Do your apps hog too much energy?

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COLOGNE, GERMANY: Adblock Plus has learned that advertising received on mobile phones causes an increase in the consumption of energy, with ads on average consuming 65 per cent of an app’s communication energy and 23 per cent of an app’s total energy demands, according an April, 2013 report.


The report, published by Microsoft Research in association with UC Berkeley, looked at the energy consumption of popular apps on Android and Windows phones.

The researchers found that a typical mobile app refreshes it’s ads every 12-120 seconds, which forces the radio network to be constantly re-awakened, after which the app will keep its 3G radio connection open for another 25 seconds. This period, known as ‘tail time’, results in the high-energy overhead incurred by ads.

“The use of in-app advertising has enabled an ecosystem of free apps for many people’s enjoyment, but we have to consider the impact this is having on battery drain,” said Till Faida, co-founder and managing director of Adblock Plus. As added, "Smartphones are advancing everyday; unfortunately their batteries are not developing as fast. Many consumers are blaming their phone for poor battery performance when it is the advertising that is at fault. Adblock Plus aims to find a balance between an ad-free mobile experience and one where application developers can sustain themselves without imposing an undue burden on the consumer or their mobile phones. Adblock Plus endorses an Acceptable Ads policy, and gives users the choice to permit advertising that is responsible and not annoying. In this way, users can support apps and websites that rely on advertising but that choose to do it in a non-intrusive or non-burdensome way."