Android apps of the day [April 17, 2012]

Today’s Apps

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Apps for April 17, 2012

F18 Carrier Landing

As the name may suggest, F18 Carrier Landing is a flight simulator game which focuses on landing F18 aircraft. Using a mix of on-screen controls and your device’s accelerometer, you land an F18 either on an aircraft carrier or on an airstrip in an air base. The best part about this game is the graphics are 3D and extremely good for a mobile device, especially considering no additional game packs need to be downloaded.

The free version of F18 Carrier Landing lets you do free flying from an aircraft carrier or air base and landing on an aircraft carrier or airstrip. The paid version of F18 Carrier Landing adds more features such as missions and random landings.

Price: Free, $1.03

Version discovered: v2.3

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 15 MB

F18 Carrier Landing Lite on Play Store | F18 Carrier Landing on Play Store

Badass Battery Monitor

Android has a built-in battery monitor that tells you how much battery a specific app has consumed. However, that built-in battery monitor isn’t, let’s say, very useful when trying to keep track of battery consumption. Badass Battery Monitor is an app that allows users to get better insight on power consumption. Badass Battery Monitor provides a list which shows how much battery power has been consumed by the phone, screen, phone radio, WiFi, when the device was awake, Bluetooth, and apps. The apps usage breaks own into nine separate lists. One list shows percentage of battery consumed by individual apps; percentage of battery consumed by individual apps minus foreground CPU usage; CPU minutes used by individual apps; CPU minutes used by individual apps minus foreground CPU usage; network data used by individual apps; GPS time used by individual apps; sensor time used by individual apps; the amount of time individual apps held the device awake; and the number of times individual apps woke your device.

In addition to what is mentioned above, Badass Battery Monitor predicts how much time your device has left based on the level of battery; how much talk time you would get out of the remaining battery; and your average battery life. Plus Badass Battery Monitor puts an icon in the notification bar that shows the percentage of battery left, an entry in the pull-down menu, and has a 1×1 widget that shows remaining battery life.

Badass Battery Monitor (free version) has all the features mentioned above. Badass Battery Monitor Pro adds more features such as optimized view for tablets.

Price: Free, $1.99

Version discovered: v2.8

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 1.3 MB

Badass Battery Monitor on Play Store | Badass Battery Monitor Pro on Play Store

Thanks Randy!

Exchange Rates

Exchange Rates is an app that allows users to easily convert money from one currency to another. With Exchange Rates you pick your “base” currency (by default it is set to US dollar) and enter whatever amount you want to convert. Exchange Rate then shows that amount in multiple other currencies, by default showing the amount in Euro, British Pound Sterling, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan, Canadian Dollar, and Mexican Peso but also giving users the ability to add any other currency. Exchange Rates supports most, if not all, currencies of the world so you can pick any currency as your base and/or add any currency to the exchange rate list. The best part about Exchange Rates is it automatically updates the exchange rates but still gives users the ability to a) manually override the rates and b) work in “offline mode” meaning automatic updates are disabled.

Price: Free with a $2.39 donate version

Version discovered: v1.7.2

Requires: Android 1.6 and up

Download size: 750 KB

Exchange Rates on Play Store | Exchange Rates (Donate) on Play Store

dotTechies: We have tested all the apps listed above. However, Android Apps of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new apps. Always use your best judgement when downloading apps, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing paid apps, if applicable.

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  1. tejas

    The developer of Badass Battery Monitor is very responsive to suggestions. While trying out the app, I wrote him and asked if he had considered adding the battery temperature to the Notification area. 4 days later, the feature was added! :)

    F18 Carrier Landing is pretty cool….. I’ve yet to successfully land the plane.