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Nexus 5 standby time increases sharply after installing Android M

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A Nexus 5 with Android M installed had 2.7 times the standby time as an Android 5.1.1 powered version of the phone

A Nexus 5 with Android M installed had 2.7 times the standby time as an Android 5.1.1 powered version of the phone


Android M is going to have a few interesting and exciting features. One of them is called Doze and is activated when your Android handset is inactive for a period of time. With Doze, the phone goes into a deeper sleep than it currently does and and a result, standby times are more than doubled. Once Doze is disabled (which happens when you pick up the phone), syncs and open tasks which were halted are carried out by the model.

Another feature of Android M is App Standby. With this feature, once your phone is unplugged, apps deemed to be inactive are prohibited from receiving network support and any syncs and open jobs are suspended. Once you plug in your phone, the idle apps will regain network connectivity. Android M will most likely offer those who need specific apps to run at all times, the ability to disable the feature on certain apps.

To see how Doze and App Standby might work in real life, a Nexus 5 was loaded with the Android M Developer Preview and measured against the same model loaded with Android 5.1.1. The result? After 8 hours in standby, the Nexus 5 with Android 5.1.1 consumed 4% of its battery life as opposed to 1.5% with the Nexus 5 running Android M. After 24 hours, the Lollipopped version of the stock Android phone had burned through 12% of its battery life while on standby. The Android M powered handset had used just 4.5% of its juice during the same amount of time. After 48 hours, the Nexus 5 with Android 5.1.1 inside had devoured 24% of its battery power compared to the 9% used on the Android M powered version of the phone.

The Nexus 5 with Android 5.1.1 installed was projected to provide 200 hours of standby time. With Android M, the standby time was projected to jump to 533 hours. That means that Android M provided the phone with 2.7 times the standby time available with Android 5.1.1. This is an exciting bit of technology that Android users should be greatly looking forward to.

Thanks for the tip!

source: computerbase.de (translated)

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posted on 07 Jun 2015, 21:24 12

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 985; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I'll take it. A lot of focus is placed on screen-on time which is definitely important but it helps to hit the problem from all sides.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 22:14

11. vincelongman (Posts: 3951; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Stand by is pretty great on M
But it still could be better IMO

My wish is for a option in dev setting to enable manual power saving tools
E.g.
A manual switch for Doze mode, since right now it only goes in Doze after being left still for 10+ minutes
And an option to choose which apps are placed in App Standby mode, since there's some apps I don't use much, but still want notifications from (haven't had any issues yet though)

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 01:26

37. zyxxyz (Posts: 25; Member since: 10 Apr 2015)


We already have that. It's called Battery Saver mode on android

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 02:50 1

48. vincelongman (Posts: 3951; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


But that's far more intense
It turns off animations and some CPUs, caps CPU and GPU clocks, dims the display, turns the nav bar orange, ...

In comparison, Doze just ignores all wakelocks and prevents syncing (except high priority GCN pushes)

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 01:39 5

40. RajRicardo (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Who needs standby? I'm not placing my phone on shelf. I'll be using it everyday. So please focus on how to improve screen ON time. How to lower battery drain while on mobile data.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 01:41 2

41. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1114; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


you sound like you dont sleep, no job and no social life if your phone is on more times than off.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 04:23 1

51. RajRicardo (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


LOL! my phone loses only 1% overnight. Xperia Z3 here. Most phones already do better losing only 1-3% overnight.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 08:19

58. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Yeah you only need a capable charger.;-)

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 09:37

60. raventothepowerofpi (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jan 2015)


Well your phone has a more battery friendly chipset and a bigger battery (3000mah as opposed to the 2300 of the nexus 5)

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 08:18

57. jerzyiroc (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)


That's a pretty stupid comment to make. As a System and Network Admin, I use my phone for work all the time. Between work and personal related stuff, I easily average about 9-10 hours of screen on time a day.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 02:58 1

49. vincelongman (Posts: 3951; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


So you're on your phone 24/7?
I'd use mine for about 5 hours SOT max (if I have my battery pack, since my Nexus 5 tops out at around 4 hours SOT)
The other 10 hours my phone would be idling

