Facebook says it fixed iPhone battery issues

23 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook admits app drains users’ iPhone batteries, issues update.

From last week, users of the Facebook app on iPhone noticed that it seemed to be drawing more power from the battery than it should have been. Facebook’s apps have been known to drain battery life, but last week iPhone users were reporting that their batteries were being drained faster than usual.

After several complaints from users stating that Facebook for iPhone app has been draining the battery faster than normal, the Menlo Park based company has accepted the issue and has started rolling out the update. With iOS 9’s new battery menu which gives detailed app-by-app battery usage, iPhone users raised complaints that Facebook is consuming more battery than usual. The battery issues didn’t seem to be resolved by any of the normal fixes. iPhones allow users to turn off background updating and force quit apps, so that they shouldn’t be able to do anything, but the app continued to put a huge drain on phones and work in the background. The first issue, according to Facebook’s Ari Grant, was “a ‘CPU spin’ in our network code.” In layman’s terms, he said that this is the equivalent of “a child in a car asking, ‘Are we there yet? This is similar to when you close a music app and want to keep listening to the music while you do other things, except in this case it was unintentional and nothing kept playing.

Our fixes will solve this audio issue and remove background audio completely.” Grant also noted that the battery drain issue is not related to optional location history feature in the app. He added, “We are committed to continuing to improve the battery usage of our app and you should see improvements in the version released today” While the update fixes some the issues with battery drain on iPhone, seems Facebook has to fix few more bugs before the app returns to normal battery usage.

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