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Users report a battery drain issue with Android 5.x Lollipop

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Users report a battery drain issue with Android 5.x Lollipop
Google's Android is not really famous for being conservative with resources. The operating system has had a handful of issues involving battery drainage and memory leaks throughout its life. With Lollipop, users were looking forward to a more polished system with no such major issues, but, unfortunately, it hit a couple of bumps on the road itself.

While attention is turned towards sewing up a memory leakage issue, it seems that a solid amount of users are experiencing a battery drain that will need its own attention, preferably soon. Over at the Android Issue Tracker, a thread addressing the issue has been opened since April and currently has around 600 comments on it. Apparently, some apps that use the mobile data will often not shut off the radio when they are done downloading. This leads to some pretty unpleasant scenarios, such as a phone losing 63% of battery over 8 hours of not being used by its owner.

Users that are currently using the Android M developer preview build report that the issue is present there, too, which may mean that Google has this issue listed as low priority (we do not dare assume that it doesn't know about it). For now, the only way to stop the battery drain is to either connect to a Wi-Fi network, or turn off mobile data when not in use.

Thanks, Rodrigo

source: Issue tracker

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posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:12 20

1. hafini_27 (Posts: 871; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


All of my lollipop devices have better battery compared to when on Kit Kat.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:24 3

4. vincelongman (Posts: 4114; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Same here, but the difference is quite small
Except for when I had a custom rom, one of the Play Services updates caused an issue wakelock, but the custom rom dev fixed it quickly
Maybe because I dont use data, I'm always on wifi at home or uni

I'm M Preview now, idle battery life is better, overall battery life its very similar
Doze seems to only work 70% of the time, but its a beta so not too surprised

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:40

10. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Not my N5...

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 08:28 3

19. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Google doesn't have much clue how to optimize devices for batterylife. Look at N6 and Note 4. Almost all hardware components are same, yet Note 4 has way better batterylife.
Project Volta is a flop. What OEMs do is much better than what Google does with stock Android on Nexus.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:34 3

28. BobbyBuster (banned) (Posts: 854; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


The beauty of Android: no one has a freaking clue what's wrong.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:15 2

41. Ordinary (Posts: 2180; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Sorry master, can you enlighten the whole world and tell us what is the problem?

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:54 2

45. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


The beauty of roll : No one give a crap what they say.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 15:48 3

64. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8528; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Even with the battery drain, those devices still last longer than an iPhone. HMMM!!!!!

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:05 2

22. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Nope. I usually get 4-4.5 or sometime 5 hrs of SOT on the GS4 but after lollipop it consistenly hits 3.5 hrs.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:55 3

46. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Yeah older hardware never handle new updates.

All iphone loose battery life ( sometime more drastic than others ) after each OS update.

I rarely view cases thats the new OS increase battery life ( and mostly its was android handset )

Thats why i always say thats i dont want latest OS just one thats work perfectly well for my device.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:44

59. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Android M should increase the battery life tho

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 13:32

62. JunitoNH (Posts: 1615; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I'm glad yours does, I'm a wall hugger. Mine barely reaches three hours, as well.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:05

54. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


That's good,mine barely reaches 3hrs.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:27 3

26. waddup121 (unregistered)


Lolipop = vista?

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:52 1

34. MuddyCow (Posts: 67; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Never, mighty Google lovers will defend Android with sword and shield, no matter how buggy is it.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:56 5

47. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


ios 8.0 = windows Millenium?

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:52 1

44. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


The problem come from the app dev not lolipop.

Its like on IOS several app are known for draining way too much.
Dev need to fix those not google.

Iphonearena propaganda again! :)

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 15:31

63. talon95 (Posts: 469; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


My 5.0.2 version was really good, a lot better than KK but the custom 5.1 version hasn't worked as well. That may just be due to the nature of a completely custom that is still being developed though.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 07:42

68. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Same here, and it's not just incremental change. With Kit Kat I frequently had Google Services or some other core app taking up a lot of power and running the battery down prematurely. I suspect that was related to some other app, but it has been pretty much not a problem with Lolipop.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:14 7

2. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


This is the exact problem with the S6. WiFi is great but mobile data drains too much battery even in standby.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:56 2

48. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


S6 is crap thats why.

