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Turn your Galaxy S10's camera cut to a battery indicator «Android :: Gadget Hacks



The camera hole at S10 has got our creative juices flowing more than anything can ever. First, we saw wallpapers that served to camouflage the clip or even accentuate it. Now, if you want to go the opposite direction and mark your S10's camera hole, there's an app that makes it a circular battery meter.

As the name suggests, the Energy Ring app turns a battery status ring around the front camera cutout on the S10 and S10e for a unique and colorful look that is sure to catch attention. It is not available for S10 + yet, but support is coming soon. You can change the color, width and animation of the indicator to better suit your style. It is also worth mentioning that the app is very battery friendly, as the developer explains:

Energy Ring sits silently on the screen and puts almost 0% on the CPU, if the battery level changes, the Android Energy Ring awakens. Once awake updates Energy Call quickly and goes back to sleep. And to be so efficient, the ring goes deep sleep when you turn off the screen, which means it doesn't even read battery level changes when the screen is off.

– xda developer

Before you get started, know that the app is still in its beta stages at the time of this writing. You may encounter problems when you open the app to make adjustments. Having said that, if you don't mind any little hiccups, it already serves its purpose perfectly.

Step 1: Install the Energy Ring

You must first download the Energy Ring app from IJP. The app is free to install, so either go to the Play Store or simply click on the link below to download it and then press "Open" when it is successfully installed and proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Set up the energy container

When you open the Energy Ring, you will take a brief introduction and installation process, thus following the instructions. Be sure to give the necessary permissions, namely message access. After that, a colored battery status ring is automatically made around your S10's camera cutout.

Step 3: Customize the Energy Ring

Energy Ring has many elements that you can customize for a more personal look. The thickness of the battery can be adjusted by swiping the field just below "Ring thickness" until you have achieved the desired result.

In addition, you have the option of "Automatically hiding on full-screen apps", which we recommend to enable to avoid distractions in games and video. You can also choose from many available animations, but the standard "Linear" is already very nice. You can also customize the battery colors by adjusting the color bars under the "Color Configuration" section, along with the option to choose from different gradients for a more colorful look.

Energy Ring works well enough and reliably shows a battery ring when your S10 is awake. However, the app is still in its early stages of development and has some bugs.

The biggest problem we noticed was that the app often crashed when adjusting the battery ring. This effectively limited our ability to change the ring thickness and enable "Auto hide on full screen" because everything caused a crash.

There are other aspects that the Energy Ring can also improve, especially the possibility of the battery ringing being displayed on the S10's always-on display, lock screen or both. Despite these shortcomings, the app does a decent job of overlaying a highly visible battery on the phone's camera cutout and is still worth a try. We will surely post an update when the app gets the improvements it needs, so stay tuned.

Cover image, screenshots and GIFs by Amboy Manalo / Gadget Hacks

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