If you have a spare Android device lying around and want to get some added functionality out of it, turning into a server is a practical and potentially useful way to give it new life. While there are several ways to go about that, Servers Ultimate is a tool that delivers more than 36 servers and 40 different protocols all in a single app to make the task easier. And as of the most recent update, it added a slew of network tools and additional servers to the mix. Here's a look at the new additions:

New Servers:

- PHP + Lighttpd Server
- MySQL Server
- Remote Control App Server
- TFTP Server
- FTP Proxy Server
- Syslog Server
- Styx Server
- Stomp Server
- NFS Server
- iSCSI Server
- DHCP Server
- Trigger Server
- Rsync Server
- Git Server
- NTP Server

New network tools:

- IP Calculator (IPv4 and IPv6)
- Whois
- Raw socket (TCP and UDP)
- Command line
- Ping
- Network speed
- HTTP Headers
- Wake on LAN
- Lookup (mac to vendor, ip to host, host to ip, DNS)
- Traceroute
- MySQL Monitor
- Remote control app client
- Fast port scanner
- Check connectability

Additional functionality:

- Import / Export servers
- Tasker and Llama support
- Help files
- Use cronjob rules to start/stop/switch servers
- Log to a file
- Password protect the app
- Use the remote control client to add/edit/start/stop/etc servers remotely
- Allow to run servers on ports below 1024 on rooted devices
- Now a server can be run on a specific network interface or all network interfaces
- The backlog can be set for most servers
- Added support for notifications when a server is started/stopped (email, sms, etc)
- Added support for IPv6
- Fixed a lot of bugs
- Added a lot of small improvements to different servers

Aside from the additional functionality, tools, and new servers in this version, it has also been completely redesigned to offer Holo UI in both dark and light – simply head into the settings menu to toggle between the two.

There is a trial version of Servers Ultimate available that allows you to see what the app is all about (though it's limited to two servers at one time). If you find utility in it, the full version will set you back $8 – a small price to pay for such a massive amount of functionality.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    This is starting to make sense -- is Disqus run off of somebody's old phone?

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

      As I loaded your comment, Disqus didn't. There's some serious truth here.

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      Wouldn't have enough memory for a Django app :')

  • http://twitter.com/nagi603 Nagy Balázs András

    "Will set you back for $8" ... and thanks to regional market prices, it is showing $9.02 for me. (Not that an extra buck would make a difference, but still)

  • tvBilly

    Thanks for bringing this application to everyone's attention. Downloaded the free version which worked perfectly for me (limited test of ftp server only). Immediately downloaded the paid version, which is a bargain. It's working fine on all three of my (all rooted) Nexus devices, including my OG Droid. (Ice Cold Apps should rename the free version to trial version though, to avoid all the complaints in the play store that it stops working after two weeks). Five stars.

    • tvBilly

      Oh, and the Pro version is on sale right now, for $7.99

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      I'm glad you mentioned the OG Droid because that's exactly the phone I have sitting at home doing nothing, and would consider using for this. Just out of curiosity, what ROM do you use with yours? I haven't touched mine in so long because it has so little memory and doesn't run very quickly. I think the ROM I flashed on it is decent, but I'd like to set it up to be as efficient as possible if I'm going to use it as a server.

      • tvBilly

        I'm running chevyno1's gingerbread (2.3.7), but it's hard to not run out of memory or storage space. :) It did work as an ftp server when it tried earlier, but that's all I've done with Servers Unlimited on the OG. I've been thinking about loading the last official ROM (whatever came before gingerbread; I can't remember anymore) to see if it runs a little better, but since I've only been using the deactivated OG as an alarm clock, weather station, and remote control for the past year, I haven't really been motivated to mess with it...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

    "It's an article, not a resume."

    Seriously? Why would I care whether his resume is grammatically correct? It's his articles I'm reading.

    • ThatBabyAintMine

      You're that old and you don't get it? Resumes being grammatically correct are important to those finding jobs, whereas writing an article just to do so isn't as important for the author. Learn to get somewhere in life, Mike "Dipshit" Harris

  • Ryan Mattison

    Not sure I understand why you'd want to use your Android device as a server? What benefits does it serve? I'd love to know because I'm curious about the app.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      In truth I'd say this is mostly a novelty app or a proof-of-concept at best. However, I may check it out because I love the concept of holding a web server in the palm of my hand. Also it would be good to have it for my web server scripting assignments, they are only a couple HTML documents and PHP scripts.

      Though I do wonder if Apache is too bloated to run on Android and that's why Lighttpd is here instead. I would have prefered Apache, as I have only used the AMP stack.

  • vitriolix

    This looks pretty cool. Another solution is to run a full blown Debian distro chrooted (no wipe) on your phone with lil'debi:



  • http://profiles.google.com/jonathanlyng Jonathan Lyng

    that would be ideal for TPB's new covert https server: take ten phones, stick them with mydns and duck tape them to planes landing gears. there ought to be one of them on land at any time... the game for the authorities would be, find the server!

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

      I'd pay serious money and bring a large bag of popcorn to watch you tie something to a plane.