GOOGLE PLAY SERVICES BATTERY DRAIN: HOW TO FIX IT

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Google Play Services battery drain: how to spot it

The reason why Google Play Services could be the culprit is because for many apps it’s the key to the world of Google: it delivers your Gmail to mail apps, maps and location settings to mapping apps, ads to ad-based apps and so on.

If your trusty phone is suddenly suffering from terrible battery life, the culprit could be Google Play Services. Batteries do deteriorate over time, but it’s a gradual process: unless you’re spectacularly unlucky, a battery that was OK yesterday won’t suddenly discharge three times faster tomorrow.

The easy way to tell whether Google Play Services is draining the battery of your device is to pop into the Battery section of your Settings app. As you can see below on the left screenshot, just tap on Battery usage.

This shows you the biggest power hogs, and in most cases you should see the Screen listed at number one, which makes sense, given that it’s the most power-hungry part of your device. If Google Play Services is using more power than the display or more power than the Android System itself, something’s wrong. In the below screenshot on the right, you can see the list of power hogs.

Google Play Services battery drain: why it is happening and how to fix it

There are a number of reasons why Google Play Services might be using more power than you’d like. We’ve seen reports of Google Play Services eating battery life across versions 4.1.32 and 4.2, on devices running Cyanogenmod, on Lollipop and on KitKat. With so much variety there clearly isn’t a single solution to solve every problem on every device. But there are some things you can check.

As with any problem, we’re assuming you’ve already tried rebooting and that you have the most up-to-date software and firmware for your phone. If you haven’t, do those things first. They solve all kinds of issues.

  • Is Google Play Services eating battery because you have loads of accounts?

Play Services’ main job is to download things in the background. Those things could be your emails or the app’s ads, or notifications or checking your location to see if it needs to trigger a Google Now event. If your device is connected to multiple Google Accounts, for example because you have personal and work accounts or because you’re a spy or superhero with multiple identities, then Google Play Services is having to do all that for multiple accounts.

  • Is a third party app misusing Google Play Services?

If the battery drain is a recent development the problem might not be with Google Play Services but with one of the apps that uses it. Try booting into Safe Mode; if your battery problem goes away that’s a pretty big hint that the Google Play Services battery problem is down to a third party app.

  • Is Google encountering Sync errors?

Sync errors are when Google tries to synchronise data but can’t, for example because it can’t connect to a particular server. Problems with your data can also cause sync errors, so for example if something’s gone wrong with your contacts, calendar or Gmail that can cause Google to keep trying (and failing) to synchronise your local data with Google’s servers. Removing and re-adding accounts can solve persistent sync errors but before you do that, try disabling Mobile Data in Settings for a minute and then turning it back on again.

  • Is it your GPS?

When an app needs your location, it requests it through Google Play Services, which gets the information by using your GPS hardware. If you weren’t aware, using GPS takes up a lot of battery, and since Google Play Services facilitates this process, it can appear to be taking up the battery life when the GPS is really the culprit.

In the Battery usage screen we showed you how to get to before, tap on Google Play Services. On the detailed screen it shows you, scroll down until you see Location and tap it (like in the left screenshot below). You’ll then find three mode options, one of which is called Power saving. This mode doesn’t use GPS to retrieve your location, and is less accurate, but can save your battery life by only using your network and Wi-Fi information. If you find this setting to be too imprecise, simply switch it back to High accuracy later.

 

 

 

[Source:- AP]

Latest Oculus VR update linked to heavy battery drain on Samsung phones

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In theory, app updates are meant to bring bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as new features. Unfortunately, for all the fixes added, updates tend to sneak in at least a few bugs as well. That’s unfortunately what appears to be happening with the latest version of the Oculus app for Samsung devices.

A number of Redditors have been complaining about poor battery life that started around last night, when the new update arrived. I actually noticed this myself, as I left my Galaxy S7 Edge off the charger last night to wake up with it much lower than it typically would be when left off the charger overnight.

From the sounds of it, the problem sorrounds the new Oculus Rooms addition to the app, with the Oculus VR app getting stuck in an installation loop that continuously downloads and reinstalls the app. While a new update is probably not too far off, it is probably not a bad idea to uninstall Oculus VR (or at least disable it) in the meantime.

 

[Source:- Androidauthority]

 

New Apple Watch 2 release date, UK price and specs rumours: Front-facing camera | Built-in GPS | Cellular connectivity | September 2016 release | Thinner with better battery life

When will the Apple Watch 2 launch in the UK? What new features and specs should we expect from the new Apple Watch?

When Apple announced its much-anticipated Apple Watch back in September 2014, people got very excited about the concept of an Apple-designed smartwatch. Fast-forward 21 months: the Apple Watch has been on sale for well over a year and people are wondering about the next-generation Apple Watch 2. When will the Apple Watch 2 launch, and what new features can we expect?

