1. toilet-handle's Avatar
    It is constantly keeping my maps open and draining my battery in one hour it went from 100-92. I've had Google now disabled for awhile and last night decided to try and give it another chance, guess it's still not ready.
    01-24-2013 07:11 AM
  2. Paul627g's Avatar
    Yes Google Now does eat up battery but that is expected. I look at it as a glorified widget and most will agree that widgets are known battery hogs

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    01-24-2013 07:15 AM
  3. funkylogik's Avatar
    Dont get me started on Now.
    Has anyone EVER had a news card?
    It doesnt even recognise Scottish football teams!

    Can i freeze it but still have google search for finding contacts and long lost apps on my phone or should i just disable/freeze Maps?

    quadcore 1gb GS3, Neat Rom by Salesale. Paisley, Scotland, Western Europe :beer:
    01-24-2013 07:57 AM
  4. Paul627g's Avatar
    Dont get me started on Now.
    Has anyone EVER had a news card?
    It doesnt even recognise Scottish football teams!

    Can i freeze it but still have google search for finding contacts and long lost apps on my phone or should i just disable/freeze Maps?

    quadcore 1gb GS3, Neat Rom by Salesale. Paisley, Scotland, Western Europe :beer:
    Your choice funk. If you don't need maps then freeze it or if your rooted then delete maps out.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Android Central Forums
    01-24-2013 08:02 AM
  5. funkylogik's Avatar
    Id uninstall but i need Maps sometimes but ive learnt that disabling it doesnt work so ill freeze it with MyBackup Pro.
    Someone told me a widget that can freeze/unfreeze a particular app when u want but my stupid memory has forgot
    Had a look for Now as an app but im guessin its built into the firmware?
    Even its weather isnt accurate here lol... major dissapointment.
    So its Maps thats eatin the battery then u think and not the actual Now entity?
    Gona freeze Maps now.
    If anyone knows of that widget, please pipe in

    quadcore 1gb GS3, Neat Rom by Salesale. Paisley, Scotland, Western Europe :beer:
    01-24-2013 09:25 AM
  6. funkylogik's Avatar
    ....just realised Maps has only used 0.1% batt'
    Is that coz ive been at home since last charge i take it?.....

    quadcore 1gb GS3, Neat Rom by Salesale. Paisley, Scotland, Western Europe :beer:
    01-24-2013 09:36 AM
  7. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    You don't need to freeze it. You can just turn it off in its own settings. Then it acts like a regular search.
    01-24-2013 10:02 AM
  8. Joe113's Avatar
    Dont get me started on Now.
    Has anyone EVER had a news card?
    It doesnt even recognise Scottish football teams!

    Can i freeze it but still have google search for finding contacts and long lost apps on my phone or should i just disable/freeze Maps?

    quadcore 1gb GS3, Neat Rom by Salesale. Paisley, Scotland, Western Europe :beer:
    That's just you!!! If you use Google A LOT like I do then you're sure to get plenty of cards. Right now I have 7 cards and that's pretty low for me.

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    01-24-2013 01:36 PM
  9. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    That's just you!!! If you use Google A LOT like I do then you're sure to get plenty of cards.
    I think Joe has this right. The more you use Google apps like search, maps, gmail, and maybe even YouTube, the more Now will have to work with, and the more cards it will show you. Whether those cards have real value is another question.
    01-24-2013 08:50 PM
  10. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Yes Google Now does eat up battery but that is expected. I look at it as a glorified widget and most will agree that widgets are known battery hogs
    Really? Not in my experience. I only use a few widgets, but none of them every show up in the list of battery use or cpu use. It will depend a lot, I suppose, on whether they're using the radio to update data, and how frequently, but it's simply not true that all widgets are battery hogs.
    01-24-2013 08:53 PM
  11. Tkbredx's Avatar
    Guess I've been having pretty good battery with Google now. But i also changed one of the maps draining problems on the s3 (must be rooted to fix it). Google now never takes battery life away. I love it!
    01-24-2013 11:10 PM
  12. Paul627g's Avatar
    It will depend a lot, I suppose, on whether they're using the radio to update data, and how frequently, but it's simply not true that all widgets are battery hogs.
    Thats the point exactly. Most widgets do hit the radio-web frequently to update the data so its eating away at the battery even at idle.
    01-24-2013 11:19 PM
  13. funkylogik's Avatar
    That's just you!!! If you use Google A LOT like I do then you're sure to get plenty of cards. Right now I have 7 cards and that's pretty low for me.

