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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them towards the bottom of the page.

ExtendedControls - Power Control On Steroids

Do you like Android’s native Power Control widget? Are you unable to go through the day without using it more times than you can count? Do you wish it had a few more buttons (for things like Airplane Mode, or a flashlight) and that they could all fit in one row? Then you’ll probably be very interested in ExtendedControls—an app which takes the wonderful idea that is the Power Control widget, and turns it into a supercharged multi-tool.

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To say ExtendedControls improves on the Power Control widget is sort of like saying the light bulb “improved” on candles: justice is simply not done by the statement. If there’s a feature you want to toggle on your Android device, chances are, ExtendedControls has you covered. I’ll break it down into a list for easy consumption:

  • Toggle 2G/3G
  • Toggle 4G/WiMax (currently in beta)
  • Toggle mobile data (APN)
  • Toggle WiFi
  • Toggle Bluetooth
  • Toggle GPS 
  • Toggle autosync
  • Change brightness level/behavior
  • Toggle screen autorotate
  • Toggle airplane mode
  • Force Media Scanner to update pictures, videos, music (in Gallery/Music apps)
  • Switch from normal volume to silent/vibrate
  • Force screen to stay awake during charging
  • Alter the screen timeout value
  • Torch - activate your LED flash as a flashlight OR turn your screen white as a flashlight
  • Toggle automatic screen lock
  • Toggle lock pattern on/off (those with EVO 4G and other phones with recessed power buttons should check it out)
  • Switch from normal volume to full silence
  • Force screen to stay awake all the time
  • Toggle USB mass storage mode
  • Battery life display
  • Toggle screen always on
  • Reboot to OS, bootloader, or recovery. (doesn’t work on my N1 Sad smile [even with SU permissions])

Needless to say, this list is pretty extensive. One thing I would like to see ExtendedControls add is individual “Mute” buttons for different volume levels (ie Ringer, Media, Alerts, Alarm, etc). I suppose you can’t have everything, though.


ExtendedControls’ appearance can be customized to blend in with overlays like Sense, or appear like the vanilla Power Control widget.

Note from Artem: I've been working closely with the ExtendedControls team and helped them diagnose a few EVO 4G specific bugs (4G switch, LED flash). While these got fixed in the latest beta, there is still an outstanding APN switch bug (mobile data on/off). I filed it here, and they're working on it as we speak.


Not convinced yet? The ExtendedControls team has made a video showing off the app in action:


For a paltry €0.79 (about $1USD) ExtendedControls is yours. You’d have to be a bit of a tightwad to pass this app up (even if only to try it out). I can honestly say ExtendedControls is the best dollar I’ve spent in quite a while. Here’s the QR code for the Market download page (scan it with Barcode Scanner or just click if you're on your phone):

QR code for market://search?q=pname:com.extendedcontrols

So, have ExtendedControls, or used it? Love it? Hate it? Have suggestions? Let ‘em rip, we’d love to send comments on to the developer for you guys!

Oh, and here's their site: HonoluluTeam.net where you can find an overview and a changelog.


Today we are giving away 50 free licenses to ExtendedControls, worth about $1 each, sponsored by the folks behind ExtendedControls.

How To Win

If your name is listed below, please email [email protected] to claim your prize (mention your name or twitter handle in the email). All claims will be verified.

Thanks for playing!

Note: Since Facebook will not allow us to send this many individual messages without banning us first (no thanks), we have no other means of posting the winners other than by making a comment on Facebook in hopes that they will notice it. And because a comment length is limited to 420 characters, we can't even post the list of names there.
And the winners are:


  1. Kenneth W Hansen
  2. Viktor Math
  3. David Huchteman
  4. Joel Bergmark
  5. Taylor Bruns
  6. Todd Henseler
  7. Josh England
  8. Kevin Jackson
  9. Ben Page
  10. Mason Wu
  11. Erwin F Lopez-Martinez
  12. Matus Nemcik
  13. Clint Haynes
  14. David Chkhartishvili
  15. Jason Heminger
  16. Eric Ansbach
  17. Kevin Welsh
  18. David Hehn
  19. Mikael Hätinen
  20. Ken Hoelle
  21. Saša Čavlović
  22. Lloyd Sloan
  23. Kalpik Nigam
  24. Ryan Law
  25. Bob Liddell


