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How To Get The Best Stats For Your Android Battery

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Android has come a long way in terms of battery life over the last few years, and the built-in tools for monitoring battery usage have gotten significantly more useful. Still, sometimes the stock options just aren’t enough. Thankfully, there are ways to easily gauge your battery usage, remaining time, and even hunt down apps that are stealing your precious juice.
Before we get into the details though, let’s talk about one thing you shouldn’t do to your battery. We’ve all seen those awful “optimization” apps that promise to improve battery life, but really, you should stay far away from those. Basically, they operate under the old-school thinking that background apps are chewing through your battery, so they just kill them. That’s really a terrible idea, because these apps are effectively just glorified task killers. And no one should ever use a task killer on Android. Ever.
Now, with that out of the way, let’s dig in to how to really get a better idea of what’s going on with your battery, and what you can do about it when something goes wrong.

Check Your Active CPU Frequencies with System Monitor

System Monitor (free, Pro) is one of my favorite apps for, um, monitoring Android’s system. While it can do a lot of different things, we’re just focusing on one today: keeping an eye on CPU frequencies. Basically, this watches the processor’s most-used frequency states—1.2GHz, 384MHz, etc.—and then tracks how much of the time it’s in those states. For example, if your phone has been lying on your desk for four hours with very little use, you want the top CPU state to be “Deep Sleep,” which means everything is working like it should be—there are no apps keeping the processor alive, thus keeping the phone awake and draining the battery. But if you’ve been playing a game for the last hour, the top state may be something like 1.5GHz, because it’s more taxing on the processor.
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The point is this: knowing what the processor is doing in the background can give you a lot of insight into what’s going on with your battery. If you haven’t been using your phone and the top process isn’t “Deep Sleep,” then something is going on in the background and you’ll need to figure out what it is.
The good news is that System Monitor can kind of help with that, too (though there are better apps for that, which we’ll discuss later). One swipe to the right of the CPU Frequencies tab is “Top Apps,” which will show you what apps are being the most active in real-time. The top will always be System Monitor itself, because it’s the foreground app. It’s the stuff bouncing around beneath it that you’ll want to take a closer look at.
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To easily keep an eye on what’s going on with CPU Frequencies, I highly recommend using its widget. I always drop it on one of my home screen for a quick look at what’s going on—you know, just in case

The only thing worth noting here is that it doesn’t always stay active and up-to-date, so sometimes you need to cycle through the various states by tapping the widget; doing this will force it to update.

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Anticipate Remaining Time and Find Trouble-Causing Apps with GSam Battery Monitor

One of the most difficult things to judge is how much time your battery has left until you have no choice but to hit the charger. Thankfully, there’s a pretty easy way to at least get a solid idea of what’s going on: an app called GSam Battery Monitor (free, Pro). As far as battery monitoring apps go, this one is probably the best out there—it does an excellent job of covering all the bases in a simple, easy-to-use package.
My personal favorite feature of GSam is the battery info notification. It’s a simple pinned notification (with a toggle-able icon) that shows the current battery percentage and temperature, as well as average time left and time left based on the last 15 minutes of usage. Basically, it’s an incredibly easy way to get an idea of what battery life will be like based on that day’s usage, as well as what it’ll look like if the rest of the day is going to look more like the last 15 minutes. It’s pretty brilliant.
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But GSam does a lot more than just that. A quick tap on the notification will launch the app, which gives a nice overview of where battery is going: phone, screen, phone radio, Wi-Fi, awake time, Bluetooth, and app usage. It also keeps up with average over time, so the longer you use it, the more useful it gets. For example, it shows average battery life since its install date, as well as the average screen-on time. That’s just plain awesome.
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But wait, there’s more! It has a killer feature called “App Sucker.” Remember earlier when I mentioned there being better apps for finding out what’s chewing through battery when the phone should be asleep? Well, this feature is it. App Sucker will tell you which apps are using the most battery—if this section shows something you haven’t been using lately, you know that’s what killing your battery in the background. Overall, I’ve found it to be much more useful than Android’s built-in battery stats, too. You can access App Sucker by tapping the second icon to the left in GSam’s bottom navigation bar.
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If you’re into tracking your battery use over time, there’s also an excellent way to do that GSam. Tapping the first i

con in the nav bar will pull up the Charts section, which covers temperature, phone signal, charging rate, CPU, and “others” (GPS, in call, Wi-Fi, screen, and Doze). If you’re really dedicated to fine-tuning battery usage, this is your section.

