19
Feb
batteryguru

If there's one common issue with smartphones across the board, it's battery life. Rightfully so, we all want more of it without having to sacrifice usage. Thankfully, Qualcomm is looking to help owners of Snapdragon-powered smartphones get just a bit more out of their device's battery with the new Snapdragon BatteryGuru beta.

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In a nutshell, it monitors your usage, "learning" what you do with your device. It discovers where you connect to Wi-Fi, what apps you often use, when you sleep, and the like. From there, it automatically configures certain aspects of the device to optimize battery life, like disabling Wi-Fi when you're away from common hotspots, and re-enabling it when you're back in the area. Pretty neat. It also lets you manually configure when apps can run, but that's purely optional – the app is made to be mostly automated.

In a way, it slightly reminds me of the recently released Greenify app, which allows rooted users to "force" certain apps to sleep when they're not in use. I imagine BatteryGuru does something similar, except it doesn't require root to do its job.

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After installation and set up, BatteryGuru takes between two and four days to monitor your usage, and will notify you once it has begun optimizing your battery life. It all sounds great – it's yet to be seen whether or not it actually works, though. I've installed it on my Nexus 4, so we'll see what happens.

If you'd like to give it a shot for yourself, it's a free download in the Play Store (Note: for Snapdragon devices only!)

Thanks, Yusuf!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Dániel Breszkovics

    Country restrictions FTW... It would be awesome if someone uploaded the .apk or something.

    • YoHoJo
      • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Dániel Breszkovics

        Thank you, kind sir! Why do developers do this anyway? I never got it...

      • eXDee

        This only seems to give me a market:// link. Am I missing something? Can someone upload the APK with a direct link?

    • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

      FTW means for the win, for future references...

      • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Dániel Breszkovics

        Sarcasm.

        • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

          Forgive me, sarcasm doesn't go through the internet very well. I just gave my comment as advice, not a troll. (This is not sarcasm)

          • joshuaasantiago

            Is this response sarcasm? Hard to tell. If said right, this could be sarcastic...

      • bachinphx

        And here this whole time I thought it meant "Fut the Wuck!"

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    its like a lazy persons tasker. why figure the stuff out for yourself when you can just use this. lol. its a good idea. i really do think that though

  • http://www.facebook.com/observerbg Nikolay Chakrakchiev

    "Not compatible" with my Nexus 4, says Google Play...

    • itznfb

      I can install it on my Nexus 4. Why would you need to though with 4.2.2?

      • http://twitter.com/DenizOmer Deniz Omer

        why not?

        • itznfb

          Because N4 has incredible battery life especially with 4.2.2 and it's always better running unrestricted.

          • kofiaa

            You're joking right? I came from an S3 and the battery isn't amazing.

          • itznfb

            4+ hours of screen on time is pretty incredible for this size battery. With 4.2.2 I'm over 4.5 hours.

    • Claude

      It's a country restriction. You can click the [+] to see.

  • ArberBeq

    As a Canadian I am disappointed that they would put country restrictions on this app.

    • http://twitter.com/Benafide Benjamin Addo

      Exactly aren't we part of north america...?

      • https://www.facebook.com/MusicalWolf Todd Wolf

        Canadian user, I'm guessing? I'm going to see how well this runs with AOKP on a Sprint S3. At least someone gave a link to the apk.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

        You misspelled 'Murica

  • synikil

    I'll give it a shot.. I already started saving a bunch of battery life on my gs3 by installing startup manager and turning a bunch of crap off.

  • http://twitter.com/DforDesign DforDesign

    It needs gps to be turned on. Doesn't it such battery that this app saves?

    • lordmerovingian

      No, it doesn't.

  • Ben Baranovsky

    I'm eager to see if this works and how much battery it saves. Please update when you know more. Thanks!

  • zohan

    apk please

  • David
  • Kevin Faaborg

    Personally, this sounds like a great app and I would like more apps that work like this. I'm using a Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 so this app isn't compatible.

  • xs 4.2.2

    how it doesn't support xperia s, it's snapdragon, bit old but stil snapdragon, has anyone tryed it

  • itai_marom

    i installed it on nexus one seems to work

  • Matthew Fry

    :)

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I see no way this is going to be friendly to regular ROM flashers :) Of course, this app is probably not intended for them either, I'm sure they aren't as likely to need something like this.

  • Dmitry Chorine

    I can't install it on GNEX (toro) (((

    • Scott

      Nobody tell him why he can't install it.

      • DanSan

        lol his comment made my day..

  • Dmitry Lekhtuz

    How is it better than the free version of Juice Defender?

  • ELh

    How about padfone 2? Has Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait and still google play says not compatible

  • Paul

    The HP Touchpad has a Snapdragon processor in it right? I had put CM10 on my HP Touchpad but battery life suffered greatly no matter what I tried, so I dropped back down to C9. But I wonder if this app would help it even further.

  • DanSan

    btw it works on my gnex on verizon if you side load it.

    it installs, runs, and gets to learning mode and is now doing its thing. curious to see how much it does

    • DanSan

      screenshot shows all my phone info showings its a gnex and i pulled down the notification bar to show its running. no idea if it will work properly though

      • DanSan

        btw, anyone know what battery app is in the notification bar on these screenshots?

        • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

          Yeah it's "Battery Widget? Reborn!". You can get the beta from the Play Store.

  • Kevin Kohrman

    I ran it all day and got 14 hrs off my GS3. I usually use Juice Defender and get close to 18-19hrs. Im going to run it one more full day and see if it is better. It has never told me yet if it has saved battery life.

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