We’ve reached a point in technology where our smartphones and tablets are catching up with desktop and laptop PCs in terms of what we can do with them. Our mobile devices have already surpassed their larger counterparts in portability, versatility, and compactness. However, the elephant in the room has always been battery life, with a day or two being the upper limit under moderate use. Needless to say, this issue is given a lot of attention and there are methods to prolong battery life such as undervolting and underclocking. Even so, the keeping track of your battery level and optimizing accordingly remains a significant task.
While there are a multitude of apps and widgets to optimize your battery usage effectively, few can boast the ability to combine reliable performance with aesthetically appealing design. Battery Widget Reborn, developed by XDA Member Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, pulls off the combination gracefully, and is the go-to battery widget for a large number of users. With the unveiling of Material Design at Google I/O 2014, and the subsequent release of the Material Design support library, it was only a matter of time before Battery Widget Reborn had its UI taken to the next level. And indeed, the beta version of the app now sports a papercraft driven, Material Design interface, complete with a refreshed color palette and other goodies such as a Floating Action Button.
Head over to the Battery Widget Reborn application thread to get started with monitoring your battery, Material-style. For those users who prefer the former Holo-themed interface, the developer has graciously released a Classic version which sports just that, and is also linked to in the thread.