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Get Even More Info with a Rooted Device and Better Battery Stats

Both of the above-mentioned apps are excellent tools on their own, but both of them also offer more advanced features for rooted users. GSam can provide more advanced usage details, like wakelock and sensor usage, and System Monitor can provide access to app cache. While the latter doesn’t necessarily help with battery life, it can at least help clear up some space on your phone.
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There’s also an app called Better Battery Stats that essentially relies on root access to provide its information. If you’re running a rooted handset, it’s incredibly valuable. It allows users to get a detailed look at what’s happening behind the scenes, including app usage and wakelocks, with the ability to find changes in behavior quickly so rogue apps running in the background can be dealt with as soon as possible.
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While the first two apps mentioned in this post are both fairly straightforward and easy to understand, Better Battery Stats is definitely for more advanced users. It covers battery use at the system-level—things like partial and kernel wakelocks. It requires a slightly deeper knowledge of Android in order for it be as valuable as it can be, but if you’re rooted and looking for a way to know essentially everything possible about your battery, this is it.

With the right tools, managing Android’s battery can be simple. Finding battery-draining rogue apps can be a quick and painless process if you know exactly where to look, and with the apps in this post, you’ll be armed for the job.

Source : HowToGeek

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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iPhone 11 – Is there anything left to announce?

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It is still months before Apple unveil their next iPhone, but that has not done enough to avert the ton of leaks online.

The release for the iPhone 11 is set for September this year. Apart from the aesthetics and designs, not much is known about its specifications.

Although there have also been rumors of the iPhone 11 spec sheet, history has severally proven those type of speculations to be unreliable.

Here are the leaked photos. What do you think?

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Huawei Ban In The US – The Domino Effect And What Is Really Going On

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I’ve been following up the Huawei ban by the Donald Trump and administration and to be frank with you, I really hope this ban is reversed because the effect is something I would call a “Domino Effect”. Can you just picture a pack of dominoes falling ?

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I believe you get the picture now, that’s what Donald Trump just set off and I really hope this doesn’t escalate. The US got into a trade war with China and The Huawei ban was a result of the crossfire. This move is affecting a lot of companies not just Huawei and it would slow down a lot of improvements in the tech sector globally.

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Huawei is the second largest smartphone company in the world coming in right below Samsung and just above Apple. They even made an excess profit of $100b some time ago and this money comes in from their various buinesses. Huawei happens to be the biggest Chinese brand in this position globally and it’s really disappointing that this is coming just right after the Samsung Fold issue and people were looking towards the Huawei Mate X as the next foldable device to look forward to , even Android Q now natively supports foldable phones but now it’s seeming like we all will have to wait for another foldable phone to get us excited again.

What Huawei Has To Do With The Trade War

Huawei doesn’t make just smartphones, they make a lot of things from laptops to servers to telecom materials and now they have developed 5G.

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Yes you read that first line well, Huawei has developed 5G and is working on improving data download speeds and also fixing the problems that come with such speeds . 5G is not just advanced 4G LTE as many people feel, 5G is actually a whole lot faster. You can download a 2 hour movie on 5G within 3.6 seconds.

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Yes.. it’s that fast and with the growing number of driver-less cars , smart homes and inter connected devices, 5G would actually make life a whole lot easier. Doctors can even perform surgeries in a location from an entirely different part of the world. The benefits are just too numerous.

The US was actually the first to develop 4G and it added about $100b to their GDP and created over a million jobs. If they had pioneered 5G first, they would have added $500b to their GDP and created almost 10 times the amount of jobs they created. I get the fact that Trump is a businessman but there are better ways to do settle this rather than accusing Huawei of being a pawn of the Chinese Government.

 Currently, Donald Trump is literally like a frustrated driver in Lagos Traffic getting annoyed that someone overtook him in traffic after he did the same a few moments ago .The major issue Trump is using to cover up here is that he fears that the Chinese Government would use the 5G network to spy on other countries and personally I feel this is just a bit overblown.

