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    Best Android OBD II program?


    I downloaded and made a Live USB of Android x86 so I can boot to it from my laptop. Did it because Android has all kinds of OBD II programs that'll work with my ELM-327 adapter. I did use one to remove the trouble code from my wife's car but it crashed when I did it and I couldn't read the codes, might be I didn't know how but I did click on the button to read codes and got nothing. So, what are some of the better OBD II programs for Android that are in the Google Play Store? Thanks in advance.
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    I have Torque and Carista on my Droidx. Carista is a basic scanner but works better picking up the codes that Torque missed.

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    I haven't used one in a couple or three years, but Torque was what I mostly used. About all I can suggest now is download some and try them.

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    Is Torque a free app or paid? I downloaded a couple free ones that I'm going to test out.
    Can't wait for my SanDisk 8GB Fit USB "nubs" to get here tomorrow. I'll do an actual Install of Android x86 so I'll have persistence like I've done with my Patriot 8GB stick. That way I can boot to em' when I need to run Android for my OBD II apps and they won't stick out as much as my normal USB sticks do.
    The more I learn about Linux the more fun I'm having with it. Now I'm able to run Android on a laptop/Netbook, that''s just too uber cool for words.
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    Torque was free the last time I checked, but it might now have a paid upgrade giving more features. Check the Google Play Store for details.

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    I have Torque Lite installed and one other one, the name escapes me at the moment. Torque Pro isn't free anymore so hopefully Torque Lite will do everything I want to do which is basically read and clear codes.
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    I managed to get the premium torque appfree, outside of the "play store".

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    The Amazon store has a "free app of the day" feature, and I have a few useful paid apps that I got that way, but they're few and far between.

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    It’s hard to say which one is the best, there are some good contenders.
    If you’re looking for a free app, I can really recommend Performance. (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.performance)

    I switched to this recently as it helped me identify a bad connector and (finally?) clear out my engine light.

    The app does a lot more, monitors fuel consumption, reads all kinds of values from the ECU, but I’ve mostly been using the fault code reader.
    Using it with a cheap ELM 327 BlueTooth adapter I got from ebay for about $20
    Money well spent, compared to a trip to the dealers!!

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    I've been using "Piston" and it's been working great. It doesn't crash like Torque Lite did when I clear a code and it has some cool real time data. I've seen the ELM-327 OBD II Bluetooth adapters on Amazon for as low as $8 bucks. I'd like to get another one to keep for a spare. They are really handy, much cheaper then buying a OBD II Code Reader from AutoZone which, IIRC starts at around $30 bucks for the bare bones cheap one and you get no real time data either.
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