Why GPS eats so much battery power, explained by a Google engineer

NAVSTAR satellite, ready to join up with at least two others to drain your phone.
Image via Wikimedia Commons.

File this under “blog posts that mostly just point at a thing and ask you to look at/click them”: a Quora answer to the question of why GPS eats so much more battery life, so much more rapidly, than anything else on your phone (other than flashlight apps, that is).

A Google engineer answers the question of GPS’ power hunger at Q&A site Quora. The answer from Robert Love, too, does not drill down so far as to become opaque to non-programmers, nor does it just spout obvious truisms (“Satellites! Space!”).

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