Qualcomm has released a new app for smartphones powered by the company’s Snapdragon range of processors. The company has released the app—dubbed Battery Guru—under its Xiam Technologies division. As the name implies, the app is a battery management tool that the company claims can extend the battery life of Android devices running on Snapdragon chipsets. The app is available for free on Google Play.
The app promises to extend the battery life on Snapdragon-powered devices by optimising functionality. It doesn't need any manual configuration and runs in the background. According to the description, it learns the phone’s behaviour in two to four days and notifies the user that it is ready to extend the battery life. The app is still in beta at the moment, but it supports a large number of Snapdragon-powered devices.
The app is available in North America and the European Union right now, and the company is working on getting the app released in other countries.
The Snapdragon Battery Guru promises to make your battery last longer
Qualcomm recently unveiled its lower-end Snapdragon 400 and 200 processors. While the company's new 800 and 600 series chipsets are geared towards high-end devices, the 400 and 200 are aimed at mid-end and low-end devices respectively.
Snapdragon 400 processors have an option betweencome in two versions: dual Krait CPUs running at up to 1.7GHz per core, and quad ARM A7 CPUs running at up to 1.4Ghz. Graphics are powered by an Adreno 305 GPU. It has support for almost all modern networking technologies, except for LTE, and it supports LPDDR 2 or LPDDR 3 RAM. It is powerful enough to capture and play videos at 1080p, and has support for Miracast.
Snapdragon 200 processors run on quad ARM A5 CPUs that are clocked at up to 1.4GHz per core. Graphics are powered by an Adreno 203 GPU, and it supports LPDDR2 RAM. The processors are powerful enough to support HD video playback, and have support for up to 8 megapixel cameras.
Snapdragon 400 processors include the following part numbers: 8226, 8626, 8230, 8630, 8930, 8030AB, 8230AB, 8630AB and 8930AB. The Snapdragon 200 processors include the following part numbers: 8225Q, 8625Q.
Qualcomm unveiled its high-end Snapdragon 800 and 600 chips during CES in January. The company claims that the Snapdragon 800 offers 1.75 times better performance than the S4 chipset. While this is yet to be proven, the specifications of the new SoC include 28nm HPm fabrication, an upgraded Hexagon V5 digital signal processor, 800MHz LPDDR3 memory, Krait 400 architecture running at clock speeds of up to 2.3GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU.
The Snapdragon 600 seems to be an upgraded version of the S4 with some tweaks to the architecture, including a 1.9GHz maximum clock speed, an Adreno 320 GPU and LPDDR3 memory. Both the 600 and the 800 include support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Miracast HD at 1080p and 150Mb/s LTE with Advanced Carrier Aggregation.
Publish date: February 23, 2013 1:41 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 8:54 am
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