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A recent independent test by Tech World Zone has found that the Facebook app on Android phones could be depleting the battery life by 20 per cent.

Earlier this year Russell Holly removed the app from his phone, and discovered that his phone performance and battery life increased dramatically.

His results were mimicked by a group of redditors who also took on the experiment and recommended it to others.

In the latest trial, an android user for Tech World Zone used the Metal app instead, which works as a wrap for Facebook's website, on a Huawei Nexus 6P.

They also reported about 20 per cent increase in battery life over the course of a day, as well as better performance.

This is widely believed to be because Facebook, and other Facebook-owned apps like WhatsApp and Instagram, operate in the background the whole time that your device is on.

A Facebook representative told Tech World Zone:

We have heard reports of a few people encountering speed issues coming from our Android application. We are investigating this and will update you as often as possible. We are focused on keeping on enhancing these issues.

Facebook did not respond to the battery issue, but they are certainly aware of it.

In October 2015, Facebook's chief product officer forced a number of Facebook employees to switch to Android phones, thinking if they live with the issues, they'd better solve them.

HT Gizmodo

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