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Earlier today, an eager marketing person suggested we review an innovative new app that every Android user like totally needs, dude - Android Defrag. Created by Enlightened Software House, the app promised to "Increase your Android Mobile & Tablets Performance Speeds, Battery and Memory Today." There was a Pro version too, and it only cost a buck - what a deal! Here, check out this gem's full description:

Increase your Android Mobile & Tablets Performance Speeds, Battery and Memory Today with the NEW Android Defrag PRO version direct from Andriod Google Play Store!
★ Designed for Top Andriod Mobile & Tablet Performance!
Enhanced Android Defrag PRO doesn't just provide simple defragmentation, It also streamlines your file system, enabling your Android to run at top speed with the highest stability possible.
★ One Touch Smart Defrag!
Enhanced Android Defrag PRO works effortlessly, continually and constantly keeping your Android Mobile & Table lag and fragment-free.
★ New Intelligent Android Performance Enhancing Technology!
Android Defrag PRO uses new Android Performance Enhancing technology which allows you to defrag files effortlessly directly from your Android Mobile & tablet for the first time.
★ Android Defrag PRO Version
Over 2 times faster Defrag Speed & battery optimization.
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Andriod Defrag PRO provides extremely intelligent, fast, efficient One Touch defragmentation to your Android Mobile & tablet for Faster File Loading, Higher Disk Performance and Faster Start up times, it also removes harmful unwanted files.
Fragmented files are the cause of 80% of your Android Mobile & Tablets performance degradation, slowing down and draining your battery. At the touch of a button Android Defrag PRO for only 0.99c will meticulously keep your Android Mobile and Tablet running at its Top Performance Speed.
Download Android Defrag PRO from the Play Store today and own the most powerful and intelligently designed award-winning Android Mobile Defrag software today!

Here are the screenshots from the Play Store. Holy crap, we could all be fragmented and need this app ASAP. Right?

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Wrong. Android uses flash memory, and flash memory does not benefit from defragmentation because fragmentation does not slow it down in the first place. In fact just the opposite - defragmentation only makes things worse by decreasing flash memory's lifetime. Don't take my word for it - Google it.

This app (still currently visible on Appbrain - image mirror) and any other defrag app you'll ever see for Android are going to be some sorts of scam in one way or another. In this case, Android Defrag asked for permissions to read browser history and bookmarks as well as network communication. Who knows what it was going to do with this information and where this farmed data would end up? I don't, and neither will you because I reported this app to Google, and Reto Meier himself quickly confirmed that:

  • it looked suspicious
  • as suspected, defragmentation was indeed pointless on Android devices
  • even if it weren't pointless, it would not be possible for an app to do so anyway

Minutes later, it was removed.

Oh, and those 5-star ratings - oh so fake:

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You picked the wrong promotional technique, Enlightened Software House. And in doing so, you helped create this PSA, which will hopefully serve as a warning to those looking for information on Android defragmentation apps in the future. And for that I thank you.

Props to Google and Reto Meier for their swift actions.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • ScottColbert

    Articles like this is why AP is my number 1 go to blog.

    • Calbino

      Here here.

      • http://richworks.in Richie

        It's "hear hear"

        just thought I'd mention it :)

  • Jeff B

    I wonder when My Clean PC will release their app.

    • ERIFNOMI

      My Clean Droid. It gave my OG DroidJelly Bean and super fast 4G LTE HSDPA+++++!

  • ERIFNOMI

    In addition to this, the app can't even see where the data actually is. That colorful graph there is meaningless.

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

      Forgot to mention this, updated with confirmation of that from Reto too. Thanks.

      • ERIFNOMI

        No problem. I've got a SSD in my new rig so I've learned the ins and outs of flash media. Best thing you can do to a PC by the way. Incredible.

    • Ellen

      It asked me for way less permissions then most apps and it did make my phone faster right after i used it, i liked this app, not happy

      • ERIFNOMI

        I hope you're being sarcastic. It did not make your phone faster. If you understand how flash memory works, then you know that there is literally no way "defragmenting" files which are stored on it will make it faster. On flash memory that is made up of multiple chips of NAND, it would actually make it slower. But because of the way flash memory is handled, it doesn't even get defragmented. The OS sees what it may think is fragmented data, but the memory controller handles where things are actually written to, and the OS can't even see that.

