Coming from iOS/BlackBerry, I don't really understand how to get a control of my Nexus 5.
I'm trying to make the battery last longer, and to stop it using as much data. I've figured that Sync uses up a LOT of both, and am trying to understand how it works.
So on iOS, Apple just push you notifications in the background, even if the App is closed. On Android, if the App is closed and I want to be notified of a Mention on Twitter, for example. I HAVE to have Sync turned on? Okay, that's fine. But then when I go into Twitter's Settings it says 'Sync data' and 'Sync interval'. So if I leave it to Sync, does it download Tweets from my timeline in the background too or what? Also, if the interval is an hour, does that mean I'll only be notified once an hour if I receive a notification? Can it not be pushed instantly?
Now, I also have 'Falcon Pro'. I believe this ignores the system Sync setting and has it's own, as it's a lot more complex. It has under the Sync section 'Max Tweets per Refresh' the minimum is 200 Tweets. So does this mean, if I have it set to Sync every half an hour, it will download 200 tweets from my timeline!? All I want is mentions! I don't want it downloading anything like this in the background... When I open the app, yes fine. I checked the Data usage, and it has used 90MB in the background in a week!
It appears to me that Sync is a bad combination of Push Notifications and iCloud, in Apple terms. Is this correct? I love this phone, it's by far the best phone I have used! But I just don't understand how some of these Android features work.
Can someone please explain this to me? Any general tips on minimising battery and data use would be nice too!
(I'm thinking about rooting too, anything useful info for a noob on that?)