19
Jan
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If you like to keep a watchful eye on your battery level (who doesn't?), then you probably have some sort of widget to that lets you know how much juice your phone has left. That's great, but you have to navigate away from any foreground application in order to check the battery status. Enter T.E.A.M. Battery Bar, a new app that displays a customizable bar at the top (or bottom) of the screen indicating how much battery is left .

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See that blue bar at the very top of the screenshots? That's it. This type of battery notification has been part of the MIUI ROM for quite a while now, but this app is a great alternative for anyone who doesn't want to run MIUI, or isn't even rooted to begin with. Yes, you read that right - this app doesn't need root access (there have been similar options in the past that required root).

It's customizable, minimal, and it works. What more do you need? Hit the widget to grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Rob

    ....What widget? =P

  • Stigy

    Hmmmm no widget to hit.

  • GRRemlin
  • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

    Perhaps a zoomed-in and annotated screenshot to show everyone what you're talking about?

    It's the 1px-wide blue line along the notification bar, if I'm not mistaken. If it's "full" (going all the way from left to right), your battery is full. If it only goes halfway across, your battery is half full (or half empty, you pessimists).

    • Tee

      What's the point of this app? I mean you need to remove the battery icon from the notification bar to make this useful. But I think the percentage on the batt. icon is far more handy?!?

  • Jose

    How do I get the signal strength in dB instead of bars?

    • TomRowly

      It's part of CM7.
      CMSettings -> Interface -> Status Bar
      ..if I remember correctly.

    • https://profiles.google.com/AbhisshekDas Abhisshek

      you need to use custom Android version like i use CyanogenMod 7.1. after installing CyanogenMod 7.1 , Click

      Settings > CyanogenMod Settings > Interface > Status Bar Tweaks > Alternate Signal Display (Then Click) > Signal text w/dBm . and its done. Google how to install CyanogenMod ( if you don't know)

  • Stigy

    So just installed this and definitely seeing a slight lag in scrolling around my home screens now.

    Anyone else seeing any slowdown with this running? Any impact on battery life?

  • Atrixxxxxx

    ZDbox does this and 100 more awesome things

    • c0d3m0nk3y

      Unless you have some modded version of it, no it doesn't

    • sriracha

      like codemonkey said, no it doesn't. and it does 87 less things than you describe, too.

      • c0d3m0nk3y

        OOOOO BUUUUUUURN!!!!

        But really, ZDBox is a great app though

  • Mesmorino

    How do I remove the normal battery icon? Or at the very least, hide it?

    • c0d3m0nk3y

      if your rooted, and feeling frisky, follow the steps here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=724994#post_message_7184064

      • Mesmorino

        Thanks for the info! I'm not rooted and only have the barest interest in it anyway :)

        • c0d3m0nk3y

          modding like that is not for the feint of heart, you've made a good choice sir, lol. I'm actually just about to do it myself now

  • http://stumbling-block.blogspot.com TheStumblingBlock

    This gets an A+ for making something super useful as out of the way as human possible. Very well done

  • Mike7169

    Been using this app for a couple of weeks now. Works great! I like the fact that I can finally see how much battery I have left when playing a game or watchin a movie. And that I can change the color to fit my color scheme on my homescreen.

  • Simon Belmont

    I like it. It's very minimal looking.

    I haven't experienced any performance slow downs with it. Battery life remains the same.

  • sriracha

    for all you rooters, MikRunny 1.0.1 has this battery bar built in as an option as well. MikRunny also has the -db instead of signal bars too. great 3.5 Sense ROM, but it has it's issues like all ported 3.5 Sense ROMs.

  • nevetsg

    ahhh. This takes me back. Had a similar thing running in WinMo 6.5.

    • Jaymoon

      Yes! Batti was my battery-statusbar-indicator of choice for WM.

      The last missing piece of the puzzle for my conversion from WM to Android is now complete!

  • Sturgeron

    I liked this so much I downloaded the full T.E.A.M Rom! It includes this and more..
    Thanks Aaron you transformed my Xperia X10 for me
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1209891

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    The screenshots included in the article aren't obvious, with the color scheme that was selected. I had to read more in the article to actually figure out what was new in them.
    Here is a screenshot of my phone with it
    http://imgur.com/5xrmC
    In case someone is looking for the exact ICS color to use, the hex value is FF33B5E5.

  • Juan G. Ovalles B.

    This is a feature included in CM7!

  • Jamey

    I don't see what is so good about this app compared to apps like this one:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.incorporateapps.battery

    which also links you to the usage page.

    or this more expensive and does not link to the stats:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.darshancomputing.BatteryIndicatorPro

    I feel the notification icons way better.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It doesn't take up a slot in the notification area, that's why it's valuable.

    • Jaymoon

      I agree with Artem. The less stuff in my notification drop down (and icons in the status bar), the better.

  • Freak4Dell

    I guess it's nice that it doesn't take up space in the notification bar, and it's also nice that it's available through all apps (I'm guessing), but I still wish Android just had battery icons with the percentage stamped on them built in.

    Yeah, you can do that with CM7, but then the icon is so ugly. Plus, CM7 is not a stock thing.

  • Aatif Sumar

    That's why we have Battery Indicator Pro. Been using it for over a year.