Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/20/app_of_the_week_android_five_handy_utilities/

Five... friendly, free Android apps

Simple utilities you shouldn't be without

By Alun Taylor

Posted in Phones, 20th December 2011 10:00 GMT

Android App of the Week Each too simple to warrant a full App of the Week write-up, these five dinky free programs caught my eye over during the past 12 months and have since taken up permanent residence on my Desire HD.

App Cache Cleaner

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Does exactly what the title suggests and takes a broom to all the guff stored by your apps in their caches. After six months of not bothering to do this, I discovered that I was losing just shy of 300MB of space to cache files, which came as a shock. ACC’s killer feature is an auto-clear setting that can be programmed to run at anything from every hour to every three days.

App Cache Cleaner android app screenshot
App Cache Cleaner android app iconReg Rating 95%
Size 490KB
App2SD Yes
Android Market Download

NetCounter

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A blindingly simple little app that at a glance shows you how much wireless data you have used so far today, this week and this month as well as in the last seven full days. Numbers are shown for both your cellular and Wi-Fi connections and there are no ads, no alerts, no option to restrict data when a limit is hit or any other intrusive nonsense. It’s just a data counter, simple as that.

NetCounter android app screenshot
NetCounter android app iconReg Rating 85%
Size 1.5MB
App2SD No
Android Market Download

Rescan Media

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Improved recognition of new media files is one of the advances contained in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but the rest of us are still occasionally left wondering where the heck those files we just added to our media library have got to. To solve the problem, just tap the Rescan Media icon and in less the blink of an eye all your pictures, videos and music files will appear.

Rescan Media android app screenshot
Rescan Media android app iconReg Rating 90%
Size 36KB
App2SD No
Android Market Download

Skip HTC Locations

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For reasons best known to itself, HTC installs its own mapping system on its Android phones. That I can live with - but the fact that the HTC contacts app’s address search can’t be set to open Google Maps rather than HTC Locations, I can’t. Install Skip HTC Locations and the next time you want to see an address you will be asked which app you want to open. Choose Skip HTC and you get taken to Google Maps and you will never again be troubled by Locations.

Skip HTC Locations android app screenshot
Skip HTC Locations android app iconReg Rating 90%
Size 24KB
App2SD No
Android Market Download

Watchtower

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Worried about how much memory or CPU resources all those apps you downloaded are using? Watchtower is a handy ad-supported app that lets you view application and process demands in real time, and ranked by either CPU or memory use. A third panel shows you recent system demand as an animated line graph. If for some reason your handset starts running slow or the battery life heads into the crapper, Watchtower will help you track down the culprit.

Watchtower android app screenshot
Watchtower android app iconReg Rating 85%
Size 320KB
App2SD No
Android Market Download

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