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Video: Motorola Teaches You How to Use Their New Smart Actions App

Your new DROID RAZR may need some help in the battery department just as much as any 4G LTE phone on Verizon does. With phones only able to run the current 2011 LTE technology, there isn’t much that can be done except by tweaking your OS as much as possible or swapping out a dead battery for a fresh one. Since Moto decided to make this phone the thinnest on the planet, you won’t find extra life coming through an extended or backup battery. That leaves phone hackery.

Through Motorola’s new Smart Actions app, they are attempting to give you the tools to help your phone last longer on a single charge. Smart Actions allows you to customize your life by adjusting settings or launching apps depending on your location, time of day, etc. While I haven’t found a single way in them to truly extend battery throughout the day, I will say that the idea itself is fun. Having your phone automatically launch your workout playlist when headphones are plugged in is convenient. If you really want battery extension though, I’m afraid that turning off 4G and GPS is about the only way you are going to do it.  

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  • http://twitter.com/czervick212 Spencer Ward

    …locale

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000155987673 Austin Mutschler

    I am trying to get someone at XDA to port this app to other phones

  • eddieonofre

    any tome this gets pulled so I cna installed in my droid bionic?

  • http://www.tedpavlic.com/ Ted Pavlic

    Aren’t there already a zillion other apps that do event-based actions? Why use a Moto bloatware app to do something already available in the market?

  • http://MakeCash2.com Sara Thomaas

    @0cf69e95d030cf8978798d876e1dc33a:disqus version of Tasker.. my classmate’s aunt makes $83 hourly on the laptop. She has been out of a job for 10 months but last month her pay was $9044 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read this site http://ao.co.za/67AV4S

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to know if there’s maybe a way to port this app to other non-Motorola phones?
    Any way to get it? 

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica M.

    I wish they would put this on the Bionic.. anything to make a battery last is always a very good thing. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6LY5JVZCJUXXU5LWZUG2GSE2OI Joshua C

    Pulled mine out and it has been on battery 4H17M with 70% charge left. I am on 4G and have done no tweaking to save life. I can not complain about the battery life yet.

  • Jonny Razr

    Otherwise, I think the phone is fast, screen is great esp with streaming Netflix. The volume and quality is a lot better than my old DX.

  • http://twitter.com/strikeir13 Keir Stiegler

    This sounds like a lite version of Tasker. Tasker is AWESOME and I can only imagine that this is a bastardization, and probably a weak one at that.

  • Jonny Razr

    A helpful tip…if you don’t 4G coverage [yet], set your Razr for 3G only and not 3G/4G.  Big difference!

  • Nsbjj

    I am very happy with my RAZR battery life.  With my normal use my Droid X battery would be around 30% at the end of the day.  My new Droid RAZR is at 50% with the same usage.  (yes, I use 4G were I live).

  • El El Kool J

    Motorola an american company using a lady with a British accent…lol.. wow.. 

    • Anonymous

      Chicks with Brit accents are so secksee

  • Anonymous

    : This is quite the step in the right direction Motorola. Now we’re starting to think.

  • Trevor

    I found a great way to extend battery life. Make it so when your phone’s display goes off, have it turn off cellular data.

  • Kevin

    So they’re bundling Tasker into the phone and calling it something else?

  • Anonymous

    Any Bionic port available?

  • James

    Will the Droid  4 have this? I’m not interested in the battery life claims but more in the automation  aspect. I use Tasker but it’s sometimes buggy.

    • Paul

      I’m interested in this too. I’m even more interested in any news on the D4 though. Mainly will it be outdated before release like the currently available sliders were.

      • Emil43

        I really hope it’s not a D3 all over again in terms of specs.

    • Anonymous

      @readers:disqus  my classmate’s mom makes $72 every hour on the internet. She has been unemployed for 3 months but last month her paycheck was $8728 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it on this site  http://smlk.es/Cash

    • DeathfireD

      If it’s not just download the app called Timeriffic. Does basically the same thing and it’s free.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to know if there’s maybe a way to port this app to other non-Motorola phones?
    Any way to get it?

  • Srleadjb

    Can we get this app on the Bionic?  

    • Anonymous

      According to several posters on other forums, Moto support has been telling Bionic customers that Smart Actions will be included in the big forthcoming Bonic update. Personally, I am doubting that but time will tell…

  • Anonymous

    Pretty soon these devices will have a smart app that will learn the user’s way of using the device, Wants, needs etc… Kinda like a car that learns the driving habits of its driver.

    I wish more women where like this LOL

    • Anonymous

      I agree….

      Trigger: I come home

      Action: Girl makes me a cocktail

  • Anonymous

    “While I haven’t found a single way in them to truly extend battery throughout the day”??? Really? I bet 25 cents that you have Wifi in your office and at your house. Set a Smart Action to disable Cell Data when connected to those two wifi networks and you will save yourself hours of battery from that alone. Is your home wifi as fast as 4G? Maybe not, but seriously, get over it. I get over 18 hours a day from my RAZR using it whenever I want and have 20% or more at the end of the day.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Tried it, didn’t help all that much. For this phone or any LTE phone to last more than 10-12 hours, you have to turn off all of the fun stuff. :(

      • Anonymous

        If you check out the Droid Forums for Razr Battery Life you will see I am not the only one seeing outstanding battery life even with the “fun stuff”… The battery experiences are so varied from one person to the next I am wondering if there isnt a “bad batch” or some other problem with some of the phones.

