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"Tell the chef, the beer is on me."
OpenSudoku is, as the name implies, a sudoku game. It comes with 90 puzzles in 3 difficulty levels. You can get more by creating puzzles by yourself on your device, downloading them from the website, or importing them from a SD-Card. Altogether, this is a really nice game for Sudoku fans with an Android smartphone :-)
Analyze what’s happening to your battery level with this app and visualize changes on a graph. This can reveal problems with specific apps (compare a normal graph with what happens when the app is activated) or just show you how your battery behaves. It creates a CSV-File which you can export for further analysis.
The OpenIntents File Manager allows you to browse through the files and folders on your android device and view/open, rename, move or delete them. As part of the OpenIntent project it is created with interoperability and openness in mind, so that other applications can easily incorporate it.
I assume everybody is familiar with what exactly a compass does, so this will be kind of brief. Marine Compass is another simple compass app for your Android smartphone. The basic version is Open Source and there are some themes in the market so you can customize the appearance. The pro version offers some extra features like GPS positions and transparency. The special feature of 3D Compass is that the orientation of the telephone has no influence on the localization result. which is kinda nice. I consider getting the pro version as I liked this app a lot :-)
As promised here is the review of Vudroid. Another PDF Reader for Android with more functions than the one we tested last week. Vudroid is developed by the same developer as PdfDroid and DjvuDroid but these projects are now deprecated and not continued as Vudroid is their successor.
Vudroid offers everything you need for reading comfortably through your PDFs. There is multitouch zoom which works great (you can disable the zoom slider by double tapping on the display), jump-to-page functionality, you can scroll continuously through the pages and fast orientation changing with automatic zoom to full width. The speed of the text buildup depends on the complexity of the document but is generally quick and also much faster than PDF Viewer. One other thing I noticed comparing VuDroid and PDF Viewer is that the text rendering is much sharper as you can see in the screenshot. I think I will switch to VuDroid from Acrobat Reader because at last this is a competative Open Source alternative to the proprietary Adobe Acrobat Reader on Android.
Wardrive is a cool App which allows you to scan wireless access points, keep them stored and finally display them on a map. I couldn’t really test it extensively since it managed to drain the battery of my G1 in about 10 minutes from 100 to 1 percent. Something’s not right there, so you should only run it when there’s a power supply near by. But then it does rock. I just did a KML-export and imported it on Google Maps, it’s quite surprising that there are so many access points around, even in this rural area :)
XkcdViewer is a simple XKCD Comicviewer. Besides showing comics and hovertexts it features a search, favourites, sharing functions and more.
I can’t think of a more comfortable way to browse through XKCD-Comics.
KeePassDroid is the Android port of the popular KeePass Password Management tool, well known for its secure encryption model. If you can’t remember all your passwords (I can’t) and don’t want to use a webservice like LastPass, Xmarks or Google’s Chrome Sync then KeePass is the way to go. The Android App only supports AES right now, but this should be well enough anyways and you can improve security by encrypting the database with an additional keyfile. To keep your database uptodate you can sync it with tools like Swiftp, but KeePassDroid works really well with the Dropbox App, too. Having it automatically synced across your computers can become quite beneficial :)
Beem is a XMPP-Client for your Android. Another well known app for that is Meebo, but since this is a webapp there are some privacy concerns. Beem let’s you connect safely (SSL/TLS) to your own or trusted XMPP-Server and chat with your contacts. On my G1, it’s not too happy when I switch between landscape and portrait-mode too often. Also I’d like to use it with multiple accounts which it can’t handle currently. Being actively developed I hope this’ll come soon. There’s already a Ticket for it ;-)
"Tell the chef, the beer is on me."
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