Missing the Xperia's STAMINA mode after the Marshmallow update? Don't worry, it's coming back!

Missing the Xperia's STAMINA mode after the Marshmallow update? Don't worry, it's coming back!

STAMINA Mode has been a signature feature of Sony's Xperia Z flagship line for years now. Basically, it limits apps from accessing the Internet when the phone is in standby, which severely improves battery life — it's a main driving force between the Xperias' praised “Two day battery life”. Of course, the feature offers a White list option, which is pretty easy to set up so that users don't miss out on emails or chat messages from select apps.

With the update to Android 6 Marshmallow, Sony removed the beloved STAMINA Mode. The reason for this is the fact that with Marshmallow came Doze mode – a native Android feature, which acts very similar to STAMINA, so the duplication of features was probably thought unnecessary.

However, it seems users were displeased with this move. The fact is that Google's Doze mode only kicks in some minutes after the phone has been resting – leaving it on the desk at work, or on the night stand when going to bed are perfect examples. For the rest of the time, apps are free to do as they wish and download packages from the Internet at whatever intervals they see fit. As a result, battery life under Doze mode was noticeably not as good as when STAMINA is active.

Well, fret not, as the Xperia UI development team has confirmed that the voice of users has been heard and STAMINA will be making a return! It will first arrive to members of the beta program in the near future, and will be included in an official update at some point — sorry, no time frame yet.

source: Xperia Blog

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8 Comments

1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Got a new battery in my S6 to test Doze out. If you're wondering, Samsung replaces it for free if your phone is under warranty and charges around 25$ if not. Charged in morning and left for 7 hours on idle(WiFi on and auto-sync enabled with a google, a facebook, twitter and a lot of other accounts connected). Phone was at 98% at the end of 7 hours. Impressed especially considering the anemic battery capacity of my phone . I don't think stamina mode is needed since android itself is managing battery so well.

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1205; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Battery life on my Z2 dropped significantly with 6.0. I now get around 6 hours of sot instead of the usual 7+ (with two days of usage) and sometimes it doesn't make it through its second day. And guess what? It are apps that Stamina used to shut down that are now draining my battery more often. I think that Stamina is the best power-saving feature out there, but I'll know for sure when it's released again.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

How the hell do you manage 7+ hours of SOT on the Z2? I'm consistently getting 4h on the 5.1 update.

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1205; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I don't play mobile games etc. and don't have battery-draining apps like Facebook installed. I use it mostly for browsing, taking pictures and listening to music. It's at 6% right now with 6h05m of sot (1,5 day of usage) and the screen has used 31%, of the battery, Chrome 11% and Google services and Whatsapp (which is one of the apps that's high on the list without Stamina) both 9%.

8. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Meanwhile on my Z5, battery life has improved greatly (more than 3 hours SOT on straight use) plus it doesn't heat that much anymore, only when using Snapchat or any camera app. But tbh I think Stamina Mode works better since my battery only drops 2-3% while I'm asleep (7-8 hours) while on Marