Archive for July, 2011

Dual Battery Widget – The Jewell of Dual Battery Tracking

 Dual Battery Widget (Tablet App Review)

Excuse the blurred screenshot, it's a deliberate attempt to highlight the widget on my over populated homescreen.

So here we are, our first Tablet app review on Android Apt. Although I say review, it’s more of a top-tip and even then it’s a tip that only really applies to anyone who happens to own an Asus Transformer. So, to the 3 people still left reading this here’s my top-tip app recommendation.

Designed by Artiom Chilaru with the Asus Transformer in mind, Dual Battery Widget is a handy visual tool that tracks the status of both the battery in your tablet and the one in the keyboard dock.

There are a number of options that allow you to tailor the widget’s appearance to your requirements plus it’s completely resizeable.  You can have it take up just one cell of your home-screen or expand it up to fill the whole display.

You can also use the widget to access the battery stats if that’s the kind of thing that gets you all giddy on the inside.

Without any default way to track the charge in your Asus keyboard dock, Dual Battery Widget is nothing short of an essential install for any Asus Transformer owner.

About This App :

  • Version Reviewed : 0.7.7
  • Requires Android : 1.6 and up
  • Category : Tools
  • Size : 306k
  • Price : Free

Links : Download via Android Marketplace, Download via AppBrain, Developer’s Website

Bottom Line : Quite simply a must-download for every Asus Transformer.

gAppsLauncher – Your Personalised Google Launchpad

 gAppsLauncher

If you’re the average Android devotee it’s a pretty likely situation that Google is playing a hefty part in your day-to-day routine. Whether it’s handling your emails, supplying your news feeds or being your new social network BFF, Google has a number of great tools at your disposal.

The downside to this is that many tools means many icons to keep organised which results in time-wasting homescreen navigation and space-filling icons to organise.

Enter gAppsLauncher, a simple collection of widgets that group together your all important Google services.

You can choose from a selection of widget sizes along with the whole gamut of Google services to fill them with (complete with eye-catching icons).
The widgets themselves are pretty flexible, you can fill them with as many icons as you like and each service can link to either its app or webpage counterpart.

Once you’ve set up your ideal Google based widget you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.

If anything, this is the kind of idea that should come standard with Android, maybe Google should be taking notes.

About This App :

  • Version Reviewed : 1.3.4
  • Requires Android : 1.5 and up
  • Category : Tools
  • Size : 420k
  • Price : Free

Links : Download via Android Marketplace, Download via AppBrain

Bottom Line : A simple yet perfectly executed idea for the Android fanatic. Recommended.

Android Apt : Normal Service Will Resume Shortly

Hey there! How have you been? Any regular visitors to Android Apt may have noticed the sizeable drop-off in activity on this blog over the last month. In case you didn’t already know, this Android blog is the work of just one person (yours truly) and the month of July has kept me somewhat busy with a number of other projects to juggle.

One of those projects has involved writing content for a new Android magazine that hit the shelves yesterday.

Hmmmm, just look at all that lovely Android green.

Produced by Imagine Publishing, ‘Android Magazine‘ is a new monthly mag dedicated to Android users, it’s currently on sale in the UK in all major newsagents and will launch in the U.S. shortly in B&N stores. Android Magazine covers all aspects of Android with hardware and app reviews, tutorials for beginners and a dedicated ‘Hacker Zone’ for the users more adept at ‘getting under the hood’ of their favourite handset.

For a limited time it’s also possible for UK readers to get the first three issues for just £1 by subscribing online.

Another thing that’s been keeping me busy is my new Android Honeycomb Tablet. Having looked about for a good model I finally went for the Asus Transformer (or as my kids refer to it, The Double iPad). It’s a lovely bit of kit, perhaps not quite an iPad beater in the eyes of the casual consumer but for an Android fan it’s currently one of the best choices available.

Asus Transformer - Tablet In Disguise

As good as Honeycomb is there’s still a few bug bears and the app support isn’t quite where it could be. This has meant that I’ve spent the last few weeks digging around the marketplace for serviceable tablet-based replacements for the main apps that I used on my HTC Desire. In effect I’ve been pondering over tweaking the content of the site to cover apps for anyone else who’s new to Honeycomb.

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Keep a sharp eye out, there should be some new ‘Android Apt’ content coming your way soon.

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