Android apps of the day [May 10, 2012]

Today’s Apps

  • Network Signal Speed Booster [Boost network signals by using the best available cell phone tower near you]
  • Speed Up Your Internet [Speed up Internet speeds by closing apps/services that unnecessarily suck bandwidth]
  • AppDrawer [A customizable app drawer that can be used to replace the app drawer your currently have]

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Apps for May 10, 2012

Network Signal Speed Booster

Having issues with signal strength/coverage in your area? Network Signal Speed Booster may be able to help. Network Signal Speed Booster isn’t a magic pill to solve signal woes; the coverage in your area solely depends on how many cell phone towers your cell phone company puts up in your area. How Network Signal Speed Booster helps is it looks for the ‘best’ available cell phone tower in your area (i.e. in range of your cell phone) and connects your Android device to that cell phone tower. For some people this results in stronger signals while for others it does nothing. As I already mentioned, Network Signal Speed Booster isn’t a magic pill — results vary highly from device to device depending on external factors such as distance to cell towers. The only way to know if it will help is giving it a try yourself.

Oh and if you are worried that using Network Signal Speed Booster is hard, then stop worrying. To use Network Signal Speed Booster all you have to do is run the app and it does everything on its own… there isn’t even a button to press.

Network Signal Speed Booster is free, fully functional, but ad-supported. Network Signal Speed Booster P is paid, fully functional, and ad-free.

Price: Free, $1.98

Version discovered: v1.0.0.8

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 543 KB

Network Signal Speed Booster on Play Store | Network Signal Speed Booster P on Play Store

Speed Up Your Internet

Have issue with your Internet connection? It could be because bandwidth is either being sucked or reserved by apps/services in the background. Speed Up Your Internet is an app that attempts to speed up your Internet connection speed by terminating these background bandwidth sucking/reserving apps/services. Depending on how many of these bandwidth consuming apps/services your device had running, you may (or may not) experience a boost in Internet speed.

Using Speed Up Your Internet is as easy as pressing a button — the app does the rest for you.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.2

Requires: Android 1.6 and up

Download size: 922 KB

Speed Up Your Internet on Play Store


Use a custom ROM that does not have a app drawer (e.g. MIUI)? Or maybe the app drawer that comes with your ROM/device/homescreen launcher does not make you feel all fuzzy inside. Whatever the case may be, AppDrawer is an app drawer alternative. (It is not a homescreen launcher app.) The attraction to this app is it works with any homescreen launcher (including third-party homescreen launcher apps and stock homescreen launchers). Plus AppDrawer is highly customizable with features such as: showing apps in a list, grid, or paged; selecting number of rows/columns; changing background image or color; changing font type and font size; sorting apps by name, install date, or frequency; and more.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.5.1

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 379 KB

AppDrawer 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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