Power Saving Mode is not new, but Galaxy S5 does a bit more than others
Power saving mode can be found in almost all Android devices. It is not new. Most Android users know that one enabled, CPU tends to run slower and the number of active background process may be limited.
In other words, power saving mode in existing Android devices usually slightly degrade the performance of the device to gain longer battery life.
In Galaxy S5, in addition to such normal (or traditional methods), Samsung did more compared to other Android vendors. According to this report, and this press release, Samsung partnered with Lucidlogix to optimize the battery life optimization by integrating Lucidlogix’s PowerXtend Software in Galaxy S5.
It is claimed that the said software can boosts 35% more play time without sacrificing the performance (user experience).
Samsung did not disclose how the software is integrated in Galaxy S5. But in power saving mode, such software must play an important role. Otherwise, the mere 2800mAh battery is hard to provide 12-hour video playback or 10-hour web browsing.
Another interesting power saving feature is that you can change the screen from color to grayscale when normal power saving mode is enabled. Of course, you can switch them at any time.
Galaxy S5 Ultra Power Saving Mode gives you a black-and-white S5
The most impressive and interesting power saving feature in Galaxy S5 is the totally new Galaxy S5 ultra power saving mode.
Samsung claims that Galaxy S5 ultra power saving mode can provide up to 24 hours of stand-by with 10% battery. Don’t confuse this 24-hour standby time with the standby in specifications. This 24 hours standby means you can turn on all network connections, and receiving all notifications. While in the hardware specification sheet, the 390-hour standby means voice only.
With the Galaxy S5 ultra power saving mode on, S5’s display will show only black and white colors and offer access to a certain set of applications. The ultra power saving mode also shuts down all unnecessary features in your S5.
No other mainstream smartphones provide this feature yet. Some users definitely will find this feature is a life-saver.
How does Galaxy S5 Ultra Power Saving Mode save battery?
In addition to measures in power saving mode, Galaxy S5 ultra power saving mode saves additional battery in the following ways:
- Change the screen from color to grayscale;
- Limiting the number of usable applications;
- Turning off mobile data when screen is off;
- Turning off WiFi and Bluetooth
Can I customize the apps available for Galaxy S5 Ultra Power Saving Mode?
In ultra power saving mode, you’ll have access to some basic apps, like the ability to send text messages, make phone calls, and browse the web with Samsung’s browser.
You can add some other apps available when your Galaxy S5 is in ultra power saving mode. Of course, the apps are limited to some stock apps only. This includes, Phone, Messaging, Internet, Calculator, Google+, ChatON, Memo, Voice recorder and Clock.
So, the answer is yes, but limited to some stock apps for basic functionalities.
Very likely, through future update, Samsung will allow more apps in ultra power saving mode.
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To know more about Galaxy S5, please check our Samsung Galaxy S5 features explained page.