Facebook: our iOS app is indeed draining your iPhone's battery life, but an update partially fixes things
posted by Florin T. / Oct 22, 2015, 6:35 PM
In particular, Facebook found what it's calling a "CPU spin" in the app's network code, while also identifying a problem related to audio sessions management: sometimes, after users are watching a video and are leaving the app, audio sessions remain (silently) open, this negatively impacting battery life.
Fortunately, iOS users "should see improvements" after downloading the latest version of the Facebook app, which has been made available today. However, it doesn't look like the new version of the iOS app is completely solving the battery draining issues, but Facebook says it will continue to improve things in this regard.
Did you notice any iPhone battery problems related to Facebook's iOS app? If yes, did the latest update solve them?
source: Facebook via The Verge
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(I know this isn't related to the iOS version of Facebook) I'm using a Moto G 2013 and a Desire Eye, the former's problems are whenever it's updating, it always fails while the latter don't, both of them crashes whenever I return from watching a video, closing the post's comments, or even pictures.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 8:55 PM 0
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The Facebook app sucks on every single platform that they develop for. The web version is the only one that they seem to be able to get right.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 8:56 PM 4
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Facebook and Google Services are basically spyware with a good reputation. This is why they drain so much battery. Both have access to far too many areas of the software without it being necessary. Both come pre-installed in most devices. Facebook on the Galaxy S6 for instance has 4 pre-installed Facebook apps, with only 2 visible and 2 being system apps that could be doing anything. Preinstalled and widely used apps wasting CPU cycles and battery life is actually good for Smartphone makers if you think about it. Being dissatisfied with battery life after a year using a degraded battery is grounds to replace a sealed device for many folks. Bad for you: Good for business.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 9:10 PM 6
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