Friday, April 1, 2016

Battery Notifier Pro BT 2.5.11

Battery Notifier Pro BT 2.5.11 is here and fixes the following issues...

Wrong charging/charged icons displaying in Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Bug fix for charging/charged icons in Android versions earlier than 6.0
Fix for quiet times settings being incorrect after time zone is changed
Small bug fixes and improvements
Updated links to main website and copyright year

If you recently updated to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), be sure to download the latest version of Battery Notifier Pro BT 2.5.11 as well as updating your addon if you are using one, so your charging icons will display correctly.

Android Antivirus update

Just yesterday I was having a conversation with a security guard, and as soon as I mentioned Android, he said, "Do you know there are places you can go on the Internet where all the paid apps are free?  And I sadly replied, "Yes.  But do you think the people that offer these paid apps for free do it because they just think everyone should get free apps?  Or do you think it is more likely they alter it, and then give it to you for free so they can steal information from your phone?"  "Huh." was all he could say.

The above conversation is taken directly from a post on antiviruses I made almost three years ago, and unfortunately the risk of getting your phone or tablet hacked has not decreased much despite several improvements Google has made to the Android operating system.
It's still important to have an antivirus installed on your phone or tablet even if you only install apps directly from Google Play, which is a good first step to avoid getting hacked by an app infected with malware.  Fortunately, there still are some very good solutions, some which are free, and the two we still recommend are still excellent and free.

Recommended Antivirus Apps
Bitdefender Antivirus Free, VirusTotal

Bitdefender Antivirus Free has the same antivirus protection as their Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus, but without all the extras.  The reason we really like Bitdefender Antivirus Free is because of how lightweight it is, and because of how few permissions it needs compared to the other name brand antiviruses.  It uses definitions in the cloud, so you need Internet access to run a scan, but it also scans much faster than the others in our opinion.  It also has options to scan storage, and to automatically scan all new apps, and that's about it.  But if you want something lightweight and simple that isn't going to slow down your tablet or phone, this is it.

From AndroidAuthority...
15 best antivirus Android apps and anti-malware Android apps

"Bitdefender Antivirus Free is perhaps the lightest, most unobtrusive option on this list. It has exactly two features which is to scan and clean your device and then it offers real-time antivirus protection on top of that. The real-time protection scans apps as they are installed and also keeps an eye on what they are doing. The scanning is simple and only takes a few moments to get everything done. This is technically an offshoot of Bitdefender’s much larger antivirus suite, but we found that we loved that there is an option that requires zero configuration and runs as light as this one does."

A great backup antivirus app that also is totally free is VirusTotal.  VirusTotal checks the applications installed in your device against VirusTotal (
It will inform you about malware (virus, trojans, worms) on your phone by having your applications scanned by more than 40 antiviruses, flagging any undesired content.  Please note that VirusTotal for Android does not provide real-time protection and, so, is not a substitute for any antivirus product, just a second opinion regarding your apps.

IMPORTANT - Be sure to download only the original VirusTotal and not others with VirusTotal in the name, as the others not created by VIRUSTOTAL have added permissions that allow the copycat apps to find accounts on your device, read your contacts and read your device's usb storage.

If you would like a more complete antivirus solution, check out the following link....
The best antivirus software for Android by AVTest

Some of the antiviruses listed that offered 100% protection at the link above which also have been around for awhile and have developed good reputations are Bitdefender Mobile Security 3.2, ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus 3.2, G Data Internet Security 25.9, Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 11.9 and Norton Norton Mobile Security 3.13.  Any of them would be excellent choices.  It's interesting to note that Lookout Security & Antivirus 9.33 which used to be excellent, seems to have fallen down recently with only a 77.3% detection of the latest Android malware discovered in the previous 4 weeks.

But again, we see nothing almost three years later to change our minds about still highly recommending Bitdefender Antivirus Free and VirusTotal as the best free and lightweight antivirus solutions for Android.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

How secure is your Android Marshmallow device?

From TechRepublic...
If you're interested in knowing whether your Android Marshmallow device includes the latest security patch and the details of each patch, here's where to look...

How to find out your Android Marshmallow Security Patch level

Android Marshmallow key features

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: All the key features explained thanks to AndroidPIT.

Android Marshmallow isn't an overhaul of everything you thought you knew about Android. Rather, it's a refinement and extension of the core features and functionality of Android Lollipop. In this Android Marshmallow review from AndroidPIT, they look at the major features of Google's latest OS version to let you know where it hits, where it misses, and where it has room to improve.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: all the key features explained

Android Update News

Android Tips and Tricks

Thursday, April 3, 2014

KitKat 4.4.3 update almost here

There are literally dozens of bug fixes coming soon to KitKat 4.4.2 users.  When the Android KitKat 4.4.3 update is released by Google, (hopefully sometime during the month of April 2014), it’s expected that it will fix certain bugs and address other issues that have plagued users of KitKat 4.4.2 for several months.

