October 25, 2014

Track Your Calling, Texting, and Android Usage with Friday

Here’s a pretty cool Android app for you analytic types. Available in a private Alpha release, Friday, keeps track of nearly everything you do with your phone. Want to see how many text messages you sent on February 9th?  How about the number of inbound calls from last Thursday?  Maybe you just want to see a map of all the places you were.  Friday does this and plenty more.  

I’ll admit up front that I did not really grasp Friday for the first few days.  All that I noticed was that after every message or call I sent or made, there was a background action taking place.  As to what though… who knew?  Friday was gathering information on me and compiling it somehow.  It wasn’t until a week or so later that I saw how cool and handy the app was.  I found that I could go back to whatever point wanted to and see how I used my phone or where I was.  I can now see exactly what my battery status was when I received a text from my wife and whether I was on vibrate or ring.

I can imagine that this type of application is not for many users, but it’s great for those who love details.  With tags, location-awareness, and other available details, Friday can be as useful as one needs it to be.  Try asking it a question like, “Where did I go last week?” and see what I mean.  It’s not the type of app I use on a daily basis, but it’s extremely handy to search back through should I need to jog my memory.  I liken it to having a digital assistant with me, cataloging everything.  I don’t talk to them every day, but when I do, they have the answers I need.

Friday never gets in the way of what you’re doing with your phone, nor does it seem to slow the device down.  In fact, the only time I am aware of it is if I watch the notification bar after a text or call.  Otherwise, it’s light and stays out of the way.   As I mentioned earlier, Friday is in private Alpha with signups at http://www.friday-app.com.  If you’re running Android 2.1 or higher, I suggest taking a look at it if only for curiosity sake.  You’d be surprised how much you text your ex-girlfriend.  NOTE: The app can be downloaded for free, however you also need to be approved for the alpha.  Simply installing the app will not get it to work.