Huawei Mate 10 Pro receives update to kill "Google bug"

Google Play Services drains the battery on a pre-update Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Google Play Services drains the battery on a pre-update Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Yesterday, during the Huawei event that introduced officially the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro to the world, some of the attendees noticed that the Mate 10 Pro review samples handed out by the manufacturer were running hot, and the 4000mAh battery was draining too fast. Huawei blamed it on Google, calling it the "Google bug." Google said that it was working feverishly to fix the problem.

The good news is that the doctor has written the prescription and at the tender age of < 1 day, the Mate 10 Pro has received an update that exterminates the bug, at least according to Huawei. The latter has been working on pushing out updates faster, something that it will need to do if it wants to surpass Samsung as the top smartphone manufacturer in the world. At last count, Huawei has overtaken Apple for the number two spot.

In theory, this immediate response would be the ideal way that bugs get fixed. In this case, a problem occurred and a patch was quickly sent out. In this case though, both Huawei and Google had a spotlight on them, and both knew that these review units would be used for, well, reviews. Nothing spurs a company into action faster than the threat of seeing something bad about it forever memorialized in print.

source: @rquandt

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Mate 10 Pro
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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6 Comments

1. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Google Play Services battery drain is something I've faced with nearly every Android device I've owned. Some days it's 3%, other days it's 15%. Presently, it is taking up the same percentage as my screen usage. If this were consistently low, my battery life would improve substantially.

2. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

Yeah if you could just get an iPhone, that would be great. :D Seriously though, I have the same issue on my Note 5 so I'm glad I'm not the only user experiencing this.

3. Beijendorf unregistered

Is it possible to turn off or otherwise limit the processor time it's allowed to use? I'm wondering what it's doing that's draining so much power.

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Android is a pile of hot poop. There are so many background processes which are un optimized and cannot be fixed easily. People talk about iOS 11 bugs while Android is the King of bugs and lags. As an Operating system android is so inconsistent. Without these third arty OEM skins Android is very bland and useless.

4. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Was experiencing this same issue on my OnePlus One. Fkn scroogle is so shameless at mining user data. Blocking its access to everything (except location) using Privacy Guard really helped in putting an end to its stupid batttery hogging. Had to block this google play services from downloading stuff in the background when I noticed that one day, out of nowhere, it had used up 2GB of cellular data without consent. If I wasn't on a 3GB monthly plan, would have started getting overage charges out of nowhere. This service is so full of user data mining nodes, it's the major reason why I can't use Android without XPrivacy or something similar.

5. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

If anyone's wondering why I didn't block its access to location data, it's 'cause it's required to use the battery-saving location option.

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