Apps are draining batteries too fast! That’s sad. But, not any more.

Mobile is becoming everything and is almost ruling every industry. With the advancement in the smart technologies, the need for smart applications in tremendously increasing among the user as they are expecting applications to support them in their day-to-day tasks. The demand has grown the number of mobile applications on the respective app stores, but only a few has secured the top spot in the list of reputed and recognized apps. Why this situation? Recent reports stated that the main reasons for the increase in the number of uninstalls are that the apps might not have the necessary features and they drain the juice of the parent smartphones. The advancements in the mobile phones are increasing day after day but still the battery consumption problem remains a threat to most of the mobile phone users. To be more precise, it gets even worse when the technology is advancing with many new features. The solution to this problem is in the hands of the mobile apps developers.

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Rick Schwartz, the senior product manager at Qualcomm Technologies, said that the carriers and the users/consumers understand the important of better battery backup. He also added, “Recent surveys have shown it’s the No. 1 [issue] to consumers. It’s more important than screen quality.” Manufacturers have increased the battery power but still it couldn’t meet the pace of the advancements in the faster processors and CPU cores. Not only the processors but also the displays are getting bigger and better with higher resolutions. “The smartphones are getting thinner, and it is evident that thinner the phone, thinner the battery,” said Schwartz.

Mobile App Battery Drained

How can developers be at the rescue?

Optimizing battery life is the most important aspect of a mobile users experience. It is an apparent fact that without power none of the mobile phone’s feature work. This is the main reason why battery optimization is considered to be on the top while developing a user-friendly mobile application, irrespective of the platforms. There are three primary things to keep in mind while developing an app:

  1. Apps should be lazy
  2. Use the platform features
  3. Make use of tools to monitor battery consumption

Make apps work LAZY:

Making apps lazy doesn’t mean that your apps should work slow rather make ways to reduce and optimize functions that cause the battery to drain. Few questions act as the core that underpins Lazy First design:

  • Are there any unnecessary features that the app can cut out?
  • Is there any necessary for the app to perform a particular function right away?
  • Is there any chances of the work to be batched?

Many similar questions should be answered when it comes to using the radio, the screen, and the CPU. Many popular apps use this lazy first design to make sure the app performs well without draining much battery.

Take advantage of the platform features:

iOS and Android are the most popular mobile operating system. These platforms are equipped with a lot of functions that help almost every aspect of the app and the related development. For example, Android platform provides two type of categories to help control battery consumption. All the leading platforms provide APIs to help the developer gain advantage from the operating systems’ features.

Find the battery-draining culprit using tools:

There are loads of tool available on the world wide web (WWW) to help locate the battery draining culprits. Using the identified data, the developer can quickly sort the battery consumption problems. For example, Android has Profile GPU Rendering and Battery Historian that assist in determining the areas which can be optimized for battery backup.

Best practices to improve the battery life:

CPU usage is the main criteria for the battery consumption. Managing the CPU usage will help to decrease the battery usage while making the battery withstand for long hours. Here are some primary ways to follow in the mobile apps development process to reduce battery consumption:

  • Using dark colors
  • Using JPEG instead of PNG
  • Eliminating network requests
  • Restricting JavaScript usage
  • Controlling hardware acceleration

In recent times, mobile app developers are focusing more on the battery consumption factor as the users are using their mobile for almost everything. Incorporating the best practices like the above mentioned are sure to make your apps trustable and reliable.

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