The ability to customize and add your unique flair to Android was always one of its strong suits, and something that has remained to this day. With the ability to add widgets, customize your lockscreen and even the introduction of live wallpapers in the early version, Android has always had a big focus on customization and making things look the way you want them to. Today, we’ll be going a step further by introducing the ability to add “smart indicators” – essentially, widgets – to your status bar.
In order to accomplish this, we’ll be using an app called PowerLine, which you can download for free by using this Play Store link. The idea with PowerLine is that you should also be able to customize and add functionality to your status bar, and the way it handles it is actually quite nice. Just install the app, and when you open it up, it will take you though the routine introduction screen:
As you can see, basically, PowerLine allows you to add customizable indicators to your status bar. In this case, a battery graph that will be drawn in your status bar, letting you know how much battery you have left. However, there are plenty of other indicators to pick from:
You can start customizing your indicators right away, including the battery graph, just by tapping over it:
As you can see, there are plenty of options here so you can tailor it to your needs. For example, you can change the color, the positioning, and even the styling, making it a gradient or segmented bar instead of a single solid color, play with the opacity values, and so on:
Of course, in addition to the battery level, you can add other indicators, for example, how long until your next alarm, storage and RAM utilization, CPU consumption and WiFi signal strength. Just press the button and the list of indicators will appear:
You can then add the one you want and start customizing it right away:
The only caveat with this app is that the free version only allows for up to two indicators, while the premium version allows you to add many more. However, for most uses, that is going to be more than enough, with most people opting for something like the battery bar and volume indicator:
The app will also add a notification in your notification pane that allows you to enable and disable the indicators with a simple tap, or go straight to the settings if you need to change something:
That’s about it for today’s app. As you can see, it’s fairly easy to use, and it adds both utility and a bit of visual flair. This kind of customization is something that you usually see built into custom ROMs and rooted devices, but the advantage of using an app such as this is that any device can use it, with or without root. It’s also very customizable and easy to set up, so it’s a definitely recommendation from us. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!