Android's new lockscreen will let you know how long it'll take before your phone's at 100%

Google may have showcased just a few of Android L's new features at the Google I/O conference, but it looks like there are going to be many other, smaller new additions scattered all over the system. One such goody that we've come across is the new battery charging notification text on the lockscreen.

Previously, while your phone is being charged, this text would only say "Charging", accompanied by the current battery level percentage. However, starting with Android L, the lockscreen will be capable of showing you an estimation of how much time is left until your phone's battery is fully charged! OK, it's probably not something super-useful, but it still seems like a nice touch.

Meanwhile, the renovated battery stats screen will display an approximation of how much time your phone is supposed to remain powered on with the current amount of juice in the battery. Of course, we wouldn't advise you to rely on these statistics too much, since they probably won't be super accurate, but we guess they'll be good enough to give us some overall estimation. What do you think?

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34 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Fall is too far.....for my nexus 5. What about others maybe next year?

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Remember, other OEM's now have to update their skins. So yes next year for the OEM custom UI's....

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not HTC or Moto. ;)

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

What do you mean? The Google Play devices will be updated in the fall, but the ones with custom UI's will have to wait until the next year, unless they are working on updates now... Who knows... lol

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Didn't HTC say "90 days after the release" or something similar?

20. Carlitos

Posts: 665; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

But I believe that this might only be outside the US. HTC and Samsung are pretty quick update (Motorola is super quick lol). But usually the biggest time wasters are the carriers. Even more so than the OEMs

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well outside the US is pretty much 99 percent of the world so yeah.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seeing how fast HTC updated their phones, the M8 will get it by December. As for Moto, I give them a week after Google releases the final code.

18. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Motorola has very light customized skins, the Moto X and G have been updated to the latest android version very quickly.

7. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I'm running the preview build and it has been very stable so far, even have root though there is a list of apps that don't work on "L" and just need to be updated to work with ART. Twitter seems to be the main one I've seen so far.

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

wow this is a great feature....

27. Busyboy unregistered

A good feature to have built into the software. However their are a number of apps that do this like DU Battery Saver for example. Plus it saves battery lol

3. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014

Great one

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Definitely not switching to iOS 8 this fall.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Glad to hear that. ;)

19. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Watch how they'll steal and add Android L features to their betas before release.

28. Furbal unregistered

This pretty much hit the last nail in the coffin for me. I love my 1520.3 but this release is going to have so many things going for it. WP8 is just going to be lacking in my mind now.

11. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Amazing. This is an overdue feature. Release L is shaping up extremely promising.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Wow you're finally commenting on a non-Sprint article. And yes, Android L looks great.

31. g2a5b0e unregistered

Or trolling a T-Mobile article, you mean.

12. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I have this on my phone already.. though not in the batt stats. There are many highly customizable widgets that will show this data. I have one on my Home screen that shows how much battery life (in time) is left, and when charging it tells me how long it will take to charge. I do like that it will be built into batt stats though.

13. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

This is a cool feature, but my question is why is Google going the "Android L" instead of giving it an actual name like most of the other builds of Android?

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Maybe they don't want to use deserts as the builds of their OS anymore.

24. TeeHee12

Posts: 15; Member since: May 04, 2014

The next build of Android is still going to be named after a dessert but Google don't want to release the official name of it until the finished non developer version

32. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I think they're going to announce the name later...

17. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Why Moto G not available in my country? Why? These fools know only Sammy, Sony, Nokia now. For them Moto makes only feature phones F!

21. xsmartphonex

Posts: 41; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Fresh feature

23. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Not fan of those fonts. Honestly I read them first as charging("7" hr 24 min). I was like "Are you trolling me".

25. newbey123

Posts: 700; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

This is actually a pretty cool addition and can't wait to get it.

26. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Lol my Nexus 7 said there was 5 hours left (battery percentage %60) sure that sucks :D

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