Doze would mean its not using as much battery while idling
But right now Doze doesn't kick until about about 10 mins
Which means it doesn't kick in much during the day, unless I rest it on my desk during classes
That's why a manual Doze button would be awesome
Basically like Sony's Stamina Mode

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 06:49

55. RajRicardo (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


I'm not saying I need 24x7 battery life. Most flagship phones these days have good standby. My Z3 lasts 2 days easily but while browsing on mobile data, WiFi, it hardly lasts a day and also heats a lot. So if google manages to optimize the way phone sips battery under heavy loads, it would make a huge impact.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 06:56

56. vincelongman (Posts: 3951; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Well your Z3 already has Stamina Mode, which is similar to Doze

I don't there's much Google can do for heavy load situations (the same for Apple or Microsoft)
Heavy load situations generally can only be improved by more efficient hardware
There are a couple software things I know of which will likely help for heavy load situations
Vulkan (allows "full use" of CPU and GPU for graphics, mainly for gaming)
HSA (allows CPU and GPU to work together more easily)
Unfortunately none of those are in Android yet since they are not completely finished yet
Probably have to wait until Android N for those, or even maybe Android O for HSA

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 22:34 1

13. waddup121 (unregistered)


lol holy sh*t! MASSIVE improvement!

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:12 8

17. cheetah2k (Posts: 1490; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


now all we need is for Facebook and Messenger to drop using so much 3G/4G radio time.... chews battery like fk.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 02:21 1

46. kozza3 (Posts: 697; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


facebook LITE, been using it for a couple days... kinda blows overall

posted on 23 Jun 2015, 11:23

66. marorun (Posts: 2868; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


turn autosync off and only sync when you need it.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 15:08 2

64. gustavoace (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I have M on my nexus 5 since day one and the battery definitely got better. It is better than CM12 with elementalX kernel. And this is just the first beta.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 21:27 1

2. donphone (Posts: 64; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


Looking forward to it!

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 21:29 1

3. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 502; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Calls and text still come through, correct?

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 21:59 4

6. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I imagine that core features of a phone like calls and texts would remain enabled unless all network connectivity is disabled by the actual user.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 22:20

12. vincelongman (Posts: 3951; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yep those still go through
And alarms still go off

Also high priority GCM notifications also go through, not sure which apps use this
Hopefully apps to try abuse it and set all their GCM notifications as high priority

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 21:56

4. CAMBODIANPATRIOT (banned) (Posts: 226; Member since: 10 May 2015)


hope it's not as hopeless as lollipop

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 22:02 5

7. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Please enlighten me as to what the major issues are with Android Lollipop 5.1.1? No really, I would like to know, because from what I've been told, most of the issues with the last couple releases have been resolved.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 22:09 4

9. vincelongman (Posts: 3951; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Was running 5.1.1 on my Nexus 5
Memory leak was basically fixed
Battery life was similar to KitKat

Only issue I had was with the bug where sometimes face unlock would crashed and then stop me from using the camera. Pretty annoying, but once I disable face unlock the problem was fixed

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 22:14 2

10. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Cool, thanks, I used Face unlock for a week maybe. Not all that great in the dark or when I feel lazy and don't shave for a while.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 22:34 4

14. carlemillward (unregistered)


Do not pay attention to him, he probably haven't even used it.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:06 1

15. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10422; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You haveno proof tthat he did or didn't. Baseless comment.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:13 5

18. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well, he has yet to back up his statement so as far as I'm concerned Carlemillward is spot on.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:26

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10422; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I could say the same with every comment you make.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:34 4

27. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well how about you enlighten me then sense you're a genius Kanye. Or do you really know nothing about the platform you mock so much?

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:58

31. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10422; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


For one Justin Bieber lollipop was a huge mess. I don't care what bs you pull from your rear end there's many complaints online about lollipop messing up people's phones when they were working fine before.

But of course you're going to deny it. You're as predictable as that crazed blackberry guy.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 00:01 4

32. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


LOL, Justin Bieber, that's a funny one. You didn't answer my question though. How is 5.1.1 a "huge mess"?

