Many of us want to extend our Android smartphone’s battery life but are not comfortable going into the details. For such users, an app has been launched, named PowerMax which is created by a startup – Volt Up.
“Smartphones that carry the Google Android platform can rest assured their phones will not fail them when they need them most,” said Joseph Yossi Weihs, an embedded devices engineer and head of Volt Up.
“Of course we can’t make the battery last forever, but in most cases we can double battery life, which can make all the difference, especially during emergencies,” Joseph added.
The technology developed by Volt Up monitors and manages the radios of Android handsets including 2G/3G/4G, WiFi, FM, GPS and Bluetooth. The app puts these radios to sleep according to the needs of the users.
The app analyses the usage patterns of the Android handset, and keeps an eye on the device if the battery is being drained faster. The user is also informed about how much battery power is being saved and used.
Google is definitely aware the Android phones are facing some battery problems. When Google co-founder Larry Page was asked about the weak battery life of Android handsets, he said ideally the users should get one day’s battery life and if they were not getting it, something was wrong. He suggested it was probably due to third party apps and the way the users used them.
When there are software programs running in the background and the users are not aware of it, the process sucks away battery life.
In simpler terms, the users should simply turn off applications such as the GPS whenever they can. Similarly the background sync, or Twitter app, RSS apps should not be active all the time. The problem is, these are the features which bring people to Android in the first place, so they may not want to disable these apps for more battery life, they would rather charge their battery.