You need to update the Facebook app right now

24 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Won’t Drain Your iPhone Battery Anymore.

New York (CNNMoney) — Facebook has admitted that its app drains your iPhone’s battery life, so it released a new version on Thursday (October 22) that should solve he problem.In a scathing post on Medium almost two weeks ago, Matt Galligan revealed that the Facebook app was usurping a greedy 15% of his battery even after disabling background refresh. Previously, if you watched a video on the app and switched to another app to do something else, the audio component of the video sometimes continued to run.

It was also staying alive two times longer than his actual usage. “Building great products requires accounting for the whole of an entire experience – not just its features, but its flaws, and what it asks of its customer,” Mr. In a post on his personal account Thursday, Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant acknowledged that taxing and extraneous coding has caused the app to kill your battery life – at least, faster than it should. According to a post from the Facebook research team, “e-laughing is evolving” and the social network has been analyzing the data we use in its platform since the end of May. (Definitely hit the link for the deep dive; it’s a fascinating study.) To likely no one’s surprise, the most common expression of e-laughing is “haha” followed by emoji. Facebook goes deeper yet into the nuances of who uses what sort of online laugh: Age, gender and geographic location play a role in laughter type and length: young people and women prefer emoji, whereas men prefer longer hehes. Are we there yet?’ with the question not resulting in any progress to reaching the destination,” Grant explained. “This repeated processing causes our app to use more battery than intended.

The version released [Thursday] has some improvements that should start making this better.” The latest mobile operating system features a new “battery” setting that tracks how much power apps are using. And while “haha” and “hehe” or even “hahaha” and “hahahahahahaha” and “hahahahhhhahahahaha” (a misspelled, elongated “haha” that most of us might interpret as “this is so funny I don’t care that these letters are in the wrong order”) might seem like they belong in the same category, there are subtle inferences to make about them each. If you watch a video and then leave without closing the app, “the audio session sometimes stays open as if the app was playing audio silently.” Grant’s post did not clarify whether a fix for this was included in today’s update.

He assured that the drain hadn’t come from the app’s Location History feature or “anything related to location,” as some had speculated, and stressed that Location History was an optional feature. It seems Facebook is far from completely fixing the problem, but the news is welcomed by critics who charge Facebook with neglecting to make their app as efficient as possible. “We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

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