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 01:46

42. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10422; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I've answered that before. Many times actually.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 02:10 4

45. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Not once have you answered it, you just keep going on and on with your answer dodging responses just like you are right now.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 08:51

59. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10422; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're just denying it or spewing bs.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 18:32 1

65. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Then link me to an article where you game me proof of something and I denied it without providing an actual counter argument. I bet that you can't and this comment goes ignored or you just dodge the question even more because you know you're full of ...."it".

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 00:20 1

34. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


It really wasn't that big of a mess. No more than iOS 8 in terms of problems at it's initial release. Older Nexus devices had issues, but it was pretty smooth for the most part. The G3 has also had some hiccups. I am a firm believer in doing the update and then doing a full backup and restore. I do all of my iOS updates through iTunes even though they are OTA.

posted on 23 Jun 2015, 11:28

68. marorun (Posts: 2868; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Agreed its always better to do a factory reset and a restoration of a backup after doing a OS update i recommend it for ALL OS including Microsoft windows.

If you just to upgrade from windows 7 pc to windows 8 you will have nasty bug.

But some less intteligent ppl cant understand this and use it as an excuse to attack others OS..

posted on 23 Jun 2015, 11:26

67. marorun (Posts: 2868; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Poor troll.

All OS as those issues with phone been messed up after an update in fact Apple is the king on thats end.

Care to give better exemple of lolippop been a mess?

Like the update thats killed network receptionon the iphone.
Or the fact thats there is still major wifi issue on ios8.
Or the fact thats after every ios update iphone loose battery life.

Bring something more specific to he OS version you attack not something thats happen on all OS :)

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:13 5

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 5229; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


So are 100% of your comment Mxyzptik. Still is nice to hear from you every time, give me a warm fizzy feeling.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:27

24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10422; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't care

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 04:25 3

52. joey_sfb (Posts: 5229; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Once a troll, a life time of trolling. When you about to die, what have you live for?

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:14 1

20. vincelongman (Posts: 3951; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The same can be said about every comment on this site ...

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:28

25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10422; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


True but we're only talking about his comment right now.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:08

16. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Overall it just felt kind of cumbersome IMO...

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:18 3

22. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I can see that with the settings drop down menu, I just figured that frustration would go away in time, I really have very little experience with Lollipop though so I've just dismissed it.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:41 2

28. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Most devices still aren't running Android 5.1.1. The man you responded to is a troll, but fragmentation will always be an issue until Google leverages OEM's and carriers. They need to get these updates to more devices within a shorter period of time. I have no problem with Lollipop, but I do have a problem with Android taking way too long to penetrate its own marketshare. I know they update Play services and all, but there has to be a better effort put in on all fronts for the largest OS user base in the world.

I am an iOS user right now (Much to my girlfriend's dismay, I switch phones and OS's frequently lol) and though features have came late, they are very well implemented. (MAPS IS NOT INCLUDED IN THAT STATEMENT...NO TRANSIT TILL iOS 9...C'MON!) I know I can continue to receive the benefits for another few years if I so choose, even when certain things won't be available to older devices. Does the device slow down over time? Yeah, but it really isn't that bad until year 3-4 and most people nowadays don't make it that far.

I think people should be excited about M. These standby times are like the battery consumption of an iPhone when you put it down for the night. Excellent increases in standby time. Android is becoming more fluid year after year. Lollipop is only hopeless, because it isn't penetrating enough Android marketshare. By the time it does, Android N will be out based on statistics.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:56 2

29. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Finally a conflicting statement that I agree with, and I do agree with you 100%. One of the reason why I went with the Moto X was because of their promised fast turnaround with OS updates. And they have been doing well with the exception of the Lollipop update. I was actually able to get to 4.4.4 update before nearly all other models excluding Nexus devices, and that says a lot considering that I am on Verizon.

Excluding the lack of Lollipop, I have had a very positive experience with the phone. I'm really looking forward to both this year's Moto X and Android M.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 00:16 1

33. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Kit Kat was/is a great OS. I owned an S5 when it came out, but I bought a Moto G just for the heck of it. I thought it was a very solid update. My favorite Android iteration by far.

