BlackBerry battery booster app launched

2012-08-24 14:45

Cape Town - Research In Motion announced on Friday the launch of an app to reduce battery drains in BlackBerry devices.

While BlackBerry phones remain popular, some users have complained that running applications often drains the battery faster than devices on comparative platforms.

"The Application Resource Monitor (ARM) is designed to identify and alert you to idle apps that are draining battery life and automatically close them," RIM said.

There are tools that seek to alert users to battery drains on BlackBerry smartphones like Battery Booster Pro, but the ARM is able to kill applications that are idle, but still consume power in the background.

Unfortunately, the app is only available for the latest BlackBerry phones running the BlackBerry 7 operating system (OS).

"The ARM app is part of a family of apps that are already accessible on BlackBerry 7.1 devices, including Battery Saving Mode and Application Manager, which help users to optimise battery and memory usage," RIM said.

The company is determined to protect its market share in developing markets despite significant growth of smartphones running Google's Android OS.

Android has a battery and data monitor built into the OS to help users reduce their data costs, but BlackBerry users usually exploit the benefit of the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) offered with the devices.

According to statistics from independent ad network InMobi, BlackBerry devices dominate the South African market with the BlackBerry Curve 8520 at 41.3%.

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  • grantybobbins - 2012-08-24 14:52

    i doubt this will help - sigh :/

  • werner.pretorius.927 - 2012-08-24 14:54

    The fact that they have to launch an app like this already signifies that they are useless terrible handsets. On my 2nd 9900 Bold in 5 months and still the same old issues...

      bridget.vonholdt - 2012-08-24 23:55

      I too had two, and eventually swapped out for the Bold. If they want to gain share, BB need to be a little smarter.

  • adorfling - 2012-08-24 15:06

    I can't find it on the BlackBerry App World. Is it available yet? Running latest software....

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-08-24 16:01

      Search Application Resource Monitor

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-24 15:27

    Lala. Kunene . You're right, the iPhone is way better than BB. I've had mine for a year and a half and no problems at all, plus loads of space for apps or videos.

  • Amanda.M.Mphuthi - 2012-08-24 15:55

    Look BBM is easy to use everything, bad battery, bad with apps. iPhone just too much expense. So I might as will go back to nokia ---- Lumia.

      Dojob Doomah - 2012-08-25 16:16

      no... it will be not good to return to nokia! BB rocks :)

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-24 17:39

    3 years to late, I always thought bbm stood for: bad battery management

  • jaco.duplessis.7 - 2012-08-25 19:30

    I had a Bold 9900 gave it to my wife ,it only gave me around a day of battery. Got a Galaxy S3 and I can tell all of you. It's Battery is much better get around 2 days out of it.

  • peyperj - 2012-08-26 03:50

    Why post this on South African news if the "app" is not available in our country??? I just went from Vrêkberry to Samsung due to battery life and crappy apps..... Good luck RIM WESKUS!!!!! Met 'n Wê

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