        SD cards might be different if they're a single NAND chip, but internal memory in newer phones that don't have an SD card may very well be made up of multiple chips. I honestly do not know but it wouldn't surprise me. In either case it can do absolutely nothing useful. All it will do is force things to be re-written to the drive which will do nothing but increase wear. After a certain point a NAND gate will not reliably hold information and it will become unusable. All this is doing is making that time come nearer.

        On good media, that time will long outlast the device, so it's not normally an issue. Who knows with cheap SD cards though, and if the internal memory is shot...well you'll just be getting a new phone entirely.

        Sorry about the rant, I'm really tired.

      • sukant

        Unlike the life of a magnetic memory, where the life of the device is measured in years, no matter how many times, a read/write operation is done on it, a flash drive has its life measured in number of read/writes. Its usually in a couple of million read/writes. So this supposed defrag app, will actually decrease the life of the drive, by issuing thousands of read/writes in a very small timeframe. This is the same reason its not a good idea to have a torrent client on your phone.

        That is if this app is even trying to access your flash drive in the first place!! It just looks interested in getting your browser history to sell it to e-marketing companies!!

  • Dima Aryeh

    Yep, defragmenting just kills your flash memory faster. Thanks for the PSA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.hariri Nick Hariri

    Always figured people should know these things. Good PSA anyhow!

  • Matthew Fleisher

    And virus scanners and task killers too...

    • http://richworks.in Richie

      Well, task killers are not 'scam' per se... as they do what exactly what they set out to do, which is kill tasks. It's just that killing tasks does more harm than improve performance...

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

        A task killer is necessary in case an app hangs and you need to kill it. An automatic task killer, on the other hand, is something the Android OS doesn't need.

        • http://richworks.in Richie

          what does an automatic task killer do?

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

            Close applications periodically, but the OS still starts them back wasting resources and killing battery.

          • http://richworks.in Richie

            Oh.. that's catastrophic...

          • Abhisshek Das

            so Go Task manager or ATK does not good for CM9 if i use it regularly ??

          • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

            Kills tasks with a blanket 'Kill All' on a regular basis, without the user hitting a Kill button.

          • Matthew Fleisher

            It kills tasks automatically.

        • Matthew Fleisher

          Most phones have something built in that can do that but many of these people don't know how to operate their phones. IPhones were made for people like that.

      • Matthew Fleisher

        Thank you for repeating what I meant.

  • Richard Harper

    Thanks for the heads-up

  • http://www.facebook.com/flguillemette Francois Guillemette

    Thank you very much, clear article, didn't know that (and didn't want to defrag also)

  • Adanedhil

    Artem, you're wrong. Some Archos devices with HDD Android.

    • ericl5112

      Only half wrong in that case. Yes, at that point there might be a purpose. But it's still a scam, an app dev doesn't have access to where bits are stored on the physical drive.

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

        OK, yes, a very tiny percentage of devices out there have HDDs (ARCHOS is the only one I can think of), but the points stand - apps can't defrag, and more importantly, all defrag apps market themselves as universal, applicable to all Android devices.

  • Robert Oliveira

    The app's quoted description is a lump of crap with multiple references to Android PRO Version, blah, blah, blah. Oh and hopefully it was THEY who misspelled Android at least three times. ;)

  • Josphe72

    Nice job, shut them down like a boss...

    • Tac

      No! it doesn't, it's basically a thumb drive built into your phone.

      • tac

        wrong post, sorry

  • Robert Oliveira

    I wonder how many Windows PC users they managed to dupe into buying a PRO license. Just goes to show you that you can deliver just about any end result to the user with the right combination of words and graphics.

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

      Can't download what isn't available in the Play Store. I'm not sure if you read the article in full now :)

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

      And if such people do exist, then they somehow downloaded an app that no longer exists after reading the title that says not to. I'd like to slap such people but doubt anyone is that stupid.

    • http://www.facebook.com/KyleMoher Kyle Moher

      I don't understand why you'd reference how many "Windows PC users" they managed to dupe. Windows users are as likely, if not less likely to think this is legit as other users. (Maybe not Linux, because most Linux users understand a thing or two about computers. That being said, some Linux users are purely software, rather than hardware, still not knowing the difference between Flash Memory). Being a Windows user, I'm slightly offended that you'd assume Windows users are less intelligent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sbaker1689 Seth Baker

    This is the same thing with solid state drives on pc.

