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3G Watchdog and Samsung Galaxy Tab

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

Incorrect usage count by Android data usage counter apps on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 10.1N, 10.1v (and possibly 8.9) 

The Galaxy Tab 10.1, 10.1N, 10.1v, and possibly the 8.9 don’t work well with data usage counting applications. 3GW leverages functions provided by the Android programming interface, and apparently they are incorrectly implemented on these devices (see Android issue 19938). There is nothing we can do about it (we have no access to the faulty code). Let’s hope that Samsung will fix this in future upgrades of Android. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update Sep 15, 2011: if you are ready to take the risk of flashing a new kernel (and assume the consequences), custom kernels available on this page, fromversion (Aug 26, 2011) or more recent, allegedly fix the problem for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (not verified though). Instructions to flash the kernel are included in the page. You also need to uncheck the 3GW Settings > Advanced > “Use pre-Froyo traffic counting interface” option for the counting to be correct.





3G Watchdog Free Version 0.35.0 released

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

New in 3GWatchdog Android App mobile data usage counter version 0.36.0

Following on the heels of our Pro update we have just updated the Free app as well. 

New widget to enable/disable mobile connections (Android 2.3+). Easily turn off and on the mobile network so your phone doesn’t run up usage charges. Toggles red and green so you can see right on your screen if you have the network connected or not. Be sure you are not connected to the network when you don’t want to be.  Prevents unintentional and background usage from happening.

The widget is called “3GW mobile data switch” and has two states:

click to disable mobile network. The widget will turn red.


click to enable mobile network. The widget will turn green.


Set/Reset Wifi usage (in addition to set/reset Mobile usage). If you want to know your Wifi usage and need to set or reset the figure, you can now do so in the same section where you set your mobile usage counter:

WiMAX support (experimental, feedback welcome).

  • Bulgarian translation – Сега на разположение на български
  • Fixed WiFi tethering usage counted twice (as mobile + as Wifi) => only counted as mobile.
  • Fixed VPN via WiFi usage wrongly counted as mobile.
  • Misc bug fixes.



3G Watchdog Pro Version 1.10.0 Released

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

3G Watchdog Pro Android data usage counter just got some spiffy updates:

  • New widget to enable/disable your mobile data connection easily makes it easier to prevent accidental data usage.
  • Track your Wifi usage as well as your mobile data usage now.
  • WiFi (Hotspot) tethering and USB tethering icons added to the usage by app list.
  • WiMAX support
  • Sum up your usage by apps.
  • Vertaling in het Nederlands toegevoegd aan 3G Watchdog

What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro Version 1.10.0:

New widget to enable/disable mobile connections (Android 2.3+).
  network enabled, click to disable.
network disabled, click to enable.
Set/Reset Wifi usage (Main screen > Menu > Set Usage…). Before, it was only possible to set the mobile usage. Now you can set both from the same dialog.
3GWatchdogPlanUsage resized 600

 * New entries in usage by app screen for WiFi (Hotspot) tethering and USB tethering usages:
WiFi tethering

    USB tethering

WiMAX support (experimental, feedback welcome).

* Option to use sum of app usages as global usage. (Settings > Advanced > “Calculate global usage from usage by app”). This is an experimental workaround for devices with correct usage by app but incorrectglobal usage, such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, the Galaxy R/Z, Captivate Glide  (all Samsung phones ;)… Since usage by app is usually less accurate than global usage don’t expect strict accuracy!

Dutch translation (98% completed).
Readability improvements.

The elapsed time bar has now the same color as the usage bar (reflects status, was grey previously):

In the usage history list, the current period highlight (yellow line) is more readable:

* Fixed WiFi tethering usage counted twice (as mobile + as Wifi) => only counted as mobile.
* Fixed VPN via WiFi usage wrongly counted as mobile.

* Misc bug fixes.

3G Watchdog integrates auto-disable function for data usage

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

3G Watchdog free and pro data usage monitors for Android now integrate auto-disable without requiring an additional app, allowing you to turn off data usage at a limit you set.

3G Watchdog free version 0.34.0 was released today with a new, built-in mobile network disabler (Android 2.3+ only):

    • Requires new permission to change the state of network connectivity.   
    • APNdroid or JuiceDefender are no longer required for Auto-disable function (but you can use them if you want).


Another addition to 3G Watchdog free is an option to increase 3GW service priority and improve accuracy. Disabled by default, enable it in Settings > Advanced.

This requires a permanent icon (Android requirement).

