A nice looking app if you want to automagically shorten links using bit.ly or goo.gl but version 1.0 does have some hiccups.
Supports goo.gl and bit.ly, allows adding bit.ly account andworks in background with no input required.
IAP Donation 5$ - not compulsory for any feature.
4.0 and up
Amid tons of fancy android apps, web-apps and widgets, we still consume a considerable amount of content using browsers. From those Buzzfeed articles from Facebook to the latest original hilarity on 9gag(just kidding). And how do we share those funny cat videos and intellectual articles? the links of course. And if you have ever shared such articles you might have come across links that look like:
Your carefully hand-picked articles often get ignored because such links are just too long and too ugly for your friends to consider clicking. We’ve all been there, looong link in a chat message making you cringe, don’t deny it. URL shorteners make the task easy by prettifying the URLs, and there are quite a few options for android too but out of them, one stands out.
This brand new app by Mohammad Adib, the creator of Switchr falls into a category that I love, the install and forget ones. It doesn’t need to be fiddled with, it doesn’t even need your attention when you use it. It just silently works in the shadows(almost), making your life easier.
ShortPaste has a beautiful single colour themed UI and is a nice small download at 1.3 Ms. The interface is fairly simple and minimal, there isn’t much to do as there isn’t much that needs to be done. While it works well straight out of the box, it does allow you to pick between
bit.ly on home screen.
Trimming headers is simply getting rid of “http://” or “https://” from the URLs to make them even shorter but might break linking in some apps. You can set your username for Bit.ly and API key to associate the links to your account and tapping on Developer will get you to Developer’s profiles list and a humble donate button which uses IAP for 5$.
The app comes into action as soon as you copy some text. If the text looks like a link to the app and you have an internet connection it shortens the link using
bit.ly API and copies it back to your clipboard. That’s about it. All this happens behind the curtains and you don’t need to worry about anything interrupting your link sharing spree. The app has an ongoing notification that can be tapped to copy the last link it converted.
While it is a perfect plug-in and forget app, there are a couple of annoyances. Firstly you can kiss goodbye to any mixed text (link+other text) you copy, the app doesn’t differentiate between link and text and converts it all into a shortened link.
Second is ongoing notification. It is probably important to keep the service running but might be annoying for some users. This is still just the version 1.0 of the app, we expect these issues to be resolved quickly by the next update.
Is install and forget, bit.ly and goo.gl support and looks beautiful.
Ongoing notification and issues with mixed content (text+link).