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10 apps that are killing your Android phone’s battery life

Published Nov 6th, 2014 2:19PM EST
Android Battery Drain Apps

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Samsung makes terrific devices but there are definitely things the company does that drive its users crazy, including the laggy performance of its TouchWiz UI and the addition of gratuitous bloatware that hurts devices’ battery life and performance. We mention this because CNET has compiled a list of apps that antivirus software firm AVG has found are the most deleterious to Android users’ batteries… and three of the top 10 were developed by Samsung.

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According to AVG, Samsung’s AllShareCast Dongle S/W Update, ChatON Voice & Video Chat and Samsung WatchON Tablets apps are all among the biggest battery drainers among apps that start up when you turn your phone on. Other battery-killing apps include magicApp, Facebook and Path. When it comes to mobile games, meanwhile, AVG says that the top three worst battery drainers are Puzzle & Dragons, Supercell’s Hay Day and Candy Crush Saga.

In addition to tracking battery-draining apps, AVG also tracks apps that hurt your phone’s overall performance (Facebook is No. 1, Path is No. 2 while Instagram is No. 4) and that eat up your phone’s storage space (NY Times’ Breaking News app is No. 1). To check out all the apps that are hurting your Android phone is various ways, check out CNET’s summary by clicking the source link below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.