Browsing the Internet on your Android device is likely something you do on a fairly regular basis. However, you probably use apps like Facebook and Twitter in order to make your browsing experience a bit more interactive.
Re:Director is a very interesting utility that lets you customize your browsing experience by automatically opening certain apps when clicking on a link in your device’s web browser.
Concept and Functionality
Android definitely lets users get “under the hood” much more than its competitors, but sometimes setting up preferences can be a bit more complicated than it should be. Re:Director aims to give users control over redirects so that links go straight to apps instead of another browser tab.
Re:Director, by whs.su, exists more as a preference page instead of a standalone app. Opening the app allows you to customize settings and view a variety of options, including a useful URL journal. This is essentially a browser history function.
One thing I did experience with Re:Director is semi-sporadic crashes. It’s tough to pinpoint them, but it’s not enough to make the app really frustrating. The developers mentioned that the app is still in its early stages, so on the plus side you know there’s a lot of development still happening but it also means crashes are entirely possible.
Along with being able to automatically redirect browser links to apps, Re:Director includes a few useful features such as Learning Mode. This forces a dialogue to pop up whenever you click a link, letting you choose which app you want the link to open.
Re:Director also includes a handy built-in reader called JustRead, which automatically fetches article content and renders it into a clear and readable format. According to the app’s Google Play page, this feature is still under active development and might be a bit buggy.
Re:Director is available to download from Google Play for free, but the app is supposed to be supported by ads, even though I didn’t come across any. There’s also a great out option to purchase a premium upgrade of the app, which means the developers are likely planning on making the app freemium in the future.
Overall, it certainly doesn’t cost anything to give Re:Director a try. The app offers a few features that users might find helpful, especially those who want to have more control over their browsing experience.
Re:Director requires Android 2.3.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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