A new project that takes the unused processing power from Android smartphones to make a supercomputer has just been revealed by HTC at the Mobile World Congress.
The Power to Give initiative is intended to utilize the unemployed power from Android smartphones to assist the medical community.
HTC has confirmed a partnership with the University of California Berkeley that will allow the smartphone maker to assist researchers in fighting against different medical conditions like AIDS and cancer. In addition, the initiative is expected to help children get clean drinking water.
There are thirty supercomputers in the world and according to HTC, it’ll take only one million HTC One phones to provide the same amount of processing power as one of those supercomputers.
With this program, HTC aims to allow anyone with a smartphone to make a difference in the world by simply going to the Google Play Store and downloading the HTC Power to Give app.
However, it’s important to note that one’s phone can only be part of the initiative if it’s connected to Wi-Fi or charging.
Chairwoman of HTC, Cher Wang, said that analysts found that in 2013 alone, the amount of Android phones shipped worldwide amounted to about 780 million. She went on to state that with this number, it’s imaginable to guess how much of a difference it would make in the future of children to use the unharnessed processing power of those phones.