Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Snapchat replaces Facebook and Spotify as top phone-draining app in latest AVG Android™ App Performance Report

Although its pictures and videos are gone in an instant, its effect on your smartphone lingers, as Snapchat the image-sharing app has been crowned as the number one smartphone performance killer in the latest AVG Android App Performance Report. Compiled by AVG® Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the online security company™ for more than 200 million monthly active users, the report saw Snapchat dethrone previous top-spot holders, Facebook and Spotify, thanks to its simultaneous use of your device’s camera, Wi-Fi, mobile data and GPS functionality.


Also climbing to the top of the report is the social and blogging platform Tumblr, which has emerged as the highest traffic-consuming app for the period. Despite the relatively low-level content viewed on the platform – primarily news, short video clips, blogs and some pictures – Tumblr used more data than Netflix and Spotify combined.


Additional findings from the report include:


  • There is a costly quest for updates: Topping the list of hidden, battery-draining services this quarter is the innocuously named “,” which is responsible for delivering periodic Samsung updates to Android devices via Wi-Fi. As with the similarly update-heavy Samsung Security Policy Update (KNOX) and Google Play apps, the service has a massive impact on the battery life of your device
  • Your browser ‘hoards’ data: Google Chrome emerged as the second-highest storage-consuming app this quarter thanks to its collection of user browsing data over time, joining more obvious apps, such as Spotify and Amazon Kindle
  • Facebook ‘mis’-manages: A consistent ‘top’ performer in our charts, Facebook, has a new contender this quarter, with its monitoring app, Facebook Pages Manager. The app stores a lot of local content as it tracks page statistics, followers and comments while on the move


Though many users make a conscious choice to download and run high-impact apps on their smartphones, AVG’s research has found a host of apps which silently drain smartphone resources in the background without the users’ knowledge or action. These apps are differentiated in the report as those that run at start-up, versus those that are run by the user. The following apps consumed the most overall battery drain, storage usage and mobile data combined.  NB: These are aggregated stats from more than 1 million AVG Android users worldwide – further down are the Australian-specific stats.


Run at Start-Up

  1. Facebook
  2. Google Play Services
  3. Facebook Pages Manager
  4. BBM
  5. Words with Friends
  6. Instagram
  7. Messenger
  8. ooVoo Video Call Text & Voice
  9. ChatON Voice & Video Chat
  10. The Weather Channel


Run by User

  1. Snapchat
  2. Amazon Shopping UK
  3. Spotify Music
  4. LINE: Free Calls & Messagse
  5. Samsung WatchON (Video)
  6. Netflix
  7. Clean Master (Boost & App Lock)
  8. Amazon Kindle
  9. Amazon Shopping (Global)
  10. BBC News



  • A bad forecast: Both The Weather Channel and Words with Friends were surprise entrants in our start-up chart – with the apps seemingly having no clear need to run invisibly in the background
  • A drain on your wallet and smartphone: With two of its shopping apps in our top 10 ‘run by user’ list, if you want to save data and battery life on the go, you might want to steer clear of Amazon


“The goal of these reports is not to alarm smartphone users, but rather to enable them to make informed choices about the apps they run on a daily basis,” said Tony Anscombe, Senior Security Evangelist, at AVG Technologies. “Apps are meant to enhance, not to detract from your smartphone experience, but with so many options, we are in danger of overloading our devices. If you are one of the people who feels like they are fighting a constant battle with their device’s battery, or never have enough storage to save your favorite clips and images, then we want to help you take back control.”


In Australia, the top battery drainers run by users are:


  1. Snapchat
  2. Twitter
  3. Google Text-to-Speech
  4. Google+
  5. Google Play Music
  6. Tripadvisor
  7. Google Play Newsstand
  8. Flipboard
  9. Google Doc
  10. Chrome Browser


In Australia, the top 10 storage eaters are:


  1. Facebook
  2. Chrome Browser
  3. Instagram
  4. Google Search
  5. Skype
  6. Google Play Services
  7. CommBank
  8. Trip Advisor
  9. YouTube
  10. Dropbox


In Australia, the top traffic hogs are:


  1. Facebook
  2. Snapchat
  3. Instagram
  4. Google Play Services
  5. Messenger
  6. Google Play Store
  7. Twitter
  8. Samsung Security Policy Update
  9. CommBank
  10. eBay



Analysing aggregated, anonymous data from over one million AVG Android app users, the quarterly AVG Android App Performance Report aims to reveal the top performance-affecting apps worldwide – analysing their overall impact and performance against three key categories – battery drain, storage consumption, and data traffic use.


The full report can be downloaded from

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