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App Wrap: "Qualcomm's Snapdragon Battery Guru," Added Functionality For Google Apps

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

If you find yourself frequently frustrated with how quickly your mobile phone battery runs out of juice, a new app called Qualcomm's Snapdragon Battery Guru promises to learn your habits and then automatically do the things you should be doing yourself in order to get the most out of a single charge.

You launch the app, and it'll throw itself into "learn" mode, at which point it just asks you to use your phone as your normally would. Then, after about three or four days, based on your habits, app developers say it'll do things like turn on and off your Wi-Fi, depending on whether you're near one of your preferred Wi-Fi hot spots. It'll also close certain apps while you're not using them so they don't refresh on their own several times a day without you even realizing it.

Snapdragon Battery Guru is a free app for Android devices that run on a Snapdragon processor, which the bulk of Android phones do.

Google Adds Functionality To Several Apps

Google is adding some new functionality to some of its popular services.

First, Google Now, the voice activated searching mechanism for the Google Search app, has just added the nutritional information on certain foods to the cards that will pop up in your search. For example, ask how many calories are in a cupcake, and comes the answer. Click on the card for the full listing of reasons why you should or should not be eating what you're about to.

For certain things like wine, you can even drill down and look up a specific type or red or white. Developers say right now, there are around 1,000 different types of food, with more being added all the time.

Google Now, through Google Search, is a free app for android and iOS devices.

And Google Maps is always adding neat new areas you can virtually tour via street view. The latest of those areas include three in the Big Apple.

First, the September 11th Memorial is in there for you to stroll. Take a walk around both pools and take in all the names of those lost on September 11, 2001.

Spots around the city that were hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy are also in there, post-Sandy, to give you an update on how certain areas are doing today.

And on a more upbeat note, you may remember about a year ago that NY1 told you about the Google trike, which was riding around and capturing Central Park. Well, now, that trike's work is up online as well. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP