PowerTutor is an application for Google phones that displays the power consumed by major system components such as CPU, network interface, display, and GPS receiver and different applications. The application allows software developers to see the impact of design changes on power efficiency. Application users can also use it to determine how their actions are impacting battery life. PowerTutor uses a power consumption model built by direct measurements during careful control of device power management states. This model generally provides power consumption estimates within 5% of actual values. A configurable display for power consumption history is provided. It also provides users with a text-file based output containing detailed results. You can use PowerTutor to monitor the power consumption of any application.
PowerTutor's power model was built on HTC G1, HTC G2 and Nexus one. It will run on other versions of the GPhone, but when used with phones other than the above phone models, power consumption estimates will be rough. We plan to provide power models for other phones in the future.
PowerTutor was developed by University of Michigan Ph.D. students Mark Gordon, Lide Zhang and Birjodh Tiwana under the direction of Robert Dick and Zhuoqing Morley Mao at the University of Michigan and Lei Yang at Google. The work is supported primarily by National Science Foundation grant CNS-1059372 under Program Manager Professor Theodore Baker. It received prior support from Google and the National Science Foundation under awards CCF-0964763 and CNS-0720691, and was done in collaboration with the joint University of Michigan and Northwestern University Empathic Systems Project.
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Release PowerTutor source Oct. 9th, 2011
Updated Power Tutor Oct. 11th, 2010 (changelist)
Updated Power Tutor to 1.3 Oct. 9th, 2010 (changelist)
Updated Power Tutor Aug. 23rd, 2010 (changelist)
Updated Power Tutor to 1.2 Aug. 1st, 2010 (changelist)
Released Power Tutor Nov. 17th, 2009