To cite just two of the bugs that we've gotten e-mails about, in Android 4.4.2, Skype and other apps continuously try to access the camera.  This has caused the battery to drain too quickly, and has resulted in low performance.  Another bug has caused strange things to occur once the battery was charged to full, or when a low battery alert at 15% or 25% appeared, forcing the user to reboot his device to get things back to normal.

So be patient everyone.  Relief is almost here.

Android 4.4.3 details come to light

Monday, March 31, 2014

New permission added

Since an overwhelming number of our users of both Battery Notifier BT Free and Battery Notifier Pro BT have gone out of their way to tell us that one of the things they liked most about our apps was the fact that they needed only two permissions, it was a difficult decision for us to decide to add a third permission.

What Google has done starting with Android 4.4, otherwise known as KitKat, is to create what some have called "a bit of a mess".  In fact, some developers have outright demanded that Google go back to the way it was before.  We were waiting to see what the eventual fallout would be, and to see if Google would change their minds, but they have not.

Prior to Android 4.4, read access to the SD card or internal storage did not require any special permissions.  Beginning with Android 4.4, however, Google has insisted that read access now requires the READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission (for apps that didn’t already have the pre-existing write permission granted).  Data stored in the managed application directories on external storage require no permissions at all if you are the application that owns those files.

While Battery Notifier BT Free and Battery Notifier Pro BT do not add any sound files of their own, we discovered that many of our users who have some version of KitKat like to use their own custom sound notification files that they have saved to either the SD card or internal storage.  And we heard from them.  A lot.  Frequently.  Some sending numerous e-mails, with some willing to patiently help us test to try and find a workaround, with others not so willing to test while simply demanding "Fix it!"

So to our users who really liked the fact that we only had two permissions before, we apologize.  But enough of our users have spoken so that we feel we needed to add the third permission to enable our users to play the sounds on their devices that they wanted.  And it appears Google is not going to revert to the way it was before, or change their minds anytime soon.  Just please know that we are only using the added read permission in order to play sound files located on storage and nothing more.  Also know that we are still as concerned about our users' privacy as ever, and we will continue to strive to keep that as one of our highest priorities.

For our more technically savvy users, you can read much more about the Google and KitKat change regarding external storage here...
On the Edge of the Sandbox: External Storage Permissions
Written by: Dave Smith on March 20

Monday, August 12, 2013

Least Battery Drain Verified Again!

In our last post, the Norton Mobile Security - App Resource Hog Widget and the site at Norton Mobile Security - Battery Apps, verified that both Battery Notifier Pro BT and Battery Notifier BT Free have the lowest drain on your battery of any Android battery app.

Now, thanks to an excellent app for measuring battery use called Battery Stats Plus by
Root Installer, we were able to find battery usage stats for numerous battery-related apps that users had uploaded to their website.  We were also especially happy to find that an app we recommended before, BitDefender Antivirus Free, had battery usage of only 0.06%.

We then found the most popular battery-related apps, both paid and free, in the Google Play Top 500 apps for the Tools, Productivity or Widgets categories.  We wrote down the battery usage for each app from the Battery Stats Plus website.  After seeing the list of battery savers when we finished, we decided to add one free app which wasn't in the Top 500 in any category, but which we felt deserved to be included, BatteryFu battery saver.

We felt compelled to share this list, in particular so our Battery Notifier Pro BT users with the less than 0.01% battery use can brag to all their friends who have some other battery app installed on their phones.  BTW, both versions of Battery Stats Plus by Root Installer are also very good, and if you feel so inclined, we encourage users of both our apps to download that app, and then upload stats to the Battery Stats Plus website.

Here then is the list of 57 battery-related apps, 56 found both in the top 500 paid and free apps on Google Play, in the Tools, Productivity or Widgets categories, and at the Battery Stats Plus website.  In addition to the battery usage percentage, we also list the number of permissions for each app, whether or not they have a permission to access the Internet, and whether or not they display ads.  Finally, we list if the apps have any privacy concerns.

