Oct 22, 2012
Many apps claim to save users battery life, but the University of California at Berkeley has an app that wants to handle battery saving in a far more clever way, by generating reports of long-term usage, and comparing usage data with other devices that also use Carat. Now, the app won’t just provide a report right away. Users have to check in with the app periodically over the first week or so of usage, when it will eventually generate its stats and recommendations for how to cut back on battery usage. It generates a J-Score that rates the quality of battery performance. AS well, the pap can show what apps and services are running on the device, shows which apps are “bugs” – ones that only appear to use a high amount of power on your own device and thus appear to be buggy – and which apps are “hogs” – apps that drain a lot of power for many users of Carat. This app is free to download from Google Play, serving as a research project for the AMP Lab at UC Berkeley.