With the advent of HTML5, the next generation of browser-based technologies for web developers, new connectivity paradigms have arisen that will allow web developers to move beyond HTTP-based stateless transactions. However, such new features do not transition seamlessly from the desktop to mobile browsers.
Specifically, handheld devices with limited battery life can be impacted by persistent connectivity. In this work, two recent technologies (WebSockets and WebRTC) are examined with respect to power consumption. Based on this analysis, recommendations for improving battery life when using these technologies are provided.