HTC has announced an initiative to combine the processing power of Android phones to assist researchers in their efforts to solve some of the biggest mysteries of science. The “HTC Power To Give” initiative, takes advantage of an app that runs in the background while the phone is charging and connected to WiFi.
If you couldn’t grasp on how the HTC Power To Give’s app works, here’s a handy video:
HTC Power To Give initiative takes advantages of the combined power of 1 million HTC Ones which is almost as good as a one-petaflop supercomputer. The app’s beta release will cover the HTC One and Butterfly series, with the rest of the Android eco-system following over the next six months.
Through the initiative, HTC has also partnered with existing distributed computing projects like SETI@home, Folding@home, as well as medical research projects looking to cure some of the more stubborn diseases like AIDS, cancer and Alzheimer’s.