TYLT, maker of popular, stylish battery packs is at it again. This time, they’re bringing a charger that can be used for everyday purposes. As a combo wall charger/battery pack, the new TYLT Energy 2K might not be one you’ll want to skip over.
Hangouts 2.1 arrived back in late-April. That particular update added the widget and improved the SMS experience. But while those two items were welcomed -- it seems there was also a side effect. We've seen quite a few complaints about battery life since users starting running Hangouts 2.1+.
The latest update for Google Glass has begun rolling out. This is the latest in a quick series of Glass updates provided by Google, and judging from some of the recent issues -- we suspect some Glass users may be weary to update. Or alternatively, those who were having trouble may be quite anxious.
Having to set aside an hour or more to charge your smartphone is a minor annoyance, but one that could be going away. Startup StoreDot has shown off their rapid battery charging technology, which has the ability to charge a phone battery in 30 seconds. Though the company cautions that they likely won’t get this to market before 2016, it’s a breakthrough we’re happy to be seeing in 2014.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is chock full of features, and limted on battery. A 2800 mAh battery is likely inadequate for heavy users, and plugging in can be a pain. Swapping batteries is always an option, but then you have to carry round extra kit. The company may have found a happy medium, though, offering three new features to help with battery life in their device.
Greenify is an app that makes it really easy to control battery life. The long-standing root app lets you hibernate apps you don’t regularly use, and keeps background activity to a minimum. A recent update allows for non-rooted devices to use it as well, bringing it to a new world of power conscious Android users.
Lithium ion batteries used in mobile devices might have gotten more powerful, or, in some cases, less flat, but there's no escaping the fact that, sooner or later, they will lose their life and need to be replaced. But thanks to researchers from Standford University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, that time might come later rather than sooner.
There are some third party apps available that will let you display the battery percentage in the status bar, however it seems this may be something that arrives with a future update to Kit Kat. As it turns out, the battery percentage readout has been discovered hidden in Android 4.4, though, there are some quirks with the current implementation.
On paper the Nexus 5 appears to have lots to offer. Aside from being the first handset to run Android 4.4 Kit Kat, there is also a 5-inch Full HD display, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, LTE network support and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The handset also has a 2300 mAh battery, which looks like it will be getting a boost courtesy of Qualcomm.
Samsung is reportedly ready to start mass producing curved batteries, which will apparently power their new Galaxy Round smartphone. That device, which is technically the first curved smartphone this year, had a 2,800mAh battery on board. The LG G Flex, by comparison, had an appropriately sized 3,500mAh battery packed in.