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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by leifonzo, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. leifonzo

    leifonzo Lurker
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    First of all, I love a lot of things about this phone. It is SOOOO much faster than my OG Droid! I have it rooted so I can run Adfree and Titanium Backup and tether.

    Like a lot of people, I am underwhelmed by the battery usage. Two hours of the thing sitting in my pocket and I'll be down to 60% of standard battery. Unacceptable.

    The biggest battery hog seems to be Maps. I do keep GPS on, as I use navigation several times a day, as well as a few other apps that use GPS. Maps consistently shows as using about 50% of my overall power usage.

    If I kill Maps, a few minutes later I find it running again. I can't tell which app or service is turning it on, since there are so many...

    Any insight or help?

    Thanks!
     

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    GPS equates to Maps. Is there any way to only use the GPS when you actually need it, like for Navigation?

    Any other geo-location aware app will also be doing this - BW weather widget, browser loading Google (if you have enabled geolocation in the browser), etc.
     
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    I reccommend putting the GPS toggle widget on a homescreen, then just enabling it when you are going to use it. It seems silly, but I'm getting 15 hours out of my phone so far.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas. I know I can disable GPS except when I need it, but with my old droid, I left it on, and the icon confirmed that GPS was only used when I actually had a program open that was using it. For instance, when I had Maps open, or a marine navigation app I use, then I knew I was using GPS.

    On my old phone, when I backed out of maps, unless navigation was active, the GPS shut off. That wasn't the case with the marine app, so I knew to kill it once I was done.

    I guess I was hoping to identify the apps and services that KEEP GPS on so I can kill them and then have instant GPS when I need it.

    It is helpful to know about the browser. I checked, and I did have location enabled - I wasn't aware of it. Maybe that will help.
     
  5. droidman40

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    there was another thread with this same problem. Someone suggested uninstalling Maps updates, clearing cache and then reinstalling Maps updates.
    I had the same problem as you, tried the uninstall reinstall route and haven't had problem since.
     
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    thanks for pointing this out I guess i should be more vigilant on watching whats running. I've never used Maps on my bionic however it seems to be ALWAYS running and when i force close it it restarts right away. I froze it in TB and my battery has become super studly.
     
  7. Vehtemas

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    Stupid facebook used my GPS for over an hour yesterday. I added it to my auto kill list ;-)
     

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