The company’s security solutions provider, Avast, released the 2017 Q3 Android App Performance and Trend Report report to share insights based on observations of its three million users on Android devices.
In the report revealed which applications are wasteful of system resources, both active and while running in the background.
By knowing this, users can make better decisions when choosing which apps they want to download, in optimizing settings to prevent battery drain too quickly, in maximizing storage space and avoiding excessive data usage.
Amongst all the applications that activate themselves at startup and stay active in the background, Samsung and Google apps dominate the top 10 apps that drain battery content, mobile data or storage space, or merge them all together. Samsung’s AllShare app is the number one actor.
Facebook, Spotify and Instagram are the top three apps in taking up the most storage space, while Google Talkback, Facebook and Instagram lead the use of mobile data volumes. The three most draining battery applications are Beaming Service for Samsung, Samsung WatchOn and Netflix.
Further results show that nine out of ten Android users are using Samsung devices and half of smartphones are in the top ten most popular devices over two years old.
Gagan Singh, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Avast Mobile said Avast’s latest report outlines which Android app should watch out for users who often run out of storage space, battery charge or cellular data volumes, and share information on how to optimize smartphone settings to troubleshoot problems -this problem.
“However, the issue that concerns is the number of old Samsung devices that are still in use. Many users may not be aware that Samsung does not provide regular security updates for older model smartphones and this poses a threat to users’ security, “he continued.
The Avast Output Cleanup app for Android devices lets users easily delete unwanted files to spend on storage space and optimize smartphone performance.
In his research Avast uses the methodology: Combined data and anonymous data are collected and analyzed from July to September 2017, from over three million Avast users on Android devices. The apps analyzed only include apps available on Google Play, where Avast observes a sample size of at least 50,000 usage events.