May 19, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
When asked about Android’s weak battery life at the Google Zeitgeist forum, Google co-founder Larry Page said that if anyone is not getting a full day’s worth of battery, there’s “something wrong.” Page then went on to suggest it’s probably user habits and third-party apps causing battery woes. “When there is software running in the background, that just sort of exhausts the battery quickly,” said Page.
Eric Schmidt chimed in, “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.”
Translation: turn off GPS if you aren’t using it, turn off background sync if you aren’t using, and stop setting your Twitter app to constantly update for new tweets. The same goes for your RSS apps, widgets, and more. Of course, these are major features that attracted many people to Android, so asking them to forgo those options in favor of extending battery life is an unattractive solution to many.
If you are experiencing poor battery performance, consider putting a homescreen widget to quickly toggle power settings and stop using those services that constantly pull down updates.