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Screenshot - DU Battery Saver

It has been a while since I’ve hit a sweet spot in the configuration of app configurations & power settings of my LG Nexus 4 to stay alive for nearly 24 hours without a single recharge or at least a complete working day without a recharge. Smartphones are the key to all our interactions and communications. There is a mix of some obvious steps which I will address last and some really cool apps which helped me hit this configuration.

1. DU Battery Saver – App
screenshot du battery saver

This one takes care of majority of the hassle. It helps you set modes which you can switch to, like General or Sleep. You can also create your own custom modes. You can optimize based on the following:-

  • Screen BrightnessScreenshot - DU Battery Saver
  • Screen Timeout
  • Vibrate
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Mobile Data
  • Sync
  • Haptic Feedback

It helps you monitor the number of charges you have performed in a calendar format with a breakdown of Regular and Healthy charges. Charges are classified as healthy when the phone is charged from below 20% to above 75%.

One of the key instant features is the OPTIMIZE button, this magical button comes up with all of the following.

  • Saver Recommendations – Apps which are power consuming and are currently running
  • Paid Functions: Like Advance Saving / Automatic Cleaning
  • Manual Power Options which tinker around with Screen Brightness, Screen timeout, Sync settings etc. , and bring them to an optimum power saving level

On hitting OPTIMIZE, you have the App doing what it thinks is best for your phone like Shutting down application, switching off the Bluetooth and so on. It is a quick clutter free escape to an energy saving haven.

Head to the Play Store here to download the app and give it a try.

2. WiFi Power Saver App

Wifi Power Saver has a very reliable WIFI connection timeout policy controlled by a configurable number of minutes you can time it out. If the connection times out, it automatically switches off the WiFi. Also, when the WiFi has been switched off, it comes up with a notification. An optional tap on the notification switches back the WiFi if required. This is it, nothing more to say, this simply can work wonders for your power guzzling phone.

3. AutomateIt

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AutomateIt Rules

 

I was not satisfied with the above two solutions, and went on looking for something more complicated. I landed up with AutomateIt which is quite a handy app to automate majority of your daily mundane tasks.

It is based on a very simple concept

  • Trigger
  • Action
  • Rule

Example : I would like to see my WiFi come on automatically if I am looking at the turned on screen. The recipe may sound complicated, but it is very easy with all the self explanatory icons available .

  • Trigger : Device Screen is turned on
  • Action : Set Wi-Fi Adapter to Wi-Fi Enabled

Coming to the power saving bit, one of the key recipes would be as follows :

automateIT(Obviously when you knock off to bed at night, you rather not be disturbed or it is certainly not a time you would like to use the WiFi, why not turn it off)

  • Trigger : Triggers on 00:00, every day
  • Action : Set Wi-Fi adapter status to Wi-Fi Enabled

Similarly you can switch back on in the morning at 06:00. There are plenty of other such rules available in the rules market which can be downloaded from the Rules Market. Enjoy all of them.

 

This has extended by battery life by a nearly a couple of hours. Enjoy the difference ! Please do not forget to share your suggestions and ideas.

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Easy Battery Saver is a convenient solution to your Battery woes and it really works. It handles all the fine tuning for you but at the expense of a little luxury. Easy Battery Saver conveniently sits in your notifications to begin with and displays the Mode it is operating in and the extent to which Battery life is extended. A quick four square indicator in the notification shows whether WiFi, GPRS, Sync and Bluetooth. On starting the app you can view the charge process which is currently taking place, incase you are charging your phone. The process is divided into Fast Charge, Continuous Charge and Trickle Charge. Following which we all will get to see the Remaining battery capacity.Remaining battery capacity is shown in terms of  Talk Time, Web Surfing, Video Playback & Audio Playback hours.

There are are 5 modes in which the App works, Normal Mode :which won’t do any battery optimization. General Mode : takes control of your Wifi and screen control, as well enforces a Sleep Schedule.

Intelligent Saving Mode, is a very tough mode and you may find it very irritating as it is very stringent. It has the eight different controls and works cautiously to save battery.

Super Power Saving Mode,  will simply knock off everything and ensure your phone runs for the longest possible time. You may just reduced to phone calls and messages. It is more or less the desperate mode.

Advanced Customized Mode, is purely at your discretion, you can purely make your own mix of settings and give priorities to the operations on the phone which you frequently need. Certainly a mode I prefer. Following are the classification of settings :

General

Network

Screen

Schedule

The app also provides a handy Consumption Tracker, showing exactly where your juice is getting drained.

Our take : Overall it is a quality app, which certainly is a must as your battery begins aging.

Stars : 4 1/2 out 5

Google Play : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.easy.battery.saver&hl=en

Developer Website : http://www.2easydroid.com/products/easy-battery-saver/

 


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Majority of our Android Phones are heavy drinkers of power. And we often end up charging our phones more than once a day.

Now here is a solution which will save power and extend battery life.Easy Battery Saver is a powerful yet easy to use power manager app specifically designed to extend battery life and optimize using habit. Besides which it will be great if you use these tips which handling your phone

Tips for saving Battery

Battery life will gradually decay with the use, adjusting system settings, keeping a good using habit can help extend battery life.

Fully Cycle Charge

To maintain the efficacy of battery, we suggest you to fully recharge the battery once a month (charging the battery from less than 20% to full). You need to recharge your battery directly to 100% with no pause.

Suitable Temperature

0 to 45 degrees is suitable for battery charging, too high or low temperatures do harm to batteries. Always keep your device out of direct sun and high temperature areas.

Breathe Freely

Remember to take off the cell phone cover when charging, or it will generate heat, which is  bad for battery life.

