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Energy Bar Shows Your Battery Level with Style
The world will probably be a better place if battery indicators on Android devices were a little bit more interesting. Sure, they’re only supposed to do as their name suggests, but it wouldn’t hurt if a little bit of creativity was put into them. One way to compensate for this is flashing a battery indicator mod, which simply changes the animation of the icon. This can definitely change up the look of your device’s UI, but it’s not a very radical change which some folks may be after.
With this said, Android users who are looking for a more unique way of telling the battery level may be interested in Energy Bar, an app developed by XDA Recognized Developer jagan2. And before you ask: No, this isn’t an app you can eat during a workout, but rather a subtle colored bar above your status bar that measures your battery level. As your battery drains, the bar reduces in length. And as your battery charges, the bar pulses with an interesting animation.
If you’re worried about the bar getting in the way, you’ll be relieved to know that you can adjust the thickness of the bar on a scale from 1 to 5. Additionally, you can change the origin of the bar to start from either the left, right, or center. Energy Bar’s color customization is quite extensive, allowing you to select a solid, singular color from a selection of 30. Or if you wish, you can assign different colors to specific ranges of battery level.
Leaving an incredibly minimal CPU footprint, and completely free, Energy Bar is another way for Android users to switch up their UI with little effort. If you would like to give this a go, be sure to check out the application thread for more details.
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