Does Power Saving Mode actually result in better battery life on the Galaxy S6?


Various devices have power saving modes that are great for extending battery life. On the surface, they sound great because everyone wants to use their phones for as long as possible without having to sit next to a wall outlet while charging. Power saving modes can really limit what is possible in reality. So it may or may not be worth it, especially considering that the added time on batter life may not be worth it.

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Customizing Android: 6 ways to maximize battery life


Have you ever run into problems getting your Android device to just last throughout the day? I run into these frustration daily because my smartphone is my access to work, whether it be for answering emails, replying to texts, jotting down notes, and etc. Since these are elements pertinent to my job, I can’t have my smartphone dying around mid-day. And a lot of you might be able to resonate with that.

The problem isn’t that we use our smartphones so much, though. It’s that we’re sporting the latest and greatest that not only have similar specs to our laptops, but also have the gorgeous and behemoth 5.5-inch display. That’s a lot of power and pixels to push, and thus, takes a big toll on battery life. Fortunately, there are ways to maximize the life we get out of our smartphones, whether they be mid-range or high-end devices.

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Best apps for analyzing and improving battery life on your Android device

Android Battery LifeBattery life is one of those features that just hasn’t kept up with rest of the hardware on our Android devices. Our phones have extremely detailed picture quality, they’re nearing video game console levels of graphical fidelity, and they keep up with all kinds of health information and statistics about us, but getting one to last an entire day away from the wall charger is a tricky endeavor. Many manufacturers include their own power saving modes, and Google has recently added its own spin on power saving into Android with Lollipop, but there are a handful of extra steps and apps you can use to squeeze a little more life out of your device.

We’ve already covered a few of these apps, but things have changed drastically over the past few years. So this guide will let you know how some of those apps have improved and we will also let you know some new things you can do to extend the battery life of your phone. Read more

A closer look at the battery life on the Moto 360 [Updated with info after KGW42R update]


[Original publish date was September 11, 2014 @ 2:57 pm EST]

The Moto 360 debut was a little tarnished from a lot of talk about the battery life, and rightfully so. After using the LG G Watch for over 2 months, and switching to the Moto 360, I too noticed a dramatic difference. The early reviewers immediately said you can’t get through a day with it, then other sites chimed in saying, “it’s not all that bad,” and chalked it up to everyone overly using it the first few days. That can be true at times, but the opposite can happen when someone is trying to prove something they want so bad. It’s called rationalization. Let’s face it, we all want to say the Moto 360 has fantastic battery life since it’s a very cool watch. I find that people will purposely not use a device as much to convince themselves that things are A-OK. Get a notification and grab it from your phone instead, and so on. Trust me, I am guilty of this myself. Plus there is the whole argument about my usage is more than yours and his usage is less than hers, and blah blah blah. So how does one test the device taking all that out of the picture?

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T-Mobile keeps going and going in battery tests


New results are in examining battery life for some leading smartphones across carriers and T-Mobile continues to demonstrate superiority compared to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Some of the results are quite impressive for T-Mobile and overall paint a widely divergent picture when it comes to battery life. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 was able to go 10 hours 57 minutes on the T-Mobile network while lasting only 7 hours 30 minutes on Verizon. Similarly, the HTC One (M8) was able to go 10 hours 50 minutes on T-Mobile, but only 8 hours 42 minutes on AT&T. Read more

Unlocked and Developer Edition HTC One (M8) receiving update that brings Extreme Power Saving Mode


Power users, listen up. HTC is rolling out an update to its flagship One (M8) that brings the Extreme Power Saving Mode feature. For now, though, only the unlocked and Developer Edition variants are receiving this update. In the United States, Sprint’s HTC One (M8) has the feature while every other carrier’s variant is still waiting.

If the update happens to surface over the weekend for your device, let us know!

Update: Outside of the U.S, it looks like Canadian carrier Telus pushed this update to its HTC One (M8) already.

The Galaxy S 5 will sport three new battery saving technologies

samsung-galaxy-s-5-blue-Featured_LargeAs smartphones continue to push higher density and higher resolutions, bigger and faster processors, and better cameras; the need for better and longer lasting battery life is becoming drastically more important. Even though attempts have been made in this department, OEM’s still struggle to achieve the all day usage dream. Samsung looks to be giving it a go as it implements some new and interesting techniques to squeeze some extra battery out of the new Galaxy S 5.

On top of an improved battery saver mode that turns the display black and white to save battery Samsung has implemented the following enhancements:

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Nexus 5 battery life will be better than expected thanks to Qualcomm

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Yesterday we learned that the Nexus 5 will have a non-removeable battery sized at 2300 mAh, but prospective owners should not have to worry about running out of juice quickly. Inside will be Qualcomm’s new QFE1100 envelope tracker that the company claims to be able to reduce heat and power consumption from the radio components. A huge concern with many phones is the pace at which LTE data kills a phone’s battery; however, Qualcomm’s new envelope tracker aims to solve that. Also, the Nexus 5 has the 802.11ac WiFi standard. This means that if you have a compatible router, your phone will reach the signal easier with much larger transfer speeds. All very good signs if you’re picking up a Nexus 5.

Source: Gigaom