GPS doesn't use battery life?

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  1. bbohannon

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    I was under the assumption that when enabled, GPS consumes memory and battery life, even if you are not executing an app that uses GPS.

    I installed the Mobile Defense App today and it requires some sort of locating device for it to work when activated such as Wi-fi or GPS. I know for a fact Wi-fi consumes battery life but the email from Mobile Defense states:

    "Contrary to popular belief, enabling the GPS doesn't actually mean the GPS is consuming any power. GPS will not start looking for signals unless a GPS enabled application is running."

    Does anyone have any insight on this? If this is the case, I will just always leave GPS enabled.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hookbill

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    Do you know where to look to see how your battery power is consumed? Settings/about phone/battery use.

    I leave my GPS on all the time and I do not see it running down my battery. We got to break you out of that blackberry thinking.:) Battery pulls are not necessary either.;)
     
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    It does use battery, but only when an app is asking.....and it seems to be a minor amount. At least in my experience....
     
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    Sorry I'm still new to this OS and am trying to optimize it as much as I can ;)

    I have looked at my battery usage and do not completely understand it.

    Display -59%
    Android Core Apps - 22%
    Android System - 11%
    Cell standby, android OS, Handcent, etc etc. 3%

    Obviously the display will take up a lot but I do not even know what is "a lot." I don't know what makes up the core apps or the android system to even know how to control this battery usage.
     
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    Core apps are the ones that are installed in the ROM. You cannot delete them unless rooted...
     
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    I actually had to do a battery pull today. My Droid wouldn't respond to anything. Good to know about the GPS not sucking up the battery.
     
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    I was referring to the daily battery pulls that blackberry is famous for. I didn't mean there would never be a time you'd need to do a pull.
     
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