Accessing CPU Usage in Android Apps

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The acronym CPU traditionally stands for “central processing unit.” Find out about accessing CPU usage in Android apps with help from a software engineer with broad and extensive experience developing embedded system firmware and providing global engineering software, tool and process support in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Mat Pierce, and today I'm going to show you how to access the CPU usage in your Android apps. Now the easiest thing to do for this is to go to the Google Play Store and download a CPU monitor program. Now I've got right here a tool called Bluestacks which is an Android app replay or player device that allows you to simulate an Android device on your Desktop and it's really convenient so I can show you what to do. So first thing, go to the Google Play Store, Bluestacks is what this is called. It takes you to the Google Play Store, click on search, search for CPU usage or CPU monitor, something like that and you'll find a whole list of apps here that you can choose from. I use the CPU monitor because it just looks good to me, it's one I like. There's lots of other ones rated higher or lower, just you know, go look at them, see what the features are and pick it and install it and so once you get it installed, run it and it will present you with an interface that will show you all the apps that are running on your Android device and how much CPU time they are using. You'll see right here, the monitor itself the CPU monitor app is using 3% of my CPU on average and it has a maximum of 32% that is used so far. It also shows how much memory it's used and you can also do a recording where you can record for a certain mount of time what your apps are doing and then you can stop it and go back and view the recording to see what the daily usage was, how much CPU time got used and whatnot over however long you recorded. So that is how you can access the CPU usage in your Android apps.

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