  • http://twitter.com/Firestarter_99 Peterjon Smith

    i dont know why would people think they need to defrag the android device. i know we think is powerful like a computer but flash memory isnt the same as you hard drive but then again im not like most people when it comes to phones and computers

  • Tyler Chappell

    Meanwhile, a root app such as SD Maid is actually useful at helping you clean up stuff.

  • Rtisan

    If only an App could solve Android device/version fragmentation....

  • Red Smith

    On a related note, as an avid custom ROM flasher I wonder if my flash memory is wearing out much faster than needed... what with all the Data/System formatting, cache Wiping, etc, etc. Any thoughts on this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

      It probably is. That being said, it's designed to last for years and years to begin with. The phone will be outdated/dead/in a garbage dump long before the flash memory dies in most circumstances.

    • OhAppleYouSoSilly

      Pretty sure that when you wipe data/system, it just rewrites the reference blocks(? the thingy that points to where the data is, not the actual data itself.) at least, thats how i remember hearing how these type of things work.

    • Simon Belmont

      Doing that stuff is likely putting negligible extra wear on your flash memory. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

      By the time you've worn out your flash memory, you will have probably moved onto SEVERAL generations of new devices by then. In other words, don't sweat it.

      • Barba Capital

        defragging it is not negligible if you do it regularly. one or two times, ok, no harm done, but once a week would be enough to snowball pretty fast.

        • Simon Belmont

          I wasn't talking about defragging at all. Read the post above mine and then mine again.

          I was talking about wiping caches, formatting, and flashing new ROMs. That has nothing to do with the strenuous act of defragging on flash memory.

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

      flashing is only writing to each section once, maybe twice (format, then write) whereas a defrag is going to write to each section MANY times as it moves files around. It's those many writes that are bad for the flash memory.

      As other commenters have stated, regular flashing shouldn't be an issue. At least not until you are a few devices down the road.

    • john

      NAND memory will last for about 100,000 write cycles or more. Some manufacturers remap memory on the fly to spread the write cycles around. You need to flash a LOT of ROMs to get close to the 100,000 mark. Some of the people at dangerous prototypes set out to find out exactly how many it took, and they got 11,494,069. That's 11 million writes.
      http://dangerousprototypes.com/2010/05/25/prototype-flash_destroyer/

  • CJ456

    Amazing people want to trick you like this.
    its Amazing, yet not surprising.

  • ellen

    sorry posted on a comment*
    It asked me for way less permissions then most apps and it did make my phone faster right after i used it, i like this app and i hate my phone being so slow

    • Troy Leonard

      let me guess you use MyCleanPc With CyberShield too don't you!

  • Ronald

    This app worked pretty well on my HTC, i decompiled the apk and had a look at the code, i cant seem to find anything suspicious.

    • Himmat Singh

      Well maybe nothing malicious per se, but the thing is defragging a SSD/flash drive is just bad.

    • MrP

      I have this app and it crashed once so I looked to see if there was something on the store to replace it and came across this forum. I have to agree with Ronald I have an HTC Sensation and after the 'defrag' my phone is running so much smoother.

      Going from the startup screen information when I put my phone on. I have 130 different things installed so when scrolling through the menu screens or going back to the home screen it was feeling a little sticky and taking a few seconds to load up. But since installing this piece of software things have been much improved, although I did notice that t the graphic meant nothing. I was really surprised to read this review.

      • MrP

        Just wanted to clarify that I gained improvement when I used the software on the phones internal memory.

  • http://fnords.org/ Markoff Chaney

    But people keep telling me that Android fragmentation is a big problem. Surely this is the solution?

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

      Harhar.

    • Simon Belmont

      That was so bad. Yet, I knew someone would do it.

      I'll admit, I smirked. Cheers.

    • xdrummerxboy

      Different type of fragmentation! They're talking about having mobile phones by different companies allow for different android experience for everyone. For example, Samsung's touchwiz vs HTCs sense. Compatibility and stuff too.

