Google Search for S60 quick key drains your battery

Google Search Battery DrainedAfter Google announced it's native search client for Symbian S60, I installed it on my Nokia N73 phone and I started to put my phone more often on the battery charger. I did not pay much attention at first to this problem since I was practically not using my phone much these days. But after a while it made me thinking that actually my battery that usually lasted for 3-4 days with a lot of talking now was drained in less than 24 hours.

Since the Google Native search was the only application I installed on my phone I decided to make a simple test. I took Nokia N73 Music Edition and Nokia 6110 Navigator and both with installed Google Search. I put both phones in offline mode so that the network coverage would not affect the final outcome of the test.

After two days I noticed that both phones lost their battery bars very quickly when the Google Search "Quick key" option was available. The thing that the "Press [pencil] to search" button was displayed on the idle screen seemed to eat the battery up very quickly.

How to extend your battery life if you are using Google Mobile Search on your S60 Nokia NSeries mobile phone? Well, it is pretty simple! Just open your Google Search app by pressing the pencil key, go to Options and select "Disable quick key". This will remove Google Search from your idle screen and will save you a lot of battery life. If you still want to have a shortcut to the search application on you home screen place it in the "Active standby apps." menu.

These test results are published for information purposes only and reflect the battery performance of Google Mobile Search on specific Nokia mobile phones under specific conditions. Your phone may perform differently than what is described above.




Found under: Google Search, Google Search for Nokia, Google Search battery problem, Google Search battery

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Published on 26.02.2008 in Symbian Freeware Blog

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