SmartBar – The Android App Everyone Should Be Using

I have been using SmartBar on my Xperia X10 for the past few months, and have been intending to review it for quite some time. However, one thing that I have been struggling with is defining exactly what SmartBar is. Is it a task killer? Well yes, it can kill tasks. Is it an application launcher? Yes, it can launch apps. Is it a system app? Once again, it can justify such a classification.

SmartBar is a Swiss army knife for Android that does a little bit of almost everything. It’s futile to characterise it or even to try to describe it in a single sentence. Instead, I will tell you three reasons why I believe you should go ahead and install SmartBar.


Arrow i) Quick Settings: SmartBar allows you to place a Quick Settings menu into the notification area, which (as you might have guessed) provides quick access to all the essential system settings. This includes Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, brightness, volume, screen timeout, and more. The same screen also displays basic system information like battery, disk usage, ram usage and number of apps installed. Quick Settings is a huge timesaver, and is my favourite feature of SmartBar.


Arrow ii) TaskManager: There are a lot of good reasons for not using task managers in Android. However, I have found that they do come in handy from time to time. My advice is to have one installed, but not to use it too frequently. SmartBar has a nifty task manager that can kill selected tasks, kill all tasks and even end all but the current task.


Arrow iii) App Manager: SmartBar has an app manager that looks a lot like a simplistic app launcher at first glance. However, it can do a lot more than just launching an app. You can pin any app to the status bar, save them to favourites, uninstall them, reinstall them, backup their apk to the SD card, uninstall/reinstall the app, hide app, and more.


Quick Settings alone is reason enough to use SmartBar. However, there are plenty of other features, which makes this little app a must have for all Android users. I have touched upon of some of its core features in this article. However, there’s a lot more it has to offer. Go ahead and install it.

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License: Freeware
Platform: Android (all)

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76 Responses to SmartBar – The Android App Everyone Should Be Using

  1. Worm Farming December 29, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    This is a great application. I have used it on my andriod phone.

    • MobileMan January 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

      thanks for the great review ill be looking into getting her app

  2. used tires December 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Looks like a useful app, I like how it shares memory info.


  3. sell textbooks January 1, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    I have been researching which phone to pick up and I am still on the fence about which android to buy. I heard with the 4g network coming out I should wait but the more I see apps like this the less I want to wait. Which android phone are you using and is there a particular reason why you chose that model?

    • used tires January 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      @Sell, I think it all depends what area you live in, some areas fully support the 4G, and if you live in one of those areas I would say definitely go with a phone that supports 4G, otherwise as a whole its way too early to get one of those types of phones, unless you are looking for the other options the phone has.


  4. Addurbusiness January 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Hey Guys I wanna buy a 3G phone prize range 10k. Would U suggest me?

    • used tires January 7, 2011 at 6:26 am #

      @Addurbusiness, Theres so many 3G phones to choose from, just depends what you want out of it, and what your daily habits and uses are.


  5. healthdurbar com January 5, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    this is a good review on an interesting gadget

  6. Addurbusiness January 6, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I am too much happy coz yesterday I bought a camera sony dsc w380,14.1 mega pixel camera, 5x zoom, sweep paranoma effect in 11k

  7. Komodo Dragon January 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Smartbar is a must for Android users. It almost transforms the device into something else, with its myriad of features and abilities.

  8. Addurbusiness January 8, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Sounds Good! I liked most, very informative gadget.

  9. Greg January 9, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    I have an iPhone but am seriously contemplating getting an Android too because of cool apps like this.

    The Android app marketplace has really exploded all over the place in the last year or so. Will keep this one in mind along with your other reviews.


  10. Addurbusiness January 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    In computer manager taskbar, titalbar (i mean all types bar) are very important parts.

  11. Addurbusiness January 12, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Buddy I have a problem in re-setting bar’s in my system. Some one asked me by pressing function key(f11) I can see full page without bars. But i couldn’t set same. So please suggest me how can i re-set it?………

  12. Addurbusiness January 12, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    If some one know please help me to shot out this problem(re-set)

  13. Anand from callezee January 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I thought this app has many features when compared to other general apps

  14. Printing solutions January 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    otherwise as a whole its way too early to get one of those types of phones, unless you are looking for the other options the phone has.

  15. Addurbusiness January 14, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Can these application be used in Nokia 7200?

  16. Addurbusiness January 14, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Thanks to all my cousin has shoot out my PC (app)problem.

  17. Printing solutions January 14, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    This includes Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, brightness, volume, screen timeout, and more.

  18. Printing solutions January 14, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    its way too early to get one of those types of phones, unless you are looking

  19. paul January 15, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    woow i never new about these apps thank you very much

  20. Jasmine January 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    This is a nice app! Although I don’t have an Android phone, but SmartBar looks really nice. It should make using an Android phone much easier and fun!

  21. sell textbooks January 18, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    this looks like a great app, and I never knew about it. Thanks for the heads up every little thing helps these days.

  22. Addurbusiness January 18, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    As much as I come to know abt smartbar, by using this one’s can make work capability fast, coz it can kill unwanted/used task too fast. But i think if some one use this bar and it kills wanted task it won’t be best for user……….

  23. android mobile os January 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    one more reason to buy a android enabled phone

  24. p90x January 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    This app would save me a ton of time. The crashes it causes aside, it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    – Robert

  25. Umair January 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    This seems like a must have app… Surely try it out soon.

