A few days back, we covered a Cydia tweak named Download Reminder (review) that notified of completed downloads, but just today, the newly-released Archangel has made it quite obsolete. We say so because like Download Reminder, Archangel too provides you with notifications each time an app download is completed, but that isn’t it’s only feature. The tweak acts as a shield against inadvertent powering off of your iPhone or iPad. This can prove to be an extremely useful feature if you are on a tethered jailbreak, or are using Gevey SIM unlock. Apart from that, users can even employ Archangel to replace the regular power down slider with a menu containing Reboot, Power Off, Respring and Google search options. More on that past the break.
Archangel is configurable via the menu it adds to the stock Settings app. The first option in that menu is labeled Tether Guardian, and it tweaks the Slide To Power Off option to respring the device, rather than turning it off. There will be no visible change in the slider or its text, but its functionality will certainly be modified. The App Download Alerter springs to action in iOS 5 if you have more than one downloads underway on your jailbroken iPhone. Archangel will notify you each time a download is completed, and that notification is sent to users even if they are running another app at that time.
The Power Manager option offered by Archangel shows a multifunction popup when you long-press the Power button on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. From that menu, users can Power Off the device, Reboot it or go straight to Google in Safari for a quick search. To make the Power Manager work, you might have to disable it once, and then re-enable. Even if you are not on an untethered jailbreak, the respring option is worth having on all jailbroken iPhone or iPad devices. Also, the Google search option might prove to be a tad quicker as compared to searching for something via the Spotlight search area.
Archangel is a must-have Cydia tweak if you are on a tethered jailbreak, and even if you are not, do give it a try by heading to the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store, where it is available as a free download. I am a big fan of the download alert feature of the tweak, and am pretty sure that the Power Off options will come in handy too in the future.