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Chris Gilliam · Apr 17, 2015

PSA: Google Play Services Wakelock Affects Many 5.x ROMs

Wakelocks are the bane of the battery conscious, and this wakelock bug has been plaguing Android ROMs for a while. Yes, the issue is neither new nor unique, and it won't be resolved for good until Google steps up, but the recent launches of CyanogenMod 12 and CyanogenOS (among others) have prompted a new round of interest in the Google Play Services 7.x SystemUpdateService Wakelock bug. The good news is that CM12 saw a fix folded in yesterday, and CyanogenOS...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 18, 2014

Lean Mean Battery Power Saving App Review

We talk a lot about battery topics here at XDA TV. We talk about everything from Power Banks to USB Desktop Chargers to Battery Saving Apps. We talk about this stuff because both we and our viewers are not “normal” users. We don’t use our devices to check Facebook on our breaks and find the nearest skinny jeans store. No, we use it for much more--and all that screen on time can really eat up your battery. XDA Senior Member Flyview...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 25, 2014

Battery Charged in 30 Seconds? Maybe in 2016

Phones and tablets are getting more and more power hungry with each passing generation. Their battery capacities continue to rise, but still we have to face the problem of slowly charging and rapidly discharging batteries. A reasonable solution still hasn't been developed, but it appears that some good news is just around the corner. The Tel Aviv-based company StoreDot says it has developed a battery capable of storing a much higher charge more quickly than possible before. As a result, the...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 8, 2014

What’s SOT and Why Isn’t it the Battery Meter – XDA TV

Mobile phones are getting more powerful everyday. With each passing generation, our smartphones are getting higher definition screens and more powerful processors. Mobile phone batteries are getting bigger too, but it doesn't seem that way. Compared to older phones, batteries are bigger than ever. But because of the power hungry screens and chips, you wouldn't notice that. There is a constant battle to get a full day out of a smartphone battery, while still being able to actually use the device....

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 20, 2014

Real-World Battery Saving Tips for Android – XDA Developer TV

You need Real-World Battery Saving Tips for your Android device. Our devices are powerful, our devices have huge bright screens, and our devices have quad core processors. Yet, our devices have batteries that quit in less than a day if you push your device too hard. In today's episode, XDA Developer TV Newcomer Jared shows off a bunch of hacks and programs to help you save battery life. He talks about 3 Llama, Greenify, Intelli3G, Boot Manager and Performance Profile. So...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 3, 2014

How to Charge Your Device with the Sun! PowerAdd Device Roundup – XDA Developer TV

Here on XDA Developer TV, we’ve covered a few external batteries to help extend the use of your device when the onboard battery starts to deplete. The items we have covered have been everything from a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a two unique...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 11, 2014

Battery Saving Mega Guide Celebrating User’s 2000th Post

Imagine for a second that you're coming up fast on an XDA forum milestone. Be it your 50th, 100th, or 1000th post---you really want to make it count. So or how do you best make use of these milestones? Looking back at my own post history, I always had big ideas for every major milestone with a planned celebratory post. Unfortunately, distraction and obligations would always kick in, and I would never quite remember in time for these big moments. Well...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 29, 2013

Give Your Battery Some Extra Life with OnePowerGuard Pro

Since the beginning of Android, hardware changes have been easy to notice. Quad- and octa-core devices are nothing unusual now, and RAM and storage capacities make phones as powerful as some traditional PCs in certain respects. Unfortunately, they all have one major weakness: battery life. Even the biggest batteries still last a day or two of intensive use on phones and maybe few days on tablets. Aftermarket kernel improvements can save a bit more of battery, which is a good...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 20, 2013

Quad Core Manager for Increased Battery Savings

As our devices acquire larger screens, higher resolutions, and an increasing numbers of cores, so have their power demands. And while battery capacity is going up as well, it can't quite keep pace our demands, giving us less battery life than some of the less fancy alternatives. Luckily for us, there are currently no shortage of apps that are aimed at getting back some of that battery life through various means. While the majority of power consumption in a device...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 18, 2012

Easily Fix Sony Xperia P Battery Drain Issue

For most smartphone users, battery life is a key concern. As devices become more and more powerful, the need to conserve battery increases since battery technology itself isn't evolving at the same pace. That's why people are always on the lookout for battery saving tips. If you've got a Sony Xperia P and have noticed it consuming significant amounts of battery while idling, we've got a simple tip for you that may help you get some more juice out of...

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ElCondor · Mar 11, 2012

Fix 15% Battery Shutdowns on HTC Desire GB Sense Kernels

It is an issue many with older devices face: once the battery percentage hits the 15% or so, the device simply shuts down without any notice. What's the reason for this problem? Battery aging. The process of battery aging isn't inherently the cause, but as XDA Forum Member theGanymedes points out, it is the fact that your Desire thinks your battery is actually brand new. TheGanymedes puts it this way: ... your device thinks it has more capacity, when it's actually empty...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 18, 2012

Transformer Prime Gets Battery Improvements with System Update 9.4.2.14

Early this morning XDA Junior Member Liferules reported in our forums that a new update had appeared for his Asus Transformer Prime. Since the previous update (9.4.2.13), intended to improve GPS performance, Prime users have experienced random restarts and decreased battery life. XDA Senior Member demandarin, shortly after the release of the update, posted this screenshot, showing the system using the previously disabled low-power CPU frequencies. Countless other posters confirmed improved battery life and several even claimed improved WiFi performance...

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Former Writer · Feb 8, 2012

In Depth Nexus S Battery Study Brings About Surprising Conclusions

It is a rare feat when someone goes out of their way to truly study their device. It is rarer still when that study warrants relevant information that's beneficial to other users. XDA Senior Member bedalus has performed what amounts to a case study to test battery usage with a variety of kernels and battery features such as under-volting and various levels of idling for the Samsung Nexus S. The study is rather extensive and tests the phone under a...

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liwen · Dec 9, 2011

Extreme Measures for Better Battery Life

The quest for better battery life is never-ending: our gadgets seem to never last long enough. There's an interesting thread in progress over in the Android General forum where user MartyLK is on a crusade to increase the battery life of a few of his Android phones. So far he's tried removing all homescreen widgets, he's stopped syncing for apps that don't need to sync regularly (Twitter, Facebook), and he even reduced the number of homescreen he has down to...

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