SN856: COVID proximity tracking battery drain

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What could possibly go wrong?
Nov 7, 2020
Can I just say that I agree with @Steve that the COVID Apps hammer the battery so much and I stopped using the feature at least 8 months ago. I've used the Swiss, Austrian and Italian Apps on varying occasions, got no notifications from the thing and value my battery. Add to that the fact that Omicron is running wild, I don't see a value for using it.

But I also agree that it was excellently done to provide information to the user without centralising the data.....which would be scary..... :)
I'm not touching the Covid-19 topic with a 10' pole. But, it is true that any app that isn't designed with battery drain in mind can create a big problem. Later versions of Android do not allow you to see the task list, so you cannot even see what's hogging the cpu or radios. FWIW, there is a function called battery optimization on Android that can affect the app's behavior. But, it also affects the functionality sometimes if the OS terminates something that needs to run.

Are you sure you were listening to 856? I cannot find that on TWIT, GRC, or my podcast feed?

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron