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Topic # 225726 2-Dec-2017 18:20
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I'm totally foreign to android devices but needing one to run an app 24/7 on my network for home automation reasons.

 

The app is called RM Tasker and it can be run on a android phone, tablet or i'm guessing a tv box that has access to the play store.  This device will be on 24/7 as well as the app being on 24/7.  I think I need android 4.0 or up on the device for this app.

 

I'm just wanting something cheap that will do the job -nothing more than $50 nzd (including shipping)

 

Also need to know if there is anything special I need to do with the device to make the app run 24/7 without it closing or going to "sleep".

 

I like the tv box option purely cause I can hardwire it to the network but not sure if it can be run headless after you have configured it on a screen.

 

Sorry if these questions sound stupid but i'm a total noob when it comes to android so any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks!


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  Reply # 1912178 3-Dec-2017 08:24
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Do you have a PC or a server that runs 24x7 already? If so, you could just use run an Android emulator instead of buying a separate device.

If not, you could just by a cheap phone such as the Skinny Tahi, which is only $39 https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MPHSKN70000/Skinny-Tahi-4GB-Smartphone---Locked-to-the-Skinny



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  Reply # 1912327 3-Dec-2017 17:37
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d3Xt3r: Do you have a PC or a server that runs 24x7 already? If so, you could just use run an Android emulator instead of buying a separate device.

If not, you could just by a cheap phone such as the Skinny Tahi, which is only $39 https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MPHSKN70000/Skinny-Tahi-4GB-Smartphone---Locked-to-the-Skinny

 

I have a mac mini which is on 24/7.  Do android emulators work on mac?  What sort of resource does it need to run?




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  Reply # 1912383 3-Dec-2017 19:50
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Tried a couple of emulators, both pretty buggy, prone to crashing or tax the cpu. (bluestacks and andy) on a mac.


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  Reply # 1912386 3-Dec-2017 20:16
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When I tried it on an android box (not android TV, plain android 5 I think) to get something useful happening with my broadlink switches it was very erratic. Like it was being sleeped at time and not others. Box was wired and pings were always good to it. I gave up on that idea.





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  Reply # 1912397 3-Dec-2017 20:43
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richms:

 

When I tried it on an android box (not android TV, plain android 5 I think) to get something useful happening with my broadlink switches it was very erratic. Like it was being sleeped at time and not others. Box was wired and pings were always good to it. I gave up on that idea.

 

 

 

 

have you tried rooting it so you can make the app stay on 24/7?  There's also some apps that enable you to make another app stay on from what i've briefly googled.


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  Reply # 1912453 3-Dec-2017 22:41
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It was pre-rooted. I was just following some youtube tutorial and ended up with a sometime worked thing so gave up and swapped the broadlink switches out for ones that had native alexa support. Apparantly there is some broadlink support now but what I have now works so not bothered looking into it more. The only other thing the android box ever ran was an outdated kodi install because thats what it came with.





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