Google's Android L Project Volta boosts battery life by more than 30% on one and the same Nexus 5
0. phoneArena 03 Jul 2014, 09:22 posted on
One and the same worn out Google Nexus 5 handset, loaded with the new Android L Preview, and Android 4.4 KitKat, showed a significant gain in battery life in standardized, controlled testing. The Nexus 5 with Android KitKat has been charged up to the max, and a standard web browsing test run with the screen set at 200 nits of brightness. The Nexus 5 lasted 6 hours and 45 minutes before it died completely. Afterwards, the Android L Developer Preview version was loaded on the handset, and the same test run again at 200 nits. Surprise, surprise, the same Nexus 5 lasted almost 8 hours in the same conditions...
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3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4703; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yes it really is. Imagine on a phone with GREAT battery life like say a Note 3... That's very impressive indeed...
5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1853; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I wonder if that feature would stack with phones already has some kind of battery saving feature.
14. LoveHater (Posts: 172; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
No it wouldnt happen with Tocuhwiz,,, sammy guys cry loud
18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3683; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Is this necessary, hater?
Also you need learning punctuation and sentencing. :)
25. vincelongman (Posts: 2927; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Also you can flash a custom kernel to get even better battery life
Can't wait to have Android L + ElementalX on my Nexus 5
27. mechameister (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)
it already have
used mine lpx13d-preview with ElementalX-N5-2.00-test
so far its been great~
12. sipha (Posts: 407; Member since: 12 May 2012)
& remember, this is stil just the beta version :D :)
4. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Battery life is pretty good on L,
I almost can't believe it improved this much.
6. Commentator (Posts: 3022; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I definitely have noticed an improvement in battery life, but I do wish they'd optimize the developer preview a bit more performance-wise. My Nexus has been lagging and stuttering every now and then (but, again, it is just a preview.)
8. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Turn transition animation down to .5 or off an force GPU for 2d environments, is it still stuttery?
I have no bog downs or stutters my N5s.
13. Commentator (Posts: 3022; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Unfortunately that didn't help. It's only really lagging when I swipe over to Google Now from the home screen, and in the new multitasking menu. Also, I was previously getting Quadrant scores of 14,000+ on 4.4.4 (stock + ART) whereas now I'm getting around 7,000, and the main culprit appears to be framerate.
22. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Something is bogging that thing down big time. Hope you can find culprit.
9. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Wow, making me reconsider getting a Nexus 5...
26. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 May 2013)
I've already owned a N5 but the poor battery life made me sell it...
10. vuyonc (Posts: 730; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
Frugal OS, frugal apps. Fingers crossed, the average flagship smartphone gets 10+ hours OST by 2015.
15. XaErO (Posts: 266; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
It's impressive indeed !!
But I believe brands like Samsung, LG are already doing those type of similar optimizations lately .. So this would probably not show that much (30%) improvement on phones like S5 or G3 ..
16. Scott93274 (Posts: 2859; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
This is great news for people who struggle to get their phones to last throughout the day without connecting to a charger. See, now this is the stuff I wanted to read about during their conference, not their cardboard VR headset.
17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3683; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
If this turns indeed true, I'm getting nexus 5 the next month.
19. ikenvape (Posts: 136; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Why not hang back for the N6? Speculated for Fall
20. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3683; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Yeah that too. But if it turns pricier, i would get the 5. I'm really on tight budget this year. :(
21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4201; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I doubt it would be much more expensive than the Nexus 5, if at all. Either way, wait until the Nexus 6 comes out, even if it is outside your price range, the price for the Nexus 5 will drop on it's release.
28. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 May 2013)
For those who installed Android 5.0 Lollipop on their N5, could you tell how it's been so far regarding battery life? Is it really a step up after all?