  1. godsfilth
  2. HumanRacehorses
  3. xcom923
  4. troymwolf
  5. neillund
  6. DDustyDust
  7. leew4jc
  8. BrienHall
  9. huchteman
  10. donkeykonga
  11. ankit_ruia
  12. DerKlops
  13. Ask4Prayer
  14. fabler85
  15. shawn_alty
  16. bigviolaman
  17. chetanprasad
  18. TTBeNnI
  19. carlwis
  20. Android_Jedi
  21. dBOMB_90
  22. michaelshank1
  23. LayneM
  24. SpencerAR
  25. Bulletproofheeb

Entering the contest is really simple. There are 2 ways to play:

  • complete either one of them to be eligible or
  • both, to double your chances of winning.

Method 1. Follow @AndroidPolice and @HonoluluTeam on twitter, then RT the following message:

Checking out the #Android App Of The Week by @AndroidPolice: ExtendedControls + 50 Free Licenses Giveaway http://bit.ly/ap-ec #ecap

Method 2. Like/fan the AndroidPolice and HonoluluTeam Facebook fan pages, then Like the entry for this article.


The contest starts immediately and runs until Monday, August 2nd, 11:59PM PST.

Winners will be announced here and notified by twitter, Facebook, or email.

Good luck everyone, and feel free to share your thoughts on how long you've been dreaming about an app like ExtendedControls over in the comments.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.anivision.org Xcom923

    Well I would love to hit the "like" button but I don't see the one for the article. where is it?

    • David Ruddock

      Unfortunately you have to do it through our facebook fan page at the moment, xcom. Sorry about that.


    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I've updated the page with the direct link to the Facebook story. Like buttons are coming soon!

  • DevilDogVIKING

    If I don't win a license I'll definitely buy it. $1 is nothing compared to what people spend on a cup of coffee everyday.

  • Adam

    Looks remarkably similar to the SwitchPro widget, which is also $.99. I'm curious how they stack up. I've been using SP for a while, and I love it.

  • James

    SwitchPro is less customizable. Extended Controls is a only settings widget on Android Market, rest is copy!

    • Adam

      "SwitchPro is less customizable."
      Okay, valid point. But what about functionality? Does EC offer anything that SP doesn't?
      "Extended Controls is a only settings widget on Android Market, rest is copy!"
      Poor English aside, this is the most ridiculous thing I've read all week.

  • Pipps

    Incidentally, what is the awesome turquoise and black Android theme that you're running in those screenshots?

  • MyGalaxyS

    how are you gonna pick the winners? I don't understand that, can you please explain?

    thanks :P

  • Fabian Rodriguez

    It indicates it's free software under the Apache license. Where is the source code ?

  • DevilDogVIKING

    I like that you can mute everything when you turn it upside down. The HTC wildfire does that too.

  • nottix

    Sorry where is the Apache License???

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      On the Google Code page for the project.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    EC 3.9.9 has been released! Here is the changelog (http://extendedcontrols.honoluluteam.net/Changelog/changelog.html):

    Extended Controls v3.9.9 31/07/2010

    * Added led batterylife
    * Added Theme customization
    * Added Indicator customization
    * Redesigned UI
    * Added Main Program to menu
    * Added 4G feature (HTC Evo)
    * Added Locale toggle
    * Added Advanced Settings:
    o Enable label
    o Enable divisor
    o Enable indicator
    * Added Lock Pattern toggle
    * Improved global performance
    * Added Dialog and ProgressBar on rebooting
    * Fixed bug on remove widgets
    * Added USB Tethering toggle
    * Added WiFi HotSpot toggle
    * Added customizable label feature

    All of the winners will, of course, get the latest version.

    • http://www.kalpik.com Kalpik Nigam

      We will get "one" version of the app or a license, which will allow updates?

  • Dank

    What app are you using to show the battery percentage in the default battery icon in your status bar?

  • @Ask4Prayer

    Just wanted to say thanks! I really like this app. This app allows so many different configurations that you are sure to find one that suits your needs. Would recommend to anyone looking to add some more control widgets to their droid desktop.