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    From being perceived as a luxury, smartphones have already transcended to become a must-have among users. But not all is glitter in the world of mobile device technology. With their growing popularity comes with certain issues, including battery life and the presence of power-hungry mobile adware.

    Despite offering impressive resolutions and more advanced features, users are more concerned with their devices’ battery life. Though manufacturers are poised to offer devices with longer battery life, certain trends such 4G/LTE potentially offsets battery enhancements.

    Usage certain apps and ads were also found to be power-hungry activities. In particular, ads displayed on mobile devices were also found to consume 65-75 percent of energy in free apps, as per a Purdue University and Microsoft study.

    In August, we saw an increase of adware in Android applications. While these apps can have malicious routines like collecting user’s personal information, they also pose risks to battery life.

    To know more about these trends in mobile devices and the increasing risks of mobile adware, read our first Mobile Monthly Review, “The Growing Problems of Mobile Adware.”

    More information on mobile threats and best practices can be found in Trend Micro’s Mobile Threat Information Hub.

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