Qualcomm’s BatteryGuru app promises longer uptime for your Snapdragon-powered Android device

Daniel Bader

February 26, 2013 10:04 am

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Qualcomm seems to be augmenting its battery-saving hardware — low-power radios, more efficient SoCs, faster charging — with software promising the same.

Snapdragon BatteryGuru is an app designed, obviously, for Qualcomm’s line of SoCs, promising extended battery life by learning your behaviour and adjusting the frequency that certain apps make network calls or run in the background.

The app itself runs behind the scenes, learning how you use your phone and, after a few days, gives you a summary of the changes it has made. It takes the apps you use the least and alters their background processes, ostensibly saving battery life in the process. You can, of course, overwrite the app’s choices — it changed Gmail to only check for email every once in a while — but I mainly left them at default to see how it impacted uptime.

It also learns where you most frequently connect to WiFi and turns off that connection if you’re outside that particular location.

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It works on Snapdragon-powered devices running Android 4.0 or above, so give it a try on your Galaxy S III or Nexus 4.

Download Qualcomm Snapdragon BatteryGuru for Android.

  • romes

    oooooook so how/where do we get this??

  • Shadi

    Looks promising… will give it a shot on my N4.

  • Hilman

    So far so good, after a couple days of using this app, my battery has lasted noticeably longer.

    • Hilman

      This is on a Nexus 4 btw.

  • Kid.Canada

    Started using this app a few days ago on my S3 and now it lasts about 4-6 hours longer than my usual battery life. 23 hours last night if anyone was wondering with moderate usage. So this app does what it says which is great.

  • northy

    Where do you find. Don’t be so lazy.

    Goto Google store and do a search. Its there.

  • HiKsFiles

    Downloading as I write! :)

  • HiKsFiles

    Downloading as I write…

  • Kerry

    Just installed on my Optimus G. If it works, will be a godsend, as battery life for me is not great. It says it will take 2-3 days to learn how I use my phone and then will start the optimization. I will let it make the decisions and see how that works at first.

  • Rabeet

    A very nice battery saving app by Qualcomm but unfortunately us Pakistani Android users have be Screwed Since September.Man do i hate my government.

  • glonq

    I installed this last week. It’s still learning…

  • Alx886

    For those of us that don’t have Snapdragon processors can anyone suggest anything similar in the app store? There’s a million battery saving apps but most are a gimmick.

  • habskilla

    Nexus 4 = Latest and greatest stuff :)

  • Yeas

    Juice defender is a good go to. Much of what this app does you can do yourself but it automates it which is where you are gaining the advantages. Let’s see how it goes. I’m excited.

  • Pat

    I too have had this running on my canadian s3 for a few days, and i don’t see any significant improvements at all.

  • Dan

    WORKS AWESOME… was at 50% at the end of the day… first time I get that usually at 14% or less

  • Dan

    By the eway I’m on a Nexus4… and PAT the S3 is not a QUALCOMM chip… that’s why.

    • HiKsFiles

      International version (i9300) doesn’t… North American variant (i747/i747m) does have a Qualcomm SoC.

  • 99roxah

    I don’t have to use this on my iphone, battery life is amazing on it.

  • nrj4life

    IPhones have lackluster multitasking.

  • Apple Sales Guy

    Aww, Android needs an extra supplement to last longer.
    Apple iPhones last longer all naturally.

    HAHA

    Cheers
    ;)

    • boojay

      The reason why iPhones can last so long is because they can’t do anything. Naturally, if you don’t/can’t use something, the battery will last. Makes a great paperweight!

  • geokilla

    Some people using it on the AT&T Optimus G are reporting that battery life is actually worse..

  • deli

    people praising the iphone for its battery life obviously have not used iphone 5. My buddy loves his iphone5 (which is cool and dandy) but he had to jailbreak, install an app to turn off data when his screen his off to make the battery last.

    This is a great app. Good job, Qualcomm.

  • glonq

    The reason that I love android is that you can do custom, creative things to extend your battery life. Not because Android “needs” this, but because a proper hardcore smartphone user can kill any phone (iPhone, WP, BB, Android) in less than a day.

    I use Android apps like Tasker and Llama to do things like:
    – Leave bluetooth off during the day, turn it on whenever I leave home or leave the office.
    – Drop the modem from 3G to 2G when I’m on WiFi.

    • 99roxah

      Don’t lie. Without tweaking an Android phone to save battery, you’d get 6 hours tops.

  • Craig the shark

    I thought my gs2 was a snap dragon chip? Play Store says not compatible?
    What chip is mine then?

  • nrj4life

    @Craig the shark

    The Galaxy SII uses Samsung’s own Exynos chip. It does not use Snapdragon.

  • Dan

    Winder if a port will be made for the Blackberry Z10?

  • Kong

    Not sure if it’s a coincidence or not. Installed this on my GS3 (i747) and I’ve been having battery issues since. Phone Not Fully Charging says it’s charged 100% I unplug and battery instantly drops to 80%-85%. Also had issues where while charging the battery actually starts to discharge. It’s still in learning mode.

    Anyone else with problems?

  • Dan Levy

    Giving this a whirl on my Motorola RAZR HD LTE. The app is in “learning mode” which has me mildly concerned and debating if I should have John Connor on standby.