The Apple Watch 2 didn’t get a mention at Apple’s 21 March press event(although the Apple Watch did get some love at that event, in the form of new straps – more on that below). Then in June, the Apple Watch 2 wasn’t announced at WWDC 2016, but there was lots of news about watchOS 3 and what that means for your Apple Watch.

In this article, we round up all the rumours we’ve heard regarding the so far unannounced Apple Watch 2: when it’s going to launch, the specs and new features to expect, and likely design decisions. And we list the features and tech specs we’re hoping Apple will include in the second Apple Watch – particularly anARM Cortex A32 processor – and why they’re essential to improving users’ experience.

When will the Apple Watch 2 launch in the UK? What new features and specs should we expect from the new Apple Watch?

When Apple announced its much-anticipated Apple Watch back in September 2014, people got very excited about the concept of an Apple-designed smartwatch. Fast-forward 21 months: the Apple Watch has been on sale for well over a year and people are wondering about the next-generation Apple Watch 2. When will the Apple Watch 2 launch, and what new features can we expect?

New Apple Watch 2 release date, price and specification: Release date

Update 20 June 2016: Digitimes reckons a recent increase in supply of Apple Watch components is a sign that the launch of the next watch will be in September 2016, alongside the next iPhone. This is based on analysis of Apple’s famously complex hardware supply chain and can’t be taken as gospel – but we hope these rumours are true.

Although there is no solid release date for the second-generation Apple Watch 2, we now expect it to be announced in September 2016. We had hoped that we would get our first glimpse at the second-generation Apple Watch at the March 2016 event, but instead Apple used it to show off new watch straps as a ‘Spring’ collection, and surprised us with an Apple Watch price drop. (We also saw a new Phone SE and a9.7in iPad Pro.)

You can find out more about the new Apple Watch straps and pricing in our Apple Watch buying guide, or continue reading for all of the Apple Watch 2 rumours we’ve seen so far.

Another rumour regarding the release date of the Apple Watch 2 comes from China – more specifically, the chairman of Quanta, Barry Lam. Quanta manufactured the first-generation Apple Watch, and we expect it’ll also be the manufacturer of the second-generation device, so when the chairman announced a general release date window at an investors meeting, people paid attention.

According to reports, Lam claims that we’ll be seeing limited stock of the Apple Watch 2 near the end of Q2 2016, with more stock becoming available in Q3 2016. Based on this, it looks like the Apple Watch 2 will have a possible June 2016 release date, which falls in line with the analyst claims above.

Apple launches new Apple Watch straps at 21 March event

Although the Apple Watch 2 didn’t get a mention at Apple’s March 2016 event, but the smartwatch didn’t go entirely unnoticed. Apple announced that the Apple Watch was the number one selling smartwatch in the world, and that people loved the fact that changing the strap changed the look of the watch. With that being said, Apple announced a flurry of new Apple Watch bands including £39 nylon bands available in seven colours, some of which can be seen below.

New Apple Watch 2 release date, price and specification: Design and build

We’ve got an idea of when to expect the Apple Watch 2, then. But what will it look like?

New design(s)

Update 1 August: Current rumours suggest that the Watch 2 will be thinner than its predecessor. This comes from TPK Holding informing Digitimes that Apple are moving away from a glass-on-glass panel to a ‘One Glass Solution’. This would allow for a small amount of space to be increased within the watch’s frame. Some are even suggesting that it can be up to 40% thinner. However, we’re doubtful its size will be drastically cut, as it will be used to accommodate a bigger battery.

Apple is said to be exploring more variations of the Apple Watch, beyond the Sports, Steel and Edition tiers available with the first-gen Apple Watch. It’s said that the company is planning to introduce new models that should sit between the most expensive steel Apple Watch (£949) and the cheapest Apple Watch Edition (£8,000).

The gap between the top of the middle price band and the bottom of the top price band has always looked rather wide, and Apple seems to be looking to attract customers willing to pay between £1,000 and £8,000 for an Apple Watch: which is potentially quite a lot of people.

However, it’s unclear how the new tiers will differ from current models. It’s been suggested that the new tier could feature more advanced bands or new materials including tungsten, palladium, titanium or even platinum.

Despite what’s been said about potential new models, according to reports in April 2016 from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the Apple Watch 2 might not actually adopt a new design, with only the internals getting some love from Apple. We’ve come to expect incremental specs improvements to hardware from the company in iPhones and iPads of recent years, so it’s not outside the realms of possibility that this is the option Apple will go with.

Apple Watch 2 design rumours: Third-party battery straps

We’d all also had our eyes on a cool company called Reserve Strap. Its clever design made use of the Apple Watch’s accessory port in a strap with a battery that allowed the watch to, it’s claimed, hold a charge for up to a week. However, the companyannounced its disappointment recently that in a change to the Apple External Accessory Protocol in Apple’s watchOS 2.0.1 update, the accessory port will no longer support the Reserve Strap’s functionality.

