3G Watchdog app for Android monitors your 4G/3G/Edge/GPRS data usage

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What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.14.0

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

Plan period may now reset (end) on any hour
 
Previously the reset occurred implicitly at midnight (local time). Now you can specify a different hour/minute. Press on “Last started on” in 3GW Settings > Your Plan and then on the “Set time” button.
 
3G Watchdog Pro Version 1.14.0
 
 
If you do this after the original installation, usage history will be recalculated. There may be some approximation in the way usage for the first and last day of each plan period is redistributed.
 

 
Auto-disable network on roaming quota %
 
 
Previously the “Auto-disable network” feature (whose settings have moved in their own section) could disable the network when your Plan usage reached a certain % of your quota. This was for local usage. Now if you have defined a roaming quota (in Settings > Roaming) you can also disable the network when your roaming usage reaches a % of your roaming quota. 
 
Note that when no roaming quota is defined the option is not available in the “Auto-disable” section of the settings.
 

 
Device support: LG GT540 swift; Galaxy Note (SAMSUNG-SGH-I717) on ICS
 
There were counting problems in these phones. They should be fixed by now.
 
 
Fixed incorrect “database repair” for non monthly periods

The “database repair” feature (3GW main screen > Menu > More > Repair database…) was not working properly for non monthly periods.
 
 
Other minor bug fixes

 

 

Richard

 

What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.13.0

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

* Optional quota for roaming usage with notification alert

 

This allows you to set up a quota for roaming usage, as well as a % over which to be alerted (via a notification in the status bar). The quota refers to the same period as the local (domestic) usage.

This option is disabled when the “Count roaming usage as local” option is checked.

The 3GW data widgets are now able to display roaming quota related information (% used, usage and time bars) if a quota is defined (i.e. is not unlimited).

* New SIM migration function

This function (3GW main screen > Menu > More > Migrate SIM card) “migrates” the data (usage history and settings) associated with a SIM card so it gets associated to a new SIM card, which is handy if your card gets replaced.

3G Watchdog 1.13.0

The procedure assumes that the new SIM card is installed in the phone and active. It is recommended to do the migration ASAP after the installation of the new card, as any data associated with the new card will be overwritten with data from the old card, so if you proceed early you won’t lose any information.

If 3GW finds more than one potential “old” cards to migrate you will be requested to select one. The candidate SIM cards are listed with their ID (IMSI number) and usage for the current plan period to help you pick the correct one.

3GW does automatically backup your data before proceeding to the migration. I case of problems you can restore this backup.

* Romanian translation (thanks to Azureux, Alin Ţoţea-Radu, Milly62)

Go to 3GW Settings > Misc > Language, and select “Româna” in the list.

3GWatchdog 1.13.0

 

* Device support: HTC Vivid (ICS), Raider (ICS); Samsung Ace M, Conquer, Galaxy Next Turbo, Galaxy S Skyrocket, Galaxy S3, Transform Ultra; Alcatel One Touch 890.

* Misc bug fixes

 

Richard

 

3G Watchdog passes ONE MILLION active users!

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

3G Watchdog would like to thank all of our users, reviewers, testers, translators, friends, Pro purchasers, donators, followers, fans, Google Android and the team at Hoi Moon Marketing for helping us reach one million active users (over 2 million downloads) in the Android Market.

 

 

 

What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.12.1

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

BUGFIX Release.
* Widgets: longer usage & time bars. 
* Widgets time bar: display remaining time when displaying usage left. 
* Widgets time bar: display current day when displaying today’s usage.
* Samsung Aviator network interface fix when on 4G.
* Misc other fixes.
Track your plan with 3G Watchdog and control your data usage on Android. 3G Watchdog Pro provides detailed, customizable information.

 

Richard

 

What’s new in 3G Watchdog Pro 1.12.0 data usage counter.

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

New billing rule to not count usage during some time periods (evenings and/or weekends) [requires Android 1.7+]
 
Carryover usage from previous Plan period (entered manually in Settings >Your Plan).
 
Note that since perfect accuracy cannot be guaranteed and in order to avoid drifting, the carryover is not automatic. 3GW indicates in the text below the option how much was unused in the previous cycle, but  you have to enter the amountmanually after checking for the actual value with your operator. The carryover amount is automatically reset to 0 at the beginning of each Plan cycle.
Widgets: can show WiFi or Roaming usage (for plan period or day).
 
Widgets:  optional elapsed time bar for mobile usage.
 

 
New option to hide Roaming usage section in the report screen.
 
Usage by app: new app menu option to open (launch) the application.
 
* Chinese (Simplified), Hungarian and Japanese translations.
 
(Japanese translation)
Removed back button (left arrow) in menus at the bottom of each screen.
 
It was redundant with the standard device back button, and for this reason the Android style guide recommends not to include a back button.
Pro usage graph: use white background instead of red in 100% usage mark if “use white text” is active.
 
This improves readability for people who find difficult to read red letters or backgrounds.
Misc bug fixes and workarounds.
In particular workarounds for the Samsung Aviator phone and the Xoom 4G tablet. 

 

Richard

 

What’s New in 3G Watchdog Version 1.11.0

Written by Richard. Posted in Blog

Applications can individually be prevented to transfer data on mobile networks in the background  (option “restrict to Wifi” in usage by app screen).
 
 
After selecting the “Restrict to Wifi” option the following info window appears:
 
 
… and the app is now marked with a “restricted to wifi” label in the list of apps:
 
 
Note that the application can still be able to transfer a small amount of data before it is detected and stopped.
 
To authorize the application to transfer data on mobile networks again, press on the application entry in the list and select “Allow on mobile”:
 
 
 
New option “Count WiMAX usage as mobile” in Settings > Advanced. Previously it was ALWAYS counted as mobile:
 

 
 
New option “Use white text in usage graph” (in Settings > Misc) for people having trouble reading colored text:
 

 
 
New sort orders and display modes in usage by application list:
 
Prior to 1.11.0 there were only two sort orders: by usage and by name (selectable via a cycling button). Now there are four sort orders selectable from a list called by the “Sort” button:
 
 

 
 
– The custom change counter is a counter independent from day/week/month/plan counters, that you can reset anytime. It is handy to see which apps are using the most data since the reset date.
– This counter is not persistent. It will reset if you restart your phone or 3GW.
– Selecting “by change since last refresh” automatically selects the display modeshowing the change since last refresh and the total usage:
 
 
– Likewise, selecting “by custom change counter” automatically selects the display mode showing the change counter value and the total usage:
 
 
– Display modes can be selected by clicking on the usage by app list header. There are four modes: Total, Received and Sent, Change since last refresh and Total, Custom change counter and Total. When selecting a new display mode, thesort order may be automatically adjusted to make reading easier. 
 
Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility (beta, feedback welcome).
 
Ice Cream Sandwich support is still in beta. Please report any problems to contact-pro@3gwatchdog.fr, preferably via the feedback function (3GW main screen > Menu > More > Feedback).
 
Bug Fixes and minor changes.

 

Richard

 

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 2.6.36.4 (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.

 

 

Richard

 

3G Watchdog Free Version 0.35.0 released

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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.


Richard 

 
 
 

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.
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 * 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.
 
Richard
 
 
 

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