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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by DCFC79, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. DCFC79

    DCFC79 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    When not connected to 3G or wifi do any apps or widgets use battery power when not in use, for example the twitter and facebook apps/widgets would use power right to update peoples status
     


  2. JsT

    JsT Well-Known Member

    I'd love to know this too. My battery still isn't great and I'm starting to ponder if widgets are to blame.
     
  3. wuthton

    wuthton Android Enthusiast

    All widgets are foreground tasks therefore use cpu/battery time but it is minimal, your main battery drain will always be just having the screen on.
     
  4. nx1977

    nx1977 Android Expert

    News apps can kill batteries.
     
  5. lowkey69ac

    lowkey69ac Member

    ANYTHING that is running on your phone uses battery power. The BIG discussion about "Task killer" apps has not been "freeing memory" its been battery usage. ANY process that runs, uses battery (how little is insignificant, its a process, therefore, it uses battery power) And yes, EVEN apps running in the background do use some battery). Unfortunately, killing some apps only makes them start over again, using even more battery power.
     
  6. danmc

    danmc Lurker

    I have definitely seen improved battery life since uninstalling my app killer (Advanced Task Cleaner)

    I never used to need to kill apps with it (apps freezing has never been an issue - touch wood) and often just used it for its accurate battery meter.
     
  7. JsT

    JsT Well-Known Member

    Anybody have any idea what could be running up the battery in my current setup?

    -3: Blank
    -2: 16 Shortcuts to programs
    -1: Spotify widget, small friendstream for updating, 4 shortcuts
    0: Clock/weather, switchpro, 4 shortcuts
    +1: Bookmarks widget
    +2: Calendar widget, 3G watchdog widget, 5 shortcuts
    +3: HTC Notes widget.
     
  8. Wlliam.

    Wlliam. Member


    If the phone is in standby state, gadgets wont use up much power. But they will consume more if you set them to sync every certain period, like friendstream or weather.

    My phone drains 0.75% per hour when not in use, with all connections off except gsm.
     
  9. Steve_S_T

    Steve_S_T Well-Known Member

    Wuthton's right about the screen. I noticed significantly poorer battery life when I changed my screen timeout from 2 mins to 10 and quickly changed back.
     
  10. SHiFT3R

    SHiFT3R Newbie

    Does anyone ever read the stickies?
    There is a very useful guide explaining the battery usage and how you can recognize which applications are using your battery and to what percent.
     
  11. DCFC79

    DCFC79 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    thanks
     
  12. mikey_mike

    mikey_mike Newbie

    Is it necessary to have the data apps constantly running in order to keep data acurate at month end? Im wondering if these apps should always be green checked 'on' on my TaskKiller app

    Like:
    3G Watchdog
    NetCounter
    Stats
    Call Meter NG
    Phonalyzr

    I know I have a couple that are overlapping functions but right now im trying a few to see which one is more accurate. The less get uninstalled
     

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