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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 MrX8503 on 5/19/2010 11:45:49 AM , Rating: 2
Someone was talking about carrying around AAA batteries. That was what I was referring to.

Carrying extra batteries is fine, but its just a bandaid to the problem. We need to look at hardware/software optimization and even battery tech. Extra batteries is a lame excuse of poor performance.

Its like saying, my car isn't fuel efficient, so I'll just carry extra gallons of gas in my trunk. Its backwards thinking.

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By weskurtz0081 on 5/19/2010 12:17:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, better battery technology would help, as well as more efficient software.

However, those two thing won't change today's reality. These smart phones do not have good battery life, both Apple and Android based. Right now, the only real solution is staying close to power or extra batteries. That's reality.

Now, of course we still need to push forward with better battery tech and better software, but it's not going to change the fact that the only thing to make it better right now is extra batteries or staying close to power.

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By lelias2k on 5/19/2010 1:14:16 PM , Rating: 1
Hmmm, the article is about Google's outreach summit for developers.

OK, let's just tell all developers to forget about development. Ppl can just get a second battery.

How about keeping it within context???

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By weskurtz0081 on 5/19/2010 1:46:58 PM , Rating: 2
So, why don't you take it to the person that started it? I was just commenting on an already running conversation.

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By lelias2k on 5/19/2010 6:32:53 PM , Rating: 1
I'd think replying to the thread implies that it is for everybody...

RE: Um, just get a second battery
By leexgx on 5/19/2010 7:54:27 PM , Rating: 2
why buy spare battery when you can just buy one battery anything above 2000mAh works fine i got an 2300mHa battery yes its made the phone fatter but i can use it as it was intended to be used now (you brake most covers on HTC if you had to keep on changing the batteries)

i think you can get up to 1600 that does not make the phone fatter that should get you day and an half or 2

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