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Verizon: these Android apps will kill your battery and use your data

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Verizon: these Android apps will kill your battery and use your data
Verizon has put together a list of what it calls "High-Risk" Android apps. These are apps that help the device lose functionality, like the loss of a data connection, for example. They might use an unexpectedly high amount of data or drain your battery two to three times faster than the average game and could represent a security or privacy problem.

Draw Something won't let your phone sleep, leading to a drain on the battery 2.7 times faster than normal
Draw Something won't let your phone sleep, leading to a drain on the battery 2.7 times faster than normal

Draw Something won't let your phone sleep, leading to a drain on the battery 2.7 times faster than normal

Doodle Jump might look like a harmless game with a cute main character that calls to mind Qbert. How harmful could that game be? The answer is pretty harmful, actually. While the game is running, the phone is not allowed to go to sleep which results in the battery being drained three times faster than average. Draw Something, the one time top game across the planet, when left alone will also drain your battery up to 2.7 times faster than your average game.

Sometime, the issue is more than just battery drain. Take Hill Climb Racing. Yes, this app will zap your battery 2.7 times faster than normal if you leave it alone, but additionally, if you let the game run untouched in the background, it will use 6.4MB of data over 24 hours or 190MB over 30 days. That is scary. But there are even worse games. Need For Speed seems aptly titled  as this delightful game, left untouched with the app running, will consume your battery life 4.5 faster than normal. And Jail Escape will go through a whopping 500MB of data in 30 days if left running in the background.

If your battery hasn't been lasting as long as it should, or you find yourself consuming large amounts of data for no particular reason, check you running apps. You might find that the problem is a game that is not playing nicely with your OS. And finding the culprit requires trial and error. We found on one Android phone that Hanging with Friends was not only causing the phone to run hot, it also was running down the battery.

source: Verizon via AndroidCentral

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posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:08 10

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Who play draw something anyway lol

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:12 19

2. nikenturd (unregistered)


Your grammar skills are awful....please speak in your native language and let Chrome translate it for us

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:33 10

5. MrJerry (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Please ask her just to shut up

Man she is everywhere.....spoiling entire PA by commenting s**tsss lol

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:45 12

8. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Speaking of which is wendy a girl or guy?

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 06:02 3

14. MrJerry (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


What the hell?
There are two?

Even worse!

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:56 3

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you're the one spoiling Phone Arena by commenting.

Wendy has done nothing to justify telling he/she to shut up.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 02:42 6

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thank you for that :) I'm just wanna make pa alive tho...

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 02:50 9

11. nikenturd (unregistered)


Please....shut up....for the love of humanity....

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 07:03 2

16. MrJerry (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Oh now I got it...
Two people are using one wendygarett ID..

So my question is....
Where is another ID?

Could it be KingKurogiii? looool
(Don't be so serious)

What is it then?
Dual-Wendy Trolling clocked at Mutiple anonymous Trolls?

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 14:37 1

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


shut up guy, you're annoying.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 17:39 1

28. MrJerry (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Is it annoying annoying?
or annoying because you just can't argue with?

Next time you'd better shut up when you have nothing to say in particular because your comment sounds like nothing more than f**k you

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 19:18 1

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


no, it's merely pointless and adversarial. just like trolling.
why go to any lengths just to defend your position of telling someone to shut up who may or may not have been trolling which i for the record do not see wendy as a troll. what you're doing is just not how you handle trolls, that just makes you look like a hateful asshole. either ignore them or shut them down with irrefutable logic, that's all there is to it.

and for the record a "f**k you" was really all i had intended behind that comment but since you're just going to keep on with this pointless struggle i've gone ahead and presented a point for you. you're welcome.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 23:01 1

32. MrJerry (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Oh your theory is damm funny

I can refute your every single word

First of all, If you think I could simply ignore them if I don't have irrefutable logic to shut them down....

Then why the f**k are you trying to shut me down even if you don't have the "irrefutable logic"?

Oh wait maybe you think your comment:
"why go to any lengths just to defend your position of telling someone to shut up who may or may not have been trolling which i for the record do not see wendy as a troll"
This is f**king logical, isnt it? or just your own opinion.

You basically think I am not supposed to say "Shut up" to anybody unless I have the "irrefutable logic" and when I said it you said "shut up" to me...

