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One of, if not the most important aspect of choosing a new phone is its battery performance. Samsung is already a leader when it comes to Android devices packing enormous power and draining battery slowly but with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung has a few features to improve its battery life even more than its daddy the Galaxy S3. Some of these features are larger battery, new Broadcom chipset, and low power processor consumption.
The battery that has been mentioned to come with the Galaxy S4 is a much larger 2,600 mah battery over the S3′s previous 2,100 mah battery. With this increase in battery storage there is also mention of using a much more power efficient processor, the Exynos 5 Octa. This is a eight-core processor that uses four at a time choosing based on the actions requirements on the device. The most significant power saving comes with the new Broadcom chip that boasts having the “industry’s most advanced idle power consumption performance”. This Broadcom chip has been confirmed to be in Samsung’s supply chain and is the new Broadcom 4335 chip.
Assuming that all of these features are confirmed when Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 the device will easily have the best battery life of any mobile device on the market to date. With all of this you will likely see the Galaxy S4 outsell the S3 (not that Samsung needs an help). LEt us know what you think or maybe anything else you have heard about the S4 battery life and features that will help improve it via comments below.
If you have an HTC One X you already know that the battery cannot be removed and with this its one of the few HTC devices that can’t have an extended battery. Also this means that its 1800mAh battery is all you have to work with and is known for its less than good battery life. Battery life can be increased on the HTC One X by simply following a few rules and staying on top of some of the features that aren’t needed.
One of the most useful things to remember is closing the camera and video resources when not in use. This means not leaving YouTube running in the background and leaving your camera on when not taking pictures. Besides this though there are a few things you can do to be sure you get the most out of your HTC One X battery.
How to Increase Battery Life on the HTC One X:
- Control What Apps Are Syncing – One of the worst battery drains on not only the HTC One X but all Android devices is having many apps running in the background and constantly syncing. Be sure to regularly check apps running on the background for ones that aren’t being used and close them. You can disable certain apps through the network settings.
- Use Power Adapter and Not USB Charging – Any time you have a outlet available be sure to use the wall charger to charge your phone. The HTC One X seems to have almost 15% better charge when using a wall charger as opposed to the USB charger. This is mostly due to the fact that the USB provides a very slow trickle charge to the device instead of a strong constant heavy charge.
- Turn Off Display When Not In Use – The default setting on the HTC One X is to leave the screen on when not in use for one minute. If you set the HTC One X display timeout for 30 seconds or less it can significantly save battery life. You will notice if you look at battery usage in your settings that usually the display drains over half of the battery you use throughout a day. You can change the display timeout on the HTC One X under the display and gestures settings.
- Turn Off Bluetooth and Wifi When Not Used – Bluetooth and Wifi when on but not in use are constantly searching for connections and will cause heavy drain on your HTC One X’s battery. The easiest way to control these are with Wifi and Bluetooth widgets to easily turn it them off with a tap of the home screen. If you would rather not have the widgets you can turn both on and off from the settings.
- Switch to GSM When not Using Data – If your just using the phone on your HTC One X and aren’t going to need data for a while put your phone in GSM Only mode. By going to Settings -> Mobile Network -> Network Mode and selecting GSM Only mode you can save a great deal of battery, just remember to turn it back when you need it again.
Some of these may seem simple and you don’t think it could make that big of a difference but trust me simple things make a huge difference on Android devices. You of course can always check out what apps are using battery life the most when your phones battery is low and remove any apps that may not be needed that are sucking your HTC One X battery life dry.
Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer has officially announced its newest Android device the Huawei Honor to be released in Europe and Asia. This device is said to come with a super battery that will last 3 days.
Huawei Honor Features:
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1.4 GHz single-core processor
- 4 inch 854×480 display
- 16MB true color HD
- 4GB internal storage
- 512MB RAM
- 8 megapixels auto focus camera supporting HDR, with 2 megapixels front-facing camera
- 2G Network (operating band) GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- 3G Network (operating band) WCDMA/HSPA+ 900/AWS/2100
- Measures 10.9mm (0.43 inches) at its thinnest point and weighs around 140g (0.3 pounds)
- Support Class 10 GPRS and EDGE
- 3G HSPA+ DL 14.4 Mbps/UL 5.76 Mbps
- WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth V2.1 with A2DP
- 1900 mAh Battery
- Assisted GPS support
- FM radio
- Dual MIC, compass and gyroscope
- G-sensor, proximity sensor and light sensor
- Exclusive Huawei user-interface with a dynamic weather widget
- 160GB network capacity CloudDrive
- DLNA-certified enables sharing with other DLNA-certified devices
Huawei has stated that the Honor will be released in China, Russia and the Middle East by the end of the year.
Shenzhen, 26 September 2011: Huawei today officially unveiled the Huawei Honor, its latest Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread smartphone that features a 16M 16:9 true color high-definition (HD) 4-inch FWVGA capacitive touch screen. Powered by a 1,900 MAh battery, Honor frees consumers from the inconvenience of searching for an electricity source, allowing them to share and connect for up to three days1 on a single charge – the longest battery life among smartphones in the 4-inch screen range. With a 1.4 GHz processor, an 8-megapixel HDR2-enabled camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Honor is a powerhouse in a sleek 10.9 mm-thin body and weighs just 140g.
“Huawei Honor encapsulates the Huawei brand – it features simple-to-use, advanced technology that allows people to share and connect easily. Honor provides a package of features that elevates the smartphone user experience, including an ultra-long battery life, so critical to the performance of smartphones but yet is often downplayed,” said Victor Xu, chief marketing officer of Huawei Device. “Consumers now have a high-performing smartphone that lets them communicate, connect, entertain and share content for an extended period of time without compromising on looks, technology or style.”
Honor comes with an exclusive Huawei user interface which is easier to customize and manage, as well as a dynamic weather widget. Honor also features a Gyroscope which enables a better gaming experience. The smartphone is DLNA-certified which ensures interoperability with other DLNA-certified devices such as digital cameras, game consoles and TVs. This makes it easier for consumers to share their digital photos, music and videos between different DLNA-certified devices. The DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a non-profit organization with more than 250 member companies in the mobile, consumer electronics, PC, and service provider industries. According to ABI Research data, as of 2010, more than 440 million DLNA-certified devices have been installed in homes.
Honor will be commercially available in “Classic Black” in Asia-Pacific, China, Russia and the Middle East in Q4, 2011. Honor will be released in more colors closer to the Christmas holidays.
There are many things that may be cool on the Android OS that drain battery very fast. To improve your devices battery life you can do a few simple things that will go along way.
Steps to Improve battery life on Android Devices:
- While live wallpapers are fun and visually appealing they can be a serious drain on battery. Choosing a wallpaper that is static will decrease processor usage and memory so avoid using them if possible.
- Be sure that your screen timeout is set below 3 minutes if you can handle it. In most cases the display will be a serious draw of battery power.
- Turn off your cameras flash when not needed. The flash is generally not needed all the time when snapping pictures since most people don’t take pictures in the dark. If you don’t use the camera much then this may not matter, but for those of you that love taking pictures the flash will draw a lot of power.
- Turn off your GPS when not using Google Maps or other location based services. Having this pinging all the time is by far a huge battery sucker. Also when at home or anywhere else that has Wi-Fi use that instead of 3G.
- Vibrate uses battery more than needed. Turning this off will remove feedback you feel when typing but will improve battery life slightly. This isn’t going to be an important source of saved power but will help a bit.