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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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By adiposity on 5/19/2010 12:00:53 PM , Rating: 3
From the article:
The concerning thing is that according to some reports, Android's battery life is draining rather quickly even when in standby or idle

There will always be reports like this. What would be concerning is if they were true. Personally, I am skeptical. My Droid lasts over two days and it is checking a gmail account and a business account constantly. It has the best battery life of any smartphone I've had.

I heard the incredible has a slightly worse life due to a higher clocked processor. Even so, I don't think it's that much worse.

If anyone can name a smartphone out there where someone isn't complaining about battery life, I'd love to see it.

RE: Hmm
By Alexvrb on 5/19/2010 9:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
I have family members that have Droids. If you actually use the device as a smartphone (any dumbphone can sit there and check email), the thing sucks down batteries like a <insert inappropriate hooker reference here>.

At least with the Moto Droids it's easy install an (internal) higher capacity battery, unlike the 3GS. However, after playing with the Droids, I decided I wanted something with comparable battery life to my VX10000 (Voyager). I ended up getting a killer deal on an Omnia II, and it's actually pretty decent.

It has far better battery life than the Droids, and better than my Voyager (fully up-to-date Voyager firmware too, as original Voyager firmware was NOT very good on battery life). I was originally planning on getting an extended battery, but it doesn't look like I'll need it.

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