      • http://fnords.org/ Markoff Chaney

        Yeah, it was a joke, but thanks for replying 3 months later with your incorrect explanation.

        • Matthew Fleisher

          But I thought you weretalking about a different type of fragmentation?

  • Kris

    But... it's AWARD-WINNING!!

    • The Mad One

      Award for the scammiest way of making money.

  • Himmat Singh

    Yea, defrag is bad for SSDs. I used to defrag my Ultrabook at first but luckily I found out soon enough not to do it.

  • Bas

    Whoa, thanks for informing! :D

  • Jay1111

    Ok, so defragmentation is not suitable for androids; this is true, however, i highly doubt the developers of this app would be 'scammers' as you have implied them to be. Who is to say they did not create an app that provided the same results as defragmentation, just using different methods? Everyone who knows their phones would be familiar with the concept of defragmentation and what it does, and so using the word 'defragmentation' would immediately seem to be an obvious choice to attract the right target market. Im not an expert, but I'm assuming that the aim of this app would be to accommodate specifically to android users BECAUSE defragmentation is not possible with androids. If defragmentation is not possible, then of course, everyone, including myself, would be looking for the next best thing. Ok, so fair enough i think they were in the wrong to suggest the app does defragment android phones, but that seems like a minor mislead . It seems to me you are attacking this app inappropriately, given that you have jumped straight to the conclusion that these people are somehow scamming and suspicious? On what grounds can you even make that accusation? If this app were called something else you would not even have anything to work with in regards to attacking Enlightened Software House. Very unprofessional in my opinion. Most app developers are aware of the rules and the consequences of developing legitimate apps, and as you promptly demonstrated, it is all too easy for their work to be criticised and taken down from the market. So I doubt anyone would waste their time or money on the development of an app if they were aware of such consequences. It may not 'defragment' your phone per say, but i bet that it would probably give an almost exact result to that of a defragmentation app. If i were to download this application and receive close or identical results then there is no reason i would not recommend this app to others. Its a small price to pay for all the trouble it prevents. I don't think it is suspicious, i think it is purely a minor error in their strategies, and that if anyone were to be accused of cheating people for a quick dollar, it would be you, given you are quick too quick to judge just so you can get your quick dollar from writing this junk.

  • jay1111

    Ok, so defragmentation is not suitable for androids; this is true, however, i highly doubt the developers of this app would be 'scammers' as you have implied them to be. Who is to say they did not create an app that provided the same results as defragmentation, just using different methods? Everyone who knows their phones would be familiar with the concept of defragmentation and what it does, and so using the word 'defragmentation' would immediately seem to be an obvious choice to attract the right target market. Im not an expert, but I'm assuming that the aim of this app would be to accommodate specifically to android users BECAUSE defragmentation is not possible with androids. If defragmentation is not possible, then of course, everyone, including myself, would be looking for the next best thing. Ok, so fair enough i think they were in the wrong to suggest the app does defragment android phones, but that seems like a minor mislead . It seems to me you are attacking this app inappropriately, given that you have jumped straight to the conclusion that these people are somehow scamming and suspicious? On what grounds can you even make that accusation? If this app were called something else you would not even have anything to work with in regards to attacking Enlightened Software House. Very unprofessional in my opinion. Most app developers are aware of the rules and the consequences of developing legitimate apps, and as you promptly demonstrated, it is all too easy for their work to be criticised and taken down from the market. So I doubt anyone would waste their time or money on the development of an app if they were aware of such consequences. It may not 'defragment' your phone per say, but i bet that it would probably give an almost exact result to that of a defragmentation app. If i were to download this application and receive close or identical results then there is no reason i would not recommend this app to others. Its a small price to pay for all the trouble it prevents. I don't think it is suspicious, i think it is purely a minor error in their strategies, and that if anyone were to be accused of cheating people for a quick dollar, it would be you, given you are quick too quick to judge just so you can get your quick dollar from writing this junk.

    • AppleSucksForLife

      Maybe your one of the developers who does not know anything

  • drksilenc

    omfg really ITS FLASH STORAGE why in ;asnfpoiaunpoiawsnf would u think that defraging a static object that doesnt have to spin or use a control arm or has ANY OF THE LIMITATIONS of a magnetic medium would require freakin deframenting. THIS HURTS your storage my god.

