, and I have to put my phone in airplane mode and then rebooted it, and did a complete uninstall. I reinstalled the version from the market and everything was fine. I decided to try 1.0.4 again because it really does use a lot less battery. I didn't get the crashing all the time behavior, but it did seem to crash about 2 or 3 times a day, so now I'm trying version 1.0.1.

The only thing I can think of that would cause the constant crashing behavior was that I was trying to connect to a hotspot, and that's when it started happening.
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I know Dave mentioned above that CE will only monitor Google Chrome "(on devices where it is the stock browser)". Will it ever be able to monitor Google Chrome where it's not the stock browser or is it architecturally impossible?
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Good question, Joel.

I have no reason to believe this will ever be possible.

Sorry I don't have better news.
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Thanks for all your support Dave, its much appreciated :)

I have a Moto RAZR M with ICS and Chrome is the default browser. I installed CE and found out last night that CE is not monitoring any of my browsing. Any thoughts?
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@Paul Springer

Which version of CE did you install?
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I installed the version on the Google play store. I have found out that that version does not support Chrome. I already upgraded to 1.0.4 and it is working now. Thanks again.
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I updated to version 1.1.1 on my RAZR M and it has been running the chrome process in the background and using more battery than my screen! Love the app, is there a way to have CE sleep its monitoring when my phone is not in use? Also I have seen several random crashes as well. Nothing special ific
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I was wondering if the above thread also means that the Nexus 4 (which ships with Chrome as the default) would also be protected by CE?