Android N brings improved Doze to extend battery life


One thing is for sure – most of today's smartphones don't really last long between charges. Even those with humongous batteries will barely get you through two or three days of use, and that's not cool. To change things for the better, Android 6.0 Marshmallow brought us Doze – a feature that optimized stand-by efficiency by clever management of background activities. For Doze to be active, however, the device has to be both stationary and to have its display off – the feature is designed to be active solely when the system is not in use. 

With the release of Android N, an extended variant of Doze will be added to improve stand-by performance even further. What's new is that the battery saving feature will kick in shortly after the screen is off, whether the device is standing still or not. While the phone is in stand-by in your pocket, network access and background tasks will be allowed to run in brief time windows every few minutes. Crucial components will not be limited, of course, so don't worry about your alarms not ringing on time. If the device is detected to be stationary as well, Doze will effectively work as it does in Marshmallow, limiting background activity more aggressively. 

This is just one of the many improvements coming with Android N this fall. To learn more about this new flavor of the system, be sure to check our list of all the new Android N features.

source: Android Developers (YouTube)

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18 Comments

1. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Yes! Finally!

2. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

Doze working more like Stamina mode on the Sony Xperia devices. Great, great feature, with a day and a half in battery life! Hopefully it will work as well as Stamina does.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

This is great news by Google. Doze 2.0. The moment you realise when google does Doze Sony been doing this for years.

9. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Better late than never, right?!

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Btw pa, talk about the new dual partitions!

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And they didn't include this in Doze in the beginning because?

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Why isn't everything as great as it is now at the beginning? I could ask why didn't Siri have all the features at launch that it has now, but I don't because that would be stupid. It's called an improvement.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

With Siri, you could ask why it didn't have all the features at launch that it had before Apple bought it. So, bad example.

10. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Siri is a far more complex feature, it's not about what a certain feature could do. Doze is just one simple feature with only one function, limits background processes, it's the implementation that is lacking. even 3rd dev had already make Doze in Android 6.0 working like this for quite a while now. Google is inspired by them. because the current stock Doze in Android 6.0 is kind of gimmicky, only works at night. it needs hours to activate, and device needs to be lay flat. who leave their device for hours in daytime?

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

"What's new is that the battery saving feature will kick in shortly after the screen is off, whether the device is standing still or not." Both Google and Apple are lacking various "simple" features e.g. For Google, Doze For Apple, setting third party apps as default

13. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

why are you quoting that? yeah, of course, no perfect OS, i just said that you can't compare Doze and Siri, it's two different thing.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

"because the current stock Doze in Android 6.0 is kind of gimmicky, only works at night."

15. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

what you are quoting is Doze for the upcoming Android N, hence it's an improved Doze. it's even said "what's new". the current one that is inside stock Android 6.0, won't kick in while standing or right after screen is off, needs hours of stationary state before it kicks in.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I feel retarded now

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well at least you're not like post 7 who thinks a voice assistant program is comparable to a battery saving feature.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

With how bad battery life is in many Android phones, you would think some of these Doze features would already be available. There's nothing wrong with inquiring about it.

8. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Why aren't today's smartphone having unlimited battery life? Or why is the sun eligibility of all phones still not up to par? Because?

11. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

its already improving standby battery life a lot on my Note 5 after update to Marshmallow even without it, so its ok even my Note 5 doesn't have this Doze mode after all

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