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I/O Summary: How Android M Handles Power And Charging

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


In the spirit of improving the core Android experience, Google is changing Android M to be smarter about managing power. Their new Doze feature comprises of two primary roles which allow Android to use motion detection in order to predict activity, and go into deep sleep at the right time based on accelerometer readings.


In order to extend your screen off battery life, Android M will now monitor your activity levels and if it detects that your device has not moved in a while will start to “doze”, this means that the device will then wait longer to wake up for scheduled repeating events, whilst not affecting GCM and alarms. When your device is moved, used or plugged in the device will wake up and normal usage will resume.

The second power saving method they have implemented is app-standby whereby if an app is not used for a significant length of time the app will be put into a lower powered state and lose network access until it is used again or your device is plugged in, rather optimistically the length of time they stated during the “What’s new in Android” talk before apps enter standby was measured in days.



They are happy to say that devices running M can last up to two times longer on standby than those running Lollipop. It is important to note that Doze only benefits phones that remain motionless. USB Type C will bring faster charging (according to Google, anywhere from 3 to 5 times as much). And they are, of course flippable and reversible. You can also use your device to charge whatever is plugged in as well.


Hopefully this will see a large increase in the battery life of devices with less screen on time and could have huge ramifications for battery life in tablets which may see much less time being carried around than phones whilst remaining on.
What do you think to the new Doze feature? Leave a comment below!

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Xiaomi Mi store opens its virtual doors June 1

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

There is no shortage of accessories for Android devices on the market today. There are hoards of places where you can buy things like headphones, ear buds, external batteries, and other products to make your smartphone more enjoyable. If you are in the US, UK, France, or Germany you will soon have a new online location where you can get accessories.

The Xiaomi Mi Store is set to open on June 1 at 7pm PDT in the US or June 2 at 1pm CEST in Europe. The online store offers direct sales of Mi branded accessories, and some of them look to be interesting and priced very competitively.

The web store is live right now, but all products are listed as out of stock. You can get a 10400 mAh Mi Power Bank external battery for $13.99. That battery includes a LG/Samsung li-ion cells inside and ships with the charging cable for microUSB devices.

A fancy set of Mi Headphones with retro looking black and gold style sells for $79.99. Those headphones have 50mm diaphragms and 32-ohm low impedance and are aimed at mobile use. The Mi Band is one of the least expensive activity trackers out there with a price of $14.99 in the US and can track activity and sleep with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. A smaller 5000 mAh battery is also available for $9.99.

SOURCE: Facebook

Samsung developing denser batteries, slimmer camera modules

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

This is not a surprise, if you guys know what I mean. Samsung should be doing research in these areas, given the trend of ever-increasing battery capacity and the “slimming down” of devices. We are talking about Samsung looking into denser batteries (that means higher capacity to you), and slimmer camera modules (which means slimmer devices overall).

We start with the density of batteries. Currently, your Samsung devices have batteries with 700Wh/l (Watt-hours per liter). Samsung expects to improve to 750Wh/l by the end of 2016 and 780Wh/l by 2018. In consumer terms, that means higher capacities for the same size of batteries you have now, or slimmer batteries for the same capacities you have now. As you know, battery sizes dictate a lot as to the final form factor of a device.


Samsung is also working on RWB (red-white-blue) camera sensors, which supposedly gives “better color fidelity” at smaller module sizes. The quality claim has to be tested in real life situations, but if Samsung can replicate even just the camera quality now, and then promising the smaller pixel size – from 1.12 micron to 1 micron – and a 23% thickness decrease – from 6.5 mm to 5 mm for a 16-megapixel sensor and from 5.2 mm to 4.5 mm for a 13-megapixel sensor – I think we will be all the better for it.


Camera modules also dictate a lot as to the thickness of a device, and it’s all too common to see camera modules protruding from the back of a device because of this. So let’s see how fast Samsung can get these new technologies on line.

VIA: Sam Mobile

New tech captures wasted phone energy, translates to 30% more battery charge

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Researchers from the Ohio State University are ready to bring out some new technology which will address the ever-growing problem of battery life in mobile devices, particularly in smartphones. The new technology doesn’t have a proper name yet, but what it does is capture the phone’s wasted energy and gives your battery 30% more charge per use. Now tell me if there’s anyone out there who doesn’t want that?

Basically, what the tech does is this – the circuitry converts some of the radio signals coming from a smartphone into direct current (DC) power, which then charges the phone’s battery. Pretty simple, and pretty innovative. “When we communicate with a cell tower or Wi-Fi router, so much energy goes to waste,” explained Chi-Chih Chen, research associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. “We recycle some of that wasted energy back into the battery.”


