Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Oh multitasking. That staple of computing that got thrown out the window with many modern smartphones. We got some rudimentary thing in its place - but even as multitasking on phone and tablets improves, its user-visible side remains cumbersome. Windows 8 has a neat implementation, and now it's time Android follows in it footsteps.
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RE[2]: comment
by pandronic on Tue 30th Apr 2013 06:33 UTC in reply to "RE: comment"
pandronic
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2006-05-18

Well, I understand the battery issue as I've had an SGS for the past 2 years. It wasn't that bad as you described your experience - I usually got about 1-2 days of use out of my phone, but I was very careful about the way I used it (I always force closed apps and services I didn't use at the time + no data and GPS unless I really needed them). On the other hand on my new WP8 device I get about the same battery life with data and GPS always on, which is amazing. Still I can't shake the feeling that while the Android device was almost a real computer, WP8 and iOS devices are glorified feature phones.

I don't mind doing the battery management myself, always keeping track of my opened applications and closing them as needed. I also doubt that the average user would know or have the interest to do that, so I say - make true multitasking an advanced option for the power user.

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RE[3]: comment
by No it isnt on Tue 30th Apr 2013 23:00 in reply to "RE[2]: comment"
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2005-11-14

Force closing applications won't save your battery under Android. They'll just restart whenever they feel like it anyway. Turning off the radios will help a lot, but naturally, the GPS isn't normally used when it isn't used. So you don't really save anything from turning it off. Data, on the other hand, will drain a lot. Then again, if you don't want data, you don't want a smartphone.

tl;dr: you're doing it wrong.

I get at least two days out of my Nexus 4, and that's with Google Now tracking my movement.

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