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You have what amounts to a tiny super computer in your pocket, and what are you doing with it? Hmm? App Habits will track which apps you're using and when so you can get the low down on exactly how you're wasting time with neat graphs. It will also use this data to surface apps you might be interested in based on the time of day.

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App Habits has a clean holo UI with swipable tabs. The first one is where you'll see the top five apps for each day, and the second shows the top apps overall. The app automatically hides system processes, but you can add anything to the ignored list you want. For example, the Google Search app shows up very high on the list if you're using the Google Now Launcher.

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All this data is used to help you visualize what you're doing with the device. It shows you which types of apps are getting the most screen time and includes a "launch pad" with app shortcuts that match your usage pattern. There is an optional notification with the same app shortcuts as well. App Habits seems to get the job done at first glance, so check it out.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • h_rules

    I prefer Trackerfy :)

    • Jason Bourne

      Any app is better than this app.

  • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

    Aptrax is another recent new one I think. I was actually about to install it and try it out. Might give App Habits a shot as well.

    • Jason Bourne

      Don't install App Habits. It's a HUGE battery drain and the developers are kind of dicks on Twitter and in the 1-Star Review comments on the Play Store.

  • Nimer55

    Does it track when podcasts (or music i guess) is playing?

    • Jason Bourne

      Yep, and then it sells that information to ad-companies so they can send you emails. You didn't log in yet did you??

      • Nimer55

        no, haven't even installed it. thanks for the heads up.

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    Wow, statistics. I love statistics. Always thought stuff like that should be part of the OS.

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    • TY

      Yes it is, and I guess this is why this app is available in the first place. However the buit-in stat is well hidden, does not present nice graphs, and the usage time is in... milliseconds.

      In the dialer, dial *#*#4636#*#*, then pick "Usage Statistics".

      • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo Figueiredo

        How to do that on my Nexus7 2012?

        • TY

          Create activity (e.g. Nova Launcher widget) > Settings > UsageStats

          • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo Figueiredo

            Thanks

  • Raymond Berger

    I've been wanting an app like this for years.

    • Jason Bourne

      I really don't think you have... it's a huge battery drain.

  • andrew__des_moines

    Well-conceived headline -- kudos

  • Harsha

    Why should I signin to use this app?

    • Jason Bourne

      To make sure they can sell all your collected information to the highest bidder. Didn't you read the Privacy Policy or any of the 1-Star Reviews?

  • YB Pow

    I want to use it.. But then it requires me to signup. Guess I will stick with Aptrax.

  • Omar Feliciano

    New App asking for sign in... I just read the Privacy Policy Hmmm not happening. Sorry.

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      What's with it?

    • Orthogonal Minds

      Hello Omar, if you need additional details about our Privacy Policies or you have other questions about App Habits feel free to send us an email, we will happily answer all you questions :)

    • Jason Bourne

      OMG. You're not even kidding... that Privacy Policy is ridiculous! Basically they collect all sorts of personal information, what apps you install/uninstall/usage times, etc. Then they sell that data to 3rd party companies unless you opt out to have your data removed. LOL.

  • Tweaky

    Looks very interesting, however I'm not so keen on sharing my usage data. Will be sticking with Aptrax

    • Jason Bourne

      Yeah, you're telling me! I'm not in the mood to give away my personal data to be sold to 3rd party companies. PASS!

  • Roger Siegenthaler

    Does this at least pull together data from multiple devices (tablet and phone for example) seeing as it requires you to sign in?

    • Orthogonal Minds

      App Habits allows you to use multiple devices, this is one of the main reason why the sign in is required :-)

      • Jason Bourne

        The other reason, of course, is so that they can sell your information to a 3rd party company... hope you didn't use your REAL email address!

  • Orthogonal Minds

    Hello,
    Thank you all for considering App Habits! Most of you are asking: "why I need to sign in?" the answer is pretty simple. The login is needed to provide you a unique and personalized experience with the app, several features like: Diary, "It's time for", Global Stats Summary or accessing App Habits from different devices will not properly work without it.

    We hope this helps, if you need additional details feel free to send us an email, will be a pleasure give you all answers!

    Thank you again!

    • Imparus

      The problem is more, why not have a google+ sign-in? If they are able to make a review on the play store, then they also have google+ sign-in.

      • Orthogonal Minds

        Adding more authentication methods is in our todo list :-)

        • makapav

          Google+ SSO should have been the first authentication.

          On Android.

          It's seamless.

          I get the feeling you jumped the Facebook and Twitter bandwagon because you are probably doing something shady with the data collected.

          • Jason Bourne

            They're selling the data... read the Privacy Policy.

    • makapav

      Because the author of this article did not do his job correctly in benchmarking the application against some standards I had to waste my time installing your app.

      Here is my Play Store review for your app:

      I had to close this app on screen 1. Good idea but poor execution.

      1. You are using Android 2.3 elements on the login screen!? SHAME ON YOU!
      2. Screen 1 does not follow Android UI design.
      3. Legibility is messed up on the login screen
      4. No Google+ SSO? Also, when you do implement it, please do it right so that you use the underlying Android authentication and don't open a browser window to enter the username and password (look at the Slice app if you want to see how they messed this up).

      • Orthogonal Minds

        Hello makapav,
        thanks for your suggestions, has you know we are still in beta, so several improvements and enhancements will be added in the next releases. Thank you again!

        • Jason Bourne

          In "App Land" you get one shot. Don't release an unpolished product. I also installed and uninstalled your app, and after today I will never think about your company again... much less install your app again. LOL.

    • pobautista

      You know, there's absolutely no reason your app needs to phone home to provide your "Diary" and "It's Time For" features.

      In fact, accessing "It's Time For" from different devices is ridiculous. Me playing Candy Crush frequently on my tablet doesn't mean me playing it frequently on my phone. It may not even be installed on my phone!

      If I wanted Global Stats Summary, I would go to the Popular Apps page of the Play Store.

      So let me fix your answer for you.

      Q. "Why I need to sign in?"
      A. "We provide aggregate and anonymous information to our partners. ... We [will] disclose an individual user’s data to a third party [when] our business or assets or parts of them are acquired by this third party."

      It's your business model, period.

      • Jason Bourne

        Exactly. They want us to give them our data so they can sell it. Just be unfront about it! If you were, maybe you wouldn't be getting so many 1 star reviews in the Play Store. Oh well, guess your company isn't being sold anytime soon since your client base is exactly 12.

    • Jason Bourne

      I think you mean... we're required to sign in so you can collect and sell our information, as stated by your Privacy Policy. Sheesh!

  • Cristi

    No google sign in ?
    No game.

    • Jason Bourne

      Google won't let them collect our data to resell. Facebook and Twitter will.

  • Jason Bourne

    This app is the absolute worst... It has a 46% battery drain just by being IDLE in the background. Don't expect your battery to last more than a few hours after installing.

    Also, they are using Android 2.3 elements throughout the app, which is odd, but whatever.

    Finally, they require you to log in to even use the app... and they don't support Gmail Aliases at all. Not recommended at all...

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