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Friday, 17 January 2014 12:59

Lucid Logix WebXtend saves power on Galaxy Note 3

Written by Fuad Abazovic



Up to 20 percent longer browsing time

Lucid Logix is a well-known company that tends to make your graphics faster. Many of you might know them for the Hydra chip that can make peace between Nvidia and AMD graphics cards and make them render together as brothers in arms, but the company has a few other technologies that are currently aiming for the mobile space.

Back in December we reported that Lucid Logix software has found its way into the very successful Galaxy Note 3 and we had a chance to see it firsthand. The Note 3 ships with GameXtend software enabled by default and results with up to 20 percent battery power savings in gaming. In layman's terms this means that the Galaxy Note 3 runs 20 percent longer when the technology gets enabled. You cannot turn off GameXtend as it it built into the OS by Samsung, but the end result is that the battery life gets extended. We saw a demo with GameXtend enabled and disabled on two devices side by side, and we saw that the GameXtend enabled the Note 3 to drew less power.

The downside is that the gaming is slightly smoother without this technology enabled, but this is something you will notice only if you have two devices side by side. Still, a 20 reduction in power consumption is impressive.

Another demo, something that mobile technology really needs, is WebXtend and this technology can increase the time you can spend browsing without running short on juice for about 20 percent. The demo that we caught on video was presented by Offir Remez Founder and Vice President Business Development and you can clearly see that browning with WebXtend on a demo device results with up to 20 percent lower drain. We saw a 4 to 5 ratio versus the device whiteout WebXtend enabled and we could not notice any chopping in the browsing, or any other slowdowns and artefacts.

There is another technology called NavXtend that we haven’t seen live, as you have to be inside of a car that has a NavXtend enabled device and drive around. Unfortunately time didn’t permit us to see this demo. The GPS chip draws a lot of power and being able to run your GPS powered navigation for 20 more percent can mean reaching the destination while your phone is still on. This reminds me driving and using Google Maps navigation in southern California when my phone died just 5 minutes before I was supposed to take the Cupertino exit leaving me clueless about how to reach my destination. This is something you want to avoid at any cost and NavXtend might be a solution that some mobile manufactures might integrate into their phones and tablets.

You can see the WebXtend demo after the break.

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