University of Purdue Claims Wakelock APIs to Blame for Poor Battery Life
By Jerry Carrion

The single biggest gripe about the mobile operating system is rapid decline of battery life when just casually using your Android device. It seems researchers over at the University of Purdue may have some answers to that problem. It seems that the heart of the problem lies in Android applications themselves. It’s already been proven how mobile ads can do more damage to your battery than the actual application itself. For instance, Angry Birds using 63 percent of resources to pump out mobile ads instead of flying birds. It has also been confirmed that many applications found on Google Play contain serious API “energy bugs.” The main problem lies in wakelock APIs. These are meant to program your device when to correctly set to sleep mode. However, many developers seem to be misreading them which can turn your full charged phone into a drained one “in as little as five hours”. Of the 187 applications tested, 42 came back with positive results for “energy bugs”. We won’t have any word as to which ones they are until the report is published sometime next week.

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