  • denbo68

    Cmon it's the placebo effect. Tell people it cures what ailes them and sure enough they will swear their phone runs faster.

  • Keith Myers
    • mduran1023

      Reported. I suggest others do the sane.

      • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

        They need a way that you can report an app without installing it first...

        EDIT: Scratch that, can in the mobile Play store, just not in the web play store. Reported all 3 of their apps.

    • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

      Did they add this line since their first ban?
      "Note: Defragmentation is not permitted on a Mobile flash memory drive. Our software works in a similar way by moving, removing and repairing unwanted cache files and freeing up your Memory and RAM by killing unwanted tasks.
      If you have any technical problems or issues (including Google employees) please feel free to contact us at anytime and we will fix it ASAP."

    • Simon Belmont

      That was fast. Weird.

      So basically it's reverted to just a cache cleaner/task killer? Why is it still called Defrag Pro then?

  • dinmab

    thanks !!!

  • Andrew

    Thank you for the PSA. It is always good to have information like this.

  • bjn714

    My Galaxy Nexus has a 7200 rpm hard drive right?

    • tac

      No! it doesn't, it's basically a thumb drive built into your phone.

      • abqnm

        I call BS. Cut one open and show me.

        • Charles Forrest

          No HD. that's the vibrator motor you're feeling. ;)

    • ricks

      no the 5500rpm

      • ricks

        yet it is still faster than S4's 1g SD Card that clocks in at 3627.5mpr.

  • http://indonewyork.com IndoNewYork

    thanks AP, I actually was thinking of any ways my LG G2X could be faster, phew

  • John

    I looked at there app and description its fine? Way better then most of the rubbish on the market

  • Vulcan_Rider

    LMAO, you guys are all so dumb, just blindly following what the article tells you, these developers obviously took your recommendations and fixed the problem, which was obviously just the description, you are all so caught up on the word "defrag" lmao they dont say any of what your saying anymore. Whats wrong with this

    Description
    Android Mobile & Tablets Performance Speed Enhancer and History EraserDownload the PRO versions direct from Google Play Store.
    Clears History Searches, Kills excess Tasks increasing Battery Life, all at the touch of a button!★ PERMANENTLY ERASES INTERNET SEARCH HISTORY
    ★ Created by Young Australian Developers
    ★ Cleans Memory Caches / Deletes Corrupted Files / Increases Performance!
    ★ Report Section detailing Used Memory / Free Memory / Repaired Files and Memory Usage PIE Chart!
    ★ Streamlined design for ease of use (KISS Principle) for your Android Mobile & Tablet!
    ★ Select either Phone Memory or SD Card from your list and click Defrag, it’s that easy!
    ★ Beautiful User Friendly Interface Design!
    ★ Auto Landscape Application Lock to prevent corrupted files or an interrupted Defrag!
    ★ Android Defrag PRO™ Features:
    ® Over 60% faster than Lite Version
    ® Better battery optimization
    ® Kills tasks
    ® Removes Search History
    ® No Advertisements during ReportNote: Defragmentation is not permitted on a Mobile flash memory drive. Our software works in a similar way by moving, removing and repairing unwanted cache files and freeing up your Memory and RAM by killing unwanted tasks.If you have any technical problems or issues (including Google employees) please feel free to contact us at anytime and we will fix it ASAP.

    Thank you so much for all the support.
    [email protected]

    i know wats its like to be a developer and have to deal with stupid stuff like this, from pretty stupid people like you. I also know the Google Policies like the back of my hand, and it looks like they have done an excellent job in meeting all these guidelines.
    This might just be me, but Artem it seems like you have some kind of alerterative motives for posting something like this (Helping Promote some other utility app im sure). Guess its time to start looking for another Android Forum

    • GG_34095

      Couldn't have said it better myself... This artem guy definitely seems suspicious. No doubt he is trying to savatage these poor develops for his own alliterative motives. As any good researcher would say, seek a second opinion. This app seems to have been wrongly attacked.

      Oh and PS: ARTEM LEARN TO READ. Its in black and white you imbecile;

      Defragmentation is not permitted on a Mobile flash memory drive. Our software works in a similar way by moving, removing and repairing unwanted cache files and freeing up your Memory and RAM by killing unwanted tasks.If you have any technical problems or issues (including Google employees) please feel free to contact us at anytime and we will fix it ASAP.