Disable Wi-Fi

Although it is convenient and free, WI-FI needs much more power than 3G network.

Mobile Data

3G, 4G networks consume much more power than 2G network. If it’s unecessary, we suggest you open only 2G Network

Disable Auto Sync

As background data, Auto Sync is used for Google’s real-time synchronization, such as Gmail, Google contacts, etc. If you don’t need these functions, we suggest you to cancel Auto Sync.

Disable Bluetooth

And WI-FI, Bluetooth also consume a lot of power. If you don’t often use Bluetooth headset, it is suggested to switch off Bluetooth.

Short Screen Time Out

Reducing screen timeout can help save battery power. If it’s unnecessary, we suggest you to make it 1 minute or shorter.

Adjust Brightness

The screen brightness consume vast power, lower brightness can keep the battery longer use and still provide a good running.

Disable Apps in Background

Apps in background may consume battery either, please ensure that no application is running in background.

Disable Auto System Update

Many Android apps provide auto update which requires much power. If you are willing to sacrifice a bit of timeliness,increasing the app auto-update time interval will save a lot of power.

Close Mobile Vibration

Except in very noisy environment or meetings such extreme conditions vibration alert is not necessary which will consume amount of power still.

One application which will handle all this for you is Easy Battery Saver. Go ahead and enjoy longer battery life !

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AndroidEveryone is perpetually looking to increase their internal memory, especially if you are stuck in a mid range Android Phone with low internal memory like around 200 MB. Now here is a trick for you to give you some breathing space.

This trick will move your Dump Files to SD Card, and this is specifically meant for Samsung Phones.

Dial *#9900#

Select “Copy to SD

Ensure that you select on “Copy to SD”, as the implication of selecting other options is not evaluated.

What are these files ?

These files are logs and error reports, and running this command will not delete them , but just move them out of your internal memory.

Depending on from how much time you have been using your phone & how many apps you have installed/reinstalled, your cleared memory may vary from 5-10 MB.

 

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M-Indicator

M-indicator
Well if your new to the city or you are part of Mumbai since, you will always find it the necessary to find out the local BEST bus transport numbers, routes, rickshaw fare, train timings. The is a very good chance of getting fleeced with night rickshaw fares and day fares. I consider this app a must have, if you are a regular traveler in Mumbai.

Download this app from Android Market

Well here is your solution to all your local problems. Lets have a look at its features,

Looking for a local train in Mumbai

Example:

You are at Andheri. You want to reach Dadar. Dadar is in the up direction from Andheri.

  1. Select route as western.
  2. Select direction as Churchgate.
  3. Select Andheri as your current position.
  4. List of all the trains going towards Churchgate would be listed from the current time onwards.
  5. Select the train you want to go by.
  6. The timings for the selected train from Andheri to the destination will be shown.

To receive information alerts of Sunday Mega Block information and new features and updates of m-Indicator through SMS by Google SMS Channel

-Settings-> Subscribe free alerts.

Finding BEST routes

  • BEST Routes->
  • Source and destination->
  • Source->Type, search & select desired stop
  • Destination -> select stop
  • Select Menu->Find
  • Get list of bus no.s
  • Select Bus no. to see its route

Indian Railways PNR status

  • Enter 10 digit PNR -> Ok-> Allow SMS to send to Google.It has tie up with Indian Railways(This is normal SMS)
  • You will receive SMS from Google

Mumbai Auto & Taxi fare

  • Type, search & select meter reading
  • Get Day & mid night fare.

Download this app from Android Market

 

Vital Stats
Size 433 KB

Stars 4 .6 / 5

Ratings 842

My Speak

This is a must have in the city of Mumbai, must have while travelling, works fantastically, and the SMS’s during Mega blocks on Sunday’s is really helpful as this information is rarely available.

Download this app from Android Market

 

 

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Google has maintained it’s tradition of empowering the individual with phenomenal solutions and applications. And most importantly there was no price tag attached. This made things just viral. That is why we see and Google anywhere and everywhere. Google has come of age, especially in the Mobile Market. To the precise word I am approaching “Mobile Market”. Well this market is set to expand.

What constitutes an ordinary person’s passion or hobby is books, movies, music and games, applications and videos. Well what if you have all this unlimited, yes of course for a reasonable cost, it would certainly be remarkable.

Well, I am talking about the all new Videos app from Android Market, from where you will be able to rent thousands of movies unlimited starting at $1.99. The hassle of downloading or syncing or storage space has been completely eliminated in this solution.


All you go to do is sign into Android Market into your Google account and you can lock horns with your favorite movie on your phone, tablet just anywhere and enjoy it instantly. Books are also following suit which can be rented and then accessed across all devices. Everything will be linked to your Google account, so your purchases are instantly available across all of your devices. Devices include computers, phones, or tablets.

Getting back to the enhancements, you will be exposed to more top charts and more relevant items; you will have things like Staff picks and Editor’s choice. This makes the entire experience more approachable and interactive and increases the chances of you finding yourself what is right for you.

All in all, the new market is faster, easier, and more fun to discover the stuff you need. The new Android Market will be released for Android 2.2 and higher phones around the world. The update is automatic on supported phones. If you’re in the U.S., you’ll also be able to download the Videos app, rent movies, and buy books once you receive the new Android Market. You can have a look at the entire procedure here

In the words of Google – “Your phone is about to get a lot more interesting!”

 

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A File Manager is an essential piece of software for any phone. If you have tons of files lying around on your card and have trouble managing them, get a good file manager. Besides organising your files, most managers out there provide a heap of additional functionality. Read below as we pick out the  best Android File Managers for you.