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The Apple Watch

Posted by universalis on 28 February 2015

Watch42_CalendarWe have completed the development of our Apple Watch apps, and they work beautifully. As soon as Apple start accepting submissions to the App Store, we will submit these apps, and with any luck they will be available from the very first day of the Apple Watch – just as Universalis was on the very first day of the iPhone App Store.

These apps are not a separate product. They come as part of the Universalis and Catholic Calendar  apps which are already in the App Store. If you haven’t got either app, Universalis is approximately £9.99 / $13.99 / €12.99 and Catholic Calendar is free. So you have no excuse not to try it out!

What the app does

When you open it, you see the calendar for the next few days. You can turn the crown to scroll through the list. (Universalis gives you yesterday, today and the week ahead; Catholic Calendar gives you yesterday, today and tomorrow).

Watch42_GIf you tap on a day, you will see the Gospel for the day. Again, the crown will let you scroll through the whole text.


As well as the Gospel, you can see the First and Second Readings for the Mass of the day. To get these, press firmly on the Gospel screen, and a menu will pop up for you to choose the reading you want.

And that’s all.

All the pictures are for the bigger, 42mm Apple Watch. If you are getting the smaller, 38mm, model, then here is what you will see:

Watch38_Calendar Watch38_1Watch38_G

One more thing…

The Apple Watch has things called Glances. A Glance is a single screen of information. You can jump from one Glance to the next with a flick of your finger.

Our Apple Watch apps provide a Glance which tells you what the feast of the day is. Instant, and simple. And if you tap on the Glance, it opens the app.


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The Eastern General calendar

Posted by universalis on 23 February 2015

When you are looking through the list of available local calendars in Universalis, you may be puzzled by the mysterious “Eastern General” calendar which appears just before “Europe” in the list. Here is an explanation.

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Amazon bug in Kindle Fire

Posted by universalis on 11 February 2015

On 10 February 2014 a bug was reported to us on the Kindle Fire, which caused the Universalis app to stop working. The bug only affected certain models of the Kindle Fire, and possibly only certain users of those models. Amazon are incapable of providing technical support.

Everybody’s Universalis apps started working again, eventually. The full details are below, copied from the original article.

On 10 February 2015 the same thing has happened. The symptoms are the same, and again the problem seems to cure itself spontaneously in the end. Because it is an intermittent problem, it is not possible to tell what is causing it, or what actions will make it go away, or whether it is just necessary to wait a day or two for the problem to go away by itself.

The Universalis app for Android exists in only one version, for all Android devices, so there must be something special about the Kindle Fire.


The Universalis application works perfectly in every respect except the following:

  • All the text pages (the Hours, the Order of Mass, Readings at Mass) are completely blank.
  • In the “Font size” setting screen, the sample text is blank.


For some people, this happens all the time. Others have found that it sometimes happens and sometimes doesn’t: they try, and they see blank page; they try a little later, and they see text.

One user reports that deleting and re-installing the Universalis application cures the problem (for a short while). Others report that it doesn’t.

Some people report that shutting down their device and starting it up again cures the problem (for a short while). Others report that is doesn’t.

One user reports: “I switched my wifi off and on again and I got to Vespers. Setting it up for Compline failed. Switching wifi off and then on again brought up Compline.” We would be very interested to know if other people have the same experience. But that user then wrote back and said that the next day everything was working perfectly!

Versions affected

Amazon’s name Software version
Kindle Fire HD (Previous Generation) System Version 7.4.6 user 4620220
Kindle Fire HD (Previous Generation) System Version 7.4.7 user 4730120
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ System Version 8.4.6 user 4620220
Kindle Fire System Version 10.4.6 user 4620220

No report received

Please let us know if you have any of the following Kindle Fires:

Amazon’s name Software version
Kindle Fire HD 11.3.1
Kindle Fire HDX 13.3.1
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ 14.3.1
More models have been added since this article was originally written.

Please help us to make these lists complete. Here are instructions for finding out the version of your Kindle system software. Here are instructions for finding out what model of Kindle Fire you have.

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