Poor battery life?

#1

I’m on the beta, but have noticed this issue for almost a year.

I like to put a cam image of my driveway up on my phone when I’m expecting someone, but my phone (Essential PH-1 - pretty close to a Pixel 2 and on Android Pie) heats up and goes from 100% battery to 32% in 2 hours, while I can play netflix or youtube videos for many hours.

I’ll go out on a limb and suggest the video is being software decoded and not hardware decoded? That would be a nice feature. When I view the video with tinycam, no battery/warming up but that has options to use HW and HW+ hardware acceleration.

#2

Look here in the app:

“Account” -> “App Settings” -> “Camera”

#3

I looked at all the cam settings but never thought it’d be buried there. It was already turned on, but it doesn’t seem to be actually using it. Snapdragon 835…nothing exotic.

#4

And its not limited to my phone. I had the same experience with a beastly tablet with a huge battery that’s just a couple of years old running on Android 7. Snapdragon 805 on that.

#5

I had an HTC Bolt for a little while, and that beast ran hot. Changed to a Galaxy S8+, and it doesn’t have any heat issues.

#6

Phone never runs hot except with the wyze app.