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Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: Extending Battery Life

@skrdan  must be better service so the phone operates on less energy cause the tower is closer!  

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Extending Battery Life

Unfortunately, I require wi-fi on at home. Since I've only taken 1GB data plan,when I'm at home, it switches to my unlimited wi-fi plan for t.v. watching. All my phone calls are on wi-fi.  I've been doing this for years,reserving my data.  At one time @3 yrs ago...for 7 years I watched "television" on my HTC 4.7 inch  cell phone screen until my sister pressured me to buy a t.v.

If you really observe data plans - almost everywhere there is free wi-fi...so you really need less Data plan.  Just make sure you have your security protocols up to date on your phone and YES RESTRICT background data.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Extending Battery Life

Phones are beginning to restrict user options to restrict continuous networking.

Or thry nag the user to death with notifications which can't be dismissed and just won't go away. 

Re: Extending Battery Life


@Korth wrote:

Phones are beginning to restrict user options to restrict continuous networking.

Or thry nag the user to death with notifications which can't be dismissed and just won't go away. 


Maybe not as much as before with some carrier experimenting with "unlimited" data, but carriers would like nothing more than for user to use more data. Even with these "unlimited"  packages, using more data and at a faster rate is to the carrier's advantage because it means that the user is more likely to buy an add-on package to get back to full speed.  Phone manufacturers could also care less at how much data or how continuously someone uses data. Such notification about data usage are there to protect the usage from extreme data usages amounts and charges, or at the very least, to help make people aware that they've nearly used up all their data.  These notifications settings can be altered or disabled.

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Extending Battery Life

Hi,

Thanks for the tips!

What phone are you using? Not all phone were born equal so I guess some phones will have better battery life than others.

I was a long time Samsung user but last Christmas I switched to a Huawei P20 and I must say battery like is incredible!

If things won't get too rocky between USA to China I am sure my next phone will be Huawei again.

Cheers!

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Extending Battery Life


@kerago wrote:

Hi,

Thanks for the tips!

What phone are you using? Not all phone were born equal so I guess some phones will have better battery life than others.

 


More powerful phones tend to have worse battery life but most important thing is usually the amount of screen time. That uses more battery than anything else.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Extending Battery Life


@computergeek541 wrote:

Phone manufacturers could also care less at how much data or how continuously someone uses data. Such notification about data usage are there to protect the usage from extreme data usages amounts and charges, or at the very least, to help make people aware that they've nearly used up all their data.  These notifications settings can be altered or disabled.


Device manufacturers don't really care much about data usage unless it impacts specs.

But Google cares a lot (and so do Apple and Microsoft) - they want to know their customers intimately - it's how they make a lot of money. Manufacturers who want to use this lucrative branding are forced to install annoying mechanisms into their products. I suspect low-/mid-end Android phones get hit hardest, the high-end Androids (and iPhones) already have strong enough branding to sell without sucking up to Google. 

Invasive notifications cannot be altered or disabled, at least not for long, they persist or they always return. The settings which normally control the behaviours of these apps are not present, greyed out, or ignored (do nothing). Choices boil down to live with the stupid annoyance, deliberately or inadvertently click it and let it do whatever Google wants, or root/mod the device to gain full user control.

App Permission Management jumped into my face constantly. Couldn't dismiss or close, could only hide (with "remind me again in a few minutes" locked on the greyed out checkmark) or click "OK, turn off App Permission Management" . Because other apps (actually, all the apps) need all sorts of permissions some users (like me) find disagreeable - Calculator, for example, wanted full access to read and write to SD, access contacts, access calendar, access camera, access microphone, access network, access location - and I wish I was making this up.

Similar story with the "Background Data Restricted" notification... always stealing focus and jumping into your face, click to turn the annoyance off or click to send it away for a short time, no other options. And "Google Survey", I ain't gonna do your rotten survey, ever, so just go away stay away. I already know "Network Data is OFF and Wifi Internet is OFF", I turn them off when I'm not using them, I don't want them turning themselves on every time I don't intercept (manually reject) the random notification. "Google Voice is OFF" (along with Google Voice input, etc) because I have no intention of ever talking to my phone unless I'm running s Record app or there's somebody on the other end of a phone call, but Google would rather keep it turned on in case I somehow disabled all nine of those buried Settings and Permissions by accident, the notification is there to help. 

This sort of stuff is poor UI design. Awful UI design. It spans several manufacturers and it's version eight or nine or ten now, all the old problems already have old solutions and a UI can only be made so badly because of very deliberate choices. 

Try out some cheap generic Google-bragging Androids (like $100-$200 RCA or SKY phones) for yourself... if you get stuck using one for a month or so then you'll appreciate the truth of my mini-rant, lol.