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Take a peek under the hood with Android app SystemPanelLite

by Arvid Bux

Ever wonder what's happening under the hood of your Android device? SystemPanelLite provides a nice insight into which apps are running, how much memory is being consumed, and what might be hogging the battery.

The main screen gives an overview of all running apps and some basic CPU/memory information. On the bottom of the screen, you can find the "end all" button, which allows you to close all running apps with just a single tap.

Selecting an app provides more specific details like how much memory the app is using, whether it's a background task, and how long it has been running.

Similar information is available when you select the CPU/memory information. The data itself is in real time. The upgraded version of SystemPanelLite adds historical data, providing even better insight on how your device is performing.

I already mentioned the "end all" button, which is an easy way of stopping all running apps. However, what if you just want to keep one app running and end all others? Ending all apps one-by-one is obviously time-consuming, but fortunately, SystemPanelLite has the solution: you can add apps to an exclusion list, which means the "end all" button will not stop that particular app.

So who would use this app? The average user? Perhaps not. The more-advanced user? Yes, sir! If you're not into all this geeky stuff, just stick to allowing Android to manage memory and battery consumption. But, if you want to get your hands dirty, start off with this app, and see where it leads.