It has been several months since the launch of iPhone App Store and the jailbreak apps still seem to be popular with iPhone users.
However its the Open Source Package Installer and Handler for the iPhone, Cydia that is now more popular with iPhone developers and users than Installer App to install the jailbreak apps.
Folks at RIP Dev who have just released an updated version of Installer App to bring it on par with Cydia.
Update (Nov 13, 2008):
Readers TRIXXY DIXXY, Aaron
and Energy have reported that the Installer update has bricked their iPhone 3G.
Its strange as I haven’t faced this issue. However, based on their bad
experience I would advice you to proceed with extreme caution.
Installer app was developed to simplify application management on the jailbroken iPhone and was released almost a year back. It quickly became one of the popular iPhone apps as it made it very easy to install jailbreak apps which until that point was a complicated process and was only for the technically inclined users.
Below is a list of enhancements and bug fixes in the latest version of Installer app:
- Added user-driven ratings. We encourage you to submit your votes for various packages. Once more data will be collected (in a few days), that will be reflected on the Featured page.
- SpringBoard is no longer terminated after the software was installed or removed.
- Proxies are (again) supported. The support was broken after we moved to libcurl.
- Introduced download timeouts (again) that were disabled after the move to libcurl.
- Reworked many parts of the engine in an effort to get rid of the occasional GUI stalls.
- If a particular source fails to update, it will be moved to “disabled” state for 6 hours and will not be included in the all sources refresh process. The disabled state is listed as the source icon with a red “stop” sign over it. This is done to prevent unnecessary stalls at the sources refresh if one of the sources goes offline for whatever reason. If you’d like to retry it before 12 hour interval, open its info and hit Refresh button there.
- Removed customInfo support as it was mostly used for unnecessary ads that were disturbing many people. These pages are normally reachable from the “More Info” link.
- Much better error reporting. Forget these “error 3?s and such. The descriptions are much more human readable now. And for script errors, it will show an actual script command that caused an error.
- Installer will prevent iPhone/iPod touch from sleeping when it’s downloading or installing something.
- The app icon badge should behave better now.
- Lots of smaller fixes and optimizations.
One of the interesting features in the latest version of Installer app is the ability to rate an unofficial iPhone applications or packages as seen in the screenshot below:
However, as Doug over at InstallerApps (the blog) points out:
"Unless they get past the source compatibility issue(and can use Cydia sources too), then it will take a long time to catch up."
Competition is always healthy so it is good to see folks at RIP Dev releasing the much awaited update. They are also promising that there will more frequent updates.
Do you still use the Installer App? What do you think of the latest update? Tell us in the comments.
Update (Nov 13, 2008):
Readers TRIXXY DIXXY, Aaron and Energy have reported that the Installer update has bricked their iPhone 3G. Its strange as I haven’t faced this issue. However, based on their bad experience I would advice you to proceed with extreme caution.
Thanks guys for sharing your experience for the benefit of fellow readers.
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