Smartphone battery technology simply cannot keep up with the rate at which other smartphone tech is improving. Some new components are being designed to help extend handset battery life, but it’s not easy to compensate for the newer high-resolution screens vendors are now using.

To compound matters, some of the most popular apps in the world are terrible when it comes to power efficiency, and now they have been named and shamed in a new study from AVG.

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In a study titled “Android App Performance Report,” the software and security experts at AVG turned their attention to application performance in the fourth quarter of 2014. The result is a very thorough look at the Android app ecosystem, and one particular area of interest pertains to battery life.

AVG dedicated a portion of its report to revealing which apps were the biggest battery hogs as of the fourth quarter last year. Interestingly, there are some very popular apps on the list, and perhaps it will prompt the companies behind these apps to reexamine their power management.

Here are the 10 worst apps in terms of battery drain, according to AVG:

These apps start up automatically and soak up your precious battery life, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them if you’re trying to extend a charge.

Now, here are the 10 worst offenders among apps that don’t start automatically when the phone boots up, but are instead initiated by the user:

AVG’s full report is available on its website.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.