Category: SpyPhone

Spy Phone Shutter Fix

Spy Phone 1.5.6 and Spy Phone Lite 1.6.2 were released today with a fix for the shutter sound on the Motorola Droid X and Razor.

This fix also might work on other makes and models where the shutter sound was present.

Spy Phone 1.5.1

Spy Phone started off as a simple application with only a few user settings. With each additional feature, settings have been added to help customize the user experience. These settings have become extremely cluttered and have been a sore spot in my opinion. Spy Phone 1.5.1 will address this issue with a complete rewrite of the settings screen. The settings are now broken down into categories and displayed in different screens to help minimize the clutter.

If you have any suggestions or requests please send an email or tweet my way.

Spy Phone 1.5.0

The latest update of SpyPhone 1.5.0 includes a continuous shooting mode (Auto Shot). This feature is enabled and disabled from the Spy Phone settings screen. You can also configure the amount of time between pictures. To start capturing pictures you can click the camera icon or use the volume buttons on your phone. During this time the camera will continuously take pictures and the status indicator will remain busy (red). At any point you may click the camera icon or press the volume buttons to stop capturing pictures.

The full and demo version of Spy Phone still have the exact same feature set, but the demo version still has a time limit for video & audio recording and the pictures are resized. Both version can be found at the links below.

Android Market Links

Spy Phone

Spy Phone Lite







Droid X Gingerbreak

Droid X finally started receiving the Gingerbread update. Unfortunately this update breaks the silenced shutter in Spy Phone. It looks like Motorola decided to add some features to the OS that are not part of the standard SDK. This morning I tried contacting @motodev through twitter, but haven’t received a response yet. I hope to find a fix for this issue, but i’m not very optimistic at this point.

If anyone has a contact at Motorola that can point me in the right direction, please contact me.

Twitter: @tmccowan

SpyPhone 1.4.1

Spy Phone & Spy Phone Lite received an update today which will help reduce the amount of time it takes to implement a feature and test it across both applications.

A bug was fixed that caused Spy Phone to crash after recording video and using the home button. After this crash occurred, Spy Phone would not operate properly until the application was stopped and restarted.

Market ratings play a very important part of the planning process. Features and bug fixes are addressed based on the needs of users. A new dialog was added that will remind users that they should take a minute to rate the application. If you uncheck the “remind me” check box you won’t see this reminder again while you have the application installed. If you uninstall Spy Phone and reinstall, this setting is wiped out and you will receive another notification. You can also send feedback / requests to

The web view now has a default web address if you haven’t already set one. The website address not longer requires “http://” at the beginning for it to work.

The only change specific to Spy Phone lite so far is the increased recording time. I changed the max audio and video time from 20 seconds to 60 seconds.

Spy Phone 1.2.5

Spy Phone has received a couple of big features since the last blog post. The best feature by far, is a fully functioning web browser which allows you surf any website while taking pictures, video & audio. You can also set a custom background wallpaper to disguise your screen. The background image works best if the image matches your screen size exactly. HQ video recording has been added to devices running 2.2 or later. Currently Motorola devices running 2.2 cannot record HQ video and require you to revert the video mode in the settings.

Spy Phone now includes some additional controls to start and stop recording. In addition to the on screen button you can now use the volume buttons, hardware camera button, and D-Pad. These additional controls make Spy Phone easier to use.

An experimental widget has been added that lets you capture images and record audio from the home screen, but this is not guaranteed to work on all phones. I’ve noticed this does not work on the Motorola DROID, but does work on a Nexus One & Nexus S.

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SpyPhone Update

SpyPhone is currently at release 1.0.12 and I’m almost done with the finishing touches for 1.0. I would have to stay it was a rocky start, because I didn’t have the complete vision of what I wanted or what was expected. I did know that I wanted to make something that kicked butt and blew the competition away. It’s been 10 days since I uploaded SpyPhone (my first mobile app) to the Android market and I am 1 download shy of 50. It has been exciting so far, I’m having a blast writing SpyPhone and thinking of all the features I can throw in there. I already have a nice list of features for the upcoming releases and I’m really excited about adding them in. I hope that everyone is enjoying SpyPhone and looking forward to the future releases.

Today I started investigating possible ways that I could get my hands on devices besides my Motorola DROID. This became even more important after I was informed this morning that video recording was not working on the Nexus One. I signed up for a free trial on, so we will see how this goes. I came really close to purchasing a Nexus One, but decided I should really wait until after Google IO (Who knows what they will give out). Hopefully I can certify SpyPhone on some additional handsets soon.

After I complete the next couple of releases and I feel like SpyPhone has reached a good point, I will have it translated. I plan on releasing SpyPhone with English (currently supported), Japanese, German, Spanish and French.

I am always looking for feedback, so please let me know if you have any requests.

If you like SpyPhone please leave your feedback on the market place, thank you.

SpyPhone 1.0.9

Today I released SpyPhone version 1.0.9 to the Android Market place. Along with minor fixes I added a few new features which include the following.

  • Updated the menu
  • Hide the menu (In hidden mode you can show and hide the menu with the hardware menu button)
  • Hide saved media from the gallery (Media is saved here “/sdcard/SpyPhone”)
  • Disable the back button
  • Vibrate the phone when a picture is taken
  • Disable and enable auto-focus (This is hardware dependent)

The menu icons are as follows from left to right: Preview (enable & disable), Still Pictures, Video, Audio and Settings.

I’m still looking for suggestions and comments.