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If you’re experiencing poor battery life on your Galaxy S6, try updating this app

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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You’ve had your brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 for a few days now, so how are you liking the battery life? We know Samsung upset a ton of consumers when it decided to make the batteries in its newest two flagships non-removable, and it sure doesn’t help that both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge only offer up average battery life. If you’ve been experiencing battery woes on your new handset, Samsung may have done something to help fix it.

Our thoughts on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

If you own a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge or a number of other recent Samsung devices, head on over to the Google Play Store and select the My apps menu. There should be an update available for an application called “Samsung Push Service”. If you have an update available, you’re going to want to install it. According to the changelog, Samsung has “applied patches to reduce data usage and power consumption”, as well as added in a few bug fixes.

We’re not entirely sure that updating this app will be the saving grace for the S6’s battery life, but it’s definitely worth a try. Once you download the update, be sure to let us know in the comment section if you experience any less battery drain than before.

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Samsung Aims to Improve Galaxy S6 Battery Life in Latest Update

Posted by Kellex April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

How has your battery life been on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge? As you know, we considered each to have “average” battery life at best in our review. I don’t think we are alone in describing it as that either. And while a number of you are reporting better-than-average battery life, we are still holding out hope that Samsung can do something to improve the entire situation. Today, in an update, they are attempting to do just that. 

If you own the phone, feel free to jump into your Google Play store and check for updates to apps. You should see one for Samsung Push Service. You do, right? Update it. Now.

According to the changelog, the update not only brings a patch to reduce data usage, but it aims to reduce power consumption as well.

Do we know if a tweak there will be enough to drastically or at least recognizably alter battery life for the better? Tough to say without some further testing, which is what we are about to do.

Let us know if you see any improvements on your end.

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Note:  This is rolling out to almost all Samsung devices, not just the Galaxy S6.

Samsung Aims to Improve Galaxy S6 Battery Life in Latest Update is a post from: Droid Life

Here’s how much a battery replacement for the Galaxy S6 will set you back

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Earlier today, Samsung announced that a replacement battery for the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will cost $45. Whilst that may seem a little on the cheap side, customers will also have to cover the cost of shipping, which is currently unknown, but not likely to be inexpensive seeing as you’ll have to pay to have the value of your handset protected by insurance, too.

According to a Samsung spokesperson, “the Galaxy S6 battery has a one-year warranty. If its maximum capacity drops below 80 percent of its initial level during that year, your replacement is free (although you still have to pay for the shipping.)”

The replacement will take one business day from the date the company receives your device. However, if you’re situated in Los Angeles or Plano, Texas, and don’t feel like waiting, you can head over to a Samsung walk-in repair centre where they’ll swap the battery while you wait.

Source: PC Mag

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G Flex outranks Galaxy S5, iPhone 5s in battery longevity survey

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Phone manufacturers have to make a clear choice when they design devices. They can add a little more capacity to the battery, or they can shave off an extra millimeter or two from the phone’s thickness. Sadly, millimeters trump milliampere-hours in most cases. Coupled with the rise of power-thirsty high-definition displays, that has made battery life an area of the user experience that has stagnated or even regressed over the years.

More than that, battery life actually worsens over time, due to the inherent decay of the cathode inside. But how bad is this decay? Consumer Council, a consumer watchdog based in Hong Kong, teamed up with the International Consumer Research and Testing (ICRT) to find out.

The research group tried to replicate the effect that two years of typical charge-discharge cycles would have on the battery life of eight smartphones. To do so, researchers assumed an average of 365 charges (once every two days) and ran standardized benchmarks on the devices until battery life hit 20 percent. After that, the devices were recharged and the cycle repeated.

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The researchers then compared the battery life achieved when the battery was new to the battery life after a simulated two years of use.

ICRT found that there are substantial differences between the best (smallest drop) and the worst (largest drop) performing batteries. LG’s G Flex ranked first, with a drop of just 3% – from 8h:40m to 8h:23m. Nokia‘s Lumia 1020 fared worst, with a massive 20% drop, from 8h:10m to 6h:32m.

Consumer Council revealed the results for two other high-profile devices: the Galaxy S5 went from 9h:31m to 8h:22m (about 12% drop) and the iPhone 5s went from 5h:50m to 5h:03m (13.5% drop). Unfortunately, the results for the other four phones that were tested have not been revealed, though Consumer Council said that only the Lumia 1020 was worse than 15%.

It’s important to note that the actual decay of battery performance in time may be influenced by factors such as operating temperature or the user’s habits (e.g.: short charging sessions vs all-night charging).

With most phone makers now opting for non-user replaceable batteries, the longevity of batteries is increasingly important. The good news is a well-functioning device should not lose more than 15% of its capacity over a two-year period.

If the battery decays faster than that, you may be entitled to a replacement, depending on the warranty policy of your manufacturer. Just today, we reported that Samsung will replace the battery inside the Galaxy S6 for free if the battery loses more than 20% of its capacity within a year. After that, replacing the battery will cost you $45+shipping. Other manufacturers offer six months of warranty for their batteries, though the warranty of the device may be longer.

What’s your experience with battery decay over time?

Here’s how much it costs to replace the battery and screen on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off
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Let’s reflect on the battery issue… how much will it cost?

Samsung’s pair of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones have a lot of things going for them: a new design, premium build, a QHD SAMOLED display, brand new flash storage, great cameras… the list goes on and on. One thing that long time Galaxy fans will be quick to point out, however, is the non-removable battery. In the effort to make the phones as thin as possible, and keep design aesthetics in tow, a unibody make was selected. With all reports indicating the flagship is mighty hard to disassemble, it leaves some hardcore users wincing at the thought of the device not lasting them past the evening.