This new technology is lightweight, and can be built into a cell phone case without adding a big amount weight to your device. The research team has partnered with a spin-off company that will develop the technology for the market. They are then planning a Kickstarter campaign in June to crowd-fund the development.

According to Robert Lee, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State, nearly 97 percent of cell phone signals never reach their destination and are simply lost. Not all of it can be recaptured and used, but Lee said that the invention works on the fact that some of these signals can be re-used. “No one can charge a cell phone from the air, but we can reduce power consumption by retrieving some of those lost [energy]. Think of it as a battery extender rather than a charger,” Lee said.

SOURCE: Ohio State University

Lollipop-powered Gionee M5 packs two batteries inside

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Aside from the 23MP camera-toting Gionee Elife E8, Gionee has recently submitted another device for TENAA certification. Gionee has just showed off the Gionee M5, an Android smartphone that packs two powerful batteries. This is one unique smartphone because of its battery life that can last longer than usual. Model follows the ELIFE S7 phone introduced back in March at the Mobile World Congress.

Gionee has not made an official announcement yet but it was spotted at a Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center page. Specs and features of the handset tell us that the Gionee M5 is a mid-range. There’s a 5.5-inch 720p AMOLED display screen, 2GB RAM, quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, 16GB built-in storage, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and LED flash. The phone is a bit heavy at 213 grams but that’s because there are two batteries inside. No information what kind of batteries are used but we’re not expecting they’d be 5,000 mAh like the Gionee Marathon M3.

The Gionee M5 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop already. It’s the first Lollipop-powered device with two batteries but it’s not the first to have two inside. For one, there’s the Innos D6000 that also has a pair of batteries but it only runs KitKat. Let’s wait for Gionee to officially launch the M5. No word on pricing and availability yet but we’ll know very soon.

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VIA: PhoneArena

Dual battery Gionee M5 passes TENAA with 6,000mAh capacity

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Gionee M5 TENAA

While mobile tech innovators are busy trying to find new ways to optimize device battery life, Gionee has decided that a brute force approach might be easier. A new Gionee M5 smartphone has been spotted passing through China’s TENAA, featuring two 3,000mAh batteries for a mammoth 6,000mAh combined capacity.

gionee-m5 batteryEarly rumors are suggesting that the handset could last up to four days on a single charge. What is even more impressive is that the handset can continue to run with just a single battery inside, leaving you free to charge them up in an alternating pattern for as much juice as you’ll ever likely need.

However this extra capacity does make the Gionee M5 a little bulkier than most other smartphones. The handset measures around 8.5mm at its thickest and weighs in at 213 grams, which is notably heavier than most other handsets in the 5.5-inch market.

Other hardware specifications include a 5.5-inch 720p AMOLED display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera with 5 megapixel front facing companion, and Android 5.0 Lollipop installed as standard. Given the more mid-range specifications, the huge 6,000mAh battery capacity should go quite a long way.

We’re still waiting on a launch date and price, but some more details should appear soon.

LG offers free extra battery, microSD for G4 buyers in US

Posted by wicked May - 25 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Looks like LG is trying to use whatever marketing leverage it can to push for the sales of its new flagship the LG G4. It’s offering something juicy to the prospective buyers of the new device in the US. LG US is offering an extra battery complete with separate charging cradle, and an extra microSD that will virtually double your storage.


If you’re an LG fan, or someone who is looking at the LG G4 as a possible upgrade device, then you have to listen to this. For a limited time – only until June 21 – LG is offering a zero cost deal which will give you a few great freebies with your LG G4 purchase. First up is a free extra 3,000mAh battery with its own charging cradle. Provided that you charge it up before you go out for the day, this means double your battery life – just swap out the removable battery (and eat your heart out Samsung, HTC!).


Also, LG is giving you a free 32GB SanDisk microSD card. That means an additional 32GB to the internal storage of your LG G4 (which is already at 32GB ). Admittedly, you will find that microSD cards tend to deteriorate over time, but nobody will be complaining with another free 32GB on top of the internal storage, right?


So if you want to check out this deal, click on the source link below. The “buy” button on the source page will bring you to a page where you can pick your vendor. Of course, the LG G4 is still on its way to North American shores, but why miss out on a great deal such as this, especially if you were planning to purchase one already?


Lumopack charges fully in 30 minutes and packs 6000 mAh of juice

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

A new portable battery pack has debuted called the Lumopack that claims to be one of the fastest charging battery packs in all the land. The portable battery will keep your Android device going while you are away from an outlet. Rather than needing a full day to charge itself, the Lumopack is able to get enough power to charge a Galaxy S6 fully in only 9 minutes.