HTC ONE M9 12 hours standby = less than 5% lost.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:08 2

55. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Hey buddy,where were you?
So how many M9's you sold this week?

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:08 2

56. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Well if i keep mobile data off, I get 1% drain every 8 hours. It's a bug.

And M9 sucks major balls. Crap camera + crap screen + crap everything.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:25

57. KidAndroid (Posts: 28; Member since: 04 Nov 2014)


I have both phones and sorry to tell you but the S6 beats out the M9 in Battery life every time. Samsung has optimized the S6 processor and display so well that they didn't need to put a huge battery in it. The S6 has a WAY faster processor and WAY better display that should be taking a ton of power but it doesn't because of the innovation Samsung has done and is always doing, if you think Samsung's crap then you really have no idea

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:25

58. KidAndroid (Posts: 28; Member since: 04 Nov 2014)


I have both phones and sorry to tell you but the S6 beats out the M9 in Battery life every time. Samsung has optimized the S6 processor and display so well that they didn't need to put a huge battery in it. The S6 has a WAY faster processor and WAY better display that should be taking a ton of power but it doesn't because of the innovation Samsung has done and is always doing, if you think Samsung's crap then you really have no idea

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 02:27

69. stanley08 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2015)


In 12 hours, the Z3 will drain only 1% :P

oi60.tinypic.com/16m5d9z.jpg

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:20

3. mayur007 (Posts: 563; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Buts its really bad that they are not taking it as high priority...

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:30

5. II2012 (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


In my case after Lolipop the mobile data is fine (on all the time with no drain), but the wifi is a disaster, so I have to turn it off when not used. Before I was keeping them both on all the time.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:31 9

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


Just imagine if it was on IOS or WP Then article would be"MAJOR OS BUG THAT SUCKS YOUR PHONE BATTERY"

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:58 3

49. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Thing is i have TONS of clients thats complain of battery life on the idevice following OS update...

Did you know thats for every 10 battery complain we receive at least 5 is for iphone?

Its so funny how propaganda and marketing ( $$$$$) can buy the truth.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:36 1

7. Shocky (Posts: 2256; Member since: 16 May 2012)


All my devices have worse battery after updating to lollipop, project volta was a failure.

it's usually google services and random apps using mobile radio for hours after being closed.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:47

60. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Don't worry too much. M should fix that and give atleast 2x battery life

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:36

8. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Mobile data is draining my Xperia Z battery like crazy on Lollipop. FFS, I even need to disable LTE because of that.

Feel like wanna throw my phone off the cliff.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:35

43. TheGunnyPT (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Feb 2015)


Same issue here but with Note 4.

LTE sucks so much I stopped using it.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:37

9. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I don't really have a battery problem but my phone now uses much more RAM than before. I always had more than 1GB of available RAM but now I have less than 700 MB and as Chrome uses a lot of memory my phone lags a lot now.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:42

11. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Google is turning Android into Windows: avoid every other release like hell!

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:59

50. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Just like IOS since ios 7.0 lol.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:43 1

12. RELAXyougeeks (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Apr 2015)


This angers me to no end. "It 'seems' that a solid amount of users are experiencing a battery drain that will need its own attention.." SEEMS? And they're just waking up to this now? Galaxy S5? Awesome battery life on the S5... Literally twice as bad or more running lollipop compared to Kitkat. Same thing for the Note 4. And it's horrinle for the S6 and the G4 even though they run it out of the box. And don't even get me started on the lag that only started occurring after updating the older devices. And this is across all carriers! I know; I work with the damn things and get to see a wide swath of a sample base, including my own personal experience. Why is it that Samsung can come out with a flagship phone every 6 months, Google can have their paws in every angle of tech, bit they can't get together to make an efficient operating system and it takes them MONTHS to even realize there a @#$@ing problem? Lollipop is, by far, the WORST version of Android to date!!

