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.
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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