Updated 19 Jun, 2013, 8:05 pm IST
How To: Supercharge your Android Smartphone
| by Francis D'sa
Those who have phones from unbranded Chinese manufacturers might find it difficult to get them rooted. Next, download and install BusyBox Installer and choose the ‘v1.18.2’ or lower from the dropdown list and install it. Next, install Script Manager from the Android market. Make sure you have BusyBox v1.18.2 or lower, unless specified that the higher version can be used safely. You will find the information from the XDA forums when downloading the Supercharger script. Finally when you have all these apps installed, download the V6 Supercharger script update 8 from ‘http://tinyurl.com/4jpcvuj’. Scroll down to the attachments, find the link ’V6_SuperCharger_for_Android-update8.sh.txt’, right-click on the line and select ‘save to download folder’ because if you click on it, the TXT file will open up in the browser itself. The file name would be ‘V6_SuperCharger_for_Android-update8.sh.txt’ and is a plain text file with a lot of Linux commands in it. Save this file on your phone's SD card (keep it in the root folder of the SD card so it is easy to locate).
Now get on your phone and run the app ‘Script Manager’. Allow root access and make sure you click on the ‘Browse as root’ and then on ‘OK’. The next screen will open the built-in file browser to locate the script. Click on the update 8 supercharger script that you earlier saved on your SD card’s root folder. And you will reach the next screen. Here make sure you click on the ‘SU’ button (the one with the skull and bones) and then click on the ‘Run’ button. Now wait and be patient while the commands in the script are being executed. Read every line carefully so you know what it is doing. You will be asked for your inputs at particular points and you can do so by touching the screen anywhere in the center to bring up the onscreen keyboard.
The first time it will ask you to define the scrolling speed—you can choose normal or fast according to your preference. We chose fast (1). You will see a number of lines scrolling giving you information. You will also see a screen with around 17 to 30 options (depending on the script update version 8 or 9 you are using) from which the script will ask you to enter your choice. Enter the value ‘9’ as the optimum value for your phone. If your phone has RAM lower than 512 MB, you should choose 7 or 8. This will start the optimization of the operating system. In between you will come across some lines that state that the phone is 0% supercharged and a few other lines stating the current and increased OOM values.
Later you will see the line‘100% supercharged’ towards the end of the script. Once the script has finished running, you might be asked to reboot the phone for the values to take effect. When done, simply exit the app, reboot the phone and you will see the difference in performance gradually increasing. To check if the phone is supercharged, you can run the script again and choose number ‘1’ from the list to see the status of the launcher and the supercharge.
We conducted a small test using ‘Antutu Benchmark’ to see if there has been any difference in the graphics performance, and we did. We used two phones—the HTC Desire Bravo which has a 1 GHz processor and 576 MB of RAM running Oxygen GB ROM and the other one using HTC EVO 3D GSM which has a Dual Core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM running stock GB Sense 3.0 ROM. The 3D graphics values of the HTC Desire jumped from 593 to 625 while the HTC EVO 3D jumped from 756 to 843.
You can optionally choose to run the script every time you boot the handset to ensure you have the supercharger script doing its work in the background and you have a smoother handling experience. To do this, all you need to do is run the Script Manager, choose the Supercharger Script (the file will be named as 99SuperCharger.sh) from the ‘/data’ folder and select the option to run as root and run at boot before running the script again. This option will enable the operating system to include the supercharger script at every boot.
Note: Some might not experience too much of an improvement and are free to try different values when running the script. You may revert all changes by simply choosing number ‘15’ which reflects as ‘Unsupercharge’ in the list while running the script again.
Note: Rooting the phone, running apps with root privileges, running the supercharger script and similar actions can cause your phone to become unstable, get bricked and void its warranty. We are not responsible for any mishaps or damage caused to your device by following this workshop. Do it at your own risk. Those who intend doing it anyways, we recommend a full nandroid backup before doing so.
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