Donning the tights of Captain Obvious, Google co-founder Larry Page at Google Zeitgeist in the UK answered a question about poor battery life on Android devices by noting if you aren’t getting through the day “there is something wrong.” Yes, because people ask questions like that when nothing is wrong.
In fairness, he does go a little more in-depth that that. From TechRadar UK:
“I have noticed there are a few people who have phones where there is software running in the background that just sort of exhausts the battery quickly. If you are not getting a day, there is something wrong.”
See? It’s not the operating system. It’s those pesky apps you run in the background that drains the battery. The problem with that statement, however, is that running apps in the background is one of the selling points of Android. It’s one of the things that “Droid Does.” Why would anyone involved with Android, let alone one of the top dogs at Google, publicly blame the problem on apps running in the background? That’s like Steve Jobs blaming the iPhone’s poor battery life on the multi-touch interface.
Eric Schmidt doesn’t exactly help matters by narrowing the problem to apps that “are not particularly smart” about transmitting and receiving data. Okay, fine, some developers need to do a better job with this. How are they going to address that? That question remains open. Not exactly a stunning rebuke of the iPhone OS 4.0 and Windows Phone 7 approaches to multi-tasking.