Facebook has recently updated its application for iOS devices. This has been long awaited, as users found that the application drained their batteries. The reality is that Facebook had to address this problem urgently, being the most popular app and app provider on iOS today.
According to fresh statistics from analytics firm App Annie published on Wednesday, social media giant Facebook is responsible for four of the top ten most downloaded iOS apps of all time, with Google and Apple titles in tow.
Additionally, Facebook continues to be, by far, the most popular social media network on the market. It now has some 1.49 billion monthly users. Some question whether Zuckerberg ever thought that his little brain child would become so popular but, now that it has, he will have to respond to his consumers as well.
Facebook App Drains Batteries
People who own an iOS device, and who use it to access Facebook through the Facebook app, have noticed that the battery on their device gets trained rapidly. While some always believed this was a design flaw with Apple, the fault actually lies with Facebook. In fact, Facebook itself has recently compared it to an annoying child.
A CPU spin is like a child in a car asking, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” with the question not resulting in any progress to reaching the destination. This repeated processing causes our app to use more battery than intended. The version released today has some improvements that should start making this better.
In response, Facebook has updated the application. The new version should fix the battery drain issues in full. Perhaps, in other words, the annoying child has finally grown up. According to Facebook, a number of bugs were causing the battery drain issue. The CPU spin was the first of these bugs, which was located in the network code itself. Essentially, the code was basically ‘asking’ the processor the very same question continuously, which meant the app itself would need to use more battery than required as that question had to be answered continuously as well.
A second bug was found in the fact that, if people left the app after playing a video or audio file, the app actually stays open. As such, it would continue to use the same amount of battery resources as it would if you were actually still playing the video or audio file. This is best compared to what happens if you switch your music application on on your smartphone and then continue to listen to music while you also access other apps. This is not possible, for instance, through YouTube, which completely closes down as soon as you go to a different app.
Many people believed that the issue was related to the location history, but this turned out not to be the case.
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. So while Facebook might be sucking your time away, it’s not tracking your every move (yet).
So, now that people know why their Facebook app was draining their iOS battery, it is time to update their app. Anyone who hasn’t automatically updated their Facebook app should do so straight away through the App Store. By clicking on the ‘update’ button, it will give them the opportunity to make sure that they are running the latest version of Facebook. People are now trying to figure out if they can identify any new bugs.