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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Roaming Call Control

Today's app of the day is Roaming Call Control.



If you are a  frequent traveler, you will be well aware of how annoying it is trying to rely on the contacts within your android device from the foreign location - particularly if using a foreign SIM card. When you put it in and go to dial your home country number, more than likely you will get an error as the phone does not automatically add the country code to those number. Of course you can always copy and paste number and try to add the country codes before dialing, but as advanced as the Android OS is, this is still an overly complicated and time consuming process.

To help, the developer, Software Shack, has created a fantastic new application called Roaming Call Control. The premise could not be simpler - you simply load the application, tick the 'enable call correction' button and then choose your default country. From that point on whenever you dial a number without a country code, Roaming Call Control will automatically detects what is happening and presents you with a simple question box, asking whether you want to automatically add the default country code the the beginning of the number, or whether you want to continue with the number directly as dialed.

This feature is great, as it means that it will help out when needed, but not obtrusovely hijack all calls and divert them to your country of origin. A great mix of flexibility and practicality. On top of working well the app looks great, and for a small cos ads can be removed to help the developer support and improve other great apps such as Total Backup.

All in all, a great app - worth checking out for anyone who likes to (or needs to) travel!




In the words of the developer: 

In a nutshell...
Roaming Call Control allows easy phone number correction when dialing in roaming.

What is it good for?

If you have ever traveled abroad and used roaming services on your phone you probably had a lot of trouble dialing back home or to a different country. With Roaming Call Control dialing in roaming is a breeze. The application detects when you are in roaming and when dialing numbers without country codes it allows you to select the destination country of the call and changes the number you dialed so it will be correct no matter where you're located. You no longer have to check for country or exit codes when traveling. And you don't have to change any number you currently have in your phone book. Roaming Call Control takes care of it all in real-time!

Features

Here is a list of features Roaming Call Control offers for free:
- automatic detection of roaming service (so it only functions when really needed)
- automatic phone number correction based on current and destination country
- support for almost all countries (over 95% of them... see libphonenumber for a complete list)
- configuration free (just install it and you are ready to go)
- debug mode (so you can see what the application does without actually having to go in roaming)
Premium features
If you want an ad-free user interface, extra features (like automatic call correction) and support future development you can always buy the Premium features with a one-time fee of only 1.1$ (depending on your region).

Wiki

If you want to find out why Roaming Call Control needs all those permissions or get an answer to other related questions please visit Roaming Call Control's Wiki located at https://bitbucket.org/adriantc/roaming-call-control/wiki/Home.

Feedback

Any kind of feedback (bugs, feature requests, comments) is more than welcome. Please do not hesitate to contact me at roamingcallcontrol@softwareshack.org or (if you want to track the status of the issue) I invite you to open a report on https://bitbucket.org/adriantc/roaming-call-control/issues?status=new&status=open.

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