sept 16th update killed my battery life!


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  1. vertcobra99

    vertcobra99 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ever since I have downloaded and installed the latest update I have been seeing horrible battery life.

    With airplane mode on I have been experiencing 2-3% decrease in battery per hour with NO USE!!!!!!!!

    This is completely rediculous and unacceptable. Do they even test these updates before they push them out to eveyone?

    I have juice defender and an autokill app. I was getting 1 1/2 days before the update. I am lucky to make it to bed now before my battery is dead. I have alost noticed a lot more running services popping up then before and I have no idea what the issue is

    I am getting really sick and tired of this phone really fast... If they don't have these problems fixed by the 30th. Its going right back to the sprint store and I am going back to the iphone.
     

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  2. jim2point0

    jim2point0 Well-Known Member

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    Without airplane mode, I can leave my phone sit for 45 minutes with no drain. After an hour I get 1% loss.

    Basically, my battery life is the same. Probably affects some and not others. EVO users had the same complaints when they got Froyo. Some had worse battery life.... some better.
     
  3. LMychajluk

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    I got a 'system update' on Sunday afternoon (9/19), just after pulling the phone off the charger. It was dead <5 hrs later with minimal use. Yesterday the phone was running warm, and the battery life was dropping steadily. Toggling airplane mode and power cycles didn't seem to do anything. I left the Epic on the charger all night last night, and today it seems to be better (@ ~50% after 8 hrs w/ average usage and not running warm), but I'm still not getting the battery life I was last week. Normally, at 2pm in the afternoon at the office, I'd be at ~75%. So, I'd tend to agree that something in the updates is screwing with the battery life...
     
  4. science_guy

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    I have been trying to figure out my recent extreme battery loss...completely forgot about the update. I, too, run airplane mode at work due to poor reception in the middle of a cement block building (no big deal as I don't need sevice). I had also installed launcher pro and beautiful widgets over the weekend. I was experiencing about a 1%/hr drain last week, the last 2 days it's been 4-5%/hour.

    Turned off LP and BW today. Will see how it goes tomorrow!
     
  5. ThatsNoUser

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    Wow I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed this. I got the update 2 days ago and there has been a dramatic decrease in battery life. I've installed no new apps or changed any settings otherwise.

    Before I could go about 15+ hours on a single charge with light-moderate use, now the battery is totally dead in half that time without using the phone at all! I have also noticed the phone feels warmer all the time, like it's doing something CPU-intensive. Also, turning on airplane mode or turning off radios/autosync no longer seems to make any difference.

    This is very disappointing. I will give it a few more days to see if there's any fix/workaround, but I can't have a phone that dies halfway through the day.
     
  6. homeslice

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    I experienced the same thing until i stopped using the weather channel widget. My battery life was fine until after the update. Its back to how it was before now that i dont use that widget. Might be coincidence but it seems fine now.
     
  7. keenan6

    keenan6 Well-Known Member

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    I unplugged my phone at noon today and at 3pm I was at 50%.

    i used the phone to send MAYBE 10-20 texts within those 3 hours.

    I'm not/have not been using any widgets :(
     
  8. jfenton

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    Make sure that you're killing the Samsung Media Hub thing...it seems to draw a lot of juice.
     
  9. UniqueNate

    UniqueNate Well-Known Member

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    I know smartphones use up a lot of battery, but I personally think it's some type of flaw in Android internals or UI when it comes to battery.
    I hate to compare it, but the iPhone is a smartphone and does a lot as well. I don't hear to many people complain about that. I understand the new one has a new and bigger battery to. Still I didn't hear to much complaint on the previous iPhones.

    All Android phones drain at a unacceptable rate. Some days will be better. I experience a drain here and there. It's not as bad as the Hero. The Evo was better for me. The Epic isn't bad for me, but it can be much better.
    They need to put in some 1750maH or 1800maH. They are the same physical size as the ones we use now. So I don't know why they don't stock with those.
     
  10. mapcom1

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    yea i went to running services and did notice media server service was running, so i stopped that and will recharge and monitor.
     
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    ok, so my battery life was ABSOLUTELY horrible to the point of recharging 2-3 times per day with minimal use (mostly messaging and playing around to learn the functions of the phone).

    So today the battery discharged to the point of turning the phone off. I recharged it and unplugged it when I saw the message reporting full battery.......

    THE RESULTS....5 hours later, I still have a FULL battery! (any other time I would have 1/2 battery to 1/3 battery, AT MOST)

    Moral of the story: try COMPLETELY discharging the battery and recharging completely.

    P.s.--no fancy battery saving apps installed, but I do keep background apps to 0 and I do toggle wifi

    P.P.S--I can't really compare my battery before and after the update because my phone updated the day after I got it, but before the complete discharge my battery life sucked
     
  12. Inferno4213

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    After seeing this thread, I think I have to agree that my battery life has been crap since the new update. I updated Friday I believe and Saturday was the first time my phone completely died on me. My phone was fully charged around 3 or so I went to the MSU-ND football game, and by 3 or 4 AM my phone was done. I was also using my phone much less since I was at the game. Now going to class the last couple days I noticed there was a DEFINITE decrease in battery life, so much so that I bought a couple extra batteries. I hardly get into the 40%s but the last two days my phone has prompted me that my battery is low and I need to charge it. Sorry I don't have more specific data though.
     
