Symantec is a company with many strings to its bow but in recent years it is most often associated with security software. Those with long memories will remember Norton Utilities, a tweaking tool for Windows that was bought by Symantec. The Norton name lives on and Norton Mobile Utilities revives the Utilities genre for Android users. This is tool that has been designed to help with the running of your Android device and the release of version 2.0 of the app sees it splitting into two branches – free, and paid-for premium versions.
The free version of the app, now referred to as Norton Mobile Utilities Lite, gives users greater control over memory usage, making it easy to terminate apps to free up resources. There are a number of informational components to the app, and these will tell you everything from how much battery life you have left, details of the hardware you are using and how much storage space you have available.
While it may be interesting to know the speed of your phone’s CPU, there are also more useful options available in the app. You can monitor your data usage and configure alerts that will sound when you reach a particular level to help you avoid receiving a hefty bill from your service provider. There are also many options which are really just duplicates of those already available in Android such as free up space by uninstalling apps or moving them to your memory card, but these options are now available in one place and tied together with a neat interface.
If you’re expecting the tweaking options that were available in the old Windows version of Norton Utilities, you’re going to be somewhat disappointed. By upgrading to the full version of the app for $9.99, you gain access to features such as automatic battery profiles. It is also possible to configure automatic resource management so that running apps are terminated on a schedule to help keep things running smoothly.
You can find out more and download a free copy of the app by paying a visit to the Norton Mobile Utilities review page.
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk