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Re: Why doesn't google displacy the numerical battery percentage?
If I had to guess, I'd say it's because smartphone battery usage isn't exactly very linear. Meaning that how long your phone lasts varies widely with your usage, and there are so many factors going into battery life. Having a battery % in the bar doesn't really give you a very good indication of how much more time you have left on the battery. 50% battery on my GNex could mean as much as 10 hours of battery life left, or as short as 2 hours depending on what I'm doing
Back when I was more interested in rooting and ROMing my device, I thought I absolutely had to have battery % in my status bar. I realized eventually I spent more time (and therefore battery) worrying about my % rather than just using my device. Removing % from the status bar actually improved my battery life overall.
So overall I'm sure it'd be nice to have for those who want it, but I'm pretty happy with a bar that shows 100%, 90%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 15% and 5% levels.