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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