  26. iPhone 5 January 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    is it available in the android market??? and is it a ram eater?? coz in my samsung galaxy 3 the ram is an issue

  27. Ford Raptor January 31, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    narrowed down to 4 models . i dont think they come in pink , but nokia supernova looks good

    • Komodo Dragon February 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

      The Supernova series of phones are pretty good so you can’t go wrong with them. The 7210 is one of the more popular models.

  28. ysdfs February 1, 2011 at 2:17 am #

    is this blog dead ?

    • Jasmine February 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

      I don’t think so, probably the authors are busy. It still has good PR and traffic.

    • Pallab De April 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

      Nope. Not yet. But, I was very busy for the past couple of months.

      • p90x April 2, 2011 at 2:47 am #

        Good to hear your still around Pallab. I hope you will be able to find some time to update in the near future. I understand it is hard when you become busy.

        – Robert

  29. Online Business Directory February 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    he made it complete but implement is pending. Till that w8. On the other hand friends I have a blog based word-press theme. So suggest me seo helpful tools for it.

  30. Online Business Directory February 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    If you have any suggestion please suggest me ASAP. I have much requirement for it.

  31. iPhone 5 February 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    It seems like an app not to miss. Is it available in iPhone?

  32. Online Business Directory February 5, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    May be helpful in ipgone…..

  33. Tampa Web Design February 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Yes the smart bar is the very useful application it works as multitasking application for the android as it access, kills and launches the applications. It makes easy to work with the various applications for the user and also displays the basic information on to the screen.

  34. Jasmine February 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Wow, Smartbar looks pretty sleek! Do we have such app for iPhone?

  35. Computer Virus February 23, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    In a way, it would be very surprising if a run-of-the-mill compass app was on this list. Well, it’s not and this Android app is far more than a mere tool to tell you which way is north. To name a few of the features this app brings to the table will be enough to sell most on the idea that it’s a practical, handy app to have on their Android phone.

  36. Sourish @ Iphone 4 Jailbreak February 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Im using lg optimus . the taskbar like iphone jailbreak app called sbsettings is very helpful to see notifications and stuff


  37. Pure Cocoa Chocolates March 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    The app seems very much interesting. I’ll definitely try out this.

  38. Wordpress Themes April 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    The post looks dead.. but if anyone is reading this I want to ask you why Smartbar doen’t work in Android Froyo. Is there any way to make it and if not is there any other as good alternative

    • Pallab De April 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      The task manager doesnt work properly in FroYo, but the quick settings still work.

  39. Madras Geek April 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    I am using it already. Best android app for managing the full phone under control.

  40. Gazz April 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Sounds like a great app, thanks.

  41. Carpet Steam Cleaners April 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    This is looking like nice application. Thanks a lot.

  42. Anindo May 2, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    The fact that Android applications are free, intends me to go ahead and install them. Go Android! :)

  43. sell textbooks May 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    This is a great app have been using it for some time now.

  44. find local musicians May 19, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    Smart bar is really looking great application for all Android. Most of the people using Iphones and Android according to their need.I too looking forward to it…

  45. Jasmine May 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    SmartBar looks really good… oh yes, just like a Swiss army knife! Good stuff, thanks for the sharing!

  46. Web Design LA May 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    SmartBar android application simple to use and it’s nifty task manager is very useful for killing the tasks.

  47. Andrew June 1, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Awesome! I had a very similar app for my jailbroken iPod. Glad there’s something better for Android!

    • Web Design LA June 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      Yes it is true that this application is really good.Can you please tell me what is the out put of jailbroken iPod ?

  48. purchase settlements June 3, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    I just got my android and I am hoping this app will be as helpful for me as it is for you. Thanks for the share.

  49. android app development June 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Press and hold the home button. You will see the six last active applications for you to easily switch back to. Can be handy if you have to go through to another home screen just to go back to what you were doing before.

  50. Web Design Resource July 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Really Android application just amazing now slowly Google move their android app. to desktop applications :)

  51. Madras Geek August 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    how did I miss this app all these days ? Wonderful app, installing right away on my android phone.

  52. purchase settlements August 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    I have found with my android I don’t need one of those it already does most of that for me?

  53. Ashwin Saxena August 26, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    Will suggest it to my roommate. He owns a SGS 2. Will be good for his phone… :)

  54. Web Design Resource September 17, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Android is now on high position with in technology development world due its new new features :)

  55. administrowanie October 22, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Great website?and cool article man?thanx for the great post?keep on posting such article?

  56. UmairP October 31, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I am going to install this app right away. I hope it works on my Samsung Galaxy Mini.

  57. Alan Smith December 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    In the simple words, Smart bar is the quick way to access anything on your phone which you mostly use and want to access it within seconds. So through smart bar you will able to save your valuable time and spend it on another most important task.

  58. facebook for a business March 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    It is nice looking feature of Android and it makes my work easy.

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  61. Alan Smith April 2, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Nowadays, the demand for the mobile application is increasing day by day becasue most of the people are now working and as per their routine busy life they give first preference to mobile application to stay connected and updated withing the world.

  62. purchase settlements June 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Thanks for the review I have wondered about that app. Like you said it isn’t good to use it all the time but handy when needed.

  63. emobile_developer July 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    This is really by far an awesome and the best app with bunch of functionalities. This could really be very useful for android mobile users and should definitely be used by them. Many of the excellent functionalities are included in this little app and user doesn’t need to go separately for them like task manager. Thanks for the great app.

  64. awais July 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    its awesome i also using this ..

  65. purchase settlements September 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    This is a great app I downloaded it just the other day and it works great

  66. ppc professionals December 28, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    Do you still think this is the best app for an android.?

  67. Shaunak De December 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    This is a really useful application.

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