        • Anonymous

          BTW, I say that because I got 19 hours yesterday, still had 30% at the end of the day and disable cell data is the only smart action I was using…

      • Bewara2009

        U sad bro?

  • Brett Ward

    or don’t even worry about gps unless youre using navigation, because we all know that turning gps will do nothing unless youre actually going to use it. yea, sometimes an app shows that its trying to find youre location, but this only lasts for a few seconds, and the resulting battery drain is insignificant and minuscule. 

    • Pete

      Unless you’re in a building or some other area with low GPS signal. Then that few seconds will be longer.

  • Anonymous

    I know that when you get a new phone you are always going to like it since you just paid so much money and you have no choice… lol

    But….   Is there anyone that is not as happy with their new Razr as they thought they would be?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      For the most part, I really like this phone. (Review coming hopefully this afternoon btw) The only thing that I’m not OK with, is battery life. It’s the #1 problem yet again. I’m done blaming OEMs too, it’s the LTE chip that’s the problem.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. That’s my only complaint, this cot-damn battery life.  But with higher resolution displays, and higher processing power, what do we expect? 

        • Mctypething

          I’m not sure why anyone is getting excited about the huge advances in smartphone technology when battery technology is so far behind.

          • Edwin M

            I completely agree. I love the RAZR. It’s super fast and screen and camera is great for what I use it for. I just wish there was better battery technology. I get about 6-8 hours on a full charge with LTE. I use it pretty heavily though.

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          • Mctypething

            u a Guest bro?

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        • Anonymous

          My girl got 14hrs the other day and 16hrs battery yesterday on the Razr. She is in a full 4g area with sceren brightness at about 70%. Maybe she isn’t using the phone that much.

          • Anonymous

            It’s because she’s in a full 4G area.  The big battery problem with 4G comes from radio switching when you drop 4G.

          • Anonymous

            Have to fully agree here. If you live in a city, like me, with full 4G coverage, doesn’t seem to be a problem at all.

          • Anonymous

            Ok, makes sense. I just bought a Bionic online, but I am on the 4g/3g fringe myself. Hopefully my battery and connection will be ok. I will see next week I guess.

          • Anonymous

            I’m spending the next few days for the holiday in a new LTE area that looks to be not as solid so I’m sure it’ll be playing the handoff game quite a bit. I’ll track how badly it hits the battery and see. 

      • Anonymous

        Usually I’m the first one to see issues with battery life, but I guess I’m just lucky so far. I’ve been off the charger for 5 hours today, a normal day with usage and i’m down 21%…or basically 4% an hour…that’d be 25hrs all things being equal. Can’t complain.

        • Anonymous

          Zepfloyd what device do you have??

          • Anonymous

            Razr – Primary, X (soon to be Nexus) – Secondary. Here I was talking the Razr. I have to say the first few days were brutal, it definitely took conditioning before it’s started to work out. 

          • Anonymous

            I guess we have to be patient with the chip maker of the 4g lte radios to some how be more efficient in the battery dept or energy dept. Maybe bigger batteries is the answer for 4g lte devices until this problem can be solved.

          • Anonymous

            It will be solved next year when the 28nm LTE chips hit….yup start hypebeatin Summer 2012 phones…

          • Anonymous

            LMAO, Girl is actually dressed in sexy lingerie and waiting with a drink in hand, Yes, yes I love it must get OEM’s to add this feature ASAP lol

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          Been off the charger for 1:26 and I’m down to 75%. It’s been like this everyday.

          • Anonymous

            Wow, that’s really bad. It was like that on day 1 for and I started to worry, but worked itself out. Maybe you have a lemon…What’s your highest used battery %

          • Turd_Ferguson

            4Hrs 47mins and I’m at 80% some moderate use  only one 3min call though, couple games of solitaire early in this morning. pandora bluetoothed to my car for the drive to work.

      • Anonymous

        @kellex:disqus Have you noticed data drop issues when you are on the edge of a 4G area?  I actually lost data for a full 10 minutes last week, cycling airplane mode didn’t fix it.  I suppose 4G in my area may have been having issues, haven’t seen it much since.

      • Turd_Ferguson

        I’m getting decent battery life. It’s the screen I dislike, Grainy and dark colors. 

      • http://twitter.com/PatriciaErin Patty

        The battery life hasn’t been an issue at all for me. In fact, it’s better than any smartphone I’ve had.

        • Hotsawce69

          Same here and I’m on the fringe of a 4g area.  I’m getting great battery life. Averaging 13 to 15 hours for the 9 days I have had it so far.  I would consider myself a moderate user. I keep 4g turned off unless I’m going to be surfing the internet, downloading apps because guess what, texting and voice calls work great on 3g still to this day.  

  • Stacey

    Wouldn’t juice defender do a better job than the Motorola app? I have ultimate on my droid x and I consistently get 12+ hours with somewhat heavy usage.

