Google and Samsung top the list of the most battery-draining apps, according to recent research from Avast. The company says this may be attributed to the fact that Google and Samsung are often pre-installed on most Android devices.
Apps were deemed the “greediest” after Avast considered their impact on battery life, storage capacity and data usage. The Top 10 “greediest” apps include:
- Samsung AllShare
- ChatON Voice & Video Chat
- Samsung Push Service
- Google TalkBack
- Google Play Music
- Google Maps
- Google Play Newsstand
- Google Plus
- Google Hangouts
A number of new apps have also found themselves on the greediest chart. These include:
- Google Talkback: This app runs at start-up and gets turned on by a number of third-party apps, which means it can stay on even after you restart your phone.
- Google Play Music: The ad blocker seems to cause most of the battery drainage.
- SHAREit: The Lenovo app allows users to share files over Wi-Fi, and is the fourth highest performance-draining app on Android.
- Google Docs: When this second highest draining app is connected directly to Google Drive via 3G or Wi-Fi, it drains more power than when the app is used independently.
- Samsung Media Hub: While this app was discontinued in 2014, older Samsung devices may still be using it. Avast recommends users remove it and replace it with the newest version available.
- Piano Tiles 2: This app can drain a Samsung Galaxy S6 app in less than 3 1/2 hours with consistent use.
Among instant messaging apps, Google Hangouts, LINE and the discontinued ChatON topped the list.
Many designers are working to make their apps more efficient. Avant named Snapchat, Facebook, and Spotify “most improved.” All three had previously appeared on “greediest” lists, but the companies have improved this quarter.
“For many of us, our smartphones are the main device in our everyday lives,” said Gagan Singh, SVP and GM Mobile Business for Avast. “Knowing which of our favorite apps are the hardest-hitting on battery life, data usage, and storage is important so we can manage any that we are regularly using on our phones.”