What is HTC Power To Give?

HTC Power To Give is a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative from HTC that has been jointly developed with Dr. David Anderson at University of California, Berkeley. Using the Power To Give app, owners of Android OS smartphones can choose to ‘give back’ by supporting key research projects around the world. Scientific research often requires a vast amount of processing power for data modeling and analysis. The Power To Give app, supported by the world’s largest single distributed volunteer computing platform BOINC, lets users donate their unused smartphone computing power to science programs across diverse fields as astronomy, environment, medicine and physics.

What is the goal of HTC Power To Give?

The goal of HTC Power To Give is to ask users of Android OS smartphones to contribute their unused computing power to research programs around the world. A million active Power To Give smartphone and its users would be similar to the computing power of a supercomputer, which will be used to help answer some of world’s biggest questions in different research areas.

How does HTC Power To Give work?

The HTC Power To Give app, connects a smartphone to different research projects through BOINC, the world’s largest distributed volunteering computing platform. The result is a global network of smartphone computing power to support scientific research. Research projects are broken down into many small tasks and distributed across the network.

When the app runs, it downloads the required project software which manages the calculations required to process the individual tasks provided. Once a task is complete, the result is uploaded to the project server and a new task is allocated.

How do I get started?

Download HTC Power To Give app from the Google Play Store. The app is also pre-installed on a wide range of HTC smartphones - simply search for HTC Power To Give from the apps screen on your HTC device.

Open the app, register for an account and select the project(s) that you want to support.
The app only runs when the phone is idle, connected to Wi-Fi and plugged in to an external power source (e.g. wall socket, pc, and wireless chargers). Only then will the phone’s processing power be used.

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

HTC Power to Give, operating on Android 4.4 or above, runs on a wide range of HTC smartphones from the HTC One, HTC Butterfly and HTC Desire families. It also runs on selected non-HTC devices from Google, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony. For the complete listing of supporting devices, please visit HTC Power To Give at Google Play Store.

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

HTC Power To Give runs on Android devices that meet the following requirements:

  • Android 4.4 or above
  • 1.5GHz Dual core, or 1GHz Quad core processor
  • 1G RAM
  • Plugged in to an external power source
  • Connected to WiFi
  • Battery level at 90% & above (default setting)
  • Default maximum battery temperature set at 40°C

Will my battery life be affected?

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

Will my device get overheated?

Similar to normal usage, the device will get warm when in use. However, by setting the default maximum battery temperature to 40C, HTC Power To Give will stop running when the device reaches that temperature.

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 diverse projects such as finding cures for AIDS, Alzheimer’s and Cancer, crunching extensive climate change data or exploring the farthest reaches of the universe in search for intelligent life.

We are always on the look out to expand the projects Power To Give currently supports.

Is HTC Power To Give safe to use?

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

Furthermore, 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?

The default memory setting is at 10% if your device has 1GB RAM, and at 25% if your device has more than 1GB RAM. However, you can change the amount of memory to be used by the HTC Power To Give app if you feel that your phone’s system performance is being affected.

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?

Your contribution to your select project(s) will be shown as credits under the Home page and Projects page on the app, once the credits have been 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.

Minimum requirements:

  • Android 4.4 or above;
  • 1.5GHz Dual core, or 1GHz Quad core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi connection

Device must be turned on, be charging, and have achieved a minimum charge equal to 90% of capacity (default setting; can be lowered).

Projects are operated by third parties; registration is required for participation, which may be subject to additional terms.

© 2014 HTC Corporation. All rights reserved. Built using BOINC, open source software developed at University of California, Berkeley with funding from the National Science Foundation (© 2003–2014 University of California) 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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