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05-02-2013, 03:31 PM #1
Google: No Our Google Now Feature Doesn't Drain Your iPhone's Battery
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:
Originally Posted by Google
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
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 05-02-2013 at 03:35 PM.
05-02-2013, 03:36 PM #2
No drain on my i5 battery life is pretty much the same as before. Love the new features of google now.
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05-02-2013, 05:14 PM #3
No significant drain but why is the icon solid and not a geofence icon?
05-02-2013, 05:20 PM #4
05-02-2013, 05:54 PM #5
The real issue is that iOS provides no way to disable the status bar indicator on a per-app basis. Fix this, Apple.
05-02-2013, 07:19 PM #6
Maybe a tweak is in order for that icon.
05-02-2013, 07:49 PM #7
I'm sure a jailbreak tweak will be out to address this, but don't expect for a second that Apple would remove that for UI/UX reasons.
05-02-2013, 08:24 PM #8
I guess having Springtomize on hiding all those status bar icons I miss stuff like location services being active. Nothing really impact my iPhone 5 battery enough for me to notice. It gets through the day, every day.
05-02-2013, 11:26 PM #9
No additional drain I notice. I'm running Carat from UC Berkeley (in App Store) and it hasn't flagged Google Now as a hog.
I was just checking GN and thought, what a great app in both form and function. Wonderfully useful, clean and innovative design; flicking the cards away is fantastic.
Meanwhile, what's Apple doing? Copying Microsoft's metro design and failing to provide any new functionality for anything, apparently. Damn sad.
05-02-2013, 11:26 PM #10
People's stupidity baffles me...
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05-03-2013, 12:45 AM #11
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05-03-2013, 05:17 PM #14
My phone batt (4s) was significantly drained while that App was installed on my phone. I say significant because the 3 days the App was installed I had to charge my phone twice throughout each day. Now the App is deleted all is back to normal. By normal, I mean the normal crappy battery life
05-04-2013, 12:36 AM #15
Oh it definitely killed my battery!!! My fully charged battery was on 32% in about 3 1/2 hrs. That's ridiculous!!! It's usually only on like 60-70%, smh DELETED!
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05-12-2013, 10:17 AM #18
The "purpose" of having that information is canceled out when information you don't want hides the information you do. If I don't want to know when Google Now is using it but I do want to know when something else is, a per-app setting serves the "purpose" better than the current method.
Last edited by CZroe; 05-12-2013 at 10:21 AM.
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