Folding@Home app updated with new UI; contribute anytime; achievements and more

by XB on 6th July 2015

in Applications, Videos

Folding@Home 2.0 Xperia_2The Sony Mobile Folding@Home application for Android smartphones has seen a big update released, which moves the build number from 1.00.40 to version 1.00.51. The app utilises the processing power and Wi-Fi connection of your smartphone to help find cures for a number of diseases.

Changes include a new user interface with a central on/off switch allowing you to contribute whenever you want (previously you were limited to 6 hours per day). The usual stipulations remain if you want to contribute i.e. you must be connected to a charger, be fully charged (100%) and also be connected to a Wi-Fi network.

The other main change in this new update are gamify features. Sign into Google Play Games to track achievements, check out leaderboards against your friends and see how you fare globally. You can also use this to sync your contributions across devices. Note that if you’ve previously used Folding@Home, none of the contributions made so far count towards any of the achievements, so you have to start from scratch.

You can also now see more detailed research information on the project you are contributing to via the Research Type. If you are coming from the old version of the app, you will notice that the setting screen has disappeared. Sony does not need you to configure anything in the new app, simply keep your Wi-Fi- enabled whilst charging your phone to contribute.

For a FAQ on the app, click here.

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Folding@Home 2.0_3

Via Sony Mobile Blog.

  • Stanley Lu

    Ohhhhh Google Play Games achievements ! :D

  • nfs2010

    I’m cool with all the Sony apps as long as they’re uninstallable. I uninstalled & disabled everything on my sister’s S6 (including the play store & calculator – it was not a smartphone at that point =) =) ), the available RAM came out at 1.3GB. On the Z3+, I have 1.6GB with couple apps already running & it’s ram management is so much better. Unlike the S6, it doesn’t reload the apps when you switch to them for multi-tasking. Please don’t ruin it with your push on SW, Sony :P

  • Kadek

    Captain please tell me how this thing works. How can we install and run this app can help to cure cancer. Did it doing research in our phone or what?

  • Crizant Lai

    It uses our phones to form a super computer network, and calculates the folding of protein,
    in order to find the medicine to cure cancer.

    If i’m wrong, feel free to correct me.

  • And they updated the Keyboard :)

  • Arturo Pastrana

    I download this app some time ago, but after a couple of nights my phone starts to heat (I know its using the processor) but I was afraid that this harm the phone in a long time (or the battery) I have a Z1, and it heats considerably, anyone else that try this app happen the same?

  • jonoave

    That’s quite the gist of it. Basically there are many ways a protein can fold, and the prediction for each fold requires intense computational power.

    I wouldn’t make the leap of “finding the medicine to cure cancer”, but understanding how a protein fold or in the case of diseases, why it mis-folds will help us to develop better approaches to develop new therapeutical approaches.

  • illstplaya .

    I wish they would have kept folding home for the ps3 or at least made it available for the ps4. I have no problem using it on those devices. But I don’t really want to use it on my phone because it causes the phone to heat up and combine that with the heat that is generated from charging and the phone becomes pretty hot which isn’t good for the battery or the phone itself.

  • illstplaya .

    So what happens when you disable apps? Do you have any issues using the phone after things are disabled? I’ve always wanted to disable a few things that seemed unnecessary but it always gives that message warning you what could happen if you disable “x” app so I never do it.

  • nfs2010

    Oh I meant I didn’t have to disable anything on the Z3+. But yeah, you could always disable stuff like google play games, books, google+, other uninstallable apps that you don’t need. Ignore the warning, you should be fine. I have done that before … multiple times.

  • Brian De Guzman

    It is available for PC. Just google folding@home and the installer is from Stanford University, right now the site is kinda down so.. maybe you can try later :)

  • Great Dude

    You can’t disable any app, when you disable an app, then it won’t work until you enable it by Google play or in the settings> apps> (that app)
    If you don’t want an app to work like Google+ or Facebook, then you can disable it and it will never work on the background, no issue.
    If you going to disable an app that is a must on Android, then basically you couldn’t do that.

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