If you hadn’t heard, Google’s search app for iOS has been updated with Google Now capabilities. However, it was later reported that this service was causing battery life issues, which Google has decided to speak up about. In a response to an article by Lifehacker, Google had this to say:
Reports that Google Now drains battery life are incorrect. We understand people’s concern about seeing the Location Services icon stay on when they use Google Now. Many apps that keep the icon on actually do drain the phone’s battery because they require very accurate location. (For example a navigation app has to run your GPS all the time to keep you from missing your turn.) Google Now is built very differently: it uses cell towers and wifi hot spots for much lower battery impact.
We extensively tested Google Now on iOS for months and didn’t see reports of significant battery impact — we would encourage you to try it in the Google Search app for a few days and we don’t expect you to see significant impact on your battery. If you are seeing a problem, please do tell us (just tap feedback in the app settings). We take user feedback very seriously.
As you can see from the very first line, Google doesn’t think that this application is causing any battery issues. According to the response, Google Now doesn’t actually use the GPS and instead uses cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots to determine a general location, as Google Now doesn’t require exact location for many of its services.
What do you think? Have you experienced battery issues with Google Now? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.