    • Anonymous

      You could, I dabbled with Juice Defender until I realized that I could do exactly what JD was doing with my Smart Actions.  I just set up my phone to power down cell data, background sync, gps, bluetooth when the motion detector isn’t detecting movement, my headphones are plugged in and when my phones isn’t charging.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    Haha, love that photo.  Shows off the RAZR’s truly terrible display.  Horrible pixelation anyone?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah because everyone looks at their screen one inch from their face.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        Have you seen Moto’s displays?  They’re really awful, even from a normal viewing distance.  And not just the pixelation.  Color, ghosting, viewing angle, contrast, everything, it’s all terrible. I realize the RAZR is an improvement over the Bionic, X2, D3, etc, but that’s not saying much.

        • Anonymous

          I’m looking at a moto display right now, and before I would look at my OG’s display.  I’ve never had any issues nor complaints

          • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

            You’re happy with it, that’s all that matters I suppose.  It’s just a shame that Motorola can produce awful displays and most people don’t notice or don’t care.

          • Sp4rxx

            It’s a shame that people make such a big deal over it that it is a “make or break” deal for them on a device…..

        • Sp4rxx

          got my RAZR right in front of me – way better look than the DX2 or the OG… the display is beautiful in comparison.

          Apparently you must be near-sighted if you have to look THAT close to your phone

        • Anonymous

          The RAZR has a great display. Though there are technically superior displays out there, there’s zero pragmatic difference. Even my Dell Streak 7 (probably the worst display in the industry) is a good screen for daily use. Side-by-sides are great for tech blogs and us tech geeks, but they really have no practical merit.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      While it may look ultra-pixelated in that photo and is not on-par with the Rezound, it’s a massive upgrade over the LCD screens on the Bionic and D3.

      • Mctypething

        I really think you’re in the minority when it comes to your opinion on the Bionic’s screen. You are overblowing it way too much. The screen on the Bionic is fine.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          I got used to it, but after looking at the Galaxy S2 screen for 2 months prior, it’s hard to be a big fan. Even going back to it from the RAZR is slightly painful.

          • Mctypething

            Maybe that’s my problem with seeing your point, I’m not comparing it to the other screens you mention. I need to do that to see what the hoopla is about.

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        • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

          No no no lol I also feel that in comparison with many other screens coming on newer devices, the D3 and the Bionic are sub-par :(

          • Anonymous

            LMAO!!!!

        • Anonymous

          Yea I was initially a hater of the pentile myself as some of you might remember, but I have spent some time with the Bionic and Razr and they have won me over. My girl got the Razr and I just got the Bionic online. I notice the pentile but it became less and less noticable in the 2 hrs I played with it in Verizon when I was waiting for my girl to pick out a phone. I had to really strain my eyes to notice it after a while.

          • Anonymous

            This is a great point. In a side-by-side with the SGSII, the RAZR is sub par. In daily usage, it’s a great screen and the differences will become negligible.

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    • Anonymous

      Not really no. Try that on the Bionic, then talk…haha.

  • Mctypething

    Wait, you mean it doesn’t improve battery life by 30%?!?! This is a travesty!

    • Stacey

      You surprised bro?

      • Mctypething

        Actually, no. Guess you can’t interpret sarcasm.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          Be nice. :P  I got your sarcasm. :)

          • Guest

            please ban this guy and angelface77 kellex!!!  

        • Guest

          you a dick bro?

          • Turd_Ferguson

            you afraid to post anything not under guest brah? 

          • Guest

            you afraid to post anything not under turd_ferguson bro?

          • Mctypething

            u a Guest bro?

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

          • ColeKane

            Nope 

          • Colekane

             Besides whats wrong with Turd Ferguson? Funny name turd ferguson funny name

          • Guest

            nothing! it’s funny!  i like it!

          • Colekane

            guess you’ve never seen the sean connery saturday night lives ? 

          • Guest

            nope. post up the link.

        • Stacey

          I was being sarcastic , and doing that bro shit that you always used to do.
          ;)

          • Guest

            he’ can’t take it when you dish it back at him.  he’s a dick bro!

      • Anonymous

        You don’t understand sarcasm bro?

      • Guest

        he might cry like a little bitch if you dish it back to him.

        • Mctypething

          u a Guest bro?

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

          • Mctypething

            stop posting your whack off material!

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

          • Mctypething

            u a Guest bro?

          • Guest

          • Anonymous

            +1 bro

          • Guest

        • http://twitter.com/PhilStout Phil

          nahhh bros don’t cry… do they bro?

          • Guest

            this guy does.  turn the “bro” thing back on him and he’s crying like a little bitch.

          • Mctypething

            u a Guest bro?

          • Guest

          • Anonymous

            Delete yourself

          • Guest

            i think i’ll stick around.

          • Mctypething

            u a Guest bro?

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      • Bewara2009

        U trying to be smart bro?

    • Trevor

      After doing tweaks and playing around for a while with the smart actions app. I’d say it can improve it by 30%

    • http://twitter.com/SciJohn SciJohn

      It actually generates power which I am selling back to the National Grid. :)