updated 08:45 pm EDT, Wed May 19, 2010
Users have to manually watch for power hogs
Google co-founder Larry Page, speaking at the company's I/O developer conference, suggested that there is "something wrong" if an Android handset cannot get through a full day without recharging the battery. The executive was responding to a question regarding the company's plans to address battery life issues on the mobile platform.
"I have noticed there are a few people who have phones where there is software running in the background that just sort of exhausts the battery quickly," Page said. If you are not getting a day, there is something wrong."
CEO Eric Schmidt suggested that the transmit/receive unit is typically the primary source of battery drain. He reminded audience members to figure out a way to minimize using the communication components, as many applications "are not particularly smart" about optimizing the power consumption.
The recommendations highlight a potential difference in Android's multitasking system compared to alternatives such iPhone 4.0. Although both systems attempt to limit the power consumption while a task is active in the background, Apple suggests that its upcoming mobile OS will implement multitasking in a way that avoids excessive drain on the battery. The Google execs have blamed third-party developers, leaving users to manually find which apps are hogging resources. [via TechRadar]