Free Mobile Apps May be Draining Your Battery
Does your cellphone’s quickly draining battery keep getting the best of you while you’re out on the job? The free mobile apps you use may be to blame, according to a new study by Purdue University and Microsoft.
Researchers found that free mobile apps consume more than double the power in battery life compared with paid applications. Researchers studied five of the top 10 most popular Android apps, such as MapQuest and the Android browser. They found that “only 10 to 30 percent of the app’s power consumption is directly related to its purpose, while the remaining 70 to 90 percent is consumed by other functionalities that use wireless I/O chips (Wi-Fi, 3G, and GPS),” according to TechSpot in reporting on the study. The battery drain was also blamed on advertisements that are usually displayed on free apps.