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    Beautiful Widgets Problem

    Wife and I each have Beautiful widgets on our Motorola Droids.

    I have absolutely no issues with it. However, it is severely draining the battery.

    I checked her battery usage today in the menu under about phone, and both Beautiful Widgets and GPS are absolutely draining her battery. She has not used maps or navigation.

    We use the large clock/weather widget (Beautiful Home) that also displays the city. Geolocation is checked on both of our phones. Neither of them have the Use GPS over Network option selected. Her refresh rate is set to 1 hour, mine is set to 15 minutes. The only other differences I can see between hers and mine is the skin being used, I use Carbon Fiber and have mine set to be "Naked". Hers is set to Naked Alloy. Can't see how that would make a difference. In fact I previously used that skin with no issues. The other difference is that mine is set to use 24 hr clock.

    Looking at her battery usage now it says the following:

    Beautiful Widgets - 40%
    GPS 39%
    Voice Calls: 9%
    Display 7%
    Phone Idle: 2%
    Cell Standby: 2%
    Android System: 2%
    Live Wallpaper: 2%

    When I check mine, GPS and Beautiful Widgets don't even appear on my battery usage.

    I cannot figure out why Beautiful Widgets is killing her battery. I uninstalled it the other night when she mentioned it, and it did the same thing today.

    She likes the look of the widget, but said if it persists, she's going to just uninstall it. I am completely at a loss, especially since the only difference in the ways ours are set up I cannot see having any effect on GPS (skin, 24 hr clock).

    Sorry for the long post. Any one have any ideas?
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    In the configure menu it gives you the option use gps or geolocation. It tells you the gps will drain the battery. Uncheck gps and use only geolocation. It works for me and it does not drain my battery.
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    Hers has always been set to geolocation. The GPS is not and has never been checked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vonfink13 View Post
    In the configure menu it gives you the option use gps or geolocation. It tells you the gps will drain the battery. Uncheck gps and use only geolocation. It works for me and it does not drain my battery.
    2X - I even have geolocation turned off for now, I just use my home zip code unless I'm traveling ... I have it set to update every 4 hours, because I can easily do a manual update if needed - BW doesn't even show up in my battery usage ....
    Last edited by OldguyMark; 05-26-2010 at 08:51 PM.
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    Bw takes up 2% of my battery.
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    Would bw automatically access your gps if you have it turned on in settings but not on the bw configure menu. Seems odd to me. Maybe try turning off the gps and see what happens. Just a guess.
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    i would say just decrease the refresh rate (as in make it refresh less) mine was at 2 hours, but now i have it set at 4, and BW doesnt even show in my battery usage anymore
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    In her phone settings GPS is checked, in the Configure settings for BW, GPS is not checked.

    I have my refresh set to 15 min and BW does not even show up in my battery settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akstyle450 View Post
    i would say just decrease the refresh rate (as in make it refresh less) mine was at 2 hours, but now i have it set at 4, and BW doesnt even show in my battery usage anymore
    2X again if you have a high refresh rate and are in a bad GPS location area, the GPS refresh will keep searching and burn your battery - again like I said, and akstyle said, BW doesn't even show in my batt usage ....
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    Okay - for what it's worth, I just did the following -

    The Droid was sitting here on the charger in sleep mode.
    I woke it up, and it said it was fully charged.
    I unlocked it to my home screen.
    Since I have BW set on a four hour refresh, it still thought it was partly cloudy/sunny outside ... actually it's dark and raining.
    I touched for the animated screen and did a refresh, and as always it sent me back to the home screen, I touched for the animated screen again an it showed it dark and raining. I touched back to the home screen.
    I touched menu > settings > phone > batt use, and found that BW was using 23% of my batt.

    I put the Droid back on the charger and into sleep mode.
    Watched TV about five minutes, then woke the Droid again ... it now showed that BW was using 2% of the battery.

    Put the Droid back into sleep mode, came back five minutes later, and BW no longer showed up ....the battery was still at full charge ....

    Point is: I think we should be careful about battery usage .... something may show up as a big usage, but may be gone a couple minutes later and not use much battery at all ....

    Whatever - I'm sure this idea has been posted many times before ....
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