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Android Usage Widget

Posted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:11 am
by dleonard0
Here's an android appwidget for watching usage.
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Instructions:
  • long press on desktop | widget | Exetel Usage
  • tap on "Add account"
  • add your exetel account (no need for the @exetel.com.au part)
  • tap OK
Features:
  • small widget
  • support for multiple separate accounts
  • per-widget titles, and per-widget update schedules
  • usage bar has a red portion at about 90%
  • usage bar has a grey overlay indicating the current day-of-the-month
For now its an apk; I will put in marketplace after a bit more user testing :D

Re: Android Usage Widget

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:58 pm
by samarium
I've been using Call Meter NG for android which has been fine.

This has been upgraded to Call Meter 3G, which is still in beta but available from the Market.

Using Call Meter 3G, I can group my calls/sms into a cap and monitor as a group. Just need to get programmer to allso allow data to be part of the cap.

Re: Android Usage Widget

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:32 pm
by dleonard0
samarium wrote:I've been using Call Meter NG for android which has been fine.
Okay, but they measure quite different things. My widget shows data published by Exetel about your billed residential ADSL internet connection. The Call Meter NG/3G widget displays the phone-measured GSM/3G usage.

Both widgets do use a small "1x1" widget and a ProgressBar though. Still I think my using the 'secondary' progress indicator (a 3/16th alpha black overlay here) to show the position in the billing period is nicer than the separated indicator bar placed across the top in CallMeter NG and at the bottom on Exetel's home page.
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CallMeter NG 1x1 widget with bulling period bar
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Exetel home page meter near the end of January
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Re: Android Usage Widget

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:06 pm
by samarium
Sure they measure different things, but they are both android usage wigets.

My current ADSL plan doesn't need data monitoring, my current HSPA/Mobile one does. My previous ADSL plan did need monitoring.

I was just letting people know what is out there, I don't have a barrow to push either way.

Re: Android Usage Widget

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:13 pm
by dleonard0
That's cool. I am with vodafone for data and working on a similar widget to read my plan usage from their servers. (And their system is nowhere as easy as exetel's is!) I found that apps that measure data use from the phone (a) don't exactly match up, and (b) can't or don't keep up with the complex formulae used by the carrier.

Re: Android Usage Widget

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:05 pm
by samarium
I don't need accounting to be accurate to the last byte. Near enough is good enough to highlight gross inaccuracies that can then be discussed with exetel.

Re: Android Usage Widget

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:45 pm
by jalapeno
Hi,

I tried out the exetel_usage widget with my V19 plan, but it claimed that I had entered invalid account details.

I then tried it on my ADSL login. It accepted the account details, but then displayed an error instead of usage data.

Tested on Android 2.3.4 running on Samsung Galaxy S II.

Re: Android Usage Widget

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:06 pm
by shoner
Since this was not developed by Exetel, we really cannot comment on it. :( However it appears to be a really handy widget. :)