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What Apps are on your Smart controller? and Why?
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I have PhotoTransfer App (for sharing wiressly across PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices) and Instagram (for uploading my pics straight from the controller)
4-7 19:46
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We are on our second smart controller after the first one bricked it self, due we believe to it running out of system memory.

This was due we believe, to a certain extent that we installed several apps on to the controller.

We had a mixture, such as Facebook and Instagram, but also editing apps like Snapchat too.

When we noticed the system memory running out, we removed all of them, including the google play store app, that we used to install them.

However we still ran out of system memory, which was why it bricked itself.

So the answer to your question, on our new SC, we don’t have any apps installed at all.
4-7 22:33
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Nigelpugh7 Posted at 4-7 22:33
We are on our second smart controller after the first one bricked it self, due we believe to it running out of system memory.

This was due we believe, to a certain extent that we installed several apps on to the controller.

Wow - good to know for when I pull the trigger on this. Thanks for the advice.
4-7 23:35
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A J Posted at 4-7 23:35
Wow - good to know for when I pull the trigger on this. Thanks for the advice.

Your welcome, dji didn’t confirm it was due to apps, just that the device ran out of system memory.

But we don’t want to chance it again,,as it happened in the middle of a paying job, so we had to pack up and go home!

So you will understand we don’t want to risk it again!
4-8 01:16
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Nigelpugh7 Posted at 4-8 01:16
Your welcome, dji didn’t confirm it was due to apps, just that the device ran out of system memory.

But we don’t want to chance it again,,as it happened in the middle of a paying job, so we had to pack up and go home!

Totally appreciate that - apps drain memory so it's quite obvious to have been the root cause.
4-8 01:32
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A J Posted at 4-8 01:32
Totally appreciate that - apps drain memory so it's quite obvious to have been the root cause.

Yes indeed, plus we felt that wirh havinf to use google play to get apps installed was perhaps open to poorly installed apps that were not very efficient in terms of memory useage.

We now monitor our system and memory card free space prior to every mission.
4-8 03:28
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Nigelpugh7 Posted at 4-8 03:28
Yes indeed, plus we felt that wirh havinf to use google play to get apps installed was perhaps open to poorly installed apps that were not very efficient in terms of memory useage.

We now monitor our system and memory card free space prior to every mission.

I have seen that there are risks in installing third party apps. Like you, I'll just use what it comes with as and when I pull the trigger.
4-8 03:35
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A J Posted at 4-8 03:35
I have seen that there are risks in installing third party apps. Like you, I'll just use what it comes with as and when I pull the trigger.

I think it’s a wise call.

We do love our smart controller though, so easy and quick to set up on site.

For us the biggest advantage has been the hdmi port.

We use it to play the captures back to the client using their own large screens or projectors.

It gets them more engaged wirh the work on site, and can help,to recognise what we have captured is exactly what they wanted, or if we need to re work some of it.
4-8 03:39
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Nigelpugh7 Posted at 4-8 03:39
I think it’s a wise call.

We do love our smart controller though, so easy and quick to set up on site.

I think there are many good reasons to get it for all M2 owners but especially if you fly commercially. I'm a mere enthusiast but can see the benefits for me too - the 1000 CDm2 brightness for one when the summer arrives and the whole added convenience too.
4-8 03:53
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A J Posted at 4-8 03:53
I think there are many good reasons to get it for all M2 owners but especially if you fly commercially. I'm a mere enthusiast but can see the benefits for me too - the 1000 CDm2 brightness for one when the summer arrives and the whole added convenience too.

Yes the bright screen is a major advantage for sure!

Not that we’ve used it much in bright sun so far, as the weather in the Uk has been typically great.

But on the few very bright sunny days we had back in the warm spell In February it certainly helped.
4-8 04:21
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Nigelpugh7 Posted at 4-8 04:21
Yes the bright screen is a major advantage for sure!

Not that we’ve used it much in bright sun so far, as the weather in the Uk has been typically great.

Yep - that's the main reason I'm looking to buy it.
4-8 04:44
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Well that is really sad, because, there is so much potencial on this device and we have to hold it due to fear of bricking it....
4-8 06:33
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ro_flyer Posted at 4-8 06:33
Well that is really sad, because, there is so much potencial on this device and we have to hold it due to fear of bricking it....