Thanks to a spokesperson at Samsung, we now have a better idea of just what kind of situation the daunting “battery replacement” crisis will entail: for the first year, the battery is covered under warranty and a free replacement will be offered should the capacity fall under 80% of the initial starting point. Shipping is not included, although Samsung neglected to specify just how much said courier fee would cost. After the warranty period ends, a new battery will cost $45 plus shipping.

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Suffice to say this isn’t for the faint at heart, or short of patience.

It is not currently known just how Samsung would deal with the battery issue: in the past there have been reports of OEMs opting to provide refurbished devices with new batteries when the swap method isn’t so simple. Given how difficult it is to open the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, perhaps this method would be used. On the other hand, perhaps Samsung will indeed just replace the battery on your unit. Regardless, it’s essential to back up the data and all contents within prior to sending the phone away for servicing.

It was also revealed that it will cost $199 to get a screen replacement for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with a one-day turnaround.

For those living in either Los Angeles, California or Plano, Texas (like one intrepid tech-compatriot does), you can actually take your device to a repair center there for same-day fixing. Samsung has plans to open more facilities in additional cities in the US as time progresses. This plan might also indicate that upcoming devices could use the same sealed-in battery element as opening additional facilities just for the pair of S6 phones would be quite costly even if they are very popular

Duracell Power Ring – nice try but we’ll wait for the real thing

Posted by Tom April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Wireless charging is a long-feted saviour of mobile device usage but it’s not quite reached its shining moment, and the Duracell Power Ring charger shows just how far off the mark some companies can be.

To use the Power Ring, a dongle needs to be plugged into a smartphone or tablet and then both pieces need to be placed onto the charging unit.

A far cry from the wonders we imagine wireless charging will deliver when it becomes common technology, the Duracell Power Ring isn’t an essential step forward.

Each unit costs $53.98 from the Duracell site.

Via gizmodo

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge looks cool with Mophie Juice Pack

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Mophie has been one of the cooler brands to go to if you wanted your phone to have a protective casing and extra battery power on the go. Now we’re looking at a quirky-shaped phone like Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge – which doesn’t have normal edges, of course – and see how it would look like with Mophie’s newly-designed Juice Packs especially for Samsung’s edgy flagship alternative.

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Lest you think less of the impressive Galaxy S6 Edge, there have been no reports (so far) of battery troubles and lack in this model yet. Seems like the internal, non-replaceable 2,600mAh (read: hard to get at) battery seems to do the job. But it’s always good to have some extra juice up your sleeve, eh? Enter Mophie’s new Juice Pack.

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Like the models that came before it, this one promises an additional 3,300mAh (that’s more than twice) of power for your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. This might not be something you really need, but it just gives you confidence of not running out of power through the day. Hey, you already have 2,600mAh internally. Who doesn’t want additional battery power?

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And if it comes in a cool package like this, you gotta sign us up. You can purchase the case-slash-extra battery through Mophie online, and it will set you back USD$99.95. Would you get one at that price? We sure are tempted.

VIA: SlashGear

Morphie Space Pack case expands range to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Mini

Posted by Tom April - 13 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Ask any iPhone user what they want from their phone and the answer will always be better battery life. If they want two more wishes they’ll be more space and a safe case.

That’s why the Morphie Space Pack case for the iPhone 5/5S did well – it packs in an external battery and extra storage, all while keeping iPhones from shattering.

The Morphie Space Pack is now available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the iPad Mini.

They are available to pre-order before their release date in May and come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB options. Prices vary.

Via geeky-gadgets

Google enters battery race, looks to improve current tech

Posted by wicked April - 13 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Looks like everybody who’s everybody in the mobile device industry is looking at better, badder, more kick-butt batteries – that is, without the hyperbole, a battery that will last longer and will fit into smaller spaces than the current lithium-ion standard. Google is the latest name to get into the game of who will produce what is considered the “holy grail” right now in mobile devices – a longer lasting, thinner, and probably flexible battery.

Google’s team for this venture is still small, but it is led by former Apple Inc. battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj. His team of four research people is looking at the batteries needed by current Google technology – Dr. Bhardwaj has come up with at least 20 battery-dependent Google projects. Some people say that this team is too small to make grand leaps in battery tech, but obviously, we will all have to wait and see what they come up with.

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It seems that the current plan of the team is to improve the current standard lithium-ion technology and maybe incorporate the better and emerging solid state battery technology. There is no other word beyond that on any kind of progress. In their defense, the emerging technology for batteries today – solid state, thin film, flexible batteries – while promising, still have question marks when it comes to mass production.

This is why we still have no giant leap for batteries when it seems that mobile devices today are badly needing one. What people have come up with – like faster charging times – are all interim solutions. Let’s hope Google’s team can bring the technology forward.

VIA: The Wall Street Journal

WSJ: Google has a small research team working on future battery technology

Posted by wicked April - 11 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal earlier today, Google has a group of researchers working on future battery technology for use in its upcoming devices. The team of four reportedly got together in late 2012, with former Apple battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj at the helm.

The publication states that the team “first started testing batteries developed by other companies for use in Google devices, but about a year later expanded to plan battery technologies that Google might develop.”

Now it seems that the team are “trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices, such as Glass and Google’s glucose-measuring contact lens.”

It comes as no surprise that Google is working hard to try and make a breakthrough with future battery technology. After all, its the Nexus range of smartphones and tablets that’s often slated in the media for having very poor battery life.

If you’d like to read the full report — hit the source link below.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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