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Defending users by actively lying about battery usage is not acceptable. Battery meter in 8 was accurate and flagged battery eating apps accordingly. This new thing is actively lying when you don't use Firebase, as if nobody can ever correctly implement push notifications.



> This new thing is actively lying when you don't use Firebase

It is lying, alright.

That said, I don't think that this lying notification is the best example of Android designers being nefarious jerks. The notification lies to user about non-existing "battery drain", but it only does so when developer tries to get around the requirement to show notification with foreground Service. It is shown when you set notification to be hidden via low-priority. I have also seen it when notification icon was fully transparent. It is basically a retaliation against developer misconduct (when developer tries to run persistent background process without telling user). Ideally, this should encourage developers to show a proper foreground Service notification, which the user may consequently hide via notification settings.


I'm not sure what you're talking about exactly? What's the "new thing" in your post?

(Btw, the on-device battery meter is horribly inaccurate and always has been. Multiple values, like screen power use, are hardcoded by OEM and tracking app power use is not reliable in any case because those graphs are incapable of measuring cascading power efficienty effects coming from using the radio or Play Services.

Use Battery Historian if you want more useful battery use debugging.)


It's really really really hard to attribute battery usage correctly when it comes to push notifications.




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