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Sprint HTC One (M8) Receives Update Enabling Extreme Power Saving Mode

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If you have a HTC One (M8) on a US carrier, you may have noticed that one of the phone’s advertised features is not present on your device. Extreme Power Saving Mode was touted by HTC as a way to preserve the last 5% of your battery for up to 15 hours by disabling many features, but it curiously was not available on US variants of the device. Sprint is the first carrier to remedy this, bumping their version of the One (M8) up to version number 1.54.651.8.

Extreme Power Saving mode will turn the One (M8)’s brightness down, CPU’s clock speed lower, data connection offline, pedometer off, and only let users run a very limited set of applications, allowing the battery to last you through the night if necessary.

Curiously, the addition of Extreme Power Saving Mode is not part of the release notes, but those who have received the update are confirming that the feature is indeed part of it.

To enable the mode, users should be able to head into the Power menu in Settings. If you have received the update, let us know how the feature is working out for you down in the comments.

Via: CNET
  • xd feng

    We can tell that rigid flex circuits is much smaller, thinner, softer and lighter in its shape in the comparision of the differences of FPC and PCB.

    When the cable materials get smaller, it becomes much easier to assemble the machine to its system.

  • DC_Guy

    Now if only they’d roll out an update to give folks extreme LTE speeds. And by extreme I mean actual LTE speeds that are on par with the other major carriers.

    • malcmilli

      well that depends on your location, i think verizon is updating its towers now, but last year in NYC i was watching people consistently pull 6-8 mbps on their gs3’s… Sprint caps out at 25 mbps if im not mistaken.

  • Greg Bohn

    M8 HOME screen morphs to minimal offerings. Nice.

    • Intellectua1

      That’s a blatant Samsung ripoff

      • alex drum

        You’re a blatant Samsung fanboy.

        • Intellectua1

          I’m also a blatant HTC hater if you didn’t notice. They need to die already.. Evl…

        • Intellectua1

          Comparing Samsung to Monsanto you clearly are the idiot here sir..

          • alex drum

            You obviously don’t know much about the two companies and their business practices.

          • Intellectua1

            Actually I know more than enough about Monsanto and not a lot about Samsung but I can definitely tell you there is no comparison

  • Greg Bohn

    Pop up message after selecting power saver mode.

    • Erickbernal27

      Wait, The M8 Had A Pedometer?

      • alex drum

        *has* and yes. thats the whole thing with fitbit. you can track your steps using an HTC M8 instead on one fitbit’s devices

  • Greg Bohn

    Power menu screen with updated menu.

  • Greg Bohn

    Sweeet.

  • mcdonsco

    You know what I want in a power saving feature? The ability to check off what I want and dont want to work in that mode…

    They always kill push email and similar essential functions (at least for me) with an “all or nothing” setting…give me some options!

  • Intellectua1

    Copycats

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      Huh?

      • Intellectua1

        HTC copied Samsung with this feature..

        • Adrynalyne

          A least do some research before accusing.

          http://www.phonearena.com/news/LucidLogix-opens-battery-saving-PowerXtend-software-to-all-Android-makers-promises-up-to-50-longer-battery-life_id51164

          First, Samsung didn’t do crap but license the tech.

          Second, HTC either licensed the same tech, or ripped LucidLogix off, not Samsung. I suspect the prior.

          • Intellectua1

            It was still put on a Samsung device first then HTC decided let’s do an update and include this also. Ripoff..

          • jnt

            You really think they saw the preview of the S5 awhile back and then scrambled to add this at the last second? Unless I’m mistaken, the int’l variant had this on it already, the US carriers are the only that didn’t.

            Actually I guess it’s possible it was a last second add-on… don’t really care though, as it’s a great option for any phone.

          • Adrynalyne

            Very unlikely that they developed it that quickly.

          • Intellectua1

            The didn’t develop anything if they “licensed it”

          • Adrynalyne

            Re-read what I said. You clearly misunderstood.

          • Adrynalyne

            FFS, so a company licenses it to everyone and all of a sudden its ripping off Samsung?

          • Intellectua1

            I never said Samsung made it or licensed it or where it came from, I said Samsung included it on the S5 first and now HTC wants to do it..

          • Adrynalyne

            So weird. A company licenses their tech to all OEMs, and more than one decides to use it.

            I can’t wait for you to chastise LG if they decide to as well.

            HTC cannot ripoff Samsung if its licensed tech. Your argument is flawed.

          • malcmilli

            HTC had a battery saver mode back on the HTC one X, just so you know.

  • LionStone

    Extreme… Power…

  • Droid Ronin

    Is the battery saver feature similar to what third party apps do when you reach a certain battery % level?

    • Chris

      Sort of. This will stip the phone down to the basics on demand. There’s a notification drawer toggle for it.

  • mike

    Hello, how are you?

    • Chris

      Mikey likes it. Hey Mikey…

  • Chris

    You are a day late. This came out yesterday

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      Correct. We thought this was a trashy bugfixer until the CNET report today stating otherwise. Have a nice day!

  • irontexican

    Just bought mine today. Thought we couldn’t purchase until the 11the. And I do have the extreme mode. But haven’t had it long enough to see if it wrks

    • Chris

      You may or may not have this update. I’d check.

      • irontexican

        Oh,I do. As soon as I powered the phone up and took care of all the set up stuff it was there as an update. Looks pretty extreme

        • Chris

          Even with out it battery life has been impressive. As long as it lasts me all day I’m fine with that. I charge it at night anyway

    • dreadfulCore

      How do you like the M8? I’m thinking about purchasing one on Friday with T-Mo.

      • ApplesNAndroids

        I know you didn’t ask me but I love the one M8. I’ve had most recent android phones and its my favorite one. I use an iPhone 5S primarily but I’m definitely holding onto this M8. It’s awesome.

        • dreadfulCore

          I appreciate your input. It’s nice to hear some good things about the M8. Now I can’t wait for Friday.

  • jbdan

    Love that pic, really shows what a sharp looking phone is.

    • mcdonsco

      Looks like a great candy bar to me…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Just had a flashback of the days Sprint got Specialized HTC devices. Does Sprint not Brand the devices like At&t and Verizon?

    • K

      No ugly branding whatsoever. At least on their recent devices, but even then their branding has always been minimal unlike Verizon.

      • Chris

        Verizon / 4G LTE

    • Chris

      Zero sprint branding on my m8