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Android L will finally end the camera issue that drains the battery on the Nexus 5

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Android L will finally end the camera issue that drains the battery on the Nexus 5
You might remember that back in March, we told you about an issue with the Nexus 5 camera that caused the phone's battery to drain. The problem was with the mm-qcamera-daemon process, which is necessary for the camera to run. But when the process got stuck, it would continuously run the CPU, powering down the battery.

One Google project manager blamed the Skype app, saying that an update to the Android version of the app caused it to screw up the mm-qcamera-daemon process, allowing it to get stuck, consuming the CPU cycles that ate away at the battery life of the stock Android phone. While there have been a few bug fixes for the handset, the problem still exists for some. Android 4.4.3 included changes to the camera that did take away the problem for many. For some though, the rapid draining of the battery continues.

The good news is that the issue is now listed in the AOSP Tracker as a "future release," which means that when Android L is ready for public consumption, the problem will finally.disappear. Hopefully, it won't be too late for some Nexus 5 users to finally enjoy using the handset.


source: AOSP via AndroidPolice, AndroidAuthority

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posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:04

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Oh wow , finally !!

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:55 1

9. Scott93274 (Posts: 4390; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


lol, no joke, I thought that 4.4.4 did that.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 02:17

11. vincelongman (Posts: 4241; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


It has for me, though before I'd only had the issue only a few times

But I've heard several others still have the issue

Also its about time Google add slow mo, Apple/other OEMs have had it for a while now

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:11

17. Professor (Posts: 212; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Although I am using ver 4.4.4 the problem was corrected in my phone during the time that I used to have 4.4.3. But in my phone the problem was not corrected by updating from 4.4.2 to 4.4.3 but when I updated the Tango and the Hangouts applications. Seems like either one of those 2 programs were accessing the camera by them self and overheating the phone and draining the battery. How bad was the problem? When I used to have the problem the phone went from fully charged to drain (red line) in 30 to 45 min while just being in my pocket and not being used at all. Also in order to be charged it had to be turned off to allow it to cool before being able to accept charged because of the high level of the overheating! But again the problem was finally corrected with the several upgrades to those 2 programs. (I think the one that was causing the problem was Tango). It was NOT caused by Skype like they claim because I don't even have Skype installed in my phone. Regarding the upgrade from 4.4.3 to 4.4.4 i don't noticed any difference or improvement, although I like more the new dialer application. It corrected all the things I don't liked from the prior dialer application.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 13:52

25. vincelongman (Posts: 4241; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I only had it a few times back on 4.4.1 & 4.4.2
It wasn't really that bad since I noticed it after ~10 mins and reboot, which temporarily fixed it
I haven't had issues with battery life
I get a decent 4-5 screen on time because of my custom kernel (on stock I got 3-4 hours, which is still quite decent)

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 03:52

14. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


With project volta i expect atleast a day and half.
Should last even more with 64bit + Android L

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:10 4

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


In many ways, I wish Google would just make a Nexus 5+ or something like that. Upgrade the processor to an 805, boost the RAM to 3GB, upgrade the camera to 13MP OIS, add a new LTE chip, and call it a day.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:17 11

3. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


and most importantly add a bigger battery.....

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:20 2

4. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


A Nexus 5 refresh sounds like the perfect phone. Although I would like them to improve the viewing angles a bit, jack up screen brightness, and make it even smaller and thinner.

I don't give a crap about the camera but everything else you said.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:42 1

6. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


"Dream on, dream on, dream on,
Dream yourself a dream come true
Dream on, dream on, dream on"

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 07:37

20. boosook (Posts: 1430; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I totally agree! They could keep two parallel lines, one that does not go above 5'' and the phablet, just like Apple is doing.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:30 7

5. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Rather than use LG again, Moto, or HTC. They should use Sharp. Inject some new spice in there. Been too much of the same old lately. A sharp Aqous Crystal nexus with a 1080p 5 inch bezeless screen and igzo technology would be like some international booty.

Sick of the North American booty right now.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:48 2

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Maybe some Japanese booty? Like Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Toshiba?

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 07:38

21. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


My name is Kokjima! Not Sony, Sanyo, Toshiba!

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:45

7. Settings (Posts: 1528; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


How about screen issues in Nexus 7 2013?

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 02:10

10. TheFirm (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


Lol droid

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 02:53

12. mayur007 (Posts: 564; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Lol i thought IOS is slow in bug fixing

Android is much much slower in update

Thats ridiculous

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 07:38

22. boosook (Posts: 1430; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The bug is quite overestimated. Overall, the N5 is really a great phone with a fast and stable OS. Only some users experience this bug, and only some times.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 09:13

24. mayur007 (Posts: 564; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


I have heard about the battery issue b4 and pa confirmed it

Hmm i dk about only few people had this bug

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 03:52

13. kane74 (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Jan 2014)


One year after device laumch!? Wow love my IOS

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 04:15

15. mayur007 (Posts: 564; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


have to agree on that

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 04:39 1

16. Chuck007 (Posts: 1090; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


I totally get what you guys mean. If the Nexus 5 had a larger battery and S801 for the same price I sure wouldn't mind giving it a shot. 5.9" (if true) is way too big for the average user.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:16

18. E34V8 (Posts: 84; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


This is strange. I never had that problem. How come it's an OS bug, but not on all Nexus 5s? Maybe it really is 3rd party app related.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:22

19. alexvv (Posts: 162; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


one thing google should try to make better in the android l release is the stock android battery life (for instance: xperia z and nexus 5 have the same battery, a same full-hd tft cosnuming the battery 2gb of ram and equally draining processors - the nexus 5 is a lot more powerful, but based on a better manufacturing process, so battery drain of the soc is about the same - still the xperia z manages 48h of endurance of gsmarena testing and probably an even better time with stamina mode on and the update to kitkat and the nexus 5 only manages a mediocre 40h. battery is a real issue. google should focus on that. and it's the same story with other google products like nexus 4 vs optimus g.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 08:09

23. tokuzumi (Posts: 950; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


While it's good they are fixing important bugs, I wish they'd split out the notification/ringtone volumes again. It's annoying.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 09:17

26. adylan22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


How about fix the issues in back/home buttons in nexus 4?

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 18:59

27. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 294; Member since: 13 May 2014)


The problem it's still present on Galaxy S5 - 5.0 Lollipop - BNL9 firmware.

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