The problem is, that, China as of the beginning of this year has now effectively blocked ALL of Google's services. I wouldn't mind it that much, but it's causing an extreme battery drain on my Note 3.
I can be sure it's a problem from the Google block, because I used this phone last year when Google was not yet completely blocked without problem, and now, when outside China the battery life is as expected.
This is probably due to the wakelocks or alarms when the phone tries to ping or communicate with Google services.
The phone gets noticeably hot in my pocket ALL the time.
Biggest battery drains are always listed as "Google play services" and "Android system". Again, only happens in China. Connecting the phone to a VPN helps, but that's not a solution. It eats up my data a lot.
TL;DR: China's block of Google is causing massive battery drain in my android phone.
So my question is, how can I "disable" or de-googleify my phone temporarily or even permanently? I've tried "disabler" apps, that don't seem to help. Is it safe to just completely uninstall Google Play services? My problem is I am still tied to Google for contacts, emails and such, so I still need that functionality.