Today, high-end smartphones have a lot of processing power – more than we could’ve hoped for a few years back. They also boast tons of technologies, including GPS, cameras, various connectivity features, fingerprint scanners, biometric sensors, the ability to play videos, you name it. The problem, however, is the fact that while most smartphone manufacturers focus on overtaking the competition with beefy components and extra features, battery life suffers.
This is one of the biggest problems with smartphones: the battery life/performance. Users need to be careful what features they use and when, in order to maximize their smartphone’s batteries. Oftentimes, this defeats the purpose of owning a smartphone with tons of features, as they might not get used when they are needed. Manufacturers are aware of this (it seems) and they’re trying to fix this problem by implementing various tech for better power management; or by improving the battery technology itself. That, however, is a slower process.
This brings us to the Samsung Galaxy S5, the recently announced top-tier device that boasts the latest technologies, and a 2,800 mAh battery that might not seem enough. The good news however, is that Samsung will employ three new power saving technologies that would presumably increase the handset’s battery performance by a great margin. More details below.
Samsung Galaxy S5 to Make Use of Lucid Software
In case you’re not aware of this, the Galaxy S5 will boast Samsung’s own improved battery saving mode, which can make the handset’s display black and white for the sake of squeezing some extra juice from the 2,800 mAh unit.
But that’s not all, because apparently, the SGS5 will also take advantage of three battery optimizations from Lucid. These are NavExtend, WebExtend and GameExtend.
- NavExtend focuses on increasing battery life (up to 25%) while using GPS and navigation. In order to achieve this, NavExtend intelligently determines the right graphic processor overload versus the GPS requirements. In other words, since the navigation is predictable, not everything needs to be refreshed at a high rate, and therefore some frames are eliminated. Another boon is the fact that the smartphone won’t be heating up as much. According to Lucid, the NavExtend is configured to work out-of-the-box, “transparently and flawlessly with leading navigation software”.
- WebExtend offers up to 25% more battery time when browsing the web (“while scrolling and reading through web pages”) by determining “the right graphic processor overload versus the browser requirements.”. It works with existing Android web-browsers and also reduces the heat emanated by the device.
- GameExtend is all about managing power while using graphically intense applications, such as games (up to 50% more juice) and has already been implemented in last year’s Galaxy Note 3
As far as we know, Lucid’s PowerExtend suite is implemented at kernel level and it can’t be enabled or disabled by the user.
Evidently, it remains to be seen just how effective these technologies will be on the SGS5, but combined with the improved battery saving mode, we’re hoping that all these software implementations will give a major boost to the 2,800 mAh unit. Reviews will be coming soon(ish), I’m sure, so stick around and we’ll keep you posted.