According to PCWorld.fr the makers of the popular CPU validation and overall hardware verification software, CPU-Z, are already in public Beta for Android devices. From the information we could obtain, it looks like this application has made it’s way to the Google Play store and enable users who overclock their phones to easily monitor various aspects of their devices. It would simultaneously enable many reviewers to obtain some very deep hardware information from the devices that they are reviewing in a reliable and trustworthy way while also giving users a better idea of how their devices work.
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Currently, there are some application out there but many of them are unreliable or questionable software. Some applications, like Rightware’s BasemarkOS actually do enable users to obtain large amounts of information about their hardware and software, but not in an easily consumable and organized way. Not to mention, CPU-Z will focus on more than just the SoC, as it will focus on the system, battery and sensors. The last tab is an about tab, much like the CPU-Z that we see on desktops, and it even looks like the one from the desktop app.
Here, we can see that my HTC One’s Snapdragon 600 is operating on two cores and those two cores are running at different frequencies with a total CPU load of only 16%. This part of the application is capable of telling exactly which revision of the chip is being used in the phone, manufacturing process, as well as the types of CPU cores and GPU cores.
In the system tab, we see general system information, including both software and hardware. As you can see, there is information about the OS, RAM, resolution and storage.
The battery part of things isn’t necessarily very interesting, however it does still state important information like the battery’s voltage, temperature and heath.
The most interesting aspect for us, though, is the fact that there will be more sensor information. It will make figuring out some unlabeled ICs on a smartphone’s PCB a lot easier. Especially when you consider how many more sensors are getting integrated into today’s smartphones when compared to only a few years ago.
As you can see here, there are a ton of different sensors being used on the One, and it will be a challenge to not only figure out how to use them, but also how to benchmark them. Someone could theoretically use CPU-Z to test the ST sensors or the proximity sensor. It should also make developing for these sensors easier as some developers can find out which sensors are being used more easily and tap into any features those sensors may have that are unique.
I believe that CPU-Z will help us learn a lot more about our Android devices and I more than welcome another helpful tool that will assist us reviewers in reviewing phones as well as help consumers understand more about their phones internally.