    Sent from my SPH-L710 using Android Central Forums
    Bro. B4 the US election, i did SO many searches for obama, election, results, 2013 in differing orders and i got NOTHING!
    i read a lot about the troubles in the middle east... got no card about the joke of a ceasefire. Honestly it only gives you weather and travel info here, combined with calender entrys.
    Its pish (where i happen to live)

    quadcore 1gb GS3, Neat Rom by Salesale. Paisley, Scotland, Western Europe :beer:
    01-25-2013 12:55 AM
  14. funkylogik's Avatar
    Maybe scotland should look closer at windows phones... we always luvd Nokia.

    We gona be an independant nation again soon, maybe we'l get recognised then

    quadcore 1gb GS3, Neat Rom by Salesale. Paisley, Scotland, Western Europe :beer:
    01-25-2013 12:58 AM
  15. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Thats the point exactly. Most widgets do hit the radio-web frequently to update the data so its eating away at the battery even at idle.
    I'd change "most" to "some" in your statement. Aside from that, many widgets let you customize the update frequency to minimize battery life. I've monitored cpu usage and battery usage by app, and my widgets never show up as significant contributors.
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    01-25-2013 07:31 AM
  16. Almeuit's Avatar
    I'd change "most" to "some" in your statement. Aside from that, many widgets let you customize the update frequency to minimize battery life. I've monitored cpu usage and battery usage by app, and my widgets never show up as significant contributors.
    This. I have a few widgets and use Google now for a few cards... No issues on battery drainage. If it helps I set things like weather cards by GPS... Then turn GPS off. It then remembers the last location to update instead of pinging my location every time it updates.



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    01-25-2013 08:21 AM
  17. Tkbredx's Avatar
    I wish you could use multiple Gmail accounts as I use different emails for things being shipped and what not. I don't like those sites sending mail to my real personal email. I'm paranoid of spam. Lol
    01-25-2013 01:01 PM
  18. Almeuit's Avatar
    I wish you could use multiple Gmail accounts as I use different emails for things being shipped and what not. I don't like those sites sending mail to my real personal email. I'm paranoid of spam. Lol
    Sounds like you need to buy from more reputable sites then :P

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums.
    01-25-2013 01:09 PM
  19. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I wish you could use multiple Gmail accounts as I use different emails for things being shipped and what not. I don't like those sites sending mail to my real personal email. I'm paranoid of spam. Lol
    You can. From within gmail, go to settings, and click "add account" at the top right.

    Sounds like you need to buy from more reputable sites then :P
    Even reputable business send advertising mail. You can generally opt out, of course. But I use a separate account for commercial email and personal email. I don't mind getting ads from companies I do business with, but I prefer to keep them separate from personal and business email.
    01-25-2013 05:16 PM
  20. EvilMonkey's Avatar
    I was impressed it told me I needed to leave 10 minutes early for a meeting because of traffic problems between my office and where my meeting was. Nice.

    I do have some trouble with the voice feature. Like I'll try to say "Text Amy (my wife) I'm on my way home" and sometimes it does it fine, but frequently it just says "contact not found" (and the it does recognize the words the same). It's weird.
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    01-25-2013 09:14 PM
  21. EvilMonkey's Avatar
    I was impressed it told me I needed to leave 10 minutes early for a meeting because of traffic problems between my office and where my meeting was. Nice.

    I do have some trouble with the voice feature. Like I'll try to say "Text Amy (my wife) I'm on my way home" and sometimes it does it fine, but frequently it just says "contact not found" (and the it does recognize the words the same). It's weird.
    I actually figured this out in the process of capturing screenshots to post here and I realized that I was using two different phrases. It doesn't make sense but here goes anyways:

    If I say "Text Amy I'm leaving now" it works fine. However if I say "Text Amy I'm on my way home" it can't find the contact.

    It does it every time. So I have to remember to use the right phrase. Strange.

    Also, I do like it knows where I work and where I live, but I really wish it would recognize the route I take. It's useless when it tells me how long it's going to take me, when I never go the way that's on the card (the route Google Maps does is riddled with lights and bad traffic patterns so I go another way). You would just think it would recognize the route I take every single day and that I never ever go the way it wants me to.
    01-27-2013 06:58 PM

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