If the 3GW notification icon is visible it is used, otherwise an invisible icon is used. Although not visible, this will still takes a space at the right of the app area in the status bar.

Other changes to the free app include improved device support: Galaxy Y (GT-S5360), xcover (S5690), possibly others.

For the Galaxy Y and xcover, be sure to uncheck the “use pre-froyo traffic counting interface” option in 3GW Settings > Advanced.  The support is still not guaranteed, your feedback is welcome.

For convenience, the Lookout button directly opens Lookout if the app is installed (instead of going to the promo dialog).

3G Watchdog PRO version 1.8.0 was released today as well.  The same enhancements are in the PRO version, plus a new Türk / Turkish language option. 

Russian / русский is coming soon!


3G Watchdog Android App Adds WIFI Usage and More

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

3G Watchdog Pro and Free versions keep adding new useful features. We listen to your requests and appreciate your kudos.


Both versions now include Wifi usage for all of you who have been asking to know your Wifi usage on your Android smartphones.

PRO Version (left) |  Free version (right)

3GWatchdog Free WIFI data usage counter


















“Whoa, that’s a new look” you say? That’s right, we have made some updates to the user interface and the feedback has been very positive. Thanks for your comments, here are a couple recent ones:

Twitter: The app @3gwatchdog ROCKS! @moriel73
Android Market:
“Fantastic – Awesome app just got awesomer.” 5 Stars 

“EXCELLENT – Does what it says, minimal footprint memory wise I love it.” 5 stars
“I love it – this app rocks! it even works with multiple sim cards!” 5 stars
(Pro works on multiple SIM cards) 

PRO has an udate to the main screen so you can easily see your mobile or Wifi usage. We’ve added small (QVGQ) screens support so it looks better across more devices. 

FREE has Wifi usage, an option to show/hide the new time bar, which changes color when you reach your warning level. There is a Slovenian translation (zdravo Slovenci!). We also have Croation (zdravo Hrvati!) and more languages to come.


On the screenshot above on the right, you might notice a new icon next to my mugshot. This is an icon for LOOKOUT, a mobile security app for Android.  We really like the team at Lookout. The app helps protect against mobile threats, lets you backup your information and even find your device if you lose it.  It is available for your iPad, too, and iPhone as well as Android smartphones, so check it out next time you fire up your 3G watchdog free main report screen. 


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Wired App Guide Essential Tools

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

3G Watchdog is fired up to be listed in the “Wired App Guide: 400 Reviews of Essential Tools.” 


The magazine is on the stands until January, 2012 and it is a great guide to give along with that new smart phone or tablet this holiday season.  Find us in the #1 position under “95 Outstanding Apps” for productivity with an 8/10 rating.

Wired reviewed iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone 7 and Android apps.


3G Watchdog Free data usage counter update

Version 0.31.0 was released on November 8th and “I think I’m turning Japanese”.  We now have a Japanese translation!  Thanks again to a volunteer translator for making this possible, we love our translators and testers. That makes 26 languages* 3G Watchdog Free offers.

Another addition is a time lapse bar below the data usage bar.
The new, smaller time lapse bar shows where you are relative to the end of your plan.


Separated at Birth?

Have you been to see “The Adventures of Tintin” yet? In English Tintin’s dog is named “Snowy” although in the original stories by Belgian author Hergé his name was “Milou”. I think he is my long lost brother.  Wouah!  (That’s French for “Woof”.)  We enjoyed reading the original books. The film referenced two or three of twenty-four illustrated adventures of Tintin.










*3G Watchdog Free lanugages

  • English
  • Czech
  • Chinese (China)
  • Chinese (Taiwan)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (Greece)
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Japanese
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Korean Marathi
  • Norwegian Bokmål
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Russian
  • Sloven
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish



3G Watchdog Free Update – v.0.29.0 and Widget Review

Posted on Sat, Aug 06, 2011

3G Watchdog free was just updated to version 0.29.0

This update adds the ability to choose your language and set your day of week, which were added to the Pro version earlier this week.  These were requested features from you globetrotters.

Does it bug you when technology selects your language for you? It does me, so we let you choose whichever language you want 3G Watchdog to be in, from our growing list.  Note that you might have to restart the app before you see the language change.

We also added the option to change the starting day of the week. Ever buy a datebook from a different country because it was spiffy, you were there, whatever, and the week starts on Monday instead of Sunday, or vice versa? I have done that and ended up missing appointments, thinking they were a day later than they were!  If you change countries, you can set 3G Watchdog to start on the same day of the week as your current region so it won’t leave you second-guessing.

