Once downloaded and installed, the application monitors the iPhone handset it’s installed on, and after a couple of days provides users with a report on the status of their smart phone. As TechCrunch explains:
Carat’s recommendations break down into killing off bugs and hogs. These usually aren’t “bad” apps. Energy bugs are apps that are sapping a lot more power from you than everyone else because they’re probably malfunctioning, so Carat tells you to restart or re-download them. For example, a notes app that uses little power for 95% of users, but it’s accidentally activating your GPS over and over.
Hogs are apps that just naturally use a ton of power or needlessly run in the background, like streaming music apps. Carat reminds you to shut them down, which is especially useful when you get that 20% battery remaining notification half-way through the day and you’d do anything to still be able to get calls and texts.
I’ve just installed Carat on my iPhone 4S, but a message told me that the application would need to run for a couple of days before any kind of serious report can be delivered – as of yet, I don’t know if any bugs or hogs are lurking on my smart phone.
Currently, Carat is available to download in the App Store for free, and it’s a universal app that’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If you haven’t already,
take a bite of the Carat have a look at the application, and if after a couple of days you receive some useful advice, be sure to post the details in the comments.