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Android O features a new battery menu that can improve your battery life

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New battery settings menu for Android O could improve your battery life

New battery settings menu for Android O could improve your battery life


Google has been working on increasing Android battery life by cutting back on activities taking place in the background. With the upcoming Android O build, Google has improved the battery settings menu to make it easier for users to understand how much battery life certain apps are using in the background, and if that is why they are acting as energy hogs. Right now if you open the battery stats on your phone, you can see which apps are responsible for the highest percentage of battery usage since the last charge. While that is good to know, the data shown on Android O takes the information one or two steps beyond this.

With the battery settings data available with the next build of Android, you'll be able to determine not only the percentage of battery usage an app is responsible for, it also will tell you the actual time that you spent using it. Tap on an individual app, and you'll be able to discover whether most of the battery life it consumed came while it was running in the background, or if it took place while you were actively using the app. Knowing which apps are misbehaving as opposed to just being used often is important; it will allow you to improve your battery life by deleting the apps that are not working correctly.

To put it another way, let's say you play a certain game frequently and notice that it is using a high percentage of your battery life. If this happens while the app is running mostly in the background, you might have a problem app on your hands that needs to be deleted. The question is, will most Android O users take advantage of this information in order to enhance their battery life? That remains to be seen.

source: AndroidPolice

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posted on 18 May 2017, 22:43 3

1. Tabby_Tiger (Posts: 227; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


Instead of deleting the app that you may use why not allow the user to disable it from running in the background and not allow it to reload by itself.

posted on 18 May 2017, 23:06

2. jjwieland (Posts: 26; Member since: 19 Jul 2014)


I was thinking the same thing. You can do this with Lineage OS.

posted on 19 May 2017, 03:03

8. HansP (Posts: 90; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Probably because deleting bad apps has several good effects. The developer will get direct feedback their apps are bad if the same app is deleted by a large number of users. The user will learn to look for better options. This also means it's more likely that legacy apps gets deleted by more users.

posted on 18 May 2017, 23:30 2

3. RoboticEngi (Posts: 991; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Why don't they handle the real problem. Android itself. On my phone android is always the biggest battery hog....not apps.

posted on 18 May 2017, 23:41 4

4. Zack_2014 (Posts: 485; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Well cuz Android itself does not consume that much battery but the apps that are under Android OS increase that. (which includes third party apps)

posted on 22 May 2017, 04:09

9. askarak (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Aug 2015)


Yep. Also "Google Play Services" is usually up at the top.

posted on 19 May 2017, 00:52 1

5. kumarabhishek591 (Posts: 108; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


This feature and other features like PIP in Android O and Multi Window in Android M, all seem to be taken from samsung touchwiz.

posted on 19 May 2017, 01:48

6. BuffaloSouce (Posts: 75; Member since: 01 May 2017)


I think if you really want to increase battery life, it's going depend on the battery and the processor used. It'd be nice if someone can make a processor that has the efficiency of the SD625 with the power of the 835

posted on 19 May 2017, 02:45

7. medtxa (Posts: 1299; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


underclock SD835 to SD625 performance level and it has better efficiency than the later.

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