Just because it happened to us, does not mean it will affect all the smart controllers.

We just can’t Risk something happening and being without an earning platform for over a month.

I’m sure that safe apps can be installed without an issue.

How to gauge and measure what constitutes a know safe app is a whole other question though!

4-8 07:07
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Nigelpugh7 Posted at 4-8 07:07
Just because it happened to us, does not mean it will affect all the smart controllers.

We just can’t Risk something happening and being without an earning platform for over a month.

A word from DJI would help. They are working in a miraculous SC FW update that seems that will solve all issues...
4-8 07:11
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Great question and topic.  This can help each of us figure out what might and might not work on the limited range that they have given the Android version on the Smart Controller.


Well, now that I went downstairs to retrieve the SC to see if it recognized a thumb drive inserted into the usb port (it did) and if I could copy a file from the SC to the thumb drive (it did), I guess I can see what's installed in the way of 3rd party apps.  I can tell you that google play and associated modules do NOT work.  Nor did the apk for APKPURE.    I have used the Apkpure web site via the browser to install other apps.  

I have installed Parrot (audio recording app) to test if the internal microphone works - it does but gain needed to be upped.

I installed the BRAVE 3rd party browser as someone expressed concern about the included browser and privacy.

I have installed the Asus file manager a very nice and simple file manager that I use on my phone.  I can inform that the SC can play music tracks.  Oh, in earlier tests I found that I could view videos and pdf files.  So you could take along video tutorials or pdf manuals for field consulting.

I have installed UAV Forecast.  It generally works but any app that relies on Google services for mapping can be limited.  

I installed Tide Now WA - for tides along the WA state coast.

Accuweather works.

Oh, I installed Airmore - it allows wifi transfer of files between the SC and my computer (or tablet) using the browser on computer to find and copy files.

DevCheck to give into on the SC's various systems, battery.  Okay, where the light sensor as it does react when I move my hand over the unit.  (g)

Oh, wow, I just plugged in an old usb mouse and it works.  I could select fields in the DevCheck app and open them!

Well, that's my report as of now.  


4-8 09:09
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ff22 Posted at 4-8 09:09
Great question and topic.  This can help each of us figure out what might and might not work on the limited range that they have given the Android version on the Smart Controller.

And so far have you noticed any impact on the overall performance or any glitch on the SC?
4-9 15:45
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ro_flyer Posted at 4-9 15:45
And so far have you noticed any impact on the overall performance or any glitch on the SC?

Well, I did lockup temporarily the controller when I tried running Google Play/Services.  Reboot and deleted it.  I think I may have had that happen with another app or two.  But I've not noticed any other issues.  

The thing I should try is using Parrot while flying although I'm not really one for narrating a video.  But I could see it could help if I described what I was doing  when reviewing what a flight was like.

I had expected more responses...

I guess people are not into experimenting or using 3rd party sources for app.
4-9 15:54
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ff22 Posted at 4-9 15:54
Well, I did lockup temporarily the controller when I tried running Google Play/Services.  Reboot and deleted it.  I think I may have had that happen with another app or two.  But I've not noticed any other issues.  

The thing I should try is using Parrot while flying although I'm not really one for narrating a video.  But I could see it could help if I described what I was doing  when reviewing what a flight was like.

I guess everybody have been spooked by the posts above which one of the guys describes how his SC was bricked by installing 3rd party apps....
4-9 16:21
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ro_flyer Posted at 4-9 16:21
I guess everybody have been spooked by the posts above which one of the guys describes how his SC was bricked by installing 3rd party apps....

Well, I do keep fingers crossed, knock on wood and avoid ladders and black cats but unlike Nigel, I do have the regular controller to fall back on if the darn SC bricked.  Usually, it is really hard to brick Android devices by installing apps but it can happen.  

I would just like to hear what others have experimented with.  

As I wrote elsewhere, I have now paired with a BT mouse.  Now, I really don't expect to use that in the field, but it could be convenient in the comfort of my den.  Plus some experimentation if fun especially for this old guy.  
4-9 20:32
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