Google Now a Big Drain for iOS Battery? Not so, Says Google

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google Now has arrived for iOS devices; and with it are complaints that it actually causes serious battery drain.

However, Google has pushed back against the complaints, recently releasing a statement.

“Reports that Google Now on iOS drains battery life are incorrect. We understand people’s concern about seeing the Location Services icon stay on when they use Google Now. Many apps that keep the icon on actually do drain the phone’s battery because they require very accurate location. (For example, some apps have to run your GPS all the time during navigation to keep you from missing your turn.) This update to the Google Search app is built very differently: it uses cell towers and wifi hot spots for much lower battery impact,” commented a representative, according to CNET.

The statement continued, “We extensively tested Google Now on iOS for months and didn’t see reports of significant battery impact — we would encourage you to try it in the Google Search app for a few days and we don’t expect you to see significant impact on your battery. If you are seeing a problem, please do tell us (just tap feedback in the app settings). We take user feedback very seriously.”

The service provides users with information upon recognizing voice commands, kind of similar to default iPhone service Siri.