Having an Android phone that can do loads of things at once is great, but sometimes having to dive in and out of menus in order to turn Wi-Fi on and off, reload the memory card and adjust brightness can be a pain. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simpler way of doing things?
The latest update to SwitchPro Widget gives you control of up to 17 of your Android phone’s functions direct from one of your homescreens.
If your battery is getting low and you want to conserve power, you can quickly turn off 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth all from one control panel. Things like screen brightness settings can also be toggled from the panel.
If you need to reload the SD card after transferring files, you can do that easily from here. Or if you need to keep your phone on silent/vibrate if you’re going into a meeting, you can turn it off here with a simple tap of your finger instead of having to hold down the power button for three seconds like normal.
SwitchPro Widget features a flashlight mode, which loads up a large white page so you can use your phone to look for your housekeys or avoid being eaten by Grues. You can also pair your phone’s camera’s flash in the flashlight mode. However this feature depends on your phone and won’t work on all Android handsets.
A single SwitchPro Widget task bar takes up quarter of a homescreen. You can assign between 5 and 7 functions to each task bar. You can set the background of the task bar to be either defalt, translucent or transparent (see above).
SwitchPro Widget is free to download from the Android Market.
Update: We spoke to SwitchPro’s developer, Leo, who told us that the app should run on devices running Android 1.6 and above. However phones with slightly different builds or versions of Android (ones with custom skins and user interfaces) might not be able to run it, or might have difficulty running it.
It has been tested out and works on the following phones: Nexus One, HTC Desire, Motorola Milestone and Sony Ericsson X10.