Meta: MgoAndroid App Battery Usage

Submitted by tpilews on January 29th, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Has anyone else noticed that android app using a lot of battery. The app appears to be waking the system when not in use. I'm using the Note 2. That's a pretty sizable amount of usage on that size of a battery. 

 

 

Comments

calvin233

January 29th, 2013 at 4:08 PM ^

It has been taking up a lot of battery for me lately.  I have a Galaxy S3 Verizon, and I've taken to killing the app after using it.  I don't know what has changed though, since it never used to do it.

WilliSC48

January 29th, 2013 at 4:11 PM ^

I've always had problems with it eating battery. I'm on my 3rd different Android phone in the past couple years, and it's been a problem with each phone. 

Moleskyn

January 29th, 2013 at 4:43 PM ^

I've never noticed any problems with it on my Galaxy Nexus. I don't often use my phone to check in here though.

It probably has more to do with your usage than anything else. And if you aren't in the habit already, I always get rid of apps from my multi-tasking menu once I'm done with them. That might help with your battery, since apps are still technically "active," even if not currently in view.

tpilews

January 29th, 2013 at 4:47 PM ^

Hell, in the last year I've had Note 2, S3, Razr, Rezound, Nexus. Never had a problem with the app on any of the phones until the last month or so. The app hasn't been updated in 10 months. Not sure what it could be. I've cleared cache/data. I may end up uninstalling and using Chrome. 

a non emu

January 29th, 2013 at 4:48 PM ^

It does go crazy every once in a while and take almost all of the CPU. I usually kill the app after using it. It seemed like the problems started after I upgraded to ICS. The app has kinda been abandoned (or at least there has been no update in ages), and I think something with the new flavors of Android doesn't play well with the app. I use Watchdog Lite to warn me when an app goes above a certain threshold of CPU usage, and the Mgoblog app frequently gets flagged for going nuts. I just make sure I kill it every time I am done using it instead of just "back"ing out of it.

mgobleu

January 29th, 2013 at 4:57 PM ^

The mgoapp is currently using 12% on my note 2. Still, I screw with my phone quite a bit (what i would consider moderately heavy usage) and regularly get 21-22 hours off a charge. My photon would be lucky to get 8 hours with that kind of activity. Granted, that was on Sprint with piss poor coverage and my note is on Verizon...

tpilews

January 29th, 2013 at 8:11 PM ^

You obviously missed the part where I said that I have the Note2. The razr maxx is not a solution. I don't have an issue with battery life; I typically get 30 hours out of the note. I was more or less wanting to know if an update is in the works or anybody has witnessed the same thing on their phones.

oneilse14

January 29th, 2013 at 8:32 PM ^

It's been a while. I apologize for the lack of updates, but senior design and the Engineering school in general caught up to me and I had to put MGoBlog on the backburner.

Luckily, I'm graduated now and have a lot more free time work on the app. I rewrote the whole thing to get rid of the suck, and it's going pretty well so far. If you want to see an early beta build you can download it here:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z1fs7tmjfquv5ev/MGoBlog-1.0-SNAPSHOT.apk

UofM-StL

January 29th, 2013 at 9:33 PM ^

I'm a .NET and web developer mostly, but I've been wanting more and more to try Android development. If you're willing to share your source code, I'd love to dig into it a bit.

I've got a couple ideas for the MGoApp that I've implemented in other languages (specifically converting plain text and line breaks to HTML formatting), and I think the same principles could probably be applied to the app relatively simply.

Danwillhor

January 29th, 2013 at 10:40 PM ^

It cannot be easy and was going to ask if it was a student or freelance designer. I'll check out that beta build as, unlike another poster stated, I do use it everyday. This is how I view the site now and rarely use my laptop anymore. I'll make sure to give feedback! Thanks for details and hard work on it!

Moleskyn

January 30th, 2013 at 8:33 AM ^

Thanks for your work dude! Any plans to come up with a tablet-optimized app (for a 10" screen)? I just got the Nexus 10 and would love to see the MGoBlog app formatted for the bigger screen size.

Just a pipe dream though, I understand you've probably got higher priorities.

FrankMurphy

January 29th, 2013 at 9:45 PM ^

I've used the app on two different phones pretty much since it came out, and I've never experienced any significant battery drain.

I suggest getting BetterBatteryStats: 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.asksven.betterbattery…

It gives you more detailed information on the specific processes that are causing wakelocks and draining your battery (like processes that are lumped together as "Android System" or Android OS" in the system battery meter). It could be that you have a stray process running that keeps loading up the MGoApp for some reason. It's $3.00, but it's money well spent.

A2YpsiBlue

January 30th, 2013 at 8:01 PM ^

MGoBlogAndroidDevelper!  Being able to use the app on my phone instead of through the network filter (and my boss's prying eyes) are fantastic when I want to relax at work.  Thanks for your efforts & i look forward to the next update!