APP WATCH: Seenearly for Android

Worried about the activity on your phone? Or do you want to track and/or monitor what comes through? If you have an Android handset, Seenearly might be worth a try.

Designed to address dangers like cyber bullying and identity theft, Seenearly tracks all the activity on your mobile phone and lets you monitor it online. After installing the 200kb app, Seenearly works as a low-level, anonymous background app on your handset. Register at the related website and you can automatically sync with the contents of your phone online.

After that, login to see a 'real-time' account of what's going in - calls, SMS and email content, browsing history and address book, as well as applications that have been installed or deleted and the phone’s actual location. All encrypted obviously.

Peter Karsten, CEO of Acquad, the company behind the app, said: 'Seenearly is all about keeping you informed – we track all the activity on a handset and collect this information in one place. Having access to this information is enormously powerful – it can allow consumers to understand their mobile habits, protect against identity theft or cyberstalking and help keep an eye on loved ones. Interestingly, we don’t gather any more information than the typical Google app in the Android Market. The difference with Seenearly is that the end-user can see what information has been collected.'

Some might like the peace of mind it offers, others might hate the intrusion. If you happen to be one of the former, it's available now for $9.99 in the Android Market. There are also plans to launch the application on future phones including BlackBerry, Symbian3, Mee Go and iPhone at the end of 2010.

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