[Review] Download Reminder - Get Notified When Apps Finish Installing
Do you ever feel that rush of excitement when you start downloading an application that you really want from the App Store? It can be very mind-numbing to watch that little blue bar fill up Ė especially when the application is large and takes a while to download. Now, instead of simply watching and waiting, you can be alerted when your applications finish downloading and installing. The tweak is called Download Reminder
, by iOS developer greensnow
, and you can download it for free from Cydia today.
Download Reminder works with applications you download manually as well as those that you update. It doesnít integrate with Notification Center. Instead, the tweak relies on an alert popup message. The way this tweak is implemented brings back memories from iOS 4 as the alert can get in your way because you have to manually dismiss it. It would be better using iOS 5ís notification banner system since they appear and disappear automatically.
What's more is that Download Reminder only works with the App Store; applications downloaded from Cydia and other sources are not included in the alerts. The alert doesnít pop up when the download finishes; instead, the alert waits until the application is completely installed to appear. With Download Reminder, you can start playing a game while you wait for an application download and know exactly when itís done without having to continuously check the download status.
While Download Reminder could be a useful asset for those larger applications that you never know how long itís going to take to download, it could become tedious when you are downloading smaller applications that take only moments to download as the popup could come off as 'just another annoying step.' Download Reminder has no options to configure and you will have to uninstall it if you want to disable it.
If you donít mind backtracking to the iOS 4 popup alert days and you like the idea of knowing when your applications are finished downloading, be sure to try Download Reminder.