Facebook and Snapchat Aren’t Draining Android Devices as Much

Avast revealed the top Android apps for battery drain, storage use and data use

Digital security company Avast released its latest quarterly report, analyzing the impact Android applications have on device battery life, storage capacity and data use.

The report gathered data from more than 3 million Android users worldwide from January through March and found that Snapchat, Facebook and Spotify are the most improved apps in terms of their performance drain. Previously, these three apps took three of the top four spots for performance-draining apps in Avast‘s charts, which rank both apps that run at device start-up and those run by users.

Even with the improvements, however, these apps did appear on some of the top 10 charts.

For the first quarter of 2017, Facebook was found to be the No. 7 battery-draining app among apps that run at device start-up. Facebook’s WhatsApp came in one position higher, at No. 6.

Spotify and Snapchat, meanwhile, were Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, on the list of top battery-draining apps run by users.

In terms of apps with the biggest impact on a device’s storage, Facebook and Instagram came in at Nos. 1 and 2 among apps that run at start-up, while Facebook Messenger was No. 4.

Spotify and Snapchat, meanwhile, were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, for storage use among apps run by users.

Finally, when analyzing overall data use, Facebook and Instagram also placed first and second among apps that run at startup. WhatsApp and Facebook Lite came in at Nos. 6 and 9, respectively.

For apps run by users, Spotify and Snapchat came in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, in terms of data use.

In a press release, Gagan Singh, senior vice president and general manager of mobile business at Avast, commented:

Industry stats show that smartphone sales grew 9.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, and Android devices continue to dominate market share. Affordable smartphones, however, can compromise on features like device storage, so the experience of the user is increasingly important, and how apps affect a phone’s performance is critical. For many of us, our smartphones are the main device in our everyday lives. Knowing which of our favorite apps are the hardest-hitting on battery life, data usage and storage is important so that we can manage any that we are regularly using on our phones.

Users interested in viewing the full report can do so here.

Top/featured image courtesy of mediaphotos iStock.

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