Most of today’s Android smartphones come with a bundle of sensors like accelerometer, ambient light, proximity as well as an e-compass. There are plenty of applications on the official Android Market that let you take full advantage of these apps and in this article we will go through some of them that are worth a try.
Most of the GPS applications that you will find for your smartphone will connect to the satellites and they will start with your current location. However, if you are a little bit curios and you want to find out the current status of your handset’s GPS, like the number of satellites that are transmitting, you might want to download GPS Status which will provide all the relevant details in a very attractive graphical format.
You also might want to have a closer look at JuicePlotter to check and see where all your battery is going. You can also find out your charging and discharging patterns, along with tracking you battery level. You will get a short graph that will tell you the consumption level of your battery.
Many of us use our smartphones in order to identify and connect to a local Wi-Fi network. There are dozens of apps available which will tell you the current speed, volume of transmitted data as well as signal strength. A simple app would have to be NetCounter which will show you information regarding data transfer which is a great way for keeping track of the transfer rates. You also might want to try SpeedTest with which you can run a data transmission test in order to verify the transfer speed. With WiFi Analyzer you get a nice graphical display that will show you the signal strength of the Wi-Fi network you are connected to.
Out of the long list of Android sensor apps we also find Seismo which uses the phone’s accelerometer in order to detect whenever you shake or wobble the handset, exhibiting all of the movement through a graph. This clever little application can turn out to be quite useful whenever you want to find out if a flat surface or an object is shaking or wobbling as all you will have to do is lay your smartphone on the surface or the object and fire up this app. All of the motion will be logged and you have the possibility to save your chart.
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