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

        Alliterative motives you say? That made me genuinely laugh.

        • Charles Skinner

          The spelling and grammar are hilarious on this thread eh?

      • dispinion

        The app is called "Defrag".
        The UI mimics the familiar desktop defrag utilities.
        It says "Estimated disk usage before defrag", "Estimated disk usage after defrag".
        The legend for the graphics says blue is Defraggged Files, Red is Fragged files, green is Unmovable Files.

        Adding an obscure disclaimer ("defrag is not permitted on mobile flash..." - as if it is a matter of permission and not physical design), does not excuse them from misleading their customers.

        I don't know Artem personally, so I can't say if he is an imbecile as you called him or not... but I can recognize a con when I see one. This app is one.

      • Matthew Fleisher

        Yeah, Artem is one of the stupiderest literators around. I've been using his crappy articles to make my phone suckier for several years now. I'll probably even use his sucky advice to help me choose my next phone and make it suck more too.

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

          <3

        • Charles Skinner

          He should start a marriage advice blog so we can seek out ALL deficient shit that doesn't work as promised and avoid the basics which work just fine lolz..

      • Notes

        "Its in black and white you imbecile;"

        "...savatoge..."

        Period in place of the semicolon. Please use proper English grammar. It's sabotage. Use spell check if you need too: your very act of typing causes English to disintegrate and hundreds of writers to simultaneously wince.

        "Our software"?

        "This artem guy definitely seems suspicious. No doubt he is trying to
        savatage these poor develops for his own alliterative motives."
        ---->
        "This GG_34095 guy definitely seems suspicious. No doubt he is trying to
        sabotage these very insulted and unimpressed android users for his own alliterative motives."

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

      Yet another hilarious misspelling of ulterior. "alerterative"? I'm dying here. Guess you finally discovered your crapware was ejected from the Play Store and found the reason why. Go work on software that is actually valuable and I guarantee you this won't happen to it.

      • papa

        Why is a misspelt word hilarious

    • John

      Hmmm, did they "fixed the problem" or did they just adjust the description and left the software the same? The screenshots are the same, showing a typically hard disk defrag.

    • Krystoffer Sprague

      Lmfao, sounds like this vulcan_rider is one of the devs or a user that has ties with them. Read the fine print FLASH DOESN'T NEED DEFRAG'D, say it with me....FLASH DOESN'T NEED DEFRAG'D...there we go. Now I use Android Assistant which is an all around task killer and it has other handl little tools like an App to SD card alert and it will scan for any apps installed showing whether or not any apps can be moved to sd storage. Also has a file manager section, save battery settings adjuster, ringer, etc all in a handy little section. Also had an "ignore list" which allows the user to ignore certain apps so they won't get killed or show up in the active apps list. Another nice function is the startup manager for those pesky apps that start running upon restarting your droid, which with my Sprint Galaxy S Epic 4g has quite a few factory apps and my own donwloaded apps that startup with a restart. I'm a user of Android Assistant, not a dev or in any way affiliated with them. I've got it installed on my wifes, buddies and in-laws droids and my buddy was thoroughly impressed that his battery life improved because our Epics EAT battery via running tasks and screen brightness/timeout, not to mention the slide out keyboard which is backlit at times too and with the save battery settings section of the app you can easily adjust the screen settings with very user friendly interface.

      • Krystoffer Sprague

        Oh wait did I mention it was FREE? Yes it is people F R E E, no need to pay for a meaningless app and if you don't like Android Assistant there are plenty of other free apps on the market that do the same, or similiar to AA, which I've weeded through enough to know that AA is by far the best in my opinion.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    Removed? A quick Play Store search indicates that the app is still available...

  • Krystoffer Sprague

    Wow had no idea flash memory was what is used for droids, glad I gooled it instead of hooked it up to my pc and defrag'd anyway. Thank you PSA, be using you blogs/site for all my droid questions from now on

  • brimcc123

    this app is back up on google play,so what is the point to this article.Oh i get it ,it,s all about the MONEY

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

    Except Android doesn't offer any APIs to perform disk defragging, so these apps are still nothing but scam/spam.