The Effects OF 5G and Why The West Is Scared

Now most of our communication systems already have some sort of encryption in place so I really feel it’s not something that we should be worried about . The only major concern here is the power it comes with and the security concerns have gotten into the UK. The UK already set up a panel to investigate Huawei and make sure there isn’t any security  breach or backdoors in the system.

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Like it or not, the future of warfare would be totally cyberwarfare, if someone can shut down the communication systems of a country with the touch of a button, the resultant effects would be definitely catastrophic.

I believe you now understand why western governments are scared. I also understand this but I still feel the decision to ban Huawei was rather too hasty even though one Huawei executive was arrested sometime ago for a case related to espionage but I still feel it isn’t enough to pin Huawei completely and start a Huawei ban

Huawei CEO Responds To The Huawei Ban

I followed up an interview where the Huawei CEO was asked to give his views on the Huawei ban is facing at the moment and here’s what he had to say –

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“I’m very grateful to the US companies, they’ve grown with us for the past 30 years and made a lot of selfless contributions, they taught us how to walk. Most of my consulting enterprises are in the US for example IBM and many others, Secondly we have received great support from these companies and it reflects
the conscience of the US Firms in this crisis”

“2 or 3 days ago I received a call saying that the US companies are working to solve the crisis by reaching out
to the US Government regarding the ban on Huawei. There a re 4 types of regulations. We are not seasonal control, we received entity control this means whatever US companies are selling to Chinese Companies need to get permission. ”

“Even though the entity control is there the inside of the company would not be affected.
The US is a country with an adequate legal system so US Companies have to abide by the law and so does the entity list. So this affects both US companies as well.”

“We are not quite prepared for our low-end products because we think they will die out soon so those might be affected but our high end products won’t be affected at least 5G won’t be affected. Other companies won’t be able to catch up with us in the next 2-3 years”

“If Google cuts off the support to Huawei it would affect Huawei significantly even though Google is still a good company and we’re working on it to find a solution as soon as possible.”

How The Huawei Ban Would Affect Huawei

Now this ban would actually affect Huawei in two major ways and unfortunately these are the major parts of their company as a tech company – The software part and the hardware part.

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The Huawei Ban Software Problem

Google has already revoked their Android License so Huawei can’t use any of their products on future devices. No Gmail, Youtube, Playstore and others. Now these apps are already part of a core Android users mobile experience and you can hardly find a good replacement for that apart from users within China who don’t depend on it.

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So basically that on it’s own poses a major challenge for the mobile division of Huawei. Although Huawei has two options in this part to use AOSP (Android Open Source Project) without Google Services or simply create their own OS.

Huawei has already been rumored to be working on their own OS for smartphones , HongMeng OS and according to one of their executives the OS was supposed to be launched this year. If you can recall one of the Huawei GT smartwatches didn’t run on Android Wear but was still a great smartwatch.

Was that actually HongMeng OS?

Well I can’t say for sure but I have a feeling it might be.

In the PC division, there’s the Windows issue, Huawei makes Matebooks which all run on windows. Windows is a Microsoft Product (A US company). So Huawei would still have to chose an OS for their new laptops as well.

The Huawei Ban Hardware Problem

Although Huawei probably has the ability to make a few of the hardware they buy from other companies, if not all but it would still affect them badly. Corning, Intel, Nvidia, Synaptics and Snapdragon are all US Companies and they can’t do business with Huawei immediately after the 90 day period when the ban goes into the effect .

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These companies all contribute to Huawei’s products in one way or the other. Huawei has confirmed that they have 3 Months worth of supply stored in their company from each company they buy from, which means Huawei actually prepared ahead of time.

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I was confident Huawei would be able to make their own chipsets for their smartphones since they already made it -the Kirin Chipset. Now ARM, a UK based company that makes the components for most of the smartphone processors have also pulled out of supporting Huawei because their production plants are based in Houston Texas. So this still poses a major threat to the development of Kirin Processors.

What lies Ahead for Huawei – HongMeng OS  Or AOSP ?

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Huawei as basically two options, to use AOSP without Google apps or use a brand new OS – HongMeng OS that is said to make Android apps 60% faster . Hauwei is a big company and has the capability of making the OS a major competitor in the tech market and with so many restrictions  at the moment the future seems to point towards HongMeng Os and even though I want the restrictions to be removed , I can’t wait to see the new OS.

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