Google Updated the Google Search application for iOS to version 3.0 on Monday to add support for Google Now, a service that tells you information right now that you should know… right now.
While many people were ecstatic to get the feature on their iOS devices, many were unsatisfied with the fact that the application constantly showed the Location Services icon in the Status Bar. It would show whether you were on the lock screen, home screen, or within applications. It would even show if Google Search was not running in the background. This issue gave the illusion that Google Search with Google Now was constantly using Location Services, and therefore was using up a ton of battery life, which Google now denies.
Google has reportedly contacted LifeHacker in response to a report about the Location Services issue, and has explained that the claims of battery drain from Google Now are incorrect:
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Google has apparently spent several months testing Google Now for iOS before releasing it to the public Monday, and disagrees that the feature drains battery life at a noticeable rate. Google recommends that any users having issues contact support via the links in the Google Search application.
Admittedly, I disabled the Google Now feature because of the annoying Location Services icon in the Status Bar – I didn't really notice much impact on the battery. If you want to do this too, you will find the ability to disable Google Now in the settings section of the Google Search application.
Even though the Location Services icon in the Status Bar might be annoying, have you actually experienced a very noticeable rate of battery drain since using Google Now?
Sources: LifeHacker via 9to5Mac