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Prevent Google Now from depleting iOS batteries
Authored by: KriszrinaRS on May 02, '13 10:10:17AM

Hi there,
I'm with Google and wanted to address this issue:
Reports that Google Now on iOS drains battery life are incorrect. We understand peopleís concern about seeing the Location Services icon stay on when they use Google Now. Many apps that keep the icon on actually do drain the phoneís battery because they require very accurate location. (For example, some apps have to run your GPS all the time during navigation to keep you from missing your turn.) This update to the Google Search app is built very differently: it uses cell towers and wifi hot spots for much lower battery impact.

We extensively tested Google Now on iOS for months and didnít see reports of significant battery impact -- we would encourage you to try it in the Google Search app for a few days and we donít expect you to see significant impact on your battery. If you are seeing a problem, please do tell us (just tap feedback in the app settings). We take user feedback very seriously.

Best,
Krisztina



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Prevent Google Now from depleting iOS batteries
Authored by: neuralstatic on May 07, '13 01:01:08PM

can you get your apps like this and field trip to stop tracking me everywhere i go. i know this is kind of the idea sometimes. but with field trip, you guys have some kind of ios hack that never lets location services stop -- even after force quitting your apps. this is f'd up -- and it does affect users and batteries. please reconsider your 'do no evil' slogan.



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Prevent Google Now from depleting iOS batteries
Authored by: joelseph on May 07, '13 03:19:36PM
Reports that Google Now on iOS drains battery life are incorrect.
That's an interesting phrase. I respect your testing results, but if in the real world, your users have seen something different while using your app, I think it's not quite fair to simply label those reports as "incorrect."

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