HTC announced at Mobile World Congress on Monday its new Power To Give project, which [ad name=”Google Adsense-3 11″] aims to donate processor power to scientific research. Planning on bringing together the power of millions of smartphones, the Android for altruism initiative is in the spirit of volunteer distributed computing, set to harness the collective processing power of Android smartphones. The distributed computing project involves a new Power To Give app, expected to land on Google Play shortly. How will this help? HTC’s promotional video, against a background music of gentle piano ripples, notes that research scientists all over the world are searching for answers to some of our biggest questions, such as designing new proteins to treat cancer or breaking down toxic compounds in the environment. With the HTC Power To Give initiative, the video tells viewers “you can help.”
After downloading the app, smartphone owners can select the research program of their choice, to divert a proportion of their phone’s processing power. HTC Power To Give will then run while the phone is charging and connected to a WiFi network. The app will not run the battery down as the process takes place while the phone is connected and plugged in. Tapping into the processing capabilities of a global network of smartphones is suitable for a number of projects where finding answers to complex questions may otherwise be handled by high-powered computers at higher cost. HTC said that, with enough participation, the processing power of the phone method could be quite significant. HTC said 1 million HTC One smartphones, working towards the Power To Give, could provide processing power similar to that of “one of the world’s 30 supercomputers .