More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Greenify Receives Major Update to Work on Non-Rooted Devices
Almost a year ago, we talked about an app on the Portal that was meant to give you a great boost in battery life without actually forcing you to get rid of apps. Greenify by XDA Forum Member oasisfeng used a different method of disabling RAM (and battery) consuming apps without actually killing them or completely freezing them (the way Titanium Backup does). The app gained quite a bit of traction due to its selective process and ability to allow people to have their apps intact in the device. Just like most things in life, the developer did not stop when the app found sudden success. Rather, he figured that the app needed to be better and more functional. Because of this drive and motivation, a major update was released.
The basic premise of the app remains the same. Having said that, several new features have been added to its already interesting repertoire. For starters, the app no longer requires root to do what it does, which is a major plus for people who have been “un-blessed” with KNOX and other beauties courtesy of Samsung and friends. The only drawback of this is the fact that you will lose the ability to hibernate automatically, as there are permission restrictions that do require root. Having said that, the latest release (as of January 19th) has a new feature that somewhat automates the manual process of hibernating (and confirming) apps. Also, the app can now force hibernate all apps at once thanks to a shortcut in the menu. And last but not least (from a very long list of changes and updates since last year), the app now has an experimental feature that allows you to take care of those pesky apps that try to abuse the notification system with persistent notifications.
As stated, the app now works on non-rooted devices, but this is still in beta stages. So, please try it out and leave your feedback for the dev (logcats preferred as always) so that bugs can be squashed into oblivion. Sharing your battery life improvement results would also be nice as well. After all, everyone likes reading success stories. You can find more information in the original thread.
[Thanks to Szczepanik for the tip!]
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