Your smartphone is busier than you think when it’s doing “nothing”

Smartphones Signals

It’s just sitting there in your pocket. No noise. No vibration. The smartphone that’s doing “nothing” is probably a whole lot busier than you think.

Many of the apps that require constant updates are fighting for the permission to check their respective networks through dormant connections. At times, as this graphic depicts, your phone may be trying to send signals as many as 30 times per attempted connection. As our friends at Amarillo Used Trucks knows, it’s not always what you know about that causes minor harm.

If most of them are causing minor harm, the overall problem can be major. Click to enlarge.


By Connor Livingston

+Connor Livingston is a tech blogger who will be launching his own site soon, Lythyum. He lives in Oceanside, California, and has never surfed in his life. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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