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Sony Android Oreo Flavor: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

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Sony Android Oreo Flavor: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

Update: This implementation is coming from AOSP (originally submitted by Sony), and enabled in new Oreo builds. See #6 in this thread.

 

This is a slight exaggeration of how notification bar looks in XPERIA XZ1 when you are moving through access points. Network activity indicator is for some reason not part of the icon itself, so it shifts the icons around.accordion.gifEvery day I'm shuffling

Can we please get this fixed?

 

Device: G8342 (Dual SIM) running 47.1.A.2.273.

 


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Re: Sony Android Oreo Flavor: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

The Google Play package is now live at Google Play: Disable Network Activity Indicator RRO.

 

After installing, run:

adb shell cmd overlay enable --user 0 com.keypressure.disable_network_activity_indicator

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Re: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

Case *PI removed*, current status: Support advised to do a factory reset. Checked review screenshots from various sources, found the same behavior, replied asking to escalate the issue.

 

Also seen on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/SonyXperia/comments/7aq1hz/awful_design_choice_on_wifi_status_bar_icons_ore...


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Re: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

Oh yes, this really freaks me out and steals my attention from reading texts.

Any message from the developers to this issue?

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Re: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

No updates from Sony support since November 4. This seems to be happening on all Oreo phones by Sony now.


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Re: Sony Android Oreo Flavor: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

I've had my XZ1 compact for a week. Had a Z5 for two years before.

 

This is incredibly annoying (even after a week still catches my eye!) and I would hope that Sony will tweak this icon design across their Oreo devices. Nothing wrong with the old activity indicators on Nougat!

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Re: Sony Android Oreo Flavor: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

This appears to be related: https://android-review.googlesource.com/#/c/platform/frameworks/base/+/305789/

 

Data activity icon in statusbar

Display data activity icon for Wi-Fi and mobile data
respectively in statusbar

Bug: 30849089
Test: manual - go to Settings > Developer options > Demo mode and then
               enable both "Enable demo mode" and "Show demo mode"

Change-Id: I16e880ffb97666a6c6507b9cc8c99bf580972207

And here's where the WiFi icon appears and disappears in AOSP framework code submitted by Sony:

mWifiActivity.setVisibility(mWifiActivityId != 0 ? View.VISIBLE : View.GONE);

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Re: Sony Android Oreo Flavor: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

Later, the code is modified in platform/frameworks/base/+/ad71ae, which is included in current AOSP, however the devices have it disabled by default, that's why it only surfaces on Sony phones, which probably have this option enabled:

<!-- Whether to show activity indicators in the status bar -->
<bool name="config_showActivity">false</bool>

  


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Re: Sony Android Oreo Flavor: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity


@romanempire wrote:

Later, the code is modified in platform/frameworks/base/+/ad71ae, which is included in current AOSP, however the devices have it disabled by default, that's why it only surfaces on Sony phones, which probably have this option enabled:

<!-- Whether to show activity indicators in the status bar -->
<bool name="config_showActivity">false</bool>

  


Is there a way to change this flag via ADB, or is it compile-time only?

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Re: Sony Android Oreo Flavor: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

The framework overlays are taken into effect at the compile time. There may be a slim chance that RRO app can change the setting, but I don't have experience working with resource overlays, and this option may be outside the RROs that end-users will be able to install.

 

If those icons are an absolute requirement, then, seeing how AOSP implements them, the second best option is for Sony to render them faded out at all times and switch to fully opaque when activity happens. This will make jitter go away, but we will lose some status bar real estate, but I will be fine with that. I'll upload a mock-up to show what I mean soonish.


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Re: Sony Android Oreo Flavor: Accordion in Notification Bar on Network Activity

Re:  mockup mentioned above. Here the icons stay put, while wifi (and mobile network, not pictured) network activity switches icons as much as it wants to.

 

wip.gifAlternative Network Activity indication mockup

 

 


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