DoCoMo (Japan’s leading mobile phone service provider) will be asking Google Inc. for help in modifying its Android OS. has earlier reported the reason behind this request is so DoCoMo smartphones running on Android OS will generate less data traffic.

This request came after DoCoMo identified a free-of-charge voice communication Android app that intervened with the service of the provider last Wednesday. In addition to this, there are some Android apps that send out some control signals every three to five minutes despite not being used. As a result, the network encountered much of a strain by these apps.

There is a current issue with the sharp rise of data consumption which adds pressure to wireless network operators to continually boost their capacity investments. This is so they can avoid clogging telecom networks as the demand for on the go data services continue to shoot up.

According to Nikkei, DoCoMo plans to request Google to lessen the amount of time that Android automatically transmits control signals. Currently, it does so every 28 minutes; which results to frequent service disruptions. This could possibly give a negative impact on the popularity of Android smartphones.

In lieu with this, DoCoMo hopes that Google and other mobile service providers will collaborate with them in requesting Android app developers to put a limit on the frequency control signals are sent. However, considering that Android’s biggest edge is its open source platform, this request may not be taken seriously.


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Christine Torralba
Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.