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Update 2: Llama has been returned to the Play Store this morning as promised, listed as version 1.2012.12.29.1412. As for the pesky silent mode/vibrate bug? This version's changelog indicates that it is "hopefully fixed."

Update: It looks like KebabApps has pulled Llama from the Play Store while the developer sorts out "a pain-in-the-butt problem involving silent mode," in which the app can – for some users – switch what should be silent mode to vibrate mode. KebabApps, in a blog post, provides more information on the issue, along with a (hopefully) fixed download, which users are encouraged to test, and which will be uploaded to the Play Store "tomorrow morning."

Llama, an extremely popular location-based profiling app, was issued an "über üpdate" today, bringing a handful of big changes from a new UI to bug fixes.

For starters, Llama is now officially compatible with Jelly Bean. With that change, the app got a "semi-Holo" UI which, while not stringently close to the Holo we all know an love, is a step in the right direction (though Llama, like Tasker, could still due with some UI TLC). The interface is based around four familiar tabs – Areas, Events, Profiles, and Recent, and remains pretty straight-forward.

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Llama's update also brings event sharing, meaning users who have created location-based events can share them with others after only a single long-press on the event.

Users will also enjoy LlamaTone rate limiting, event delays based on seconds (rather than minutes), and a handful of new actions and conditions. Here's a full look at the change log:

What's in this version:

über üpdate!!! Bugs via EMAIL not comments, ta!
Known bug: vibrate mode may be silent
JellyBean support
Llama event sharing
Semi-Holo UI (Android 4+)
LlamaTone rate limiting (i.e stop gtalk constantly beeping)
Change list item limits (debug settings)
Event delays in seconds rather than minutes
Bug fixes
+Actions
Intent can use 'extras'
Set Llama variable can increment/decrement
+Conditions
NFC tag
Roaming
Mobile data enabled
Mobile data connected
Fat Llama? Go to website for smaller version

Whether you're already a fan of Llama or just want a great location-based method of automating your phone's settings, hit the widget below and grab version 1.2012.12.28.1222.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://twitter.com/mobilephonesfan Mobile Phones Fan

    the app got a "semi-Holo" UI which, while not stringently close to the Holo we all know an love, is a step in the right direction

    You've got to be kidding. Llama was always a strikingly ügly -- not to forget nearly incomprehensible -- app, but even so this "über üpdate" is ünderwhelming.

    And please don't defame Android's style guide. Any dev with the cajones to call that mess 'Holo inspired' should be flogged with a Lightning cable.
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    • Wayne Randall

      It's one guy, cut him some slack. Besides, it does everything¹ Tasker can.

      ¹ I have both, and the the only thing different I can see is Llama's free. And easier to use out of the box. But there's probably something I haven't noticed or used, I'll prepare for the flogging.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I'm interested - how does this post defame Android's "style guide"? Llama's own description uses the term "semi-Holo UI," and the rest of that sentence (read: the context) points out that it's definitely NOT strictly adherent to the design guidelines.

    • http://twitter.com/Codexx Cody Curry

      I'm with you to an extent. I think the "Holo" being just a simple swipe menu is pretty underwhelming. But it's still a huge step up in terms of usability. A lot of the UI does need to be rethought. Long taps for stuff that should just be single-tap. And usually that just brings up a menu instead of understanding context. There's plenty of room for improvement. I've certainly got ideas if the developer is accepting submissions. That being said, I think it's a step in the right direction and it shows commitment to adhering to Android's design guidelines in the future.

  • John

    Sweet.

    The Play widget (free one) link is broken.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Yep, Llama's developer has pulled the app. I've updated the post with more information.

  • Pau1ey

    And it's off the Play Store... See Llama's website: http://kebabapps.blogspot.com/

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Thanks for the note, updating the post now.

      • Pau1ey

        Sure no problem!

  • woj_tek

    does it finally set's correct volume in JB?

  • http://profiles.google.com/k3gman Keg Man

    Love this app and been using it since my droidx. for something thats almost set it and forget it, im surprised its look is even a factor. It can be confusing a bit but its not exactly made for the casual user