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    "Motorola Services" Is The Most Datahungry App I've Ever Seen

    Yesterday I installed "my data manager" from the android market, and I've discovered that in less than 24 hours "Motorola Services" has consumed over 219mb of data, more that 20 TIMES the second most. (Screenshot here)

    Any idea why it may use so much data. I have Twitter and Last.fm installed, both of which use contact syncing, and they don't consume nearly this much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matthileo View Post
    Yesterday I installed "my data manager" from the android market, and I've discovered that in less than 24 hours "Motorola Services" has consumed over 219mb of data, more that 20 TIMES the second most. (Screenshot here)

    Any idea why it may use so much data. I have Twitter and Last.fm installed, both of which use contact syncing, and they don't consume nearly this much.
    Ouch! That's not good, especially for people that got stuck with a limited data plan!!
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    I think that app may carry out downloading tasks for other apps. Did you stream music or download anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoBloatware View Post
    I think that app may carry out downloading tasks for other apps. Did you stream music or download anything?
    Yes, but that showed up in the data usage for those apps

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    I don't see last.fm on that screenshot. I bet that "Motorola services" app is doing port redirects or some business. Each streaming song is 3-6MB.

    All you have to do is clear the stats, and rerun the test without running last.fm.

    good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by endobrian View Post
    I don't see last.fm on that screenshot. I bet that "Motorola services" app is doing port redirects or some business. Each streaming song is 3-6MB.

    All you have to do is clear the stats, and rerun the test without running last.fm.

    good luck
    You don't see last.fm in that screenshot because 1) That's only the very top of the list, apps that have used less data aren't shown, and 2) I don't use last.fm for streaming very ofter. Just scrobbling and contact sync so far on this phone.
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    I don't know for sure, however this is my suspicion:

    The data use app can't see what app uses what data - all it can see is that data is being sent (network interface statistics) and what apps are currently active (running apps priv).

    I've definitely seen the data counter go wacky on my device and start counting data for both my podcast download and some other apps I KNOW did not do data transfer, simply because they were active.

    I'd wager that the motorola services app is active nearly all the time (doing what I don't know) and is being counted as the consumer of data when it isn't.

    Being a dual-core processor probably exacerbates this error since it CAN be running all the time while another app is on another core.

    I'd try running another data counter - netcounter always worked for me - and moderate your known data use. See if the daily use is up significantly from what you expect.
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    Ran tests using Google Music, drop box, and the browser. The data counter goes up for these apps, but doesn't effect Motorola Services. It seems to all be pretty accurate.

    My guess is that the Motorola services application handles all the data related to blur, including the built in social networking accounts and the universal inbox.

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    Out of curiosity I installed the data manager app and after a day of use Motorola Services only used 0.7mb on my Droid 3. I don't use the blur social networking, I prefer to choose my favorite apps for each service.
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    I disabled two accounts. Hopefully that helps

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