It's Not Just Crappy Free Apps That Suck Your Battery Dry, So Do Rubbish Mobile Sites

By Sam Gibbs on at

We all know annoying advertising in free apps nukes your battery, but did you know that poorly designed mobile sites are eating away at your precious power way more than they need to too? According to some Stanford researchers (pdf) there’s a surprise winner all this – the notoriously heavy full-blown Gmail’s lightweight mobile brother is apparently the “greenest” mobile site of them all.

It’s all to do with the code, which makes sense when you think about it. Those sites that do all the heavy lifting in modern lightweight HTML standards require far less number crunching than sites that rely on things like Javascript for instance; reducing page load times and the amount of horsepower that’s demanded from your processor can only be a good thing. The lighter the load, the less juice it chews through and the longer your wimp of a battery will last.

Wikipedia was also singled out, unfortunately, as a bit of a hog. The good news is that the researchers reckon that with a few tweaks here and there you could reduce the site’s power demand by up to 30 per cent without changing the experience at all.

I don’t know about you, but battery life on the modern smartphone is short enough without it being sucked dry by inefficient mobile sites. Maybe it’s time to prune all those free apps and rubbish sites so we can actually make it through a day with our skinny phones. [BBC]

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