Free mobile apps which use third-party services to display advertising consume considerably more battery life, a new study suggests.
Researchers used a special tool to monitor energy use by several apps on Android and Windows Mobile handsets.
Findings suggested that in one case 75% of an app's energy consumption was spent on powering advertisements.
Report author Abhinav Pathak said app makers must take energy optimisation more seriously.
Free applications typically have built-in advertisements so developers can make money without having to charge for the initial app download.
Mr Pathak told the BBC that developers should perhaps think twice when utilising third-party advertising and analytics services in their app.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17431109