For those who had pre-ordered the strap, the company advises that if you don’t upgrade your OS, you’ll be OK – but for all those who will no doubt want to it seems, for now, the battery boost idea will have to go back to the drawing board.

[Source: Macworld]

 

Microsoft claims area supplies 70% more battery life than Chrome

Microsoft’s edge browser has been trailing in terms of adoption and utilization, even as home windows 10 has received increasing market percentage. The corporation has released an legitimate document documenting the energy efficiency advantages of the usage of aspect, the brand new browser it debuted with home windows 10, partially in the wish of convincing greater users to spend time with the utility. Now, Redmond is claiming that aspect can supply as much as 70% more battery lifestyles than Google Chrome.

The group behind the metrics posted a blog publish in which they detail how Microsoft conducts its assessments, as well as facts on its energy checking out criteria and facts on the way it modifies structures to degree instant power consumption. The video evaluating energy intake the usage of streaming video is under:

if you study over different weblog posts, you’ll be aware that exceptional scenarios present specific contrast metrics for Chrome, facet, Firefox, and Opera. every browser’s overall performance varies depending at the specifics of the workload, but according to Microsoft, aspect is usually the regular winner.

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obviously, Microsoft is scarcely a impartial birthday party on this front, but facts from different parts of the net as a minimum indirectly backs up the corporation’s claims. tests performed at BatteryBox from remaining 12 months confirmed that Chrome become regularly a battery hog on OS X as well. several years ago, Google fixed a Chrome “feature” that set the machine interrupt timer to tick at its lowest possible cost throughout the whole working gadget. This had a substantially negative impact on windows battery existence. manifestly other issues remain unresolved, and more than one articles have mentioned that Chrome doesn’t run specifically properly on systems with enormously low-cease hardware.
velocity and responsiveness versus battery existence

The battle among responsiveness and energy consumption dates lower back at the least as a ways because the creation of Intel‘s SpeedStep generation. Early SpeedStep structures could lower their working speeds to lessen strength, but the first iterations of the technology may be thrown off and refuse to spin up its clock velocity properly (or to reduce it whilst applicable). strength control on modern computer systems is now state-of-the-art enough that even the “Low electricityoption is frequently acceptably responsive (though this can vary depending on how many programs you juggle and what your use instances are).

In this point in time, the browser is the software that simply every user runs on a each day foundation, and therefore the unmarried maximum crucial utility when it comes to decreasing basic device power intake. Chrome has constantly been architected with speed and responsiveness in mind. That proper the browser extraordinarily properly whilst it become a young upstart tough mounted systems like Firefox or internet Explorer. primarily based on battery trying out from more than one assets, Chrome honestly does use greater battery life.

whether this may bring about any modifications to Chrome, alternatively, remains to be visible. Microsoft didn’t get severe about fixing issues with internet Explorer 6 till Firefox had already seized 13.five% of the browser marketplace percentage (based on net programs’ reporting at the time). Chrome’s superstar has been ascendant for some of years, on the fee of its competition at Redmond and Mozilla — till that stops being the case, Google might also feel it has no purpose to reply to these allegations. alternatively, given how critical battery life is these days, the organisation could be foolish to ignore such an obvious overall performance problem.

Lenovo K80: powerful 4GB RAM and huge 4000mAH Battery beast

As we all know, smartphones with 4GB RAM are leading in the market. In order not to be left behind, smartphone manufacturers are also on the way trying to catch up with the latest technological trend. Lenovo is not an exception when now it unveiled its own handset that has a random-access memory of 4 GB. It is named Lenovo K80.

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Obviously, Lenovo K80 is a direct opponent to Zenfone 2, because it not only has a RAM of 4GB and other similar features and price but also offers a better battery of 4000 mAh .

Lenovo K80 Specs

As for Lenovo K80 specs, it runs Android Lollipop and is equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080 display, powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom processor at 1.8 GHz. Also, it has some other outstanding features such as offering LTE, 13 MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, 64GB of storage space and especially, a very generous 4000 mAh battery. Regarding the design, it is only 8.5mm thin. The available variants of this handset are black, silver, and red.

Lenovo K80 Price and Release Date

Lenovo K80 will be for sale in China from 30 April at the price 1,799 CNY (equal to Lenovo K80 price of 330 USD ). Another model with only 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage space will be also under release at a lower price. Undoubtedly, the similar features and price but better battery of Lenovo K80 endanger to decrease the market share of Zenfone 2 somehow.In conclusion, the latest technological features at an affordable price makes Lenovo K80 one of the options that people should consider for purchase. Let‘s hope that Lenovo K80 will be available in Bangladesh soon.

 

[Source:- Pricepony]