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Google Fit v1.55.44 Adds Run Mapping, Nutrition And Sleep Tracking, Audible Alerts, And Much More [APK Download + Teardown]

A very long-awaited update to Google Fit began rolling out earlier this week, but it seemed to focus almost entirely on improvements to the Wear micro-app while the main app was all but ignored. As it turns out, that was a mistake. A fresh update to the app started rolling out yesterday and it brings the rest of the features that were intended for this release – and what a list of features they are.

Note: Everything here was about to be part of a teardown, but the update stole that thunder.

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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Are You Satisfied With Your Phone's Battery Life?

This seems like an obvious question, but we're curious regardless: are you happy with your phone's battery life?

Battery life on Android seems to go through a never-ending topsy-turvy ride between "almost good enough" and "outright terrible" depending on the phone, the software, and the underlying version of the OS. There are so many phones running so much different software at many screen resolutions with many chipsets and battery sizes, and those variables are a constant source of debate and issue among Android enthusiasts.

I'm daily driving my Nexus 6 on the M Preview 2, and battery life is... not great.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] App Standby Forces Individual Unused Apps To Hibernate To Save Power

We've already talked about Doze in Android M a few times. That's a system-wide state that keeps your phone or tablet in deep sleep when it's not being used. App Standby is a distinct feature that works to keep individual unused apps from gobbling up power in the background. Depending on how many apps you install on your phone, this could be a bigger deal than Doze.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] This Is Exactly How Doze Reduces Battery Drain

Doze is one of the more interesting features of Android M, and also potentially huge for the platform. Google has said again and again that the new version of Android would improve battery life, but they might have actually done it this time. Doze puts apps into deep sleep when the device isn't in use to save power, and Google's developer docs explain exactly how this will work.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] The Low-Power Doze Mode Can Be Turned On And Off On A Per-App Basis

One of Google's big projects for Android M is battery optimization. It's doing this by implementing a new Doze mode that puts unneeded apps into an ultra low-power state that keeps them from doing too much in the background. While this should all work smoothly on its own, it turns out you can go into the settings and fiddle with things.

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Pixel OFF Turns Some Screen Pixels Black To Save Battery Power On Devices With AMOLED Screens

Have you ever wondered why the blacks on your Samsung phone look so, well, black? Ask your nearest videophile, and he or she will tell you that it's because AMOLED screens emit no light from pixels when they're assigned to draw the "black" color. It's black because the pixel is almost literally turned off. By the same token, an AMOLED pixel displaying black will also draw almost no electrical power. So AMOLED phones with black wallpapers or black-themed apps can, at least theoretically, boost their battery life significantly.

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That's the principle behind Pixel OFF, a new tool available in the Play Store.

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Dyson Invests $15 Million In Significantly Expanding The Battery Life Of Its Vacuums, And Possibly Also Phones

When we hear about smartphone advancements, usually it revolves around cramming more pixels onto our screens or beefing up our devices with even more powerful processors. Yet in this move to take everything mobile, where are the bigger batteries?

Dyson, the company that makes that cool-looking fan you picked up the other day, wants to help change things. The hand dryer-producer has invested $15 million in Sakti3, a Michigan-based company whose battery technology potentially has a higher energy density than the Lithium ion batteries powering our smartphones and Dyson's handheld vacuums.

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No, it doesn't run Android. Yes, it's still relevant.

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[Update: Deal Is Back] BLU Studio Energy 2, With A 5000mAh Battery, Is $130 On Amazon ($50 Off Retail)

If battery life is the most important factor of a new phone purchase, there's probably no better bang for the buck than the BLU Studio Energy 2, even at its normal price. Cameron gave it a decent recommendation in his hands-on post a couple of months ago. Shoppers who are in the market for a mid-range phone that lasts more or less forever can pick it up from Amazon with a significant discount. The phone's price dropped by $50, bringing the total down to an impressive $129.99.

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[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Battery Saver Now Turns The Status Bar And Nav Bar Bright Orange

Google introduced the power saving mode in the last developer preview, and it seems to work the same this time with one notable exception—orange. Lots of orange. When you activate power saver mode, your status bar and nav bar will turn orange and stay that way until you shut off power saver.

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Wear Battery Monitor Is (Obviously) A Battery Monitor App For Android Wear

Android Wear is naturally more limited than regular builds of Android, but some of the omissions just don't make sense. No battery monitor, Google? Really? Well, there's finally an app that fills in some of the gaps, and it's called Wear Battery Monitor. That's a descriptive, if predictable name.

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The app can be opened on the watch to get a battery percent graph over time with a maximum of 24 hours of data. The phone app can also be used to explore your battery performance, but it will only sync with the watch when you open it as a way to save power.

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