11 Android apps to boost speed, battery life

Want your Android device to work faster and more efficiently? These apps can help

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All you have to do is open the app, set it to a higher cache size and hit a button. Since the cache size isn't kept after reboots, SD Speed Increase has an option to automatically reset it every time you start up your device.

As the developer advises, this app may not work on all Android devices. You may not see any noticeable differences in the SD card speeds -- I didn't -- but it's worth a try.

Volume Boost
Kobohely
Price: $2.12 after 7-day trial

Is your audio too low when you're using headphones or ear buds? Well, this app can boost the volume; a great feature if you're working out or are in a noisy environment.

You can manually activate the volume boost or set it to automatically start when booting your Android device. It also offers a widget that you can add to your home screens to quickly turn it on and off with a single button click.

When I tried it, I did notice a slight audio increase when using this app. It boosts the volume just enough so you can better hear Pandora, MP3s or whatever you're listening to. It includes a 7-day free trial and then you must purchase it for $2.12 to continue using it.

Since I go on regular bike rides and have a hard time hearing audio with my ear buds, it's certainly worth the two bucks and change.

Eric Geier is a freelance tech writer who become a Twitter follower to keep up with his writings. He's also the founder of NoWiresSecurity, a Wi-Fi network security firm.

This story, "11 Android apps to boost speed, battery life" was originally published by Computerworld.

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