iOS: In early October, mobile security tool Lookout updated its Android version with Signal Flare, a new feature that sends your phone’s location to Lookout’s servers just before the battery dies. That feature is now available to iPhone users as well.
Android: Battery life is the bane of every smartphone owner’s life. We’ve offered lots of suggestions to help Android owners deal with that problem, but Longevity Battery Saver adds one useful twist: identifying apps which are tough on battery life and warning users when they download them.
We’ve explained before that task killers rarely improve performance on Android phones, and the same is equally true of iOS devices. Blogger and education consultant Fraser Speirs offers a well-explained summary of why shrinking the number of apps on your multitasking bar won’t help extend iPhone battery life: because it’s a list of apps you’ve run recently, not apps that are running right now.
Whether the iOS 5.0.1 update didn’t fix all your battery woes or you’re just looking to improve your iPhone’s daily lifespan, we’ve got a few tips that can help you squeeze a little more juice out of your iDevice. Some are easy, some require a little additional hardware. Either way, these tips should help your iPhone make it through the day (or longer).
British news site The Guardian reports that a large number of people have found that the Setting Time Zone update is operating even when there is no chance the user would have moved to a different time zone. If true, this could explain the poor battery life of the iPhone 4S.