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 08:39 1

20. joeytaylor (Posts: 413; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Battery on my S5 is better on lollipop compared to kitkat....i jus have other issues with lollipop

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:38 1

30. holydemon6 (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 Jun 2015)


Strange, I had the opposite with my S5. Anyway It was a show stopper for me. After a while I switched back to Windows Phone. My battery lasts usually 2 days now.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:01

52. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Apps.

90% of battery drain issue come from crappy app developped by ppl just there to make money and not a good product.

no matter the OS!

As there is a lots less app on windows phone i would not be surprised you have 10 time less app installed.

Think about it!

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 02:01

67. holydemon6 (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 Jun 2015)


Actually, I think the amount of apps is quite simular. I didn't install so many apps on my S5 and removed a lot of pre-installed apps, hoping it would make a difference.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:18 1

24. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


N5 and G2 (multiple variants) are running great on lollipop. It seems like you are blaming Google for something Samsung likely did with their framework.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:28 1

27. Ninetysix (Posts: 2339; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Hey bestmvno. Do you have a minute to do the following tasks?
-Click on the source of the article (source: Issue tracker)
-Press Control-F
-Search for Nexus

List your result here.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:37 1

29. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Some people have reported a bug, so that means everyone must have it?

I own a N5 and have daily access to multiple G2's

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:50

31. Ninetysix (Posts: 2339; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Congratulations for having a bug free setup! Samsung did a good job on your phone's framework.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:57

37. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Maybe you are confused? N5 = Nexus 5, G2= LG G2.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:50

33. elitewolverine (Posts: 5094; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Because you don't have the bug others do not? Seems logical.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:52

35. Ninetysix (Posts: 2339; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


All those nexus reports are clearly fake.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:00

38. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Where and when did I say that?

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 10:08

39. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


I will say this. From my own personal experience owning half a dozen Android devices from OS 2.X and beyond, and also from reading numerous forms, 9 times out of 10, a "battery drain bug" is simply a user installed or system app that needs its data wiped, or a poorly coded app downloaded by the user. The other 10% of the time it's an actual firmware problem. However, because of these two things, it is always hard to me to decipher where the problem comes from when I see user complaints as such.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:50 3

32. Ordinary (Posts: 2180; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Yep I got S4 on Lollipop and it works great for me, S5 is so bugged with my carrier firmware but that again isnt Samsung fault but rather carrier one

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:50

61. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Exactly, The phone is more fluid with lollipop compared to Kitkat.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:02

53. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Its the apps dev thats are the culprit.
We have ton of similar case on iphone too.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 09:26

25. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Angered to no end? Really? By a minor inconvenience like this?

Bear in mind that as little five years ago these devices would have blown our minds even WITH the bugs.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 11:00

51. marorun (Posts: 3179; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Thing is no LG , HTC or others OEM beside Samcrap are having the battery issues.

Some Nexus phone as well but thats its!

That what happen when you buy for a brand you get f*** in the a**.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 07:53

13. hortizano (Posts: 289; Member since: 22 May 2013)


So that's why my G3 has been acting weird lately... I knew it wasn't my fault... Hope they tackle the issue soon... I can't be a wall-hugger for much long...

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 08:00

14. Tuxedo (Posts: 337; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


No sh*t PA...

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 08:04

15. tokuzumi (Posts: 939; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


My S4 has slightly better battery life on lollipop. Battery life sucks, in general, but it's not quite as sucky. My nexus 6 gets at least 50-60% more screen time than my S4.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 08:08

16. Jazbec (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Since the update my S4 is suffering the exact same problem! I've become a regular wall-hugger. Don't leave my home without a charger any more. And using Nav is just a f*** horror show. 15% battery drain in jist 15 mins when having gps and mobile data turned on...

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