With 140W charging from the outlet, the Lumopack can recharge to its full 6000 mAh capacity only 30 minutes. At full capacity, the manufacturer says that it can recharge a smartphone like the iPhone 6 from dead to full three times.

Lumopack also claims to last longer than other portable batteries on the market with the ability to survive 1000 charge cycles. Typical battery packs can only survive 300-500 charge cycles. Other features include a LED light to light your way in the dark.

The battery uses a microUSB input to charge and a full size USB port for charging devices. It’s inside an anodized aluminum shell and has five indicator dots for charge level. It’s on Kickstarter seeking $50,000 and has raised over $22,000 so far. A pledge of $69 or more will get you a Lumopack with shipping expected in October.

SOURCE: Kickstarter

This is a crowdfunded project, and as such may not deliver what its creators initially promise. Most crowdfunding sites, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, have policies about what happens to your money if the project fails to deliver on its goals, but choosing to back a project is inevitably a risk. Android Community’s reporting on crowdfunded projects should in no way be seen as an endorsement, unless specifically stated, and we recommend closely examining the terms and conditions to understand your individual rights as a backer before making a pledge.

Kickstarter campaign for what could be the world’s fastest charging battery pack

Posted by wicked May - 20 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

We all accept, rather begrudgingly, that battery life is still an issue. And at the moment there is little we can do about it. Some of us have turned to portable battery packs which we carry around in case we need to charge our phones. There are lots of battery packs out there, and some of them have impressive capacities. However many of them take an age to charge-up. But what about a battery pack that in just 9 minutes can take on board enough power to fully charge a phone like the Samsung Galaxy S6?

If you want to support this Kickstarter then you can pledge $69 and you will get a LumoPack from the first batch at a 35% discount.

Thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign that could soon be a reality. The LumoPack is a new fast-charging external battery pack which can store a full charge for a large smartphone in just 9 minutes. For phones with smaller batteries the LumoPack’s charge time will be even less!

The key stats about this battery pack are: It has a 6000 mAH capacity, which uses Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF) technology, more about that in a moment; it uses a 140W charger which means it can be fully charged in 30 minutes and store a full charge for a Galaxy S6 in just 9 minutes; the battery can sustain this level of performance over 1000 charge cycles, that’s 2-3 times the current industry standard.

What about this for a scenario. You get a call and your friends are coming to pick you up in 15 minutes, you just got time to get yourself together. But you look at your phone and it has around one third charge left. Will it survive the evening? Maybe not. So you quickly plug in the LumoPack, and before your friends arrive it will have power to charge your phone.


So what is this Metal-Organic Frameworks? MOF are a new class of materials that when used on the LiCoO2 cathode can enhance a Lithium-ion battery’s capacity, power, and longevity. The material is used as an advanced form of coating to increase the stability and performance of the LumoPack’s battery. The coating works as a protective and scavenging layer, which results in faster charging capabilities and increased cycle performance.

If you want to support this Kickstarter then you can pledge $69 and you will get a LumoPack from the first batch at a 35% discount. If you pledge $79 you will get a LumoPack plus a on-the-go carry case and some phone cables. The LumoPack is expected to ship in October of this year.

MTK Pump Express to charge smartphones 45% faster than regular ones

Posted by wicked May - 19 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

With battery problems still plaguing smartphones right now, despite all the advances in technology, everytime a new product, be it a phone case, an external battery, a power bank or a chip, comes out that will promise us better charging or battery life, then we pay attention. When Qualcomm came out with their Quick Charge 2.0 technology, then we got pretty excited. It will also pave the way for more competition in this area, and so now we have the MTK Pump Express Plus.

Okay, they might have chosen a better name for it (or maybe our mind is just dirty) but nevertheless, on paper, this technology seems pretty impressive. It has a charging output of 9V but it also provides for the 7V ones. It has been released for some charging technology platforms like the MT6595 or the MT6732. But the first smartphone that will be carrying the Pump Express tech would be the Koobee Halo 3, a mid-range device from a Chinese brand.

The model HF-QC-084 charger will be carrying the tech and it offers an input of 100-240V and an output charging voltage of 5V 1.67A(8035W), 7V 1.67A(11.69W), and 9V 1067A(15.3W). It will charge a smartphone from 0% to 75% in just 30 minutes if yo have a 2060 mobile battery, which makes it one of the fastest MTK phone chargers. And even if you charge it for just five minutes, it will give you a call time of up to 2 hours.

Aside from fast charging, the technology also offers port overload protection, system temperature protection, battery voltage protection, battery fuse protection and other features that will ensure comprehensive safety for your charger and the devices it powers. Let’s see which tech companies will take up MTK Pump Express Plus in their offer of really fast charging technology.

VIA: Gizmo China

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