New App Uses Crowdsourcing To Identify If Your iPhone Battery Drain is Normal
I have a complaint against those who are responsible for the technology behind batteries. Our software has got much advanced, but our battery is a disappointment. It can’t cope with the latest software and applications that we use. Flagship phones provide 1-1.5 days battery time while good laptops go on to provide just around six to eight hours. That’s sad!
iPhone users’ biggest concern is battery. We need to know which apps are eating up our battery, and we have apps for that. But sometimes our friend has the same model of smartphone but his phone’s battery life is more than ours. What is wrong with our model?
This app, created by a pair of Stanford Ph.Ds in computer science — Adam Oliner and Jacob Leverich — provides you the information, gathered through crowdsourced data, about your battery life and lets you save battery by recommending which apps should be turned off.
The app named “Normal” answers the question: “Is my battery drain normal?” It measures the performance of your battery by comparing it with other users’ performance having the same model of iPhone as yours. It then tells you if your battery time is normal as compared to others or not. It also suggests apps which should be turned off in order to save your phone’s battery.
To be relevant about the suggestions, Normal compares your battery performance with those users who are running the same set of apps as you. Using this approach, it provides you accurate feedback about the battery time.
The app is currently available on iOS platform only and costs 99 cents.
Inside the app, there is a list of currently running apps, each with a ring chart showing how much battery time can be saved by turning off a specific app. It shows accurate information about time that will be saved. For example, by turning off Facebook app, Normal estimates that 20 minutes and 32 seconds will be saved.
“Battery is a pain point and there are not good solutions,” Oliner told TechCrunch. “The device doesn’t tell you everything you need to know. Why is it using so much energy? Is that normal or not? That’s what we’re trying to adjust.”
We have seen battery drainage issues even in flagship phones like Nexus 5. It was discovered that camera app in Nexus 5 was the main reason behind battery drainage. There was a background process that was responsible for camera app but it ran even after the camera was closed, and hence drained the battery in a few hours.
Normal app can come in handy in such situations.
Oliner and Leverich have started a company called Kuro Labs. They are putting all of the research they have done during their Ph.D to practical use. Next, they are aiming to extend Normal app for laptops and tablets.