Ads kill your Android battery

19 March 2012

android_logoIf you have an Android phone, chances are you've incessantly complained about your battery life. If your phone running out of gas all the stinkin' time, then you could well have your favourite app to blame.

New research suggests that up to 75 per cent of free Android apps are to blame for your battery draining because it uses all its juice on adverts and other hidden tasks.

New Scientist reports the findings from Purdue University in Indiana in the US, where curious boffins built special software to analyse apps' power demands.

The research reveals that the enormously successful Angry Birds spends just a fifth of the power it uses on actually playing the game itself with the majority of the battery being used to power checks to see where you are using GPS and downloading adverts over 3G that are specific to your location.

Should Google start looking at the way apps work? They seem to be rather inefficient when policing how applications work and run on phones.

Is the life of your Android battery driving you nuts? Tell us in the comments. Or, if you're an iPhone user, use this opportunity to sneer.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile

8 comments

  • Mary P.
    "If you have an Android phone, chances are you’ve incessantly complained about your battery life." And chances are, you have no life, girlfried, friends, money, been sexually atracted to your mum/sister/grandma, lack self esteem, have a crap haircut, dress badly, got aroused while watching The full Monty.
  • Tweedskin
    @Mary Portas I doubt it seeing as Android is more popular than iOS. So I imagine the average user wouldn't be like your description and would be probably be worried about battery life seeing as we've gone from "dumbphones" that would last a week away from a charger to smartphones that barely last a day or two. The more technical advanced Android users who "have no life, girlfried, friends, money, been sexually atracted to your mum/sister/grandma, lack self esteem, have a crap haircut, dress badly, got aroused while watching The full Monty" have probably rooted their phones and use Ad free so we don't need to worry about battery life. Now fuck off back to your dying high street.
  • Tim C.
    @Mary Portas All the things you mentioned applies to me.
  • bushbrother
    iOS devices also have adverts in most free versions of games etc. Surely they do the same thing?
  • Me
    Just leave it in the drawer and never switch it on. That'll save your battery life.
  • Chris
    "New research suggests that up to 75 per cent of free Android apps are to blame for your battery draining" So research tells us that using apps on your phone uses its battery? My goodness!
  • Brandon H.
    Alternatively, only turn on your 3g when you need to use it, or for regularly updating apps use something like tasker to automate it to turn on 3g periodically to get mail and stuff.
  • PokeHerPete
    *snort* I never have this problem with my iPhone. My only concerns are paying off the debt. *scoff*

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