Keep Alive for maintaining Wi-Fi connections now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace
From homebrew to err...publicbrew
A few days ago we reported on a new homebrew app called Keep Alive from Windows Phone Hacker. The app basically pings a server every once in awhile to maintain a constant Wi-Fi connection. It’s better than having to reconnect to your Wi-Fi connection each time you turn the display back on and has little impact on battery.
The app though was homebrew meaning only those with developer-unlocked phones could take part by sideloading the XAP file. Since the program itself does not use any illegal hooks, Jaxbot, the developer behind it has submitted it to the Marketplace and almost surprisingly it has passed.
We just downloaded the version from the Marketplace to give it a spin and it appears to be the exact same version as we had previously. The app itself generally works okay, although it does occasionally time out it seems. Point is, it doesn’t do any harm to have it and for some of you, it may be the app you were looking for to maintain faster connections. You simply install it, launch it and that's it--nothing really to it.
If so, head here to the Windows Phone Marketplace to take it for a spin. Let us know if it’s working for you after a few hours. You can also read more about it at Windows Phone Hacker. Thanks, @kid_jenius & Ramprasad N., for the heads up
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I don't really know enough about the whole hardware initialization process to counter your second argument, but I'm pretty sure, it's not right to generalize that keeping WiFi on at all times is better for anyone out there...
Not sure about jaxbox's app, but using iHeartRadio in controlled tests, WiFi consumed no additional power in repeated 8 hour overnight tests. In fact, the tests indicated a small power savings with WiFi on all the time. Tests were with both WiFi and Data turned on, vs. WiFi off and Data on.
My understanding is that this app needs to keep running where iHeartradio can be completely turned off after you have locked on your WiFi connection, so can't say for sure if Keep Alive will provide the same battery saving results. Might need to run a few more tests.
Quick question for WP users: I am currently a N8 user, and I can toggle to keep wi-fi on or off, and I can toggle to turn on/off mobile data, and toggle between 2G and 3G. Does Windows Phone have these choices as well? If not, I hope that WP8 will allow for them as I will be one of those users that will be on a capped data plan when I purchase a WP device.
This is a fantastic little app for me. My old Focus used to connect to my wifi immediately, but my HD7s is not as quick - keeping the wifi alive is a great choice to have. And if I find it kills my battery, I'll uninstall it. Really not that hard.
So leaving WIFI on but not connected is the same as WIFI being turned off completely?
And it might cause legal issues if someone downloads it really as a CPR reference manual in his phone but never checks what's in it, he might blame and sue the app of misleading in case he tried to save his love one by CPR but found no instruction in his "CPR app".
ps: at least it's an app and not a 'RSS reader' like the 90% of the marketplace apps
Button to turn OFF = Open app, press Back button to close app.
2. Holy cow, i guess Microsoft is desperate to fill up their app library and forgot to test app now.
ps: my phone doesn't restart or works erratically using this app, I don't know why some of u say so.
I've been turning my wifi off when I leave the house, since I'm not going anywhere with wifi, specifically here at work, with the idea that if my wifi is not on, it's not looking for wifi signal to connect to, therefore increasing my battery life. Don't know if this is accurate or not.
If I install this app, I can turn my wifi on and leave it on, with this app running and see increased battery life?
This app drops the connection very frequently.
The best way to Keep wi-fi Always on is the download Nokia Play to (FREE).
Launch the app and press the start button.
It'll never drop the connection.
I was taking pics last night with my Titan. As I stopped, I noticed my camera fire again. Lovely shot of the table. I then saw my camera fire again. Now, I wa checking my hand position, that i hadn't touched the screen. So I opened the settings to delete. What happened next was what was startling.
Suddenly, email opened, and an address was being typed. I held and swiped to close the phone. Nothing was completed, but it was obvious someone or something grabbed my phone.
All I am checking was is there anyone who has experienced any issues with this app? I was on my home network at the time and it is secure (shoot, even I can't get in sometimes LOL) I uninstalled the app, and whether related or not, I have had not incident since.
On a side note, I actually find it disconcerting to see the screen shot of the app NOT reference the actual use of the app. While there is no screen shot as such, is there anyone out there that hopes this is NOT the way the marketplace should work??
My Lumia 900 is on AT&T's unlimited data plan so it's not a big deal for me, but this would be useful for traveling with a foreign SIM (and limited data) in my unlocked Samsung Focus
But since i Update it to version 1.1 my phone start to restrat abnormaly, so i kept deleting apps hoping to fix the problem because i didn't figure out that the problem was from "Keep Alive", when i figure it out and i saw that there is two versions in the market i decided to install the version 1.0, but !!!
I'm now in dark ages without the app, i found it in "AppFlow", but i'm unable to install it since i get "This app is not available for your device".!!!%$^^&
I know this post is old but i hope someone can read it and something about it..