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Angry Birds making me nervous (get booted off my tablet)
on August 15, 2011
I can't call myself 'addicted' to Angry Birds but I did enjoy playing the game and I did play it for a few hours once it became available on Chrome. It's a good game and, because it's so well designed around touch controls it's even better and more fun on a tablet or phone.
These being said, I threw Angry Birds off my XOOM after I noticed that, after at least 2 weeks of not playing the game and numerous tablet reboots Angry Birds was still active, using 3% of my battery resources - on Honeycomb go Settings/Applications/Manage Applications/Battery Use. On XOOM's expected 10-hour life on a full charge, 3% adds up to 18 minutes per charge, used up by a game that I'm not playing. I understand that 'free' usually comes with a price and I have no problem with a little pushed advertising while I'm actually playing the game. I don't understand and I will not allow some third party app to take over my tablet resources without my knowledge while I'm not using it.
As for what Angry Birds is doing inside my tablet without my knowledge, I simply don't know. Is it collecting my passwords? Compiling stats on my activity and report them to the mothership? I simply don't know but it IS doing something or it would not drain my battery. By comparison, Android OS, Wi-Fi and Tablet Idle all use 2% and they're actually performing something that benefits me.
So, since I don't know how to stop you from lurking inside my tablet... it's got to be 'goodbye Angry Birds' because you're making me nervous.
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