I currently have two programs for Android: WiFi Manager is a program for managing your phone’s Wi-Fi connections, and Bluetooth Widget is a simple widget for managing Bluetooth that has the same visual style.
WiFi Manager 2.8.2 from December 23, 2013
An app for managing connections to Wi-Fi networks for Android 1.6+
My reason for writing it was that I wanted to have a home screen widget with detailed information about Wi-Fi connection state. Not just on/off, but the connection process, signal level, and the current network’s SSID.
Version 2.7 added a new feature: the app can scan for and switch to the strongest network (out of those already configured). Disabled by default, please see app settings.
Version 2.6 has a new free widget theme, which is like the old black 2.* theme, but uses blue icons for the 1×1 widgets. It also enables the recently added ICS-inspired themes in the one-tap network switcher.
Version 2.5.0 has two new widget themes (included in the premium package), better support for Android 3.* / 4.*, and is able to handle 802.11x (EAP) networks.
Version 2.0 had new graphics, a dark theme, better looking radar mode, and started being able to switch between fixed and dynamic (DHCP) network addresses. Some of these features were made available as a premium package, which could be purchased with Google’s new “In-App Billing” technology. More info on this is listed under “Premium Features“.
In these screenshots, “Exotica” is the name of my home Wi-Fi network. The signal level is displayed in color, which is easier to see at a glance than Android’s built-in Wi-Fi signal level indicator. The bluetooth widget on the right is my Bluetooth widget, which I tried to make look like HTC’s Sense widgets.
The way signal strengh is display can be changed in the main program (image, dBm, percent).
As of version 2.1.2 (October 1, 2011) the widget is available in four sizes (1..4 by 1 cell). There are settings for which widget sizes should be shown in the device’s Launcher. The text label below the widget is optional.
The widget that looks like an antenna is used for switching among your favorite networks with a single tap. As of version 2.0, it can also enable WiFi as needed, and switch between fixed and dynamic IP addresses if so configured.
Clicking the “main” widget anywhere but on the switch brings up the Wi-Fi manager part.
The main screen has two modes: list mode and radar mode.
In list mode, the program displays a list of Wi-Fi networks: either results of a live scan, or networks “known” to Android (previously connected to).
Networks can be sorted by name, signal strength, or open first (and then by signal strength).
Clicking a network item allows you to perform various actions, such as connecting (or disconnecting, optionally removing it from the “known” network list).
Long-pressing on a list item brings up advanced options for that network. You can change the password of a known network, assign a description or an icon to a network, exclude it from the list (neighbors have routers, too), or set it up for fixed or dynamic (DHCP) IP address. These features require an in-app purchase.
There is an auto-update function with configurable interval ranging from 3 to 60 seconds. You can configure a sound notification for when new open networks are discovered.
In radar mode, the program looks like this:
Live networks are organized by their channel numbers, with their “shadow” sizes varying with signal strength. Open networks are shown hatched. This view can be very useful in selecting the best channel for your home router if you live in a densely populated area. Besides, I think it looks kind of cool :)
2.8.2 from December 23, 2013
- Fixes in “best network switching” for certain Samsung devices.
2.8.0 from December 20, 2013
- Fixed compatibility with 802.11AC networks (was showing wrong connection speed).
- Fixed issue with notification icon.
- Updated translations: Slovak (thanks, Pyler) and Spanish (thanks, Jorge).
- Updated Traditional Chinese translations (TW, HK).
2.7.0 from September 8, 2013
- New feature: scan for and switch to best network (among already configured). Disabled by default, please see app settings. Detailed description posted here.
- Fixed EAP (802.11x) networks on Android 4.3.
- Added a setting for “exit” button: disable WiFi or not.
- Fixed “open first” network sorting.
- An option to show detailed WiFi state in a status bar notification, off by default, see app settings.
- High res graphics for Full-HD phones (Samsung S4, HTC One, Sony Z, etc.)
2.6.8 from April 26, 2013
- Fixed compatibility of the one-tap switcher widget with Android 4.1-4.2
- Updated Portuguese translation
2.6.7 from September 25, 2012
- Added “sticky broadcast” permission which is not needed, but there are firmwares who think it is, and crash the app
2.6.6 from August 10, 2012
- Fixes for Android 4.1
- New, improved Czech translation.
- New Portugese translation.
2.6.4 from June 25, 2012
- Fixed crash when adding a network fails due to mismatched password format.
- Updated Chinese translation for Taiwan.
2.6.2 from June 25, 2012
- A setting for widget toggle switch action: immediate / confirm / ignore.
- Tap network signal level in the main app to switch modes (image / percent / dBm).
- Bug fixes.
2.6 from June 05, 2012
- New widget theme (free): like old but with blue icons.
- The one-tap network switcher can use the Android 4.0 inspired themes.
2.5.1 from May 02, 2012
- Two new widget themes, styled after Android 4.0 (part of premium package).
- Support for IP address and proxy server configuration for Android 3.0 and 4.0 (free functions).
- Added widget to toggle WiFi Tethering
- Adjusted widget sizes for a wider range of screens.
- Support for EAP (802.11x) networks, Android 2.2 and higher.
- A new way of connecting to networks, see app settings. Keeps all networks active, if you move out/in range (home/work etc.) your device should connect.
- Easier IP address configuration for Andorid 2.* (when connecting for the first time).
- Connection speed info in the main window (tap on the currently connected network; actual value is reported by the firmware).
- Fixed Android 1.6 compatibility broken in 2.1.8 (sorry!)
Bluetooth Widget 1.9.2 from September 08, 2013
A simple widget for controlling Bluetooth state and settings.
Download from Market (open this link on your phone)
Supports Android 1.5+ – 4.*: Motorola Droid / Milestone, HTC Legend / Desire, Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Nexus, tablets.
Comes in two sizes: 1×1 can act as a simple toggle switch, and optionally provide access to system Bluetooth Settings, whereas 2×1 has a separate button on the left to for the Settings screen.
Version 1.8 added two new widget themes, inspired by Android 4.0. Version 1.9 added one more theme, which is like the original theme but with blue icons.
As of version 1.3, the text label is optional.
The “gears” icon was created by Gorge Bergman, and is used under permission.
1.9.2 from September 08, 2013
- High-res graphics for full-hd phones.
1.9.1 from August 10, 2012
- Minor adjustments to 1*1 “two in one” widget layout.
1.9 from June 5, 2012
- Added one more widget theme, like the old one, but with blue icons.
1.8.1 from May 2, 2012
- Added two new widget themes, inspired by Android 4.0.
1.7.3 from February 08, 2012
- Added German translation.
- Added graphics and layouts optimized for tablets, esp. 10″ with Android 3.2.
1.7.1 – 1.7.2 from October 1, 2011
- Sharper graphics for the Galaxy Nexus.
1.6.1 from April 22, 2011
- The widget now has a configurable transparency setting.
1.5 from January 17, 2011
- The widget configuration dialog has been redone for landscape orientation. This is very useful for tablet devices.