Several minor bugs were hopefully shown the door as well. We appreciate those of you who take the time to give use helpful feedback, including your phone, Android version and any other notes when you have a question or issue, which often leads to a resolution of a bug or a tweak needed for the neverending new devices.

We got our widgets reviewed – woof!

A site devoted to reviewing Android widgets in detail covered our widgets. 

If you are new to 3G Watchdog, this is a good primer on how to set up the widget to make the most of it.

They just reviewed some funny 80’s button widgets and a count-anything widget for you obsessive compulsive types.

Android Widgets Review of our widgets:

You can always find links to this and other reviews on our review page, “Praise“.


3G Watchdog Pro Upgrades: choose language and more new features.

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

The 1.5.0 version of 3G Watchdog Pro was just released with several requested features that will be appreciated by travelers, widget users and power users. Here is an overview with some tips.

Highlights: Choose language and choose starting day of week.

1. Choose language.

Ever want your app in a the language of your choice, which may not be the same as your phone language? Now you can choose your language for 3G Watchdog Pro. You will find this under Settings > Miscellaneous.

Note that you might have to restart 3G Watchdog Pro before you see the new language.

2. Choose starting day of week.

If you move to a country with a different starting day of the week, it might be more convenient to be consistent. Now you can reset the starting day of the week. For example, Sunday is the first day in the U.S. while Monday is the first day of the week in France.

Note that you can change as often as you like if you are a globetrotter.

The change will recalculate the weeks displayed in your history so the starting day is consistent. It will change back if you change the day back again.

3. Widget: option to hide the usage bar.

We heard you would like this option. This is for you! You can make the choice in the Widget settings when you create it. Remember, you can’t modify a widget, you just need to delete the old one and create a new one.

4. Landscape mode update

In landscape mode the graph (including the fonts) is a bit larger so it is easier to read.

5. Set plan, week or month usage: usage is now distributed across the days of the period.

This option is for power users!

When in the 3G Watchdog Pro application settings screen there is an option to “Set Plan Usage”. Click on this (it won’t do anything until you confirm on the next step) and a screen pops up.

Say you lost some usage and wanted your total to be correct. Use this feature to set the received and transmitted measuredamounts. You can also reset both to zero here. The billable usage will be recalculated as best as possible, but some rules like “counting by blocks” can’t be taken into account. 

Note that usage by application and connection info can’t be recalculated for the most part, so they will become insignificant numbers after the recalculation. (They will continue to reflect the same amounts as before unaffected by this action — except if you reset to zero, in that case they are also reset to zero.)

With this update, the measured usage you set will be redistributed as accurately as possible across the existing days/weeks, and the other period usages recalculated to take into account the change. Before the amount was all put in the period in which you made the change.

For example, if I change the usage for a week, it will be distributed over the days of that week and, secondly, all the periods including these days will be recalculated to reflect the change.



3G Watchdog Free is available in 23 languages!

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

We appreciate all our translators for making this possible. 3G Watchdog and 3G Watchdog PRO are available from the Android Market and AndroidPit.  If you are interested in helping translate, please contact us.

  • English
  • Danish
  • Norwegian Bokmål
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Dutch
  • Polish
  • Indonesian
  • Korean
  • French
  • Marathi
  • Turkish
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Chinese (China)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Greek (Greece)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Chinese (Taiwan)


Understanding the USAGE GRAPH in 3G Watchdog Pro

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

3G Watchdog Pro Usage Graph

Most data counting graphs (including 3GWatchdog free) display usage on a bar whose full span represents a 100% usage.

3G Watchdog Pro takes a different approach: the usage graph in the Plan and Day views is not scaled on a usage quota (plan quota or day recommended usage). Instead, the scale represents a timeline of the period (billing period for the Plan tab, or just the current day for the Day tab). Usage is only indicated by the % numbers over the bar (used % over the position corresponding tonow, and predicted % at the right end of the bar corresponding to the end of the period). The color of the predicted % reflects thestatus of your usage (green/orange/red). This color is also used to fill the bar from the beginning of the period to the current position in order to make the current usage status more visible at a glance.

This may be confusing at first since most similar graph bars show usage, not time, but once you get used to it, it’s a rather synthetic view which we find superior to the old one (e.g. if you are going to exceed your usage the graph shows you when you will reach the 100%). We experienced with 2 separate bars for usage and time but concluded that it was only more confusing (and took more space on the screen).

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