This underrated Android feature crushes the iPhone in one key area

nexus 6p fast chargingAntonio Villas-Boas

The ability to give our phones a big chunk of battery life in a short amount of time is key, as charging them for long periods of time, like we might overnight, can damage them permanently.

If we want to do it properly, we need to charge them whenever we can throughout the day and keep them charged around 40% to 80% to prevent permanent damage.

With that in mind, it’s not always convenient to charge during the day, so that’s why quick-charging is important. It gives your phone a quick battery boost, which is especially useful if you’re in a hurry.

However, it turns out that the iPhone charges very slowly compared to Android phones with quick-charging features.

YouTube user AGNTV posted a video comparing charge times of the iPhone 6s Plus, OnePlus 2, and Moto X Play from around 3% up to 100% all with airplane mode on, so there’s no background activity from apps. It shows that the latest Android phones charge much more quickly than the latest iPhone.

After 15 minutes of charging, the iPhone only went up to 8% while the OnePlus and Moto X charged up to 20%. There’s no denying that the Android phones would last a lot longer if you only had 15 minutes to charge them.

iphone vs android chargingAGNTV/YouTube

Neither the iPhone or the OnePlus 2 have quick-charging features, and yet the iPhone charges much slower thean the OnePlus 2. That’s because the OnePlus uses the new USB-C standard, which will eventually be used by future Android phones.

It allows for faster charging than the conventional microUSB standard from previous Android phones and Apple’s Lightning standard.

The Moto X Play has the biggest battery out all three phones and uses microUSB, but it has the quick charging feature from mobile chip-maker, Qualcomm, that uses a special quick-charging adapter that comes with the phone. It only took the Moto X Play two hours to charge from 3% to 100%, which is almost an hour less than the iPhone. That’s pretty impressive.

samsung fast chargerAntonio Villas-Boas/Tech InsiderA quick-charger from the Galaxy S6.

Most Android flagships, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5, and LG G4, also have Qualcomm’s quick-charging features. We also expect most flagship Android phones to adopt USB-C in the near future.

We haven’t seen Qualcomm’s quick-charging feature combined with USB-C yet, but when it does, we could potentially charge our phones extremely quick.

Meanwhile, there’s no mention of Apple adding its own quick-charging features to the iPhone, and it’s unlikely that Apple will adopt Qualcomm chips for the iPhone, as the company prefers to design and build its own chips. There are rumors, however, that the iPhone 7 will come with wireless charging, but that’s also pretty slow.

Check out AGNTV’s comparison video here:

 

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You Can Get 2GB of Free Google Drive Storage Today

You Can Get 2GB of Free Google Drive Storage Today

Want some more space for your documents? Of course you do. Well, you can grab 2GB of extra capacity on Google Drive for free today. Here’s how.

All you need to to is head to Google and run through a very brief security update—checking that your backup email address is correct, renewing account permissions, that kind of thing. For a couple of minutes of work, you’ll be given 2GB of extra storage on Drive. What are you waiting for? Go do it.

The offer is to mark Safer Internet Day 2016, and it’s similar to a promotion Google ran last year, too. But don’t worry: If you got 2GB of free space then, you can still claim another 2GB today. Happy days.

[Google via Reddit]

Google Chrome is about to get much faster

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Google Chrome will make your browser speeds much faster.

Google announced that it will begin to roll out an update to Chrome that will make your browser speeds much faster.

The update contains a new data compression algorithm called Brotli, which Google first unveiled in September. It squishes the size of a website down by 26% more than Chrome’s previous compression tool, Zopfli.

Like Zopfli, the new algorithm is named after a Swiss baked good. (Brötli means ‘small bread’ in Swiss German.)

In a Google+ post, Google engineer Ilya Grigorik announced that Brotli will be coming to Chrome soon, likely in the browser’s next major update.

“At Google, we think that internet users’ time is valuable, and that they shouldn’t have to wait long for a webpage to load,” Google (GOOG) said in a September blog post, when it first announced Brotli. “Because fast is better than slow.”

Google made the code open-souce, meaning it can be used by any competing browser. Mozilla, for example, says it will use the code in Firefox.

Chrome has been on a tear lately, adding features left and right that speed up your browsing experience.

In September, Google released version 45 of Chrome, which promised to make pages load faster and save your battery at the same time. As of version 45, when pages go idle, Chrome aggressively wipes out old, unused memory.

In a more recent update to the Chrome browser, Google decided it would longer allow videos to load in background tabs. You now have to click on a tab to load a video or streaming media file.