April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Auto Data App Turns Off Data with Screen to Save Battery
The never ending fight to obtain better battery life has taken users down some unique roads—everything from custom schedulers and underclocking / undervolting the CPU, down to lowering the screen brightness and using task managers. One popular way to get better battery life is to turn off Mobile Data. It does work, but it also leaves users with the problem of having no data unless they’re around a WiFi connection.
XDA Senior Member providence has developed an application to give the best of both worlds. The application is called Auto Data, and its purpose is to help soften the battery drain from using Mobile Data without having to manually switch it on and off. That can be annoying, and forgetting to turn it back on can mean no updates.
Auto Data’s premise is quite simple. When the screen turns off, the application toggles Mobile Data on and off every 5 minutes. This equates to having it off for 30 minutes and on for 30 minutes every hour, without input from the user. It could be enough time off to perhaps save battery life, but not off so long that applications can’t obtain updates. Even though the newest devices have much bigger batteries and better battery management, this app could be essential for users who have older phones with bad battery life.
For details, download links, and more, head to the application thread.[Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor mazdarider23 for the tip.]
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The beginning of April is dominated by April Fools. There are jokes and pranks everywhere, which are meant to fool people. This news is no joke though, as Google has pushed the shiny red button to send out over-the-air updates to supported devices. Well, sort of, as only a few of available Nexus devices got updates to Android 5.1. Here's a list of OTAs that can be downloaded and flashed by stock recoveries. You can find guides on how to revert...
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