Edit (September 21, 2020):
Here’s what we can say for now:
Ratio Pro as it is now (without the Tree) is going to become the basic version of Ratio, available to everyone for free forever and we will continue updating it .
The main distinction between what was Ratio Light and what was Ratio Pro is about permissions, more specifically the fact that one of the permissions (ie “Write Secure Settings”) can only be activated from an external computer (at least for non-rooted devices). That is the reason why the installation of Ratio Pro had to be done via BllocDesk.
This permission and the features that rely on it (such as App Lock, Color/Greyscale Mode etc.) are still part of Ratio but new users wanting to use these features will have to download an external tool on their computer to enable the permission (there will be a download link inside the Permission Manager of Ratio).
As a result, starting from v3.2.8, there will only be 1 “variant” of Ratio available for everyone, just called Ratio , it will be installed via BllocServices at first and later (hopefully from v3.2.9) via the Play Store.
Then later when the Tree comes out, it will be available via an in-app subscription to what will then be called Ratio Pro .
In the end it will be just one app for everyone, with a subscription model inside the app. Details on the subscription and how much it will be will be posted later on the forums here from our team.
Edit (September 21, 2020): the following information is now outdated
As some of you might have seen already, we’re preparing two versions of ratio: Pro and Light. The differences between these two are explained below.
Ratio Pro is the complete experience that we want to deliver, it will come with the Tree (our messaging hub) and the function to set apps in grayscale/color. It will eventually have exclusive features. Ratio Pro requires that the method to install it is through Blloc desk, since the computer gives the app special permissions that we require for these features to work.
Ratio Light is a version that doesn’t require these special permissions and can be installed directly from your phone, downloading the application file (.apk). Eventually we’ll try to get it into the Play store, although google can be very strict with their rules sometimes so it’s not sure that it will be accepted.
The differences between the two at the moment are these:
- Ratio pro has the grayscale/color feature
- Ratio pro handles better the functions that require accessibility enabled (Custom brightness and rotation for apps, and app lock) since it’s able to keep these services alive all the time.
In the future, the differences will be:
- Ratio pro has the Tree section
- Ratio pro has special root cards that won’t work on ratio lite.
- Ratio pro will be able to perform tasks that Ratio lite can’t.