Android L will finally end the camera issue that drains the battery on the Nexus 5

Android L will finally end the camera issue that drains the battery on the Nexus 5
You might remember that back in March, we told you about an issue with the Nexus 5 camera that caused the phone's battery to drain. The problem was with the mm-qcamera-daemon process, which is necessary for the camera to run. But when the process got stuck, it would continuously run the CPU, powering down the battery.

One Google project manager blamed the Skype app, saying that an update to the Android version of the app caused it to screw up the mm-qcamera-daemon process, allowing it to get stuck, consuming the CPU cycles that ate away at the battery life of the stock Android phone. While there have been a few bug fixes for the handset, the problem still exists for some. Android 4.4.3 included changes to the camera that did take away the problem for many. For some though, the rapid draining of the battery continues.

The good news is that the issue is now listed in the AOSP Tracker as a "future release," which means that when Android L is ready for public consumption, the problem will finally.disappear. Hopefully, it won't be too late for some Nexus 5 users to finally enjoy using the handset.


source: AOSP via AndroidPolice, AndroidAuthority

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)

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27 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Oh wow , finally !!

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, no joke, I thought that 4.4.4 did that.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It has for me, though before I'd only had the issue only a few times But I've heard several others still have the issue Also its about time Google add slow mo, Apple/other OEMs have had it for a while now

17. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Although I am using ver 4.4.4 the problem was corrected in my phone during the time that I used to have 4.4.3. But in my phone the problem was not corrected by updating from 4.4.2 to 4.4.3 but when I updated the Tango and the Hangouts applications. Seems like either one of those 2 programs were accessing the camera by them self and overheating the phone and draining the battery. How bad was the problem? When I used to have the problem the phone went from fully charged to drain (red line) in 30 to 45 min while just being in my pocket and not being used at all. Also in order to be charged it had to be turned off to allow it to cool before being able to accept charged because of the high level of the overheating! But again the problem was finally corrected with the several upgrades to those 2 programs. (I think the one that was causing the problem was Tango). It was NOT caused by Skype like they claim because I don't even have Skype installed in my phone. Regarding the upgrade from 4.4.3 to 4.4.4 i don't noticed any difference or improvement, although I like more the new dialer application. It corrected all the things I don't liked from the prior dialer application.

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I only had it a few times back on 4.4.1 & 4.4.2 It wasn't really that bad since I noticed it after ~10 mins and reboot, which temporarily fixed it I haven't had issues with battery life I get a decent 4-5 screen on time because of my custom kernel (on stock I got 3-4 hours, which is still quite decent)

14. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

With project volta i expect atleast a day and half. Should last even more with 64bit + Android L

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

In many ways, I wish Google would just make a Nexus 5+ or something like that. Upgrade the processor to an 805, boost the RAM to 3GB, upgrade the camera to 13MP OIS, add a new LTE chip, and call it a day.

3. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

and most importantly add a bigger battery.....

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

A Nexus 5 refresh sounds like the perfect phone. Although I would like them to improve the viewing angles a bit, jack up screen brightness, and make it even smaller and thinner. I don't give a crap about the camera but everything else you said.

6. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

"Dream on, dream on, dream on, Dream yourself a dream come true Dream on, dream on, dream on"

20. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I totally agree! They could keep two parallel lines, one that does not go above 5'' and the phablet, just like Apple is doing.

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Rather than use LG again, Moto, or HTC. They should use Sharp. Inject some new spice in there. Been too much of the same old lately. A sharp Aqous Crystal nexus with a 1080p 5 inch bezeless screen and igzo technology would be like some international booty. Sick of the North American booty right now.

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Maybe some Japanese booty? Like Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Toshiba?

21. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

My name is Kokjima! Not Sony, Sanyo, Toshiba!

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

How about screen issues in Nexus 7 2013?

10. TheFirm

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

Lol droid

12. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Lol i thought IOS is slow in bug fixing Android is much much slower in update Thats ridiculous

22. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The bug is quite overestimated. Overall, the N5 is really a great phone with a fast and stable OS. Only some users experience this bug, and only some times.

24. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I have heard about the battery issue b4 and pa confirmed it Hmm i dk about only few people had this bug

13. kane74

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 24, 2014

One year after device laumch!? Wow love my IOS

15. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

have to agree on that

16. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I totally get what you guys mean. If the Nexus 5 had a larger battery and S801 for the same price I sure wouldn't mind giving it a shot. 5.9" (if true) is way too big for the average user.

18. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

This is strange. I never had that problem. How come it's an OS bug, but not on all Nexus 5s? Maybe it really is 3rd party app related.

19. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

one thing google should try to make better in the android l release is the stock android battery life (for instance: xperia z and nexus 5 have the same battery, a same full-hd tft cosnuming the battery 2gb of ram and equally draining processors - the nexus 5 is a lot more powerful, but based on a better manufacturing process, so battery drain of the soc is about the same - still the xperia z manages 48h of endurance of gsmarena testing and probably an even better time with stamina mode on and the update to kitkat and the nexus 5 only manages a mediocre 40h. battery is a real issue. google should focus on that. and it's the same story with other google products like nexus 4 vs optimus g.

23. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

While it's good they are fixing important bugs, I wish they'd split out the notification/ringtone volumes again. It's annoying.

26. adylan22

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

How about fix the issues in back/home buttons in nexus 4?

27. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

The problem it's still present on Galaxy S5 - 5.0 Lollipop - BNL9 firmware.

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