Can you get that?
It seems you have some sort of problems to operate your brain logically so I will expain in detail what you just did.

Me: f**k you wendy
You(not even wendy): You can't say f**k you to someone
Me: Who are you? Why do you care?
You: f**k you
Me: Is that all you can say?
You: I have different opinion on Wendy and I don't think they deserve "f**k you" from you
Me: But you just said "f**k you"...so you said that because you think everyone would agree that I deserve "f**k you" from you?

I can say "Shut up" to anyone with "Common Sense"
I don't need your "Irrefutable Logic"

Moreover, you were evne saying: "what you're doing is just not how you handle trolls, that just makes you look like a hateful asshole. either ignore them or shut them down with irrefutable logic, that's all there is to it."

Are you mayor of trolls or something? or is there any book about Trolls to support your idea?

Let me ask you this: How the hell trolls can be trolls if they are able to think and accept "Logics"?


Grow up boy
I could go on forever
So if you think you could defeat me with your "irrefutable logic"..

"You are always welcome",
either way "Shut up"

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 00:27

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


oh gosh, all this? really? ...okay.

the basis of everything you're saying insinuates that i think of you as a troll. when have i ever called you a troll? i called you a hateful asshole. i don't like hateful people and i don't like bullies so yeah, i'm gonna tell you to shut up and i'm going to say f**k you if only to come to the defense of someone that i don't think deserves such harsh treatment. you had that coming.

now when it comes to trolls everything i said before stands. you don't come off looking any better than the troll stooping to their level by being hateful to them. i see that and it's just as annoying as the trolling.

that's funny because i thought it went...

You: shut up Wendy! you spoil PA!
Me: uh, no, you do with your attitude.
You: oh i see, must be trolling from same person on different accounts. (getting personal doesn't usually go well fyi)
Me: shut up, you're annoying.
You (who can dish out but apparently not take):
you don't know what you're talking about. you shut up too because you're saying f**k you.
Me: okay, i'm saying you handle trolls badly, you create more s**t on the site than you're trying to prevent so yeah, i'm pretty much saying f**k you.

i told you to shut up because you're annoying and i don't like you bullying wendy. i mean he/she just asked who plays draw something? i've seen far worse come off with much milder responses and that's usually the case with wendy. i never see wendy just blatantly attack something like some troll. he/she didn't deserve to be told to shut up and be called trash pretty much. i'd do the same thing for anyone else on this site because like i said, i don't like bullies. there's better ways to handle trolls which you'd see if you paid attention.

why would they shut up if you told them to? i'll tell you why you told wendy to shut up, it's because you wanted to call out wendy on being a troll and put him/her down for it. i'm saying instead of being personal and mean just say "you're a troll for this, this and this." being right while they squirm is how you put down trolls not by saying mean things to them which none of us want to see any more than we want to see troll remarks.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 06:52 1

35. MrJerry (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Man please..get a real dont make your own novel..

You did not say i have to have some attitide first
You said actually I am the one who spoiling PA by comments
In fact i am just nothing more than someone who has my own opinion

Bully? Are u f**king serious?
And did i reply to her comment that "who plays draw something??
Go check again for f**k sake

Everyone knows she is commenting everywhere
Believe or not it is fact that sometimes she talks s**tsss
I guess even she would agree with this.
So i said she needs to shup up.

WTF IS WRONG WITH IT?
Cant i say my opinion or make some kind of jokes sometimes here

Again, dont be so serious
I said to you this from the start
Or you can change your nickname to mrSerious
so that people can ignore you or avoid from mistakes what im doing with you lol

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 16:04

36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


why did i have to say you have to have some kind of attitude? you lost me there.
that sounds like something a troll would say. xD

yeah, i'm serious.
it was obviously directed at him/her.
you must think i just fell off the turnip truck.

i know he/she comments everywhere.
oh is it? because i think it's a fact that YOU talk s**tsss. how much more important do you think your opinion is than mine?

it's mean, stupid and i don't want to see that on this site. you didn't seem to take when i said shut up as a joke. in fact i believe you referred to it as a f**k you post. is saying f**k you to somebody considered funny these days?

guy, i give zero f**ks about what you or anybody else on this site thinks of me. i'm going to stand up for what's right and that's that.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 12:28 1

20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


she seems to be learning, shes been contributing some real honest and "factual" comments as of late....so thats a "good" thing i guess lol

besides her top comment lol

wendy more people than you think may be playing that game smh

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:44 1

7. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1340; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Her / his native language is malaysian lol cmiiw

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 19:42 2

31. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Wendy, I would just like to say that I love your comments. You make me laugh every time.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 20:05

38. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Verizon is USELESS at best. They should focus on prompt updates and uninstalling all the crappy bloatware they place on it's useless devices.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:18 1

3. nikenturd (unregistered)


Yahoo Mail is the biggest drainer of them all because it does its thing so brutally well while silently running in the background

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:28 1

4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1929; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Hill Climb Racing is dope, so I'll deal with it. I don't let apps run unchecked in the background for long periods of time, anyway. However, my latest addiction is Bike Race. This game is amazing. I highly recommend it to all.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:39 4

6. breathlesstao (Posts: 66; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


Who the hell leaves things like these running in the background for hours (not even gonna mention a month, wtf, mindless much?) anyway? Honestly. Not playing - flick it close, end of story. Or am I the only one who thinks that's the actual sensible thing to do?

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 05:32 1

13. Starscream9 (Posts: 10; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


By saying "Running in the background"They're talking about the apps that run
silently(which do not appear in the multi-task window) and which needs to be closed by going in the application settings. for example facebook, yahoo mail, launchers etc

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 02:54

12. nikenturd (unregistered)


There is an option to kill apps instantly after exit ... well at least it is included in my trusty PIPO tablet running on Jellybean lol

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 06:31

15. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Ruzzle is the current big craze app,it sure does use battery but its worth it!

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 09:26

17. lyndon420 (Posts: 1640; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Just use something like Idle Time Connection Manager to kill your data connection when your screen is off. You can set it to kill all data processes or allow certain ones to have access continuously. I use it and my battery lasts all day now. Seriously...how much data do we need to use when we aren't even looking at the phone? There are ways around these things. Plus...fb can wait until after work right?

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 18:22

29. nikenturd (unregistered)


Juice Defender Ultimate does it pretty well

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 10:15

18. joey18 (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


for this comments my d**k start faling tears

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 10:40

19. tomn1ce (Posts: 94; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Just close the app when you finish using it and you won't have those problems...

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 14:58 1

22. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


No one cares what Verizon thinks and could careless what they would suggest we should not use.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 15:20 2

23. Jurdiales (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


What about the carrier crapware? It is on the list too?

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 15:59

25. corporateJP (Posts: 1287; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Verizon won't add their own bloatware and preinstalled apps to the list.

But, it is a fact that most of their garbage is eating away at battery life and data as well.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 16:19

26. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 616; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I highly doubt that, especially since they killed the auto update feature of My Verizon, so it consumes data only when you actually open it. CPU cycles well that is a different story as My VErizon doesn't do anything and if you have a JB phone you can actually disable any app on your phone including VZW preinstalled junk. With JB you really do have much more control than with the older versions of Android, next step is being able to have stock Android even on carrier subsidized phones.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 15:57

24. JeffPom (unregistered)


So - what are we to do with some of these? The idea is for a device to NOT be a battery drain, data drain. The idea is to NOT have to worry about things like this. I shouldn't have to go into apps all FREAKING DAY LONG and shut things down.

And this would be why I miss my iPhone.

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 16:30

27. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 616; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


What phone are you using? If it has Jelly bean on it, you can disable any app you think is a bother or don't want using clock cycles. Android phones multitask like a PC that's the only reason why things will run in the background. Again all of it can be disabled by going to Apps and then Apps info and simple click of disable and you are done.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 14:28

39. JeffPom (unregistered)


Droid Razr.

I shouldn't have to do all that work of monitoring and researching what apps are causing problems. That's my point. I'm not the type that goes digging into my apps in settings to see what's doing what - just to modify it. It should work without having to do that.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 00:09

33. stoic127 (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


biggest battery drain = Plague Inc. I never seen a game drain a battery so fast on android and ios. Good game by the way just play with it charging.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 18:05 1

37. putes (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Wow. This is great. I think the review of every app should include ratings on battery and data usage. This is very useful.

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