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OnePlus One Owner Reports That His Battery Exploded, Company May Have To Reevaluate Its #NeverSettle Policy [Update]

Update, 12:00 AM Eastern 8-26: OnePlus has contacted us with an official statement on "MiYzu's" case.

"We are very sorry to see one of our users had to experience this with their device as the safety of our customers is our first and foremost concern. We have already contacted MiYzu to learn more about his condition, as well as dispatched OnePlus staff to physically retrieve back the phone. This way, we can determine the circumstances surrounding this so that we may work to prevent this happening in the future.

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Laptop Mag Battery Test Shows T-Mobile Smartphones Have The Best Battery Life

The folks over at Laptop Mag have undertaken a test that really piques our interest. The results show that T-Mobile smartphones consistently get the best battery life among the big four US carriers. The difference isn't insignificant either. We're talking about a steady gap of up to three hours, depending on the phone.

In the chart below we see variation between the 2013 and 2014 versions of Samsung and HTC's flagships.

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[Deal Alert] Gorilla Gadgets 16,800mAh External Battery Pack With LED Screen $39.99 On Woot

The Gorilla Gadgets CHR-150 16,800mAh external battery pack is currently on sale for $39.99 on Woot. The site lists this as a savings of 71% ($100 off its original $139.99). This undercuts the price currently displayed on Amazon, where the battery goes for $69.99. This Woot deal, which will be over before the end of today, costs nearly half as much.

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Gorilla Gadgets' external battery comes with an LED screen that shows how much of a charge the pack has remaining.

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OnePlus One Gets OTA Software Update XNPH25R Fixing Slow Charging Issue

People who have received a OnePlus One through one means or another are now receiving an over-the-air software update that addresses a charging issue affecting the device. Sometimes the phone would think it's plugged into USB when it's actually plugged into AC power and, as a result, charge only half as fast, if not slower. The handset would display Charging (USB) instead of Charging (AC). This information is available in the Status screen under settings, which is visible at the top of the third screenshot below.

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Android "L" Spotlight: JobScheduler Conserves Battery Life By Letting Apps Know When To Run Background Tasks

Battery life on Android has been a bit of a sore spot for many users, mostly because it's simply not good enough. Most devices can make it a day on moderate use, and a few can even do so comfortably, very few phones can hit two days without some time on the charger. The Android "L" release is making several improvements to power efficiency via Project Volta, but there are also ways to improve 3rd-party apps, and that's where the new Job Scheduler comes in.

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Early Limited L Preview Release Battery Life Test By Ars Technica Shows Promising Results

At Google I/O last week, Google announced Project Volta, its effort to change and drastically improve how Android manages battery life. Since then the folks over at Ars Technica have downloaded the publicly available L developer preview build and put it through its paces. Is there a noticeable difference? Yes, apparently. They were able to get an an extra two hours of battery life out of their Nexus 5, an improvement of thirty-six percent.

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SkyRC NC2500 Is A AA/AAA NiMH Battery Charger That Talks To Your Phone To Show You Current Levels And Other Stats

On an Android blog like ours, you're accustomed to reading about the rechargeable lithium ion batteries crammed inside smartphones and the external battery packs that can pump juice back into them. Today we're shaking things up. The SkyRC NC2500 is the kind of accessory that can make keeping up with those AA/AAA NiMH batteries you may have lying in a drawer somewhere less tedious. Just pop your batteries in, install the Android app, and look at those charge levels go.

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[CES 2014] Huawei Ascend Mate II Is Official And Headed For The US: A Big Phone with A Huge Battery That Can Charge Other Devices

Huawei has been trying to break into the US market for years, but the current trend towards inexpensive, off-contract smartphones may be in their favor. That would explain why the company stated that it plans to bring the Ascend Mate II to American shores in its CES press conference. This big-screen, mid-range phone has a trick up its sleeve thanks to an oversized battery.

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Let's dive into the specs, shall we?

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Power Pillow Kickstarter Project Can Supply Battery Power Wherever You Choose To Lay Your Head

Think back to how annoying it was the last time you sat down on a couch without access to a power outlet. What about that chair situated in the awkward corner of the living room? College kids stuck on the top bunk - you know the feeling I'm talking about. We have these increasingly powerful Android devices without batteries large enough to hold a decent charge, and far too often having access to a power outlet is more important than aesthetics or comfort.

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[Deal Alert] EC Technology's New Portable Battery Pack Supposedly Has 22,400mAh Of Juice, Available On Amazon For $49.99

There are many times when it's just nice to have a portable backup battery around. For fifty bucks, you can typically snag a pack with a capacity anywhere between 10,000mAh to 15,000mAh, enough to recharge a modern high-end smartphone four or five times. Yet if EC Technology's new external battery pack available on Amazon is genuine, it offers a whopping 22,400mAh of power. That much juice could recharge a phone up to ten times, all for the same $49.99.

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