Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) – takes care of saving precious battery life for you!
Apr 3, 2013 12:06 PM –
Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) is a smart little app created especially for devices that use a Snapdragon processor. This includes (but isn’t limited to) the likes of the Nexus 4, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Droid RAZR MAXX, Droid DNA, Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy S3. For a more exhaustive list check out Qualcomm’s website here. The app works by optimizing your device and making subtle changes to your daily settings to enhance battery life. It’s a free app and if you have a compatible phone, you should definitely try it out!
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Easy to set up!
- Saves battery life (can give you between 10-20% more battery life in my experience)!
- Runs in background!
- Doesn’t tell you what changes it has made.
Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) helps users who use a device with a Snapdragon processor to make significant battery savings. It’s an app you can simply download from the Google Play Store and initiate by opening and starting the app, accepting the T’s & C’s and finally clicking the Get Started tab. As soon as you do this, the app goes into learning mode and you can forget about it altogether.
Over the next few days (it suggests 2-4) it monitors closely how you use your phone and especially what idle apps and actions drain the most battery unnecessarily. When the period is up, it optimizes your device for best battery performance by making small adjustments. For example, I noticed that the app will switch off my Wi-Fi connection when I go out in the morning as it knows I only use a mobile connection during the day. Therefore, it prevents your phone from constantly looking for a WiFi signal throughout the day- saving precious battery.
There are plenty of apps in the Google Play Store that promise that they will save you battery life, plus others- like the powerful Tasker, that will let you intricately make battery-saving settings. However, Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) takes all the thought out of this process, making it incredibly easy and efficient. Once the learning period was up, I noticed immediate benefits of up to 20% on my Nexus 4′s battery life. My average charge went from lasting 12-14 hours to over 16 on average use. At the end of a long day, this is especially noticeable.
One element I would like to see in a future update is the ability to see in more detail what the app has configured. There are some notifications regarding app behaviour but, for example, the Wi-Fi controls I noted cannot be identified unless you notice them. It would just be good to see what’s going on!
Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) – Tutorial
Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) – App refresh settings
Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) – Menu
Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) – Settings
Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) – Individual app settings
Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) – Benefit meter
Snapdragon BatteryGuru (Beta) – About
If you spend most days away from a charging point and rely on your battery lasting as long as possible, this is definitely an app to try. Even if not, it’s free, easy to set up and ultimately helps extend battery life. If you have a compatible phone, it’s a no-brainer that you should download it.
Ease of Use:
Really simple, as detailed above. Just click Get Started and the app will do the rest for you. Tip: you can get rid of the icon in the top notifications window by unchecking “Status icon” in the Settings menu.
The app runs consistently in the background once you start it up. You do not ever really interact with it much after that although there are settings to check out and a meter which tells you how efficiently the app is saving you battery.
The interface is nicely designed and, although there are only a few pages to view, it all looks very polished and well designed.
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