Battery degradation vs software

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  1. pc747

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    Open discussion on whether the issues we see with phones where the battery wasn't like it was in the past a result of battery degradation or software issues.

    In the past I kept a spare battery and charger set and would swap out batteries monthly. I would charge up a battery and leave it untouched for a month and would swap it out with the one in my phone. But now with batteries being sealed that is no longer an option for me. And I'm curious if that is the reason we are seeing phones that were solid in the battery department take a dip over time?

    But that would require an amount of charging cycles that the average user do not put on a phone.

    So why is it we see devices go from top dog in the battery department to struggling to make it through the day?

    Surely manufactures and software companies aren't pushing software to intentionally cause battery issues with older phones to push people to upgrade sooner, right?

    http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries


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    Verizon pushed an update to the Inc 1 that turned it into a paperweight a year after its end of shelf life. They also pushed one to the Rezound that turned mine into a hand warmer when it killed radio signal reception and the phone struggled to get a signal, again just about a year after shelf life (aka near contract time). Since there was 2 only updates to each, the first being an upgrade in firmware version I'm on the done on purpose side of the fence. Both times I HAD to buy a new phone because my old one was useless and out of warranty. Can't sat Google is doing it on purpose with 5.0 killing battery life and everything since doing nothing, though promised, to solve it, unless they secretly own gobs of Apple stock and want us to switch.

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    I have to lean towards software as well. Not just OS/firmware updates, but apps.
     
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    DCMProvider on my S5 still kills my battery. I have to force stop that everytime my phone gets hot, including the screen. I still yet don't know what causes it, but I reckon it's something about the stock gallery app.