Qualcomm's Snapdragon Glance app for Android lets you see information from the lock screen
0. phoneArena 10 Feb 2014, 03:21 posted on
We've told you before about Qualcomm's Snapdragon BatteryGuru app which works on handsets powered by Snapdragon processors (of course) to extend battery life. We just installed this on an HTC DROID DNA, and while we are still evaluating it, so far we have to say that the app works exactly as advertised. It won't turn your power chomping LTE enabled Android phone into the Motorola DROID MAXX, but we are seeing a rather noticeable improvement in battery life...
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1. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 494; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
i don't see the reason of having a lock screen. might as well remove it.
as far as security is concerned. a thief can access all of your data while its locked. too bad
2. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)
+1 Lock patterns are tedious work.
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Eh no thanks. I let people see my phone often, so I don't want them to see the the notifications I get.
5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
It's weird how there are loads of lockscreens available for Android, but I still haven't found the perfect one. Worst part is I don't know what the perfect lockscreen is (for me, that is)
7. dratomic (Posts: 431; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
so basically they will turn the lockscreen into another home screen by adding features to it. whats next? making a lock screen for the lock screen?!
11. Augustine (Posts: 607; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
I tried Battery Guru, and was not impressed. While not quite a placebo, I could have achieved almost the same results myself.
This app seems to achieve its results by limiting the background refresh of seldom used apps, at least after it learns which apps are seldom used.. The problem was that it limited the refresh of apps that are important to me, which I do indeed seldom use them, but they monitor important, though infrequent, stuff that I need to know. For example, it deemed a weather alert unimportant, since there had been no alert in the period it was learning about my usage patter, so the "guru" disabled background refresh for it.
Much of the savings came from the app shutting off WiFi, which is fine, enabling it in lieu of data. However, I'd rather not use the WiFi at work unless I really need to. Perhaps it could offer the option to specify which WiFi network it could use to save power.
In conclusion, when I enabled the refresh of important apps and disabled its management of WiFi, this app saved zilch extra battery life compared to before I installed it.
And why, why does it need to read my texts and access my accounts?