October 30, 2014

Monitor which apps consume your time with Frequency [App of the Day]

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Ever wonder why you’re not getting any work done? Or, perhaps you’re trying to figure out why your smartphone battery dies so quickly. Maybe you want to see how much Flappy Bird you’re getting in versus productivity apps. Guess what… there’s an app for that. Surely there are others, but I really dig Frequency lately.

Offered in a free and pro version ($.99), this app looks at which apps you are using and for how long. You can compile your list based on a variety of factors: today, past week, past month, etc. What’s more, you can check to see which apps you’ve used and see them against apps you have yet to run.

The free version checks frequency every thirty seconds, delivering the data in half minute increments. Should you go pro you can toggle the frequency and fine-tune the app. We can imagine this be helpful if you’re billing a client for time spent within a particular app. Those who work on a tablet may find this convenient for photo editing tools or writing/CMS scenarios. Also, toggling to a less-frequent ping can help get your battery to last longer.

We should also point out that the free version does not automatically run at the startup of your Android device. The pro client, as you might have guessed, can be configured to do so.

We’ve seen monitoring apps for data and general usage but few of them look as sharp as Frequency. We like the layout of the app, its simplicity, and its overall aim.