Google Play
August 12, 2013
Battery-related apps in Top 500 Tools, Productivity or Widgets categories
Battery usage stats from the Battery Stats Plus website

InternetPermissionsBattery Use
3< 0.01%Battery Notifier Pro BT - Shkil/larryvgs $2.19
10.06%Battery Percentage Pro - Wagwan Apps $1.36
Yes150.06%Battery Saver Pro - Protutu - An Tu Tu Pro $3.99  L
30.14%Battery Monitor Widget Pro - fsinib $1.99
120.20%Bataria Pro - Battery Saver - Jappka $1.99
20.25%Battery Solo Widget Pro - Pedro Maicas $1.99
20.26%Battery Widget Plus - JINASYS $1.30
Yes80.27%Battery Stats Plus Pro - Root Uninstaller $2.67
70.29%Battery Widget Pro - JH Jeong $1.22
200.32%Deep Sleep Battery Saver Pro - Root Uninstaller $2.59 A
Yes110.42%BetterBatteryStats - Sven Knispel $2.89
60.43%BatteryBot Pro - Darshan Computing, LLC $2.49
Yes240.44%DU Battery Saver&Widget - Du Apps Studio $2.99  A
Yes190.49%GreenPower Premium - Binary Mango AS $4.80  A
Yes60.57%GSam Battery Monitor Pro - GSam Labs $1.99
70.66%Battery Monitor Widget Pro - 3c $3.88
Yes170.72%Battery Widget Reborn - Tomas Hubalek $1.99
Yes170.79%Battery Booster (Full) - IMOBLIFE Co. Ltd $0.99
30.86%Battery Widget+ - Elvison $1.29
Yes100.86%Battery HD Pro - $3.95
Yes311.13%Juice Defender Plus - Latedroid $1.99  A,L,M
Yes311.36%Juice Defender Ultimate - Latedroid $4.99  A,L,M

Privacy concerns:
A - Can discover accounts and get your e-mail address
L - Can determine your current location and send it
M - Can read your e-mail and messages

InternetPermissionsBattery Use
3< 0.01%Battery Widget - geekyouup
30.02%Battery Notifier BT Free - Shkil/larryvgs *
Yes/Ads240.03%Battery Master-Save power! - Power Apps Tools  A,L
10.05%BatteryBot Battery Indicator - Darshan Computing, Inc.
Yes/Ads60.07%Gauge Battery Widget - Tomas Hubalek
80.09%BatteryFu battery saver - Toby Kurien
Yes/Ads170.10%Battery Saver - AnTuTu  L
20.13%Battery Widget - Elvison
Yes/Ads150.18%Bataria - Battery Power Saver - Jappka
Yes/Ads30.21%Battery Solo Widget - Pedro Maicas
Yes290.23%NQ Easy Battery Saver FREE - NQ Mobile  A,L
Yes/Ads220.23%Battery Dr saver+a task killer - aipopDev  A,B
Yes/Ads40.25%Battery Monitor Widget - fsinib
20.25%Battery Widget - JINASYS
20.27%Wakelock Detector-Save Battery - UzumApps
Yes/Ads30.27%Battery - MacroPinch
00.28%Circle Battery Widget - Cedric Depoortere
Yes/Ads60.30%GSam Battery Monitor - GSam Labs
Yes160.32%Battery Widget Reborn (Beta) - Tomas Hubalek
Yes/Ads240.38%2x Battery - Battery Saver - Sam Lu
Yes180.40%AVG Battery Saver & TuneUp - AVG Mobile
Yes240.44%DU Battery Saver&Switch Widget - Du Apps Studio  A
Yes/Ads240.48%One Touch Battery Saver - TACOTY CN  A,L
Yes/Ads70.49%Battery Monitor Widget - 3c
Yes260.49%Battery Doctor (Battery Saver) - KS Mobile
Yes/Ads40.53%Beautiful Battery Disc - Thalion
Yes/Ads250.69%Easy Battery Saver - 2Easy Team  L
Yes/Ads160.75%Battery Booster Lite - IMOBLIFE INC.
Yes/Ads70.77%Battery Stats Plus - Root Uninstaller
Yes/Ads250.78%GO Battery Saver &Power Widget - GO Launcher EX  A
Yes/Ads100.87%Battery HD -
Yes/Ads30.90%Battery Percentage - Wagwan Apps
Yes301.01%JuiceDefender - battery saver - Latedroid  A,L,M
Yes191.12%Deep Sleep Battery Saver - Root Uninstaller  A
Yes/Ads231.35%Super aTool Box-cache battery - aipopDev  A,B

* Listed at Battery Stats Plus site under its previous name, Battery Notifier (Big Text)

Privacy concerns:
A - Can discover accounts and get your e-mail address
B - Can access the list of web sites you visited in the browser
L - Can determine your current location and send it
M - Can read your e-mail and messages