Study: Why Free Apps Drain Your Battery | News
When downloading apps, we typically opt for the free version — but while that’s saving you cash, it could be costing you your battery.
A new study at Perdue University found that free apps use more energy because they`re committed to downloading ads and uploading user information. Perdue`s study focused on Android apps and found the amount of energy free apps use to run the app`s core function was only about 25 to 35 percent.
According to TIME, the biggest energy waster is when free game apps like Angry Birds download ads over 3G. In addition, Perdue also found that apps designed by news organizations like the New York Times committed 20 to 30 percent of their energy to tracking user data.
Apps aren`t designed to operate in long periods of high-energy use — like downloading ads and uploading user information, which then depletes battery power.