Does Google Search's "Always On" voice command kill your battery?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by daijholt, Dec 8, 2014.

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Does "Okay Google" drain your battery?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Haven't noticed

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  1. daijholt macrumors 6502a

    daijholt

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    #1
    I wanted to get a quick consensus on whether the Google Search app on iOS drains your battery rapidly when you have the "okay Google" Hotword detection switched on?

    If never thoroughly tested it to prove anything, but I'm curious if others here have noticed anything? Naturally, having it on should logically use more juice when the Google search app is open, but considering the app can also run in the background, would it be possible for the always on to have a bleed through effect, even when not actually being the current app in use?
     
  2. gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

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    No. There is no API for an app doing hotword detection in the background. That part of the app is going to be completely suspended when the app is not frontmost.
     
  3. Armen macrumors 604

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    Like stated above this response. It's NOT "always on". It may behave that way on Android but on iOS you have to open the app for the mic to listen.
     
  4. daijholt thread starter macrumors 6502a

    daijholt

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    This answers my question, thank you.
     

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