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Google Now doesn't cause battery life problems on iOS, says Google

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Google Now doesn't cause battery life problems on iOS, says Google
Many of us were delighted when Google released the Google Now feature as an update for its Search applications on iOS, but soon after that, many of us started experiencing some strange battery life issues while using the application. With Google Now, the Google Search app has Location Services on the iOS device activated all the time, which seems to be the main reason for the problem. However, Google itself has now made an official statement with regards to the issue, and guess what - the search giant believes that... there's no such problem.

To be more precise, Google has said that during the month or so of testing Google Now for iOS, it hasn't encountered any signs of reduced battery life. Right now, the company claims that those user reports are "incorrect," but asks everyone who has experienced any issues with the app to submit their feedback. According to Google, the Now feature uses Location Services in a very specific and not as power-demanding way as some typical location apps do. For example, the app mainly relies on data from Wi-Fi hotspots and triangulation rather than the GPS itself, which significantly reduces the energy consumption. However, users report that turning off the Now feature in the Google Search app actually fixes the battery issue, which kind of proves that there's some kind of problem with the app.

Anyways, we'll see if Google decides to do something about it, and will report at once! Meanwhile, if you're yet to check the new feature out, be sure to take a look at our Google Now for iOS hands-on!

via: Electronista

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posted on 03 May 2013, 06:44 4

1. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

but ios does ;)

posted on 03 May 2013, 07:39

2. edgabimbam (unregistered)

i get only HUGE battery drain while using 3G cellular data connection, without it i can pretty decent battery... :/

posted on 03 May 2013, 07:50 1

3. Commbubba19 (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

I installed it the day it came out and immediately noticed it kept location services active. Unfortunately I work below ground level so my phone doesn't get a GPS lock and very little cellular signal so with google new active, my phone keeps trying to obtain a gps link and using a good amount of juice in the process. After I uninstalled the app, I found my battery life back to normal. Even when I had an android phone, I never found much use from Google Now anyway.

posted on 05 May 2013, 09:52

6. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Google now uses gps very rarely (if at all), read the article... Every android smartphone and tablet with jelly bean has gnow always active and I can assure you it does not turn on the gps and does not drain your battery even if you are in a cellar.... Location services may get a coarse location from the gsm network without additional battery drain, and this may be enough for most gnow uses, if wifi is available it gets it from wifi. I've never seen it activatre my gps. Of course, things in ios might be slightly different.

posted on 03 May 2013, 09:16

4. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

also ppl who dont know how to close apps on the iphone too...one by one by one ;)

posted on 03 May 2013, 12:11

5. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

iPhones have a tiny 1440mAh battery. Battery life is a joke with something that small!

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