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Hello!

I first released this app on XDA when I started developing android apps and received some really helpful inputs from community. Now, after a gap of almost 3 years, I am reviving this app with a new vision in mind! It has been written again from scratch.

To ensure existing features don't break (and flex some coding muscles), I have kept the features almost the same and rather focused on UI (material design), performance boost, etc.


In terms of features, as of now the app allows you to:
1. Shorten links using Goo.gl (more will be added soon)
2. "Always On" mode to check all URL's you access (from outside the web browser).
3. Extract (or decrypt) short URL's.

Tip: To turn on "Always On" mode select URL Ripper as your default URL manager (the links will still open in web browser of your choice). This basically allows the app to scan URL's you are visiting from outside the web browser. You can also see the extracted/decrypted link in a dialog box (under Settings)!

Currently URL Ripper supports almost all the link shortening services including popular ones like Goo.gl, Bit.ly, Is.gd, Ow.ly, Tinyurl, Y.ahoo.it, YouTube, etc. Ad-based services like adfly aren't supported.

Link to Play Store - URL Ripper (Google Play Store)

Direct Download Link (Apk - Same as store version) - Version 3.0

I would appreciate if XDA community could again chip in and share their feedback

Thanks in advance!
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7th July 2013, 05:07 PM |#2  
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Good start Perryb, I need this app.

Thanks!
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Good start Perryb, I need this app.

Thanks!

Good to hear that Looking forward to your review!
7th July 2013, 06:18 PM |#4  
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great idea! keep it up
7th July 2013, 06:20 PM |#5  
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This is cool
Will give it a try
7th July 2013, 07:46 PM |#6  
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great idea! keep it up

Thanks a lot

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This is cool
Will give it a try

Let me know your opinion
10th July 2013, 02:10 PM |#7  
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I created a similar app a while ago:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=31960145

If you want, I can send you my codebase.
10th July 2013, 02:34 PM |#8  
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I created a similar app a while ago:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=31960145

If you want, I can send you my codebase.

App looks good. Aren't you interested in maintaining it?
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App looks good. Aren't you interested in maintaining it?

Mostly it is just an android wrapper for longurl.org. Demand wasn't quite there and I didn't get any real feedback, so I kinda stopped caring for it. There is one bug I wanted to fix, but I didn't get around to do it yet.
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Mostly it is just an android wrapper for longurl.org. Demand wasn't quite there and I didn't get any real feedback, so I kinda stopped caring for it. There is one bug I wanted to fix, but I didn't get around to do it yet.

Yeah, saw that in app description. I have a different variation planned though. More of a "complete" solution with caching, sharing, etc. But then again, all of it depends on how well is it accepted and used. Also, just a thought, I didn't want to rely on a single service for link expansion. The service dies and app dies, I don't want this to happen P.S: No pun intended. Just my 2 cents.

On a side note, I do like the url catching mechanism from other application
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Yeah, saw that in app description. I have a different variation planned though. More of a "complete" solution with caching, sharing, etc. But then again, all of it depends on how well is it accepted and used. Also, just a thought, I didn't want to rely on a single service for link expansion. The service dies and app dies, I don't want this to happen P.S: No pun intended. Just my 2 cents.

On a side note, I do like the url catching mechanism from other application

I absolutely agree. It was just a matter of comfort for me. I didn't want to write queries for all those shortening services API. Especially since some of the smaller ones might not even have an API. Or are you making the request and checking where the return url is leading?
Sharing was a feature I had in mind as well, but I didn't get to it.

If you find something you like, feel free to use it and if you think the source code might help, I will gladly send it to you / share the repo.
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