Many of us have allowed our home PC’s to be used for the Folding@Home project that utilises the PC’s idle time to investigate the mechanisms of protein folding, aiding medical research into Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases among others. Owners of Sony smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat have previously been able to run the relevant Android app on their devices, and now Sony has updated the app to be compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. Perhaps even more importantly, even non-Sony smartphones can run the app thanks to this latest update.
A few details on how the application works, it uses your smartphone’s processing power and WiFi connection when it is idle i.e when you go to bed at night and put the phone or tablet on charge. Default settings for ‘idle time’ are between midnight and 6am although you can change it to suit your needs. This results in the smartphone crunching data during its idle time to aid medical research in its bid to find cure cures for various ailments. If you’d like to take part in the Folding@Home project, just click the download link below to be taken to the Google Play Store.