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Should I use "apps" or just browser "bookmarks" ?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by vancouver3, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. vancouver3

    vancouver3 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I'm using the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, still running on stock ics 4.0.2, however, my question being should I really download and install apps for certain site ? Or just use the browser to visit their mobile website?

    For example, I have the mobile version of NBA.com as a bookmark, I basically just it brows the scores and all that. The advantage to do it this way is that I saved up a bit of storage this way, cuz I didn't have to install any apps such as ESPN, Scores and tsn.. etc. Apps like those probably not gonna take much of your storage space, but it does run in the background almost all the time, and I believe they do gradually consume ur ram memory and battery power. Or the Browser actually consume more memory and battery in comparison to the apps?

    Another concern will be the Permission issue. Some apps do gain access to some of your information, and not sure whether or not if its worth the risk. Plus with the compatibility problem, many apps are not well developed for certain device, especially the ones running on ics, therefore for the above reasons, I sometimes choose to use browser instead of apps for certain things.

    Let me know what do you think :thumbup:
     



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  2. Clementine_3

    Clementine_3 Extreme Android User
    VIP Member

    Depends on the app, the m.site and what you prefer.
    I use mobile FB 'cause the app sucks, mobile G+ 'cause the app sucked at first, the Twitter app is OK so I use that, the MLB and NHL apps are fine so I use them, the weatherunderground app is a mess so I use the mobile site...
    There is no right or wrong, it is what works for you.
     
  3. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Main difference is that there is no integration between apps if you use a mobile site or an app. For example, you can't share directly to Facebook from your gallery if you don't have an app.

    And its a matter of taste. i kind of like the facebook app.
     
  4. vancouver3

    vancouver3 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    True about the integration part.

    However, I am more concern about speed and performance. Cuz I still by having too much apps in your device will potentially generates many background running apps, which eats up ur memory and eventually consume more of hour battery. However, by using the browser visiting such sites, it won't be an issue cuz when you close the browser , nothing runs in the back ground. Again, storage comes to play as well, few MBs here and there does add up.

    Anyways, so its just a very flowing thing I think, I guess it doesn't really matter which one u t using.

    App vs browser?!
     
  5. VincentAnoid

    VincentAnoid Android Enthusiast

    If there was a way to put bookmarks on the homescreen? Then it would be pretty much the best of both
     
  6. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Depends on what the app is. Having more apps does not really affect speed and performance. I have more than 200 apps on my phone and it still works as well as when new bought. Background running apps which "eat memory" are no issues, mainly because Android manages memory by itself, and they consume little to no battery unless they are set to be actively syncing. Android is designed to use as much RAM as possible not to keep RAM free. Its not Windows.

    The only apps which affect battery are those that are actively running like Twitter or Facebook, but apps that just sit in the background due to app cache (android learns what apps you use frequently, so it preloads them for faster access and less battery use) are using barely any battery.

    Performance and Speed is only affected when you have a lot of apps IF YOU USE A TASK KILLER. An Android phone with over 200 apps and all background processes running will work faster and be more battery efficient than another Android phone with the same setup but uses a task killer. TK's diminish Android's batter saving features by not following the instructions, causing Android to restart the apps killed by TKs.
     
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  7. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Yes you can. Long press HS>shortcuts>bookmarks>choose bookmark. If you are using a third party launcher you can change the bookmark icons to look like apps.
     
  8. vancouver3

    vancouver3 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the info, I'll monitor it for a period of time, see how the device really works.
     
  9. VincentAnoid

    VincentAnoid Android Enthusiast

    Unfortunately the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is not like that when its running stock ICS. It only gives you three options on a long press and shortcuts are not there. It can be found in the widgets area (after applications). I own one too :D
     
  10. VincentAnoid

    VincentAnoid Android Enthusiast

    So are you saying that if I turned sync off in the Applications and Sync settings menu. No matter how many apps are installed, battery life and performance will not be affected. I use twitter and facebook sync but I turned auto sync off.
     
  11. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    I said its dependent on the type of app installed. For example, an active widget will use more battery and cpu than game on idle.

    Someone with 300 games installed but no widgets will have better battery life than someone with 100 apps installed but 7pages of widgets.

    There are a lot to consider.
     
  12. VincentAnoid

    VincentAnoid Android Enthusiast

    Do you know how to recognize these apps and widgets that run in the background (Sync) before downloading off the play store? Is there an easy way to see which processes are running (using power) of the phone in the background?
     
  13. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Its not just sync, although syncing apps will have more battery usage than other apps that run in the background. Just read the features and look at what the app is for, then you will know if it syncs or not.

    For example, any social network app like Facebook, Twitter etc and any cloud storage app like Dropbox and Sugarsync will be syncing in the background.

    Widgets on your homescreen, like clock widgets, sms widgets, email widgets, weather, etc, are all active apps draining your battery because they are running processes.

    Other processes that drain battery are some of the productivity apps: OneNote, Evernote and Springpad for example syncs to online note databases. NoLED is active in the background monitoring your phone state for new messages for it to notify you.

    Basically, look at what an app does, and from there common sense should tell you if it will be running in the background consuming resources or just an idle app unless opened.
     
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  14. sdrawkcab25

    sdrawkcab25 Extreme Android User

    With ICS you can also restrict specific apps from even using background data

    Go into the data usage settings and click on the apps it lists, there is a check mark at the bottom to turn off background data for that app.
     
  15. VincentAnoid

    VincentAnoid Android Enthusiast

    I think thats to prevent it from connecting to mobile internet data. Not preventing it as a process running on the phone.
     
  16. noonehereyet

    noonehereyet No One...

    You could always make a simple webview app... It's what i do anyhow...
     
  17. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    If you miss the pre-ICS method, you can always install Nova Launcher. It brings back that functionality.
     
  18. VincentAnoid

    VincentAnoid Android Enthusiast

    I don't miss that, but there is one thing that bothers me slightly. The ability to delete homescreens are not there. Does the Nova Launcher have this option? Looks alot like the Sense interface with the infinite scroll feature I've seen in the Play Store.
     
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