Who Killed My Battery: Analyzing Mobile Browser Energy Consumption

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Provided by: Stanford University
Topic: Software
Format: PDF
Despite the growing popularity of mobile web browsing, the energy consumed by a phone browser while surfing the web is poorly understood. The authors present an infrastructure for measuring the precise energy used by a mobile browser to render web pages. They then measure the energy needed to render financial, e-commerce, email, blogging, news and social networking sites. Their tools are sufficiently precise to measure the energy needed to render individual web elements, such as Cascade Style Sheets (CSS), Javascript, images, and plug-in objects. Their results show that for popular sites, downloading and parsing cascade style sheets and Javascript consumes a significant fraction of the total energy needed to render the page.
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