battery life Stories June 23, 2016

Nextbit’s marquee feature for the Robin intelligently manages storage by backing it up to the cloud for easy access and restore. Now a new version of Nextbit OS launching in Q4 hopes to deliver significantly longer battery life through similar intelligence too.

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battery life Stories September 15, 2015

The battle of mobile platforms never ends, and the discussion can definitely get annoying at a certain point. But with each and every innovation that Apple, Google, Samsung, LG, and others bring to the table every year, there’s always something new to consider. Today, we saw the introduction of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, and — of course — the first thing that came to mind was this question: “What does this mean for the iPhone?” In this case, it’s a pretty hilarious comparison. When it comes to battery life and charging speed, Android is — no question about it — in the lead… expand full story

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battery life Stories June 24, 2015

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[Update: The company now has a blog post up about the new channel. It adds that they’ve also made some new actions for the general Android Device Channel including one to mute your phone when you plug it in and one to get directions to work every weekday morning (weird), to name just two. The company’s Do series of apps (collection here) have received some small updates including unlimited action buttons and floating buttons that follow you everywhere on your phone, like Facebook’s floating chat heads.]

IFTTT stands for “If this, then that” and is a popular service for automating your digital life and stitching together all the disparate, disconnected apps and services you may use on a daily basis. Now the company has released a bunch of new native Android actions that will automate the management and preservation of your device’s battery life.

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battery life Stories June 8, 2015

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One of the major improvements found in Android M and highlighted during Google’s I/O developer conference was two new features meant to significantly increase standby times of smartphones running the OS over previous versions, and now we have some more numbers that should make the differences concrete.

For the uninitiated, the two new features meant to tackle battery life are Doze and App Standby. Doze uses what Google calls “significant” motion detection to determine when a device has been left unattended for an extended period of time, and when it does find that your device is idle, backs off background activity (like apps syncing data) to go into a deeper state of sleep and drink less power in standby.

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battery life Stories June 4, 2015

Google has been working with Adobe to improve battery life drain caused by Flash and today flipped the switch on a new Chrome feature that does exactly that. The new feature aims to detect Flash on a webpage that is actually important to the main content and “intelligently pause content” that isn’t as important. The result is to hopefully make the web experience with Flash more power efficient to improve battery life on your laptop. Here’s how it works: expand full story

battery life Stories May 13, 2015

Following rumors that ASUS could look to release a non-Android Wear device and reports of delays for its next-generation smartwatch, today the company confirmed that the new Asus ZenWatch will arrive early in Q3 and will indeed be running Android.

The news comes from the focustaiwan.tw news channel, which reports the company’s CEO confirmed plans are still on track for the next-gen Asus ZenWatch powered by Android Wear: expand full story

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