I think M is where Android is really starting to iron out some very known kinks in the OS. Also, if OEM's know whats good for them, they won't continue to go the Apple route of non-expandable storage. M has put emphasis on that and I believe Samsung took a step back with the S6 on that front. The phone is pretty, but they can't tell me they couldn't keep expandable storage as a feature. Rubbed a lot of users the wrong way and I have a lot of customers and friends that won't upgrade as a result of it. I told them to look towards the G4 if they don't mind the size or stay with the S4 or S5 they already have.

The new Moto X is going to be awesome even with the 810 processor. I think people forget about ergonomics these days. The Motorola phones are very well adapted to the hand and have stayed true to the OS, which keeps them relevant over time without that huge skin to contend with.

posted on 23 Jun 2015, 11:34

70. marorun (Posts: 2868; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


The new Moto X will be amazing.

Also the overheating issue of the SD810 is way overblown out of proportion i am still waiting to get 1 phone returned to my cellshop because of SD810 heating..

posted on 23 Jun 2015, 11:32

69. marorun (Posts: 2868; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Nice comment its good to see comment like those.

I do agree with almost everything.

But the update penetration thing.
Most of the time stuff get broken in your phone when you upgrade OS ( no matter what OS in fact ) and this lead to patch to patch the patch lol and its annoying.. They fix the bug but introduce new one.

Personally if my phone run great on 4.4 i dont even need 5.0.
The important part is thats i can run all apps ( or 99.9% of them)
Most new function in new android release i often can get them in form of an apps.. at least most of them.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 21:57

5. mike2959 (Posts: 506; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


All the battery life of it's big brother the LG G2 lol.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 22:04 1

8. Scott93274 (Posts: 3677; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Wow, owners of this year's droid are going to have a phone that lasts 4 to 5 days now, unless they're power users.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:15 3

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 5229; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Android has grown up. Looking forwards to M.

posted on 07 Jun 2015, 23:29

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10422; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It grew with KitKat and took a huge step back with lolliflop.

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 01:47 4

43. joey_sfb (Posts: 5229; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I using three upgraded lollipop phones that previously were KitKat. They are all better with Lollipop. Note 3, Tab S 8.4 LTE and Note Pro 12.2

So i wonder where is your basis? Do you experience that KitKat is indeed better than lollipop same brand same model?

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 02:03 5

44. joey_sfb (Posts: 5229; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Mxyzptik, you like to say bad things about Lollipop but never even mention once about iOS 8 problem.

I wonder why? So what nick would you give iOS? iOS vista 8 perhap?

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6546549?start=2865&tstart=0

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/04/17/apple-ios-8-3-nasty-bugs/

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 10:23

61. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


To be honest, I can give you just as many links regarding bugs on Lollipop as there is for iOS 8.0 and up. You can talk about app crash data from February regarding iOS 8, but it still doesn't erase the issues that a lot of devices are still having with Lollipop.

These are just a few and I can corroborate these through customers, forums, articles, and friends that are on the Lollipop release: Slow charging, private photos disappearing after update, rapid battery drain, YouTube sound latency, Smart Lock trusted places issues, missing notifications on lock screen, launcher redraw, some experienced major lag, no call audio, inconsistent wi-fi connection, bluetooth failure, videos not playing, bricked Nexus 7 (2012), etc.

Issues like these are still a problem and iOS 8 is no stranger to similar issues in the Android list, but things are never perfect. I would hardly compare iOS 8 to Vista. The guy you are talking to is a fanboy, but that doesn't mean you have to stoop to his level of argument. They are both solid OS releases.

posted on 23 Jun 2015, 11:39

71. marorun (Posts: 2868; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


As much as i agree on most of this comment i disagree with some part.

Most of the issue you said about android lollipop are fully fixed just with a factory reset ppl need to learn to factory reset after major OS update.

On IOS sadly more issues will say even if you factory reset.
This is because not all iphone of the same model use identical part. So not all of them will experience exactly the same issues.
Some have never been able to connect to Any wifi since 8.0 update on IOS ( i work at a cellshop ) I had not a single android with this issue thats was not fixed after a factory reset.

There lots more example of this and since ios 8 the quality of the OS the stability ect have gone down the drain..

Hopefully they will do better in the future because we still sell lots of iphone and its drain a lots of time to handle all those issues.

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