Trend launches Android app to block power hogs

Longevity App will monitor and block battery-draining Android mobile apps

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Trend launches Android app to block power hogs The Trend Micro Longevity for Android app will monitor app behaviour, and block heavy power users or those apps that known to drain mobile batteries easily.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 12, 2012

Trend Micro has released a new app to manage power-hungry apps for the Android smartphone OS.

The Trend Micro Longevity for Android app, which is available as a beta version, monitors applications, alerts users if they are know resource hogs, and can disable apps accordingly.

The app features a simple user interface, with several functions including 'Just-a-Phone mode', which enables users to turn off the majority of battery draining functions; a Fast Drain alert that warns users when their phone has started to consume battery faster than normal; and a Power Hog App Alert, that uses cloud intelligence to alert users when a new app they just downloaded consumes a great deal of battery power or negatively impacts the battery life of their smartphone.

The app integrates the recently unveiled Trend Micro Mobile App Reputation technology that analyses the underlying code of apps and the websites that they connect to, as well as the behaviour of apps. It then correlates the information detected and identifies malicious and resource-hogging mobile apps.

"There are over 400,000 applications currently available on the Android Market and these are being added to in significant quantities every day. Poorly coded apps or apps that extensively use battery draining functions such as the GPS can have a drastic impact on a device's battery, and users will often not know about the problem until they urgently need to use their phone and then find that they can't," said Karen Hicks, product marketing manager at Trend Micro. "Longevity helps increase the likelihood that your phone will still be working at the end of the day - or night. Just-a-phone makes it easy for anyone to squeeze every last bit of power out of the battery and ensure they can still make and receive those all-important calls and messages."

The app is available for download from https://market.android.com/details?id=com.trendmicro.mobileutilities.optimizer, as a free of charge beta for a limited period.

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