Android M rumored to cut down on RAM usage, focus on better battery life

Android M rumored to cut down on RAM usage, focus on better battery life
Well, folks, we are only a couple of days away from Google's I/O and rumors and talks about the new Android M are already spurring up. Make no mistake, though – while we do expect the update to be officially unveiled at the I/O, we're pretty sure that it is at least a couple of months away from official launch.

So, as the hour of the Macadamia Nut Cookie draws closer, we are getting to see some fairly reliable rumors on what it's going to be concentrating on. The guys over at Android Police got wind of what Android M will be focusing on and it is "power efficiency". We guess Project Volta didn't turn out to be a tremendous success, as Google seems to be going deeper with the optimizations, cutting down on RAM usage, reducing activity when the device's screen is off, and reducing location checkins, which do really tend to spin out of control sometimes.

This sounds good so far – an Android OS, which does not feed on excessive amounts of RAM and keeps processes at a minimum when the lights are off – the latter reminds us of Xperia's Stamina Mode, which is widely praised as a great battery-saving tool that doesn't cripple user experience.

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48 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Imagine the Xperia Z3 running Android M, 4 days battery life! Mamamia!

46. waddup121 unregistered

*proceeds to dance happily*

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That was said about Lollipop. Hopefully M puts greater emphasis on quality control this time around.

12. gaming64 unregistered

Lollipop is a dissappointment. Worst version yet! Even Kitkat is better!

24. bendgate unregistered

I also think kitkat is better but I dont think its worst version 'yet'. There were bad ones before.

25. gaming64 unregistered

Gingerbread is one of the worst. It has the highest crash rate of any Android version ever. http://www.greenbot.com/article/2129900/gingerbread-is-still-the-worst-has-highest-crash-rate-of-any-version-of-android.html At the time of its release, iOS was the real deal and Android was still a P. of S.

52. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I disagree. Granted Lollipops has a troubled start and so does iOS 8. Yesterday Samsung just upgraded my Tab S 8.4 LTE to lollipop OTA. Now i have 3 devices on Android lollipop my Note 3, my Note Pro 12.2 and Tab S 8.4. All three devices are better with Lollipop. Same as Apple iOS 8 getting better over time when Apple managed to rid its bugs. So which Android device do you have on Android lollipop that is worse than Kitkat?

53. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just want to understand why the iOS fan feel so insecure lately? The constant need to put Android down. I use Android, Windows, MacOS X, Ubuntu and iOS. I think each is wonderful in its own way.

3. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Agreed, Lollipop has been somewhat disappointing.

4. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

What is going to be the name of android m

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Maccarone Chaccarone

39. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

LOL, that was such a stupid song. And who knew a song where there was only mumbling could be so catchy.

5. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Project LIE AGAIN?

18. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

More like project "do anything" :(

6. dimas

Posts: 3358; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The "more battery efficient, lower ram usage" is just becoming another marketing talk for android. And google want phone manufacturers to use stock android when some phone manufacturer do better job in creating stamina modes for longer battery. Fix lollipop first before making manufacturers rush out for your latest OS again.

21. gaming64 unregistered

Reasons why Lollipop sucks are found here. http://www.toptechnews.com/article/index.php?story_id=95167 Look at all the people in the comment section confessing how much Lollipop ruined their phone. I don't see anyone here confessing.

22. Zapp_B

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Lollipop ruined my perfectly fine Nexus 7 (2013). Screen-on-time is now less than 2 hours and it was 8 hours on Kitkat. Lags like crazy, overheats...

37. dimas

Posts: 3358; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

So far, lollipop in my z3 compact doesn't behave like a devil's child but if it does, I won't hesitate to do factory reset.

40. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Update to 5.1.1, it gets a lot better. But the Google Service bug drains the battery life ef on stand by, I hope Google fixes it fast.

38. dimas

Posts: 3358; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Most of the problems are manifested in pure stock lollipop. Customized UI by manufacturers tend to be more tweaked and this is where the pros of touchwiz, sense, and the likes come.

41. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well Motorola promised that all the bugs would be beaten out of their release prior to their release. I hope that's true, I 2013 Nexus Tablet is SLOOOOOOOW after updating to Lollipop.

55. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I believe you Scott93274. You have shown to be an advance Android user. Nexus is indeed not making the mark.

54. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

7. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

Did they not focus on optimizing ram and better battery life on Lollipop using a custom nexus 4 which had 512mb ram ? and also in Kitkat the year before..? And in Jelly bean before that..?

58. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

You're so right, I remember reading that article I think last year or 2 ago. The title was something like Google making devs taste their own dog food or something like that.

8. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

http://www.dreamhost.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/goodnews.jpg Good news everyone! Looking forward to it, if its true

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

How many times have heard that one already? I remember how 4.0 was supposed to be super smooth, 4.1 project butter was supposed to give amazing perfomance even on 512 MB of ram, 4.4 same story, and Google even didn't update GN to it while it had 1GB. It's really amazing how fanboys believe in every Google's word, yet every time Android performance is somewhat dissapointing. But I installed 5.1 on Optimus G and it is generally very smooth, but RAM management is horrible as every time I open Chrome from recent it reloads all tabs.

15. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

You can't compare stock Android to a manufacturer skin. For the most part, I do believe stock Android has *mostly* lived up to its promises.

23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I actually agree, in terms of smoothness AOSP on Optimus G beats G3 on LGs 5.0. But as I said - memory and battery need to be fixed, although I doubt anything more can be done to battery within software.

11. gaming64 unregistered

If this is true, then Google finally fixed Android's gratest weakness which is the hunger for power.

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