Android apps of the day [June 29, 2012]

Today’s Apps

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Apps for June 29, 2012

WiFi Hacker (bgn)

dotTech has featured prank apps in the past, such as Solar Battery Charger or Scare Your Friends. WiFi Hacker (bgn) is another prank app; this time you are tricking people into thinking you are hacking their WiFi network.

WiFi Hacker (bgn) is very simple to use. You open the app, turn on WiFi, select a WiFi network to “hack”, and WiFi Hacker (bgn) does its thing. It flashes a bunch of text and progress bars on-screen to make people think it is actually doing something. Then when it is done it asks you if you want to receive the WiFi network password via e-mail or stored in a local text file. (It won’t actually show you a password because WiFi Hacker (bgn) doesn’t really hack anything.)

Of course this¬†charade won’t fool everyone but it surely will trick some of your less tech-savvy acquaintances.

Take note WiFi Hacker (bgn) displays push notification ads. So if you want this app but don’t want the push ads, either block WiFi Hacker (bgn)’s Internet access using something like DroidWall or block ads with AdAway.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.8

Requires: Android 2.0 and up

Download size: 603 KB

WiFi Hacker (bgn) on Play Store

Battleship

Ever played Battleship, the board game? Battleship, the Android app is the exact same game.

In Battleship you select where you want to place your five ships (you can select a random formation or manually arrange the ships yourself); then you go head-to-head against the computer, taking turns at bombing areas on each others map. If you hit an enemy ship, you get to take another turn. If you miss, your turn is over and the computer then takes a strike at you. If the computer hits your ship, the computer gets another turn. If it misses, it is your turn again. The game goes back and forth until someone wins by sinking all of the opponent’s ships.

With all things considered, this particular Battleship app is very simple; you can’t even play two players. (The develop plans on adding the ability to play against other people via Bluetooth in future versions — it isn’t available right now.) However the advantage of this simplicity is it allows you to enjoy an age-old board game without headaches of needing to configure advanced functionality.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.3

Requires: Android 2.2 and up

Download size: 7.2 MB

Battleship on Play Store

Woot Check

Are you addicted to Woot.com? If yes then Woot Check may be the app for you. Woot Check is an app that allows users view the daily deals for Woot, Wine.Woot, Shirt.Woot, Sellout.Woot, Kids.Woot, Home.Woot, Sport.Woot, Moofi, and Deals.Woot. It shows the specific product which is up for sale, images of the product, product condition, price, and how many of the products remain; plus there is a “I Want One!” button which takes you to Woot’s website from where you can make purchases.

Other features of Woot Check include push notifications of daily deals and Woot-Offs, ability to view full product details for each product, a link to the discussion for each product, and the ability to share each deal with friends via Gmail, email, messaging, etc.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.8

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 751 KB

Woot Check 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. Chris Christensen

    Ashraf and Co. —

    I really enjoy your daily outpouring of great software links for the three operating systems. And it’s all stuff I’d surely never come across without your tireless efforts.

    All the best,

    Chris