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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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posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:23 19

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1408; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


That's pretty impressive :D

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:33 8

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4342; 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...

+1

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:42

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1408; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I wonder if that feature would stack with phones already has some kind of battery saving feature.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:52 1

14. LoveHater (Posts: 160; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


No it wouldnt happen with Tocuhwiz,,, sammy guys cry loud

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:57 2

18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3607; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Is this necessary, hater?
Also you need learning punctuation and sentencing. :)

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 15:39

25. vincelongman (Posts: 1615; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Agreed
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

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 12:22

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~

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:28 2

12. sipha (Posts: 316; Member since: 12 May 2012)


& remember, this is stil just the beta version :D :)

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:24 5

2. ilayron8 (Posts: 19; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


Well that's impressive

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:33 1

4. AfterShock (Posts: 2905; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Battery life is pretty good on L,
I almost can't believe it improved this much.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:46

6. Commentator (Posts: 2473; 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.)

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:53 2

8. AfterShock (Posts: 2905; 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:40

13. Commentator (Posts: 2473; 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 12:49

22. AfterShock (Posts: 2905; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Something is bogging that thing down big time. Hope you can find culprit.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 09:49 3

7. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Nexus 5!!!! My hero!

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:01 2

9. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 139; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Wow, making me reconsider getting a Nexus 5...

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 14:02

24. fzacek (Posts: 2113; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


What other choice do you have?

posted on 05 Jul 2014, 18:01

26. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 139; Member since: 15 May 2013)


I've already owned a N5 but the poor battery life made me sell it...

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:02 2

10. vuyonc (Posts: 352; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Frugal OS, frugal apps. Fingers crossed, the average flagship smartphone gets 10+ hours OST by 2015.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:14 4

11. josephnero (Posts: 325; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Android FTW

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:59

15. XaErO (Posts: 165; 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 ..

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:04

16. Scott93274 (Posts: 1314; 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 11:52

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3607; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


If this turns indeed true, I'm getting nexus 5 the next month.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 12:04

19. ikenvape (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Why not hang back for the N6? Speculated for Fall

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 12:21

20. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3607; 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. :(

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 12:47

21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4104; 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 13:11

23. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1458; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Can't wait.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 11:37

28. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 139; 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?

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