Android warning as Google update could be killing your smartphone battery

Google Android users may suddenly be finding their smartphone battery isn’t lasting as long as it should.

It seems a recent update from the US technology firm is leading to huge battery drain with the Google Play services software thought to be to blame.

According to Android Police, the problems seem to have begun earlier in the week with numerous users complaining that their devices were running out of juice much faster than usual.

A quick dig into the settings found that Google Play services were causing the biggest consumption with the issue even happening when devices were in standby mode.

Google Play services are something found on all Android devices so this is clearly something that could be affecting a vast amount of people.

Some Android fans have taken to social media to confirm they have been hit by the problems with one saying: ” I am using poco f1, I have battery drain issue and I don’t know why Google play service suck my battery level this much, poco please find the solution.”

You can easily check to see how your battery is performing by heading to Settings > Battery > Show full device usage. 

If Google Play services are top of the list then you’ll know why your phone’s performance may have dropped.

Unfortunately, there’s currently no word on when a fix is coming with users saying the best way to end the problem is to downgrade to the previous version of the software or try clearing your cache.

Google is sure to be working on a fix so hopefully, an update will be pushed out in the coming days.

The news of the Android battery issues comes as Android users were warned of another problem affecting this popular operating system.

According to security experts, 200 “harmful” Google Play Store apps were downloaded more than 32million times last month alone.

Six Android apps that were downloaded a staggering 90million times from the Google Play Store were found to have been loaded with the PreAMo malware.

ESET malware researcher Lukas Stefanko revealed that in July alone 205 “harmful” Google Play Store apps were downloaded over 32million times.

Stefanko categorised the apps under subscription scam, ad fraud, stalkerware, fake apps, fake antivirus tools, adware droppers and software with backdoors.

The apps with the most number of installs had hidden ads, which were installed over 19million times.

While in a tweet Stefanko highlighted that Google Play Store apps with subscription scams had 12million installs.

The malware expert said: “All these apps and numbers are based on research, blogs, reports, and tweets published in July, 2019 by the infosec community”.

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