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article imageHTC's Boost+ app can boost the performance of every Android phone

By James Walker     Apr 12, 2016 in Technology
HTC didn’t just announce a new flagship smartphone today. It also introduced a new system tuning app that will be available on every Android smartphone. It can intelligently tune performance, improve battery life and increase security.
Engadget reports that HTC is billing Boost+ as a way to "optimize, declutter and fortify" your smartphone. It can wipe temporary directories to free up storage space, clean running apps out of memory to increase performance and add extra security features to your device.
The app claims to increase performance by removing garbage files that accumulate over time as a result of opening apps and browsing websites. App installers, ad tracking files and general temporary files are all cleansed intelligently by Boost+ to increase performance as required.
Boost+ features an intelligent app management mode that lets you lock apps with a PIN code or your fingerprint. It ensures only you can access apps that contain sensitive data, preventing co-workers, friends and other people around you from prying on your personal information.
Periodically, Boost+ alerts you of any apps you've installed that are either infrequently used or draining resources in the background. It gives you a heads-up look at the apps running on your phone, letting you decide to remove ones you don't regularly open to save space and power.
At first glance, there isn't a lot here that hasn’t been done before though. At its core, Boost+ is essentially another junk cleaner, deleting unnecessary temporary files, cache stores and other miscellaneous leftover data to speed up your phone. In theory, at least.
Despite their popularity, task and cache management apps are generally viewed as unnecessary on Android, particularly with newer versions. Android is now smart enough to manage its own RAM and keep tabs on running apps itself, making utilities such as Boost+ largely redundant.
HTC hasn't explained how its task cleaner will produce any better results than the hundreds of similar apps already in the Play Store. The app's security and privacy features may prove useful to many smartphone owners though, even if the supposed performance gains appear unlikely to benefit everyone.
HTC will be debuting Boost+ in the Play Store on April 14. It isn't limited to HTC devices and will be available on every Android phone running version 5.0 Lollipop or newer.
HTC today announced the HTC 10, its flagship smartphone for 2016. The 5.2-inch handset offers a large battery, improved camera, high-fidelity audio and a clear and bright screen in a bid to attract customers back to the brand. HTC has suffered years of declining sales and weak consumer demand for its phones.
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