Battery life is such a heated concern that many mobile users face. Beyond Android, I’ve seen complaints of battery life on all sorts of platforms: Symbian, iPhone OS, Blackberry, Windows Mobile. Simply put, smartphones just can’t seem to catch a break with providing decent battery life without the need to go out and buy an extended unit.
The common factor between all smartphones? Apps, of course. Larry Page – Google’s co-founder – says that Android is no different: poorly programmed apps are to blame for increased battery usage, and if you can’t get through the day without a charge, then there’s “something wrong”.
Eric Schimdt was on hand at Google Zeitgeist to offer his two cents, as well, with a slightly more technical outlook:
The primary consumer of the battery life on these phones is the transmit/receive circuit. So tuning that and obviously figuring out a way to not use too much of that extends your battery life
After which, Larry Page offered a solution that we’ve all come to know and live: a bigger battery. It’s no secret that many users suffer from battery life, but that isn’t necessarily the fault of the operating system on which the phone resides; when you’re using apps that have been poorly programmed, they more than likely aren’t efficient in using a lot of the phone’s capabilities (and that includes using services that require a good amount of juice).
On a related note, this story came in with great timing as James Jackson just introduced another episode of “The Secret Life of Phandroids” last night. The comic pokes fun at this very issue, and it should give you a good chuckle when you think about how most of the Android community thinks about battery life.