  13. someguy1984

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    I noticed this battery issue as well immediately after the media hub update. Luckily, I had aa few other issues with the phone and exchanged it today. I'm choosing not to install the media hub update until people say the battery issue is resolved. Although, I think it's crap I paid for this phone and have to be afraid of downloading updates that will potentially make the phone worse...That's a bunch of crap if you ask me...
     
  14. heavychevy

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    My wife has been complaining about this constantly since the update. I tried a few things that worked for me on the EVO (CDMA Auto, turning off radios, turning off updates etc) but it still seems to happen. She's not phone savvy so I'm going to keep up with this in hopes of an answer.

    Going to try the full discharge thing today hopefully.
     
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    I don't know if this has anything to do with the battery life, but has anyone else noticed that applications will just randomly open themselves up? I use the advanced task killer. This morning the only thing I have done since I got up was sent one txt. Then I used the app killer to close everything possible to save the battery.

    I just turned my phone on again and the following apps are all open:

    Sprint Navigation
    Voice Dialer
    Media hub
    Amazon MP3

    These 4 programs seem to be the biggest culprits. almost every time I go to task killer at least one of these (and usually all of them ) are on and running WITHOUT me having started them. If I don't catch it, they can run the battery down quickly.

    Is anyone else seeing this issue?
     
  16. vertcobra99

    vertcobra99 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    whats even stranger... is that before the biggest consumer of power was the display.

    Now since I unpluged my phone at 7:30 AM this morning the biggest consumer are the following:

    Phone Idle - 28%
    Voice Calls - 21%
    Display -20%
    Android System - 10%
    Cell Standby - 9%

    I only made one phone call this morning that lasted 1 minute so I am not sure how voice calls are eating up 21% of my battery.

    Whatever they did with this update it totally messed everything up.
     
  17. dr.pepper1

    dr.pepper1 Well-Known Member

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    My wife and I have both noticed that our battery life is much worse since the update.
     
  18. sjjn

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    Since the update I have had exactly the opposite results. Battery was total crap...used to go to 40% with minimal use after about 3 hours...now it lasts about 15 hours with a fair amount of use.
     
  19. yueyblah

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    i have also noticed that my battery life sucks after the eclair update. i received mine on the morning of sept 17th (so it's been about 5-6 days now). my battery was horrible after the first week, just to "break in" my new battery. it was lasting ~4-6 hours the first week. then after that, i had a battery life of about ~23-25 hours with moderate use. (my friends claim that i was on my phone non-stop, so that's pretty good battery life).

    now, since the update on sept 17th (for me), my battery life only lasts ~4-12 hours again... and i'm hating to charge this phone 2-3x/day. i don't know if the battery will get better or not. it seems to be getting worse. i use the task manager that comes on the phone, advanced task killer, and juice defender on my phone. nothing seems to work.

    does anyone know if they're coming up with another update to remedy the ppl that have been affected? it seems like some phones are affected, while others are not.

    i'm going to try to chat w/samsung online tomorrow and see if they know anything.
     
  20. cluckkillerb

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    I did a PRL update yesterday, since doing so my phone doesn't beep at me from dropping service and the battery got through the day(light use) with 70% left. I got the media hub update last Friday and before I did the PRL update my phone was beeping at me to charge it around 7PM. Hope this helps others, it's definitely helped me.
     
  21. afowdy1003

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    Yep! I'm using Advanced Task Killer upwards of 10 times per day to kill those apps that keep running in the background. I most definitely thnk it's from the most recent update. Media hub, was it?? Since that update, the apps constantly turn themselves on in the backgrouns, and my battery life has gone kaput!
     
  22. Inferno4213

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    Those apps running has nothing to do with the update, other than maybe media hub. I had a Hero before the Epic and the same thing happened. Only the apps sprint pre-installs on the phones do it (or are the biggest culprits).
     
  23. JDubbleTrouble

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    still no battery problem here i almost feel sorry for u guys i can listen to music all day at work go to lunch check these threads facebook text get a call from my mom shes about the only person that still calls me go back to work listen to more music make it home check the market out then itll finally tell me its about time to charge so best of luck to all of you with battery issues but i dont need a task killer or nething like that im my own task killer dont rely on apps to fix apps get ur hands dirty task manager and application management is all i need
     
  24. vertcobra99

    vertcobra99 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    My battery will last me mostly all day... the only differnce is that I used to have more the 50% battery when I went to bed before... I am right around dead now.

    Im glad you don't have any problems... because you seem to be the only person who doesn't.
     
  25. Ganesha303

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    I am experiencing the same battery killing issues as others since the update. I suspect the Media hub app is the culprit. It pretty much runs constantly. If you shut it off, it just comes back on within a few minutes. ATK and Juice Defender are useless against it so far.
     

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