  • zuliqa

    thanks guy for this information..unfortunately,i already download this apps. Now, i uninstalled back but my scumbag brain keeps telling that this apps have make my android faster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    This is back on the Play Store.

  • GiantWaffle

    Technically, a defragmented file will read faster than a fragmented file, no matter what type of memory it is (HD, Flash, etc.). It is not technically correct to say that there is NO benefit. The question is, would it be a difference you would see? The answer is no. Also, the problem is as stated, that it would shorten the life of your Android's memory, because it is only good for so many reads/writes. So the "Con" far outweighs the "Pro" and that makes this app a scam, due to their claim! Now if it could defrag HD's connected vi USB, then THAT would be a beneficial app (as long as they removed the current claim)! I have often connected 5 or 6 USB devices to my tablet thru a 12 port USB stick that has its own power source. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Anderson/568001109 Eric Anderson

    Yeah, and it's back, so don't congratulate google so much yet.

  • John

    Looks like its back. Search Adroid Defrag in play store

  • http://darkangelights2009.tumblr.com/ darkangelights

    I would not say defragmentation is a scam from my experience

    These are the best defragging programs I just connect the android to pc when my android sped down and soon as i found this link i ran the program with the highest amount of raves and like magic it was working like new and after that i did the same for my lagging mp3 players and everything loaded for me without a problem so id say try it!
    http://lifehacker.com/5854427/five-best-disk-defragmentation-tools

  • Mircea

    you have to be fucking retarded to believe your phone would need defragmentation...

  • http://twitter.com/devin_elmore Devin Elmore

    Awesome thank you saved me a lot of heartache

  • Grim

    Just want to say thank you. I was getting ready to download the microsoft defrag.

  • jclark

    Thanks, keep up the good work. Its greatly appreciated!

  • arf

    too late, i installed this on my archos 80 g9 about two weeks ago and defragged the shit out of it without knowing this. i regret it. what should i do?

  • VIPLightning

    Yep, I figured I would come across an article like this. The screenshots you took with the systm memory analyzed is pretty much about the same picture as my phone. And if you look at the permissions, it'll ask for a lot of stuff that you people didn't know. So yeah that should also be added to the article. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Doug Graham

    You might want to know about another fraudulent app currently in the Google Play Store about defragging your Android:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.defragapps.defrag

    Yet another scam to steer clear of.

  • Jon

    lol at that "Kurt" guy on the last comment

  • glitched

    well its not entirely off intention. I/O can slow over time. and now 4.3 has TRIM. Without getting too technical, Android 4.3 now includes support for TRIM; a paging channel which tells an eMMC or SSD controller that a block is no longer used, and as such, it is ready for deletion. In a nutshell, this new system will stop the aforementioned issues from happening. Thus, the new Nexus devices will not become sluggish after extended periods of time/usage.

  • vinod kumar

    its a fake app

  • Alex Leonov

    This is the question HOW ANDROID FLASH MEMORY WORKS, IF DEFRAG REDUSES THE MEMORY LIFE? The plain old matrix memory was developed such way that each cell on matrix was charged with a little negativ volt (like -0.2volt) and high (like -0.5volt), which zero or one. And program was made with 0010101010100000111 form. The Hard Drive had the same but during DEFRAG the short pieces of program cut-pasted togather. If the flash memory is semiconductor with p-n diods how memory cells, the cut-past function should not reduce flash memory space. If the flash memory is the mirror on Server then the Server Network Manager may control space on it during defrag. How far I am from truth?

  • inge

    Thanks, for this good information. Keep up the good work. :)

  • longcurlyjc .

    Android Magazine Issue 43 - 2014 UK: page 12 - "10 Things To Help Improve Device Performance : #10 Choose to defrag - Defragging is a quick way of removing the junk files that are hogging some of your device’s precious RAM. There are plenty of defragging apps on the Google Play store that will thoroughly scan your phone and remove these files for you." kill processes, you mean...? Yes, I do that often. Defrag? No, haven't yet and never willl. Clean cache and do a System Clear, yes, obviously.

    Even well-known magazines give wrong advice to unsuspecting readers? I knew that flash didn't require defrag but what about other people?

  • bob

    thanks really helpful thread and worded simple for those of use who are. lol

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