blog post: a big issue with roger

<p>I recently sent the following memo to the roger team so they could take a look. If you would like to skip past it go head. I'll update you guys at the bottom of the memo with a summary of their reply ad my thoughts.</p>

memo

The following covers a big problem with roger regarding battery and iOs devices. I’m using iOs 10 on an iPhone 6 64 gig.

Although this is a wonderful app I noticed over the last 5 days and over the last 24 hours battery usage was quite high, even when the program was on the screen for 1.5 hours. This is a huge issue the developer team must look at as even with a battery case I dropped from 54 percent to 32 percent, in the case of the case, and that was with roger in the background.

Notice that Roger takes up about 63 percent and an average figure not an exact one.

The day statistic is even worse and that’s when I don’t have it on screen. I can have it in the background and the phone will drop to 85 percent in about 30 minutes or less. This issue really must be looked into

the following shows about 68 percent with 1.5 hours on screen and the rest of the time in the background over 24 hours.

Although the app is getting better in terms of battery usage, the developers need to look into what’s going on as I’m hearing reports from other users who are having the battery issue. This by the way is with out voiceover on. I tested it today.

reply

They came back to me about 3 hours later with a reply basically stating that the battery issues had to do with conversations. If you are in any larger ones your battery will drain.

This makes sense, however I’ve used other apps with groups with up to 100 people and the battery never drained. I also use my device in air plain mode and my battery still drains with roger. This in my opinion should not happen, as the app is not uploading anything to the server but storing the recordings locally on the device.

Notice that you can listen to and queue recordings to be uploaded when in airplane mode. the app still takes up more battery than it should, even in this case.

One more thing. I can have roger closed out of the app switcher, and the app is able to bypass all of apple’s safeguards and still be able to be used in the background. That is, you can still listen to and talk to people with out the use of roger. I’m actually surprised apple let this slip. Also if background app refresh is turned off roger will still let you know with the app in the background and out of the app switcher if someone talked to you, this also should not happen. One more thing. Sometimes roger is not even in the app switcher and I’ve heard some feedback that users can still hear other people on roger even when the app is not even launched. This is a big flaw in security to me and should be fixed.

Now I’m not a coder by nature, but I think this is a huge security risk. I’m in several groups where we are discussing these and other points. I’ll give info at the bottom of this message. Noe I’m not talking about the widget. I’m talking about when you have live play both enabled and disabled. I want to be wrong on that point actually.

action

I think if we take the time to email roger with a very professional explanation of what is going on and that the battery usage should be more efficient, they might fix the app.

discussion

I have a roger group where you can discuss the program and its uses. If you want to join click this link in safari on iOs and click open in roger. You can also click that in mac os and share it with iDevice with air drop. Roger will then open and you will be auto added into the group.

See you there, and let’s discuss.