Simple web browsing may drain your smartphone's battery

   Apr 18, 5:31 pm

London, Apr 18 (ANI): While it is known that free apps, watching a video or playing a game consume your cellphone's battery, a new study including Indian origin researcher has revealed that merely surfing the internet on mobile comes with an energy cost.

Researchers at Stanford University and Deutsche Telekom found that a number of popular sites, like Wikipedia, IMDB and even iPhone manufacturer Apple's homepage, are wasting energy because of bloated code.

The researchers also shed light on how to trim down this energy usage by nearly 30 per cent, without affecting the experience of users.

Stanford computer scientist Narendran Thiagarajan and colleagues used an Android phone hooked up to a multimeter to measure the energy used in downloading and rendering 25 popular websites, New Scientist reported.

Simply loading the mobile version of Wikipedia over a 3G connection devoured just more than 1 per cent of the phone's battery, while browsing to apple.com, which does not have a mobile version, used 1.4 per cent.

The measurements were then repeated with locally saved versions of the website, facilitating them to separate out the energy needed to render a page from that need to download it.

Javascript and CSS files are used in most modern websites that offer additional functions and styles that are not possible using basic HTML.

However, the researchers found that several websites they looked at were loading large files that were not being used in the page.

For instance, Wikipedia utilizes a custom file Javascript besides a generic library to collapse and expand the different sections on a page, but a great deal of the library goes unused.

By rewriting the site's Javascript to just perform the required function, Thiagarajan and colleagues were able to decrease the energy consumption from 15 to 9.5 Joules.

Making similar changes to the CSS files and images, they successfully reduced the total energy used in loading Wikipedia from 35 to 25 Joules, a saving of 29 per cent. (ANI)

Microsoft set to jump into smartwatch tussle: Report Oct 20, 1:41 pm
Washington, Oct 20 (ANI): Tech giant Microsoft is reportedly set to release a smartwatch of its own within weeks, joining Apple, Samsung and others in the smartwatch race.
Full Story
Apple lowers iPad Mini's prices to lure customers, increase tablet sale: Report Oct 19, 2:03 pm
Washington, Oct 19 (ANI): Tech giant Apple unveiled on Thursday new designs of its tablets - the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, and now the company is 'low budget' iPad Mini to draw customers into the stores.
Full Story
Now, airbag-equipped 'motorcycle vest' to protect against severe spinal injuries Oct 19, 10:36 am
Washington, Oct 19 (ANI): A new Spidi Neck DPS motorcycle vest has been designed, which is equipped with a built-in airbag system that could protect riders against severe spinal injuries.
Full Story
Scientist claims examining cloud changes can help trace missing MH370 Oct 18, 4:17 pm
Johannesburg, Oct 18 (ANI): An Australian scientist, Aron Gingis claims that it is possible to trace the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 by examining cloud changes for proofs of vapour trails caused by burning fuel emissions from the aircraft.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY