Antivirus firm AVG has issued a new report that identifies some of the biggest smartphone resource hoggers available on Android smartphones.
The AVG Android App Performance and Trend Report H1 2016 outlined which of the most popular apps had the most pronounced effect on considerations such as battery, storage and data.
In terms of broad trends, it was noted that photo, video and location apps are the most likely to make a big contribution to draining device battery life in particular.
Snapchat, YouTube and Google Maps were highlighted as being the top three apps most likely to drain resources on an Android smartphone.
The research covered the period from January to April 2016 – and it also recognised which apps had improved their performance the most via updates since the last time the research was carried out.
Netflix had previously been one of the leading resource consumers, but it was not even listed among the top ten this time around.
AppLock, a password protector for smartphones that did make an appearance among the current report's top ten battery-draining apps, has nonetheless improved its performance since this April. This was taken as an indication that the latest update of the app may have addressed the problem.
Snapchat and YouTube can eat up a significant chunk of memory – and this was partly attributed to the fact that they store a large amount of cached files.
In the case of Snapchat, the cache is only partially deleted when images and videos are removed from conversations.
Tony Anscombe, senior security evangelist for AVG Technologies, said this would appear to undermine its approach to messaging, where the content is deleted seconds after it has been viewed.
“Our latest report exposes some quirky app behavior. For instance, I question why a weather app needs to be constantly connected rather than updating on demand,” he commented.
“Ultimately, if you have more than a few of these apps or types of apps on your phone or tablet, they could be to blame for those annoyingly regular low battery or low storage notifications.”