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Eric Schmidt and Larry Page play the blame game at Google Zeitgeist.  (Source: TechRadar)
Larry Page says that battery should last for a day if apps aren't overworking the processor

Google's Android platform may be the hottest player on the cell phone market, having recently passed Apple in the U.S. market, but it's by no means the perfect platform.  Recently there have been concerns about the battery life of Android smartphones, which reportedly isn't measuring up to the rival iPhone's.

The top executives at Google tackled that issue at Google Zeitgeist, Google's outreach summit for developers.  Google's co-founder Larry Page blamed app developers, stating, "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. If you are not getting a day, there is something wrong."

Google CEO Eric Schmidt chimed in, clarifying the issue on battery drain.  He stated, "The primary consumer of the battery life on these phones is the transmit/receive circuit. So tuning that and obviously figuring out a way to not use too much of that extends your battery life.  And people bring in applications that are not particularly smart about that, which is what Larry is trying to get at."

Mr. Page quipped back, "We can give you a bigger battery probably. I'll see you afterwards."

The concerning thing is that according to some reports, Android's battery life is draining rather quickly even when in standby or idle -- with no apps running (aside from the core phone apps) and no data being transmitted.  Fortunately for Google, these reports seem to be putting little damper on Android phone sales.  

Android 2.2 is about to make its debut, bringing with it Flash (hopefully that doesn't cause
further battery issues).  And the hot HTC EVO 4G, the world's first 4G smartphone, will make its debut on the Sprint network early next month.

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RE: Um, just get a second battery
By Tony Swash on 5/19/2010 10:23:40 AM , Rating: 5
Apple doesn't do multitasking ( scandal! )

Apple vets all apps on the iPhone ( scandal and threat to our human rights! )

Android - unvetted apps and free for all multitasking - yipes crappy battery life compared to iPhone!

Connect the dots.

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By Shark Tek on 5/19/2010 11:29:05 AM , Rating: 2
Brilliant Thinking.

Just wait for flash getting working on android I will bet you that the internet will be flooded with posts about poorer battery performance and statements of Mr. Jobs saying "I told you !!!"

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By lelias2k on 5/19/2010 1:17:30 PM , Rating: 1
I'd love to think that Flash won't be power hungry in cell phones, but considering how fast my laptop's fan turns on every time I go into a flash-intensive website, I find that really hard to believe.

From a developer perspective, Flash is definitely not irreplaceable.

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By alanore on 5/19/2010 3:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
Apple vets all apps on the iPhone ( scandal and threat to our human rights! )

Apples app approval does not take into account the efficiency of the code. The average time spend approving an app is 6 minutes, the app is tested to make sure it doesn't crash and doesn't use illegal API calls, that's as far as code analysis goes.

It has no link what so ever to efficiency or battery life.

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By afkrotch on 5/19/2010 8:37:17 PM , Rating: 2
The app isn't tested to make sure it doesn't crash. If that were the case, why are apps still crashing on the iPhone or iPad? That or just simply causing the phone to lock up?

The app approval process is nothing more than Apple trying to make sure nothing tries to compete with Apple. The only time someone can, is if a threat of legal action comes about.

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By alanore on 5/20/2010 5:18:04 AM , Rating: 2
They do apparently test for crashing/lock-ups.

It might be that if the app doesn't crash during testing it passes that test.

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