Google has implemented some battery saving technologies in Android 6.0, and OEMs will have to use them. That's great, but what about tracking your battery usage? Some device makers are famous for obscuring or completely removing certain stats (eg. HTC doesn't display screen-on time). That won't be allowed in Android 6.0, according to the Marshmallow Compatibility Definition Document (CDD). Read More
If you're looking to add a little old-school convergence to your mobile accessories, you might want to check out Best Buy's deal portal this weekend. The JBL Charge 2, a high-quality portable Bluetooth speaker that can also charge your phone or tablet, is on sale for a significant discount. The speaker costs $149.99 at retail, but you can grab it for just $79.99 today with free shipping.
This is a new unit, not refurbished, and it's available in black, white/grey, blue, red, and purple. Read More
Marshmallow's first developer preview may have been released several months ago, but we're still discovering lots of little new enhancements and features. In Android 6.0, the battery history chart now displays separate bars for both camera and flashlight usage, in addition to the usual bars for things like GPS and WiFi. If you don't see them yet, it's likely because you haven't used either since you last charged your device, which is the default behavior for almost every other bar in the chart.
Hey, you! Did you know there's a gigantic ball of burning plasma in the sky that's literally giving away free energy right this second? It's true, there is! Unless it's night time where you live. Then you have to wait for free energy. Unless you have the foresight to store it away during the day with, say, a big honkin' battery. A battery not unlike these huge portable ones from ZeroLemon, those folks who make improbably huge battery replacements for every Samsung and LG phone. They're on sale today over at Newegg.
So the basic gist of these batteries is that you leave them out in the sun to charge up, then charge your phone/tablet/portable can opener with the free power. Read More
You can never have too much battery power. Actually that's not true - strapping a Duralast to your back via some kind of shoulder rig so that you can play Crossy Road for 200 hours straight might be considered overkill. But any external battery that you can shove in your pocket for a long day of travel is a good one. If you're in the market, an Amazon vendor is offering a 16000mAh model (big enough for 4-5 charges of a current flagship) for just $23.99.
You'll need to use a coupon to get this discount (which also means that it's probably limited to the US version of Amazon). Read More
ASUS is riding high on ZenFone Fever, and at an event in India called - wait for it - Zenfestival, the company announced a slew of new ZenFone models. ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone Selfie, and ZenFone Max. Well, actually, only one of them was new - the ZenFone Max. The Laser, Deluxe, and Selfie were all announced previously, but the Max is the only really interesting one anyway (it even has a laser, don't worry).
The ZenFone Max is clearly targeted at emerging markets, blending an extremely large 5000mAh battery (how thick is this phone?) with a much more modest Snapdragon 410 processor, compared to the speedy if power-hungry Intel Atoms in the standard ZenFone 2. Read More
The Moto X Style isn't the only new flagship that Motorola revealed at its press conference this morning. The new Moto X Play is basically a "Maxx" version of the phone, with a smaller 1080p screen, but a gigantic 3630mAh battery (plus Turbo charging) for what Motorola calls "48 hours of mixed use." The price will reflect the slightly lower specs, since Motorola claims that this phone will be "$300-400 cheaper" than flagship phones from the competition. Read More
KMASHI's 10000mAh external battery charger is slim enough that you can carry it around in your pocket and charge your phone at the same time, as long as you aren't bothered by the prospect of walking around with a little bulge. Last month we saw it available on Amazon for $9.50 after a coupon code. Now it's back, and by entering JAK3JCUV at checkout, you can get it for $9.40 instead.
Yeah, a 10 cents difference isn't all that much. But keep in mind, we're talking about getting an external battery pack for under $10 bucks. Even if you don't need something slim, this is still a cheap way to recharge a modern smartphone three or four times before having to return to an outlet. Read More