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Snapdragon Battery Guru helps squeeze more juice from your Android

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Snapdragon Battery Guru helps squeeze more juice from your Android

Developer: QualcommDownload: Android
Genre: ToolsPrice: Free

Although Qualcomm already does the impossible to make its Snapdragon SoCs energy-efficient, the chip maker went the extra mile and put together a 'battery efficiener' for you to try out. It's called Snapdragon Battery Guru, and is available for free in Google Play. It runs on all Snapdragon-powered devices and does a number of battery-extending tricks that we'll get to know more about right now.

The main operation is based around Qualcomm's behaviour-learning engine monitoring which apps you use the most, which apps connect most often to the Internet to refresh content, how often your phone stays idle, and how much you stay connected to data and Wi-Fi. That's quite a few parameters, which explains why Battery Guru runs as a resident service in the background of your phone. The main philosophy is that, in addition to the screen, the apps you have installed form a significant battery drain as many of them refresh and pull data from the Internet on an automated schedule, not taking into account the toll on battery life.

Since it learns by usage patterns, Battery Guru won't start working right off the bat. But give it a few days of solid apps usage, and it's going to automatically alter their refresh schedules. Thus, some of them will start pulling data only when you open them, saving charge, while others will refresh as often as they need.

In addition, mr. Battery Guru offers a widget with toggles for Wi-Fi, data, sync, and brightness level. That's quite the useless feature, considering you get the same controls in the convenient notification drawer. But some of you could appreciate it.

Has anyone used Qualcomm's app before? If you have any impressions, feel free to share them in the comments.

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posted on 04 Jul 2014, 09:29 1

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2625; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice but SD should not start eating the battery itself instead. ;)

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 09:39 2

2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3203; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


This is quite an old app, why so late PA?

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 14:24

12. rd_nest (Posts: 769; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


This is old, and not much useful. I have given it enough runtime, hardly any practical benefit.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 14:46

14. TheMan (Posts: 402; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Not late, just a regurgitation of an earlier post from last year. Check out:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-BatteryGuru-app-improves-battery-life-for-Snapdragon-powered-phones_id40161

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 09:48 3

3. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I tried it. This app is totally useless. Like most battery saving apps.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 10:24 1

4. tech2 (Posts: 2046; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Clearly, you haven't tried the almight, Juice Defender Pro.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 14:25 1

13. rd_nest (Posts: 769; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Better use Greenify.

Nothing works as good as Greenify. it works on a simple logic, nothing complex like Juice Defender.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 23:19

16. tech2 (Posts: 2046; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Who says you can't use both ? They both serve different purpose. JD manages your data, wifi, gps, brightness, etc. and greenify shuts down power hungry apps from the background. I am currently using both on my phone right now.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 10:34 3

5. irellemot (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


This app, like all do other apps, doesn't work if you already make an effort to save your battery. All these things do are things like turn off WiFi and sync automatically, along with other stuff that every other conservative user would do.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 10:45 1

6. vijaysivakula (Posts: 164; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


This app is a good idea. And it stops with that. One of the first apps installed on my Nexus 5 as soon as i got it and tried it for a few weeks. Did not improve anything and I suspect it actually drained the battery itself. Greenify with Xposed seems a better option added to conscious wifi / data switching on and off.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 11:01 1

7. PootisMan (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Useless app.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 11:18

8. hamza14860 (Posts: 20; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


I'm using it on my HTC one but not that exceptional. For me it's useless

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 12:03

9. BryanVella (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Guys, it will only increase battery when you re not using it...trying to reduce the background that's draining your battery. You wont see much of improvement but its doing its job.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 12:04

10. nothingmuch (Posts: 169; Member since: 03 May 2013)


I used it about a year ago, had it running for about 3 days and all it did was turn on my power saving mode.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 13:36

11. Augustine (Posts: 716; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


This app seems to achieve its results by first figuring out the apps which are seldom used, limiting their background refresh. The problem was that it limited the refresh of apps that were important to me. Apps that I didn't visit often, but I relied on for alerts, like gas prices hikes or inclement weather, never got refreshed and had their purpose defeated. At least I could make exceptions for certain apps.

A good chunk of the savings came from the app shutting off WiFi, which is fine, but also enabling it in lieu of data. However, it enabled WiFi at work, which I'd rather not use unless I really need to.

However, as I added exceptions and disabled its management of WiFi, this app saved zilch extra battery life relative to before.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 23:16

15. Hayatuan (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jun 2014)


Pity, no support for other chips

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