Recently, there has been a discussion as to how applications – Google Apps and others are draining the resources of mobile devices.
Motorola’s CEO complained that Android apps were having a devastating effect on its handsets, including battery power, although the company has since backtracked on this. However, the argument hasn’t gone away.
I heard that Don Kellogg who is Senior Manager at Telecom Research & Insights made some comments regarding the usage of Android apps on mobile technology. Blaming apps, he said that data usage by smartphones has grown tremendously this year with monthly data use growing by 89% during the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year.
This view was also accepted by another expert, who told androidapps.com “A look at the distribution of data consumption is even more shocking: data usage for the top 10 percent of smartphone users (90th percentile) is up 109 percent while the top 1 percent (99th percentile) has grown their usage by an astonishing 155 percent from 1.8GB in Q1 2010 to over 4.6GB in Q1 2011.”
Unlike Motorola’s Chief Executive Officer, Don Kellogg doesn’t solely blame Android apps; he suggests that Apple’s apps are just as hungry for resources.
Referring to users in the United States, although comparable results in the UK may also be found, Mr. Kellogg said “This has huge implications for carriers since the proportion of smartphone owners is also increasing dramatically.”