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Beware : Words with friends eating up battery

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by inphoenix, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. inphoenix

    inphoenix Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    If you downloaded words with friends today keep an eye on your battery life. It has been reported that this game sucks up battery like crazy. Go into your battery use and see for yourself.

    I am uninstalling for now. Will get it again when they fix it.

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  2. hilman

    hilman Newbie

    I have been using it all day, made a few calls, texted, surfed, etc and have 30% battery left after 17 hours of being unplugged on my HTC Desire HD. Battery usage shows it using 3%.
  3. inphoenix

    inphoenix Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Hmmmm another friend also noticed high battery usage. Both of us on DroidX. Could be an issue on certain phones?
  4. lexluthor

    lexluthor Android Expert

    I have a DX and don't see to have any extra drain. Sure, if you are playing the game, you'll use a lot of battery just from having the screen on so much. But, just having the games in progress, but the phone sleeping, no, that doesn't appear to be affecting me much, if any.
  5. flipn0tic

    flipn0tic Member

    No problems on EVO... yet.
  6. No problems here with my SGS-V
  7. nyydynasty

    nyydynasty Android Expert

    no problems on my captivate
  8. SFive

    SFive Newbie

    Killing Nexus S.
  9. inphoenix

    inphoenix Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Appreciate the input. So it seems to be a hit or miss. I understand what you are saying about keeping the screen on. I was comparing same amount of screen time for Wordfeud and WWF. WWF nearly kills the battery where WF won't even use 10% of what WWF used. Does not make any sense. I will uninstall and reinstall.
  10. ranova

    ranova Android Enthusiast

    seems fine on Nexus One. its showing 8%, but I've been playing it a lot today
  11. TexasAg03

    TexasAg03 Member

    I unplugged my Droid X at 7:30 this morning and it was dead by 2:30. I didn't play the game today, but it is "waiting on a move". That's the only thing different on my phone today so that has to be the problem.
  12. futuremonkey

    futuremonkey Lurker

    My G2 went from full to 65% in about 3 hours, and that's with the phone doing nothing at all the whole time (sleeping in a locker, screen off, wifi and mobile data off, etc.). The only thing I've changed is installing Words with Friends. If that's not the cause, it's a strange coincidence.
  13. inphoenix

    inphoenix Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    It is not a coincidence folks. And I am relieved that I am not going nuts. This is happening to others as well.

    I posted it so that you phone does not die in the middle of night and you miss the morning alarm (what would have happened with me if I didn't plug it in). This thing is guzzling battery like there is no tomorrow.

    futuremonkey, can you look at battery use and see what ate the battery?

    Uninstall or beware!! :)
  14. hilman

    hilman Newbie

    Day number 2 and WWF isn't even on the battery usage list (<2 %).
  15. disastar

    disastar Well-Known Member

    If Zynga botched the notifications framework, then the battery use would fall under the "Android System" and not "Words with Friends".
  16. hilman

    hilman Newbie

    ^ that's a stretch but I'll play, my Android System is at 5% of my battery usage.
  17. SupremeBeaver

    SupremeBeaver Android Enthusiast

    Using a Desire HD and it absolutely killed my battery life. Using Wordfued for now.. much lighter on the battery, and less force closes.
  18. futuremonkey

    futuremonkey Lurker

    Good info. That's exactly what I was seeing. "Android System" was at around 20% of battery consumption, on a phone that was sitting idle and unused for ~3 hours.

    That said, I'm pretty new to Android, so...
  19. myklt8

    myklt8 Lurker

    I enjoy the game, but it is killing the battery on both mine, and my wife's Captivates
    63% when I got to work @ 8, 3% @ 10.
    Phone was 100% when I went to bed @ 10 last night
  20. hilman

    hilman Newbie

    Why would it kill your Desire HD yet have zero drain on mine? Seems strange to say the least.
  21. inphoenix

    inphoenix Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I've emailed Zynga support about this issue. Haven't heard back yet. Hopefully they are looking in this issue.

    Meantime Wordfeud works for me. :)
  22. SupremeBeaver

    SupremeBeaver Android Enthusiast

    Its a strange one.. don't know. But to be honest it shouldnt matter which phone we use.. if the app is poorly optimized then it should drain battery on all phones. It is a first release after all.
  23. Nemesiis

    Nemesiis Member

    It's fine on my Ally.
  24. actofgod

    actofgod Well-Known Member

    I noticed a change in battery life, definitely.
  25. jdizzle

    jdizzle Newbie

    got an epic....definitely a battery drainer

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