Android and Me

Quick Settings: Manage system settings from anywhere

4 years ago 14

With the large number of features that the Android OS offers, it can sometimes get overwhelming when trying to change something as simple as, say, your WiFi settings. With the 1.6 “Donut” release, developers attempted to fix this problem with the Power Control widget; a desktop bar that allows quick access to toggling WiFi, Bluetooth, screen brightness and other settings. But changing the network, or bluetooth device, still took digging through menu after menu. Enter Quick Settings, a free app available for every version of Android.

This handy app allows access to almost every possible setting you would need to change, all from the status bar. No need to switch to your desktop to change the screen timeout or notification volume. A quick swipe of the finger from inside almost any app will bring up a dashboard giving you full control over your device.

There are already a number of “toggle” programs available on the Market to accomplish this same feat. Most are limited to desktop widgets, buttons that take up space, or static menus that do not match your workflow. Quick Settings rectifies these problems and more.

You can easily customize which settings are available to toggle and in what order. A quick tap on any setting, rather than the toggle button itself, jumps you straight to the system menu for easy and in-depth changes. It also provides a quick overview of your phone and SD Card’s available memory, your battery statistics and settings, and a flashlight.

The developer is very responsive to suggestions and questions, and has some small upgrades in store for the app. One of the upcoming features is a small battery widget that allows access to the Quick Settings dialog.

Here is a short video from TheCommonTech of the application in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUQPT7T2H6Q

Pros:

  • Quick access to most system settings
  • Customizable to fit usage and workflow
  • Easy overview of battery and system memory
  • Low/No memory use when in tray
  • Replaces numerous apps (all-in-one)

Cons:

  • LED flashlight limited to Motorola Droid
  • Theme doesn’t match stock Android UI fully

Final Verdict

This application allows easy access to all of your system settings and a simple overview of your phone’s memory and battery. For a fast, free app that does it all, look no further than Quick Settings.

Note: This review was submitted by Philippe Fenderson as part of our app review contest.

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