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Battery life is perhaps the biggest issue a modern smartphone user faces. Gone are the days where you could go without charging your phone for days at a stretch. These days, especially with modern Android smartphones dominating the market, you probably need to lug around a charger or a microUSB cable as a bare minimum. If not that then, perhaps, you carry a battery pack or have a battery case, which adds more juice to your phone's feeble longevity. Of course, if you do not want to do all this then there are some tips that you can follow, which will ensure that your phone at least lasts through the day. Read on.
1. Turn your location settings off. With location settings off, your phone's GPS is always trying to lock-in on your position and obviously, this consumes a lot of power. Often the location sharing is on automatically, so on an Android phone you have to dive into the setting menu to turn it off.
2. Lower the brightness levels of your phone. The brighter the screen, the more battery it consumes. The bright screen may look nice, but it will consume more power. Ideally, you should configure your automatic brightness levels in such a way that the content is legible for most scenarios, but it is not overly bright.
3. Switch off unused apps. On an Android phone, if you keep switching between multiple apps like the camera, the app remains turned on in the background. All these apps will consume more power and hence drain the battery life of your phone. In the case of the camera, it could even keep drawing information from the GPS, which could make it an even bigger hog.
4. Be on the lookout for data hogs. In the settings menu, you should always keep a tab on apps or processes that consume a lot of battery and data. Even if the app does not consume a lot of battery chances are, it is making full use of the 3G network your phone is connected to, which in turn cause the battery to drain faster. The Facebook app and Google Now are good examples, as they will pull location information. Turn them off if you want to save on your battery.
5. Always switch to a Wi-Fi network when possible. On many phones, this happens automatically, but in the case it does not happen, you should make it a point to switch to a Wi-Fi network as it uses battery to a lesser degree.
6. Switch to 2G by going into the mobile network settings. If you do not use data and primarily use the phone for calls and messages, staying on a 2G network will be of greater benefit. Chances are you will also get better network performance, as lesser people will be using 2G network so the network will be less clogged.
7. If you happen to use a phone that uses a Qualcomm processor, then you can download the Qualcomm Battery Guru app for Android. The app will analyze your usage and will optimse the settings of the phone. When used with the Qualcomm Glance lockscreen app, battery is enhanced even more. However, it is likely; the Glance app will not be everyone's cup of tea.
8. Always set your display to sleep after 15 seconds. Often you may not be using the phone the display will be lit up and it will consume even more battery.
9. If you use a high-end phone like a Sony Xperia Z3, a HTC One M8 or a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, then use the inbuilt software based battery enhancement modes. These battery savers are often optimised in a particular way for the phone in question and greatly improve the battery life. In fact, even when the phone is running out of battery, certain functions of the phone are disabled so that the phone can be usable for phone calls and messaging for a long time.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab Active, its tablet offering for the enterprise market, will be headed to India soon. At the annual Samsung Forum event in Thailand on Monday, the company revealed a suggested retail price of around Rs. 52,000, without confirming the exact price and availability details. The company said the device will initially be available only via authorised B2B solutions partners.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active is dust and water-resistant with IP67 certification, and comes with an anti-shock covering, which according to Samsung, can withstand a 1.2 metre drop with the protective cover on.Initially announced last year, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features an 8-inch WXGA (1280x800 pixels) TFT LCD display. It packs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM.
The tablet boasts of a 3.1-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The 16GB built-in storage on Galaxy Tab Active can be expanded via microSD card (up to 64GB).
Connectivity options on the Galaxy Tab Active include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Glonass, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. Samsung says that the 4450mAh battery is user-replaceable. The device measures at 126.2x213.1x9.75mm and weighs 393 grams.
Samsung Galaxy Active's rugged cover comes with a slot to tuck in the S-Pen stylus, aimed at providing an alternate input method to professionals.
The Galaxy Tab Active will come in the Titanium Green colour and in two variants - Wi-Fi and LTE. Samsung is also offering its Knox security feature, along with optional three years extended warranty.
Disclosure: Samsung sponsored the correspondent's flights and hotel for the event in Bangkok.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The inaugural Mozilla Firefox OS smartphone launched in India on Monday and it only costs $33. Dubbed the Cloud FX, the device is the result of a partnership between Mozilla and handset company Intex Technologies.
Mozilla announced at this year's Mobile Asia Expo that it was bringing the Cloud FX to Indian and Indonesian markets. However, the introduction of cheaper smartphones to India was first teased at the Mobile World Congress in February.
"With the launch of Intex Cloud FX, we aim to enable the masses to get smartphone experience at the cost of a feature phone," Intex director of marketing Keshav Bensal said in a statement Monday.
The cost-effective model is intended to help accelerate India's already-rapid rise to the top of the global smartphone market. India now has the the third-highest number of smartphone sales on the planet, according to a 2013 Canalys report, trailing only behind the U.S. and China.
Mozilla isn't the only company interested in tapping the lower-end of India's smartphone market. At Google I/O, Google announced its Android One program that promises to bring a 4.5-inch screen, dual-SIM, FM-radio enabled Android device to India for less than $100.
"The positive consumer feedback from other markets tells us that people like the unique user experience and openness we’re building with Firefox OS," Mozilla president Li Gong said in a statement. "Firefox OS smartphones in the ultra-low-cost category will redefine the entry-level smartphone and create strong momentum in Asia."
The phone packs a 4GB memory capacity and Bluetooth. It also supports Hindi and Tamil, two commonly spoken languages in India. It is available exclusively on SnapDeal.com.
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