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Just like most PCs, Android devices tend to become sluggish with use and need a little maintenance to keep them running like new. I’ve thought about getting my hands dirty and trashing all the junk hiding in my beloved gadgets, but never found a simple way to go about it without potentially ruining them or just losing interest halfway through. That’s why I was glad to hear about Advanced Mobile Care.

A veritable Swiss Army knife of Android tuning tools, Advanced Mobile Care can clean out unwanted files, kill unwanted tasks, sniff out viruses and apps with ads, save battery life, back-up contacts and even password-protect your sensitive files! I’ve been using it for the past couple of weeks and am pleased to report that it is well worth everyone’s time.

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A gripe I share with many Android users is that although my battery will last quite a long time, if I’m away from home there’s the possibility of it dying and my phone becoming a useless brick of metal and glass. But what if our phones had batteries that would never run out? Batteries that last forever, or can be charged through the air, charged from the heat in our pockets – the means of charging doesn’t really matter in this post: what I’ll be focusing on is what could we do with such limitless power.

Online services such as Google Voice which integrate well with Android could be used a lot more now that battery usage isn’t an issue. And as these services get tuned more they’ll make usage of our phones a lot easier.

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Since I rooted my phone and installed CyanogenMod 7 on it, I have noticed the obvious performance gain. My phone became faster, and my battery started to last longer, even when I became lazy with regards to saving some energy.

As the laziness overcame me me, I stopped making any tweaks at all; yet my phone didn’t die, and nether did I.
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Who’d have thought, ten years ago, that today we would be navigating our way round cities, listening to music, and catching up on last night’s TV and the latest news — all through our phones? Unfortunately all these jazzy new features have their price: your phone’s battery life. My old Nokia 3310 would keep merrily chugging along for a whole week on a single night’s charge, but my Desire HD needs charging at least once a day, and if I’m out of reach of a plug for a long time, my phone dies and I sever my link with the outside world.

Luckily, there is a (partial) solution for this: JuiceDefender. This program helps preserve and extend your Android phone’s battery life by selectively turning off certain functions, such as mobile Internet (which hogs power more than anything) and WiFi, meaning you can use your phone for much longer periods between charges.

This is certainly a welcome application for all smartphone users. Let’s take a closer look at the application and its features and see what it can do for your phone’s battery life.

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We’ve featured a couple of articles helping your battery last longer: some general tips, and a post about SetCPU. Maintaining charge is a concern; listening to music, watching videos, playing games, surfing the web, and, er, making phone calls can all drain the battery pretty quickly, and that’s not even thinking about background tasks like automatically syncing your emails.

I usually charge my phone to full power right before I go to bed, and then give it another charge while I’m working during the day. How about you? Vote in the poll to let us know!

Android phones are useful, fun, and generally interesting, but when your phone has a battery that lasts all of five minutes, fear can be struck into even the bravest of people at the thought of having to leave the house for a few hours.

“Will my battery survive the day?” – an often-asked question amongst Android owners. With this guide I plan on improving your phone’s battery life by at least a few hours. Results will depend on your phone – its specifications, software version and usage.
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