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Samsung Galaxy S3 Battery Life Goes Under Scrutiny

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, with millions of customers waiting impatiently for their pre-ordered phones. Soon after release though, there were numerous complaints about battery life, and this problem seems to be more widespread than originally thought.

Samsung Galaxy S3 complaints about battery grow

The battery problem affects the international Samsung Galaxy S3 and it looks like the phone is using excessive amounts of power while on standby. Samsung Galaxy S3 fans don’t need to worry, though, as XDA posters have discovered that it’s a miscalculation of power usage rather than actual drainage.

It seems that the standby feature was the source of the problem, with some saying that the drain value in the framework-res.apk file is incorrectly set to 34mA instead of 3.4mA. This means that 50-70% more battery drainage is being shown on the display than is actually happening. So, it’s a display problem rather than a real battery issue, and there’s an easy way to fix it – users need to update the “power_profile.xml” file in the framework-res package.

Samsung hasn’t commented on this issue yet, and it may not need to as the resolution is easy to effect and is becoming widespread knowledge. Samsung is however expected to sort the problem with the second update for the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is due soon. We’ll keep you posted.

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