When Windows Phone Mango’s change log went public – I and several others were disappointed by Microsoft’s decision to ignore pinning of in Setting menus – like Wifi / Bluetooth / Battery / etc. Microsoft solved this issue by providing developers a workaround which produced an array of applications, one of them being ” Instant Access ” from Yours Truly. So the point is – it filled a void. What about battery indicator? Microsoft added a battery saver mode (should be renamed to life saver mode) which is useful but you cannot pin it to home screen and MS didn’t provide any APIs for developers to play with. This is exactly where Homebrew superheroes from XDA come in. XDA user singularity0821 came up with a Battery Status application that lets you see battery status ( to be specific, it shows thepercentage of battery life left) on the live tile. It also plots a graph derived by logging battery status. The application works on all unlocked devices. Team from Chevron labs unveiled Chevron unlock couple of days back offering users a way to unlock their devices for just $9. The homebrew audience is already massive on XDA forums. Now with the Chevron push – homebrew community is going to flourish. Anyways, here’s the link to the xap and more details on the application:
This application suffers from the live tile 30 minute update limitation (imposed by OS) so if you see 5% battery remaining on the live tile – you better charge it up before it’s too late.