Yesterday, I got Big Red updated to Windows Phone 8.1. The update is such a huge improvement for the platform. One of the features it brings is Battery Saver, an app that helps you better manage juice on your Windows Phone smartphone. Below is a screenshot of Battery Saver from Big Red:
See how the power consumption of Skype is so much more than other apps? Guess what makes it more interesting: I barely ever touch the Skype app. While I am logged in to it, it just stays in the background. I barely ever get any Skype messages either. Yet, sitting down there in idle mode, it is the largest power guzzler by far. What?
I use the browser, Twitter and Photo apps the most. Very consistently, as a matter of fact. Yet look at their power consumption against Skype’s. All put together, the three do not even get close to the damage that Skype is doing. That’s just pure evil. But no wahala. I have now disallowed Skype from running in the background any longer, as the screenshot shows. Enough is enough. No more wastage.