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March 21 2011

09:45

NetCounter – A traffic counter for Android

NetCounter is a nice and simple network traffic counter. It does what you would expect it to: counting your traffic. You can see the traffic consumption of your GSM and Wifi traffic and also configure volume based alarms. This comes in handy if you got a traffic limit. You can also configure, add or remove the different dynamic counters and export or import the data as csv. NetCounter starts automatically with your phone and there was no noticeable battery usage for me and I had it running for the last few days.

Find more information, project links and discussion on the app in this post.

March 05 2011

18:46

Android Battery Dog

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.

Find more information, project links and discussion on the app in this post.

Tags: Tools

February 24 2011

14:53

Marine Compass – 3D compass for Android

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 :-)

Find more information, project links and discussion on the app in this post.

February 23 2011

15:36

Vudroid – A better Open Source PDF Reader for Android

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.

Find more information, project links and discussion on the app in this post.

February 22 2011

06:00

Wardrive — List Wifi Networks on a Map

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 :)

Find more information, project links and discussion on the app in this post.

Tags: Tools

February 19 2011

06:00

KeePassDroid — A Mobile Password Safe

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 :)

Find more information, project links and discussion on the app in this post.

Tags: Tools

February 12 2011

19:20

Night Clock – Clean and simple dock replacement

Night Clock is a simple clock which works especially well in dock mode — if you own one. It replaced the default motorola dock app for me, I didn’t have any use at all for the weather or slideshow features. I just want to use a clock with a dark background. You can modify the font and color and set some options like muting notifications when Night Clock is running, or displaying the time the next alarm is going to go off. Tipping on the screen dims the display, so it doesn’t have to be annoyingly bright.

For me it’s the perfect dock replacement, it has no unnecessary crap and does just the things I want.

Find more information, project links and discussion on the app in this post.

February 04 2011

16:16

DiskUsage – Visual presentation of your phones disk usage

There are lots of Open Source tools like filelight or ncdu, which visualize the disk usage of your computer. The Android app DiskUsage does the same on your smartphone. I was kind of surprised how well this app works. It’s really flawless, fast and easy to use. Browsing and swiping through your sdcard or phone storage is really smooth and atop of that, looks great ;)

Find more information, project links and discussion in this post.

January 28 2011

06:00

Timeriffic

Timeriffic lets you control your phone’s behaviour according to the time and day. You can change settings ranging from the display brightness to vibration alarm. For example, I use it to deactivate wifi and activate bluetooth when I drive to work in the morning and have a louder ringtone throughout the day.

Unfortunately the app is too colorful for my taste and the ui too crowded, but it does its job very well.

Find more information, project links and discussion in this post.

January 21 2011

06:48

SwiFTP – FTP-Server for Android

SwiFTP is an FTP-Server app. It enables the wireless access to the data located on your smartphone. The setup is really straightforward and once started you can access your phone’s data with any device that features a ftp-client. Especially when wanting to just quickly copy some files between computer and smartphone this comes in handy as you don’t have to plug in your phone via usb but just simply start SwiFTP.

Unfortunately, Dave Revell quit maintaining it. It still works, but if anyone wants to pick this nice project up please contact him.

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