Dec 27, 2012
Everything mobile uses Wi-Fi,this includes Android tablets and phones. Something to consider though is there really isn’t good preinstalled application for managing Wi-Fi on Android devices. This week’s list of free Android apps will be talking about a few applications to help manage Android Wi-Fi.
Lookator is an augmented reality app to help locate the source of the Wi-Fi signal. When in an area with a lot of different Wi-Fi sources, knowing which signals are unsecured is the first step in the process. The second step is to find the source because not everyone names their Wi-Fi. Lookator displays the name of the Wi-Fi sources on an overlay or layer to the Android. The screen shows what the rear camera sees. Each of the Wi-Fi locations are displayed on the actual building vs. just seeing a name and the strength of the signal. Take a look here to see what that looks like.
Wi-Fi Keep Alive
Part of the battery saving options some Android devices have is to turn off the Wi-Fi when the screen shuts off or after a set amount of time if the device is plugged in. This can be problematic especially if downloading something. Wi-Fi Keep Alive solves this problem by forcing the Wi-Fi to stay on. Using the home screen widget to easily toggle the default setting.
FoxFi (WiFi Tether w/o Root)
Not all of the wireless carriers allow Wi-Fi tethering to other devices. Fortunately for us, FoxFi fixes that problem. It can turn a non-rooted Android device into a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth hotspot. Using an app like this is a great way feed a Wi-Fi signal to a laptop or tablet when no other source is available.