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    Default Battery Guru for BlackBerry 10

    App Name: Battery Guru for BlackBerry 10

    Summary: Super battery monitoring/logging app, with spiffy scrolling chart, power/voltage/temperature readings, and more!

    Keeps a record of weeks or months of data, exporting to a CSV file for offline analysis. Planned future features include custom level alarms, specialized diagnostics tools, and more.

    A long-time favourite utility on the PlayBook, Battery Guru is here now for BlackBerry 10. (Note: this is a separate product in BlackBerry World, and is not a free upgrade for existing PlayBook users. If you liked it on the PlayBook, you'll find this even more worthwhile on BB10!)

    Link to BlackBerry World Listing: https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/35712/

    Price: $1.99

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    (Note: the level alarms are not implemented in this version but will be added in the next main release.)

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    I hope it's as good as the Playbook version.
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    Definitely will be downloading this. Exactly the kind of app ive been waiting for. All of the other battery apps really are useless

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lendo78 View Post
    I hope it's as good as the Playbook version.
    Functionally, it has everything the PlayBook one has except that BB10 doesn't appear to support the recharge count (cycle count). I've included that in the Diagnostics page but there's a note (tap on the little circled-i icon to see it) which points out that it's currently pretty useless. I expect either the OS will support this at some point or, once we have "headless app" support, I'll just implement my own cycle counter.

    It also finally exposes the temperature as an on-screen reading (the PlayBook version had that only in the CSV export file), as well as the OS-provided "time to empty" and "time to full" values. The graph is improved, being scrollable and expanding to show more data in landscape mode. It will only get better too... maybe pinch-to-zoom, and definitely "momentum" scrolling at some point.

    There's an active frame as well, so certain key readings are always visible when you want them without maximizing the app again.

    With BB10 and the Cascades SDK, improving the app will also be far easier and faster than it was for me on the PlayBook, so expect to see ongoing incremental improvements this time. The app is built using the BlackBerry-Py Project, which means the non-UI code is in Python, a highly productive way for me to program.

    Be sure to open the Help menu at the top and read what you find there, since it provides important detail on some of the less obvious aspects of the app, as well as a handy-dandy "Leave Review" button. ;-)

    And a big Thank You to everyone who has purchased it today, and those who've made highly positive comments here and elsewhere. BlackBerry users are such nice people! :-)
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    Finally! Now we can start having a serious conversation about battery usage with metrics that matter. Thanks Peter.

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    Thanks everyone for the favourable early reviews!

    I notice one that wonders about changing "the metric setting of the temperature".

    Actually it uses the metric/imperial setting (under Language and Input in the System Settings) to determine whether to display degrees C or F. Is this not sufficient? I've never really considered before whether the choice of temperature units is typically coupled to the measurement system for other things. If someone can describe for me (preferably in an email) a situation where this isn't appropriate for you, I'd appreciate it.

    (Another review suggests a more graphically pleasing active frame, and that's definitely on the todo list already, thanks. :-) )
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    Already downloaded and it's great. Masterfully done. Exactly what I needed.

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    Just downloaded this, glad it's made the jump from PlayBook - looking forward to the update.

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    Thanks! exactly what I've been waiting for!
    Worth the money!

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    It's the only app I leave open all the time :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter9477 View Post
    Thanks everyone for the favourable early reviews!

    I notice one that wonders about changing "the metric setting of the temperature".

    Actually it uses the metric/imperial setting (under Language and Input in the System Settings) to determine whether to display degrees C or F. Is this not sufficient? I've never really considered before whether the choice of temperature units is typically coupled to the measurement system for other things. If someone can describe for me (preferably in an email) a situation where this isn't appropriate for you, I'd appreciate it.

    (Another review suggests a more graphically pleasing active frame, and that's definitely on the todo list already, thanks. :-) )
    I happen to like the current active frame, but would like better indication of battery charging - for example, the bar that tells you the batter is charging could change colour from say read to green. Take a look at BatteryInfo to see what I mean Peter.

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    It can only get better from here.

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    Finally able to work out if my battery or power management chip is faulty - thanks Peter.
    Right, off to leave a review.

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    I like this guys' programs and he is a very responsive dev...We need to clone him a few hundred times

    This one is another excellent program!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinker2000 View Post
    I like this guys' programs and he is a very responsive dev...We need to clone him a few hundred times

    This one is another excellent program!
    Agreed! I am very pleased with both the quality of the app and the availability of the dev. By far the best battery app available!

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    Will this app detect the amount current and/or voltage coming from the micro usb port on the phone? It would be useful to see what kind of current is coming through to your phone when troubleshooting why the phone does not charge or charging slow.

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    this was one of two apps I've been checking bbw for everyday. glad it's finally here and I can actually see what my battery is somewhat doing now.

    peter, I have a question though. it looks like the % is always off by 2 for me when compared to what is shown in settings. I downloaded another battery app and it shows exactly what guru shows. have you seen this before? any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by twstd.reality View Post
    peter, I have a question though. it looks like the % is always off by 2 for me when compared to what is shown in settings. I downloaded another battery app and it shows exactly what guru shows. have you seen this before? any thoughts?
    It's possible they adjust the value shown in the settings for some reason. Or is it possible it simply updates so infrequently that it shows stale values? Mine shows 5% right now when Battery Guru shows 4%... except as I typed this the value in Battery Guru went to 3% while the Settings value is still at 5%.

    My guess is that since Settings is still an AIR app they rate-limited its updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twstd.reality View Post
    this was one of two apps I've been checking bbw for everyday. glad it's finally here and I can actually see what my battery is somewhat doing now.

    peter, I have a question though. it looks like the % is always off by 2 for me when compared to what is shown in settings. I downloaded another battery app and it shows exactly what guru shows. have you seen this before? any thoughts?
    Ok you can't do that... leave us in suspense... What's the other app? LOL
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    Ok you can't do that... leave us in suspense... What's the other app? LOL
    hahaha but this thread's about battery guru.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter9477 View Post
    It's possible they adjust the value shown in the settings for some reason. Or is it possible it simply updates so infrequently that it shows stale values? Mine shows 5% right now when Battery Guru shows 4%... except as I typed this the value in Battery Guru went to 3% while the Settings value is still at 5%.

    My guess is that since Settings is still an AIR app they rate-limited its updates.

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    makes sense. though sometimes the settings dialog will show 0% and battery guru shows 2%. hmmmmm.


    edit: nm just realized it could work both ways. one updating faster than the other
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    Quote Originally Posted by twstd.reality View Post
    hahaha but this thread's about battery guru.
    That's just not nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lendo78 View Post
    That's just not nice
    LOL

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    Four small feature requests for the future versions:

    1. Percentage of battery consumed per hour from the last point of removal of device from charging irrespective of whether the device was fully charged or not.
    2. Display on time, total time running from the last point of removal of device from charging.
    3. Battery percentage when the device was removed from charging.
    4. Call time both incoming and outgoing from the point of removal of device from charging.

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    Peter, I've a friend using Battery Guru who was told by the app his battery would take 60hrs to charge - is that normal?
    Occasionally I'm told I've 102hrs of use left - again, is that normal?

    Would you be willing to join my Z10 Battery Research Group on BBM?

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