Almost all dual-core Android phones suffering from power consumption issue?

Almost all dual-core Android phones suffering from power consumption issue?
Power consumption management in Android might be significantly flawed and it’s a software issue, if we are to believe Russian tech blogger Eldar Murtazin who summarizes reports about battery consumption issues in a tweet claiming that all dual-core Android phones running on a version prior to 2.3.4 suffer from battery problems.

The software flaw has reportedly been fixed in the latest 2.3.4 version of Gingerbread. Battery fixes have been made in the latest Gingerbread, but reports about the final outcome are controversial at best. Judging from previous reports it’s only 0.03% of all Android phones that employ 2.3.4, so it’s mostly Nexus S users who got to test the version, but chances are if you have a dual-core phone with Google’s platform – your phone could improve after the update.

We’ve been hearing promises about battery life improvements with the arrival of dual-core architectures on cell phones, but while we’ve seen some of the amazing new features like 1080p full HD video playback and new inspiring graphics in games, poor battery life is still an issue. The big expectations about optimized software seem to have largely remained only expectations: dual-core heavyweights like the Motorola Atrix 4G and the T-Mobile G2x have somewhat disappointing battery life, while overheating is becoming a common issue after the HTC ThunderBolt was suffering from it and now some initial reports about overheating of the Samsung Galaxy S II have come in.

Theoretically, dual-core architectures should allow you to squeeze more juice from your battery as the second core could be employed for a variety of tasks, but even simple garbage collection handed to the spare core should make for a perceptive improvement. Finally it all comes down to your final say on the matter, what’s your experience with dual-core Androids and battery life? Don’t hesitate to share your opinion in the comments below.

source: Eldar Murtazin (Twitter), Google Mobile Forum

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