The Snapdragon BatteryGuru App Review
Snapdragon processors are pretty much ubiquitous throughout the smart phone world today as being the top mobile processor running on operating systems such as Android and Windows Phone. With that being said, since Qualcomm knows their chipset best it makes sense for them to make a dedicated app specifically for devices running on the chipset.
From the very beginning of downloading and opening the app, you’re greeted with “learning mode”. This in itself makes a ton of sense due to that fact that everyone has different usage habits, so having an application that can adapt to those habits gives room for a more sophisticated and useful app. It takes about 2-3 days for the application to figure out your usage patterns and adjust accordingly. I don’t know if that’s enough time to really gauge a person’s habits, but just the fact that the BatteryGuru does this is a standout feature all on its own. In actual practice of the app, I came to find that even though Qualcomm has put forth the effort to moderator your battery life, the work being done underneath the hood in order to do that it minimal at best.
During use, you get the impression that Qualcomm is only adjusting the sync interval levels of your applications and settings. The increase in battery life is not only inconsistent, but very minute. There were times in which I turned the BatteryGURU off in order to calculate the actual difference between usage times and there were times having it off increased my battery life. This adds credence to the fact that the app really isn’t adjusting the processor on the hardware side, but merely altering the software already embedded inside the Android operating system. However, there were also times in which the increase in battery life was very apparent. Basically this means that the app and work from Qualcomm needs to be updated in order to maximize the potential of this combo.
At times when having the app on, push notifications had issues coming through, or if it at all. Gmail was having major issues with this. I would send myself emails from a different account just to test if this was a specific incidence and after sending various emails (10), I only received 3 push notifications. That is very alarming as no amount of battery life that can potentially be saved should alter the user experience of the device. Again, this is adding to the fact that the app merely changes the sync intervals, or completely screws them up in the process. This isn’t anything Qualcomm can’t fix with an update, so in time we hope to see the app better manage the processes running in the background.
For being a fairly early an unknown app, the Qualcomm BatteryGuru as the right idea on where battery management should be heading. All it needs now is better execution from Qualcomm and more features to cater to specific users. Learning a person’s habits is the best way to maximize personal interactions with ones smartphone, and if Qualcomm can find the perfect singularity between that, they’ll have a prize on their hands.