What is HTC Power To Give?

HTC Power To Give is an app that gives you a way to contribute to scientists doing research in many different fields (such as biomedicine, physics, and astronomy). Scientific research often requires vast amounts of computing power. HTC Power To Give enables you to include your Android device as part of a distributed computing system when you are not actively using your Android device.

How does HTC Power To Give work?

HTC Power To Give acts as middleware to connect a smartphone to different research projects, enabling the applications from supported projects to run and communicate with their central servers.

Research problems are broken down into many small tasks and distributed across the network of smartphones . When the app runs, it downloads the required project software which then manages the calculations required to process the individual tasks provided. Once complete, the results are uploaded to the central project team servers and a new task is allocated.

How do I get started?

Search for HTC Power To Give in the Google Play Store, and install it. When it launches, you will be asked to select the projects that you want to support. Register for an account to get started.

Processing power is only used (i.e., the app only runs) when the phone is connected to Wi-Fi and when plugged in to an external power source (e.g., wall socket, pc, and wireless chargers).

Which Android devices are compatible for installing HTC Power To Give?

HTC Power To Give is currently supporting HTC One (M8), HTC One, HTC One max, HTC One mini, HTC One mini 2, HTC Desire 816, HTC Desire 610, HTC Butterfly, HTC Butterfly s, Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Sony Xperia Z2, Motorola Moto X, Motorola Moto G, Droid Maxx by Motorola, LG G2 and Lenovo K910.

Please also ensure your device is in Android 4.3 or above.

What are the technical requirements for installing HTC Power To Give on my Android device?

If your Android device is compatible and meets the following requirements, you can install HTC Power To Give:

  • Android 4.3 or above
  • 1.5GHz Dual core, or 1GHz Quad core
  • 1G RAM

Will my battery life be affected?

HTC Power To Give will only be actively contributing when your device is plugged into an external power source and your battery is at least 90% charged (default setting). Your device’s battery life will not be significantly affected. Furthermore, your recharging time will not be significantly extended.

Will my device get overheated?

The default maximum battery temperature is 40°C. If the device temperature reaches 40°C, HTC Power To Give will stop running.

Will participating consume minutes in my mobile data plan?

HTC Power To Give will only be transferring data when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

What research projects can I support?

With HTC Power To Give, participants can help researchers working on cures for AIDS, Alzheimer’s and Cancer, etc. They can help crunch the extensive climate change data or, if they prefer, help to explore the farthest reaches of universe and search for intelligent life.

HTC Power To Give already provides access to a selection of volunteer computing projects, with more great causes in the pipeline.

Is HTC Power To Give safe to use?

The app and the programs it runs only uses the CPU to run calculations for the supported projects and will not access any other data on your device.

The email and password transmission between the project server and your phone is established through HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure).

How much memory does HTC Power to Give use? Will it affect my phone’s performance?

You can change the amount of memory used by HTC Power To Give if you feel that your phone’s system performance is being affected (the default setting is 10% if your device has1 GB RAM, and 25% for anything above 1GB RAM)

Will HTC Power To Give work if my device doesn’t have a battery?

Currently, HTC Power To Give only works on Android devices with batteries.

How do I know how much power I have contributed?

The computations you have contributed to your selected project are measured by means of credits and are shown under the Projects page after it’s being verified by the project server. To learn more, please visit http://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Computation_credit.

What if I want to uninstall HTC Power To Give?

You can uninstall the app any time using the standard app uninstallation procedure on your Android device.

Operation of HTC Power To Give requires the following minimum system requirements: (i) Android 4.3 or above; (ii) 1.5GHz Dual core, or 1GHz Quad core processor; (iii) and 1GB of RAM. Device must be turned on, be charging, and have achieved a minimum charge equal to 90% of capacity. Wi-Fi connection required. For full terms and conditions see http://www.htc.com/ptg/terms/. Projects are operated by third parties, are not affiliated with or endorsed by HTC, and may be subject to additional terms and conditions.

© 2014 HTC Corporation. All rights reserved. HTC Power To Give was built using BOINC, open source software copyright © 2003-2014 University of California and distributed under the Lesser General Public License (“LGPL”), whose terms apply to use of this app and the corresponding source code. The LGPL software is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the LGPL for more details. You may view the terms of the LGPL at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

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