View Full Version : [Sugestion] On Android Task Bar

01-30-2012, 05:41 PM
Could we have an option to disable the task bar Icon on the android. I like having it running in the background but I OCD about things in the task bar.
Otherwise this is the perfect app ive been waiting for! Thank-you so ♥♥♥♥ing much Valve!

Edit: Also when you select 'Friend Activity', would it be possible to have another menu from there to view your own activity? Also being able to view your achievements progress, this no doubt has been asked for and already been taken into account.

01-30-2012, 05:48 PM
In Settings you can uncheck "Ongoing Service". Then our service will not elevate its privileges to so called foreground service. The risk is that Android OS will kill Steam that is running in the background and you will not know, I will explain it in more details below.

Basically, Android platform never really frees memory of applications that users run. When you run N+1st application Android will decide which of the "background" applications to evict and free up some memory. Unless Steam has a foreground service it will be a likely candiate for getting killed. That is why we, by default, request to be a "foreground service" which displays an icon in Android Notifications Bar under "Ongoing" category. Developers used to be able to elevate their service privilege to "foreground service" without putting a notification, but starting from Android 2.2, if I remember correctly, it is required for the application to provide an icon in the Android Notifications Bar to inform user that application is actively running in the background.

If your phone has plenty of free RAM and you don't run a lot of apps you can uncheck the "Ongoing Service" in Steam settings and we will not display the "Ongoing" icon and will not run as "foreground service". Steam will still attempt to be running in the background, subject to Android OS background scheduling and other apps memory pressure. When running in the background Steam will provide brief notifications when it lost connection to Steam servers or reconnected. It will also provide new chat notifications for incoming chats. Even if Steam process gets killed by Android OS, Steam servers will switch your community user status to Away and attempt to keep your session alive for another hour. If you get an incoming chat message during that hour Steam servers will try to launch background Steam app on your mobile device via a special push notification and you should receive that chat message, but push notifications can be unreliable. If the mobile client doesn't reconnect within an hour after connection loss, then the mobile session for that device goes offline.

Hopefully that explains the tradeoffs between seeing the Ongoing notification icon giving easy shortcut to access your Steam friends and turning it off. We however made every effort for Steam app to work well even if you turn the ongoing notification off, so you are welcome to experiment and let us know.


01-30-2012, 05:51 PM
Oh thanks, someone delete this thread.

Savage Alien
01-30-2012, 05:58 PM
The discussion on this topic is in this thread: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2509188