Today marks the initial release of ChargeBar, the MIUI battery bar application for any Android device running any ROM! Unlike its competitors it features the ability to change the bar into any color, automatically hide for full screen apps (like watching videos on YouTube), animation while charging, and more! What’s more? It is completely free!
At the bottom of the application is a permanent graphical link to supporting organizations including The UltraLinx and UltraUI. For those who wish to support development or remove these graphics there is a donation option. We hope that those who can will consider donating when possible.
As we said, it is completely free so for those without access to the Android Market the APK file will be made available here. Of course for automatic updating and the ability to donate we encourage that everyone download it via the Android Market when possible. Don’t forget to check out the project post as well. So please, give ChargeBar a shot and let us know what you think!
Tempted by Google’s latest version of Android 4.0 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich)? Between Phase Beam live wallpapers, keyboards, launchers, and what not there are often overlooked components like a calculator that can help complete your setup. If you are into the latest & greatest and would like to test drive yet another piece of software circa 2011 head over to the Android Market to check out our free port of the ICS Calculator application. Interested in source code? That is also available freely on GitHub for those who like to see the magic behind the scenes. Finally, screenshots and more information available on XDA.
Today marks the initial release of StatusBar+, the first custom status bar for any Android device, with no need for a custom ROM or root privileges. StatusBar+ follows your device anywhere on any application, and includes a number of features such as color manipulation, click to drop, automatically disabling swipe to expand the system status bar when the screen is turned off and re-enabling when the device is unlocked, automatically launching on boot, and more coming soon!
With that said we need to point out that this being the initial release of alpha zero, there will be bugs! Before you purchase StatusBar+ check out StatusBar+ Lite to ensure that it functions on your device, and if you run into any issues please do not leave a comment on the Android Market, rather send me an email stating your device, ROM (if applicable), and any other relevant information and we will do my best to fix the issue. Also, the custom status bar remains even in full screen applications. There is simply nothing we can do about this because there is no API for accessing this information. While this status bar does not drain the battery on the devices tested we cannot ensure that it will not do so on yours. Do let us know your thoughts in comments below.
Oh, and did we forget to mention that StatusBar+ is part of the Seven+ Project’s open source initiative! Head over to Tom Barrasso’s StatusBar+ repository on GitHub! Unfortunately this does not mean that the WP7UI Android Library Project will be open sourced, but if developers are interested in learning exactly how this custom status bar was accomplished check out the source. It might even be possible to create a theme-engine driven custom status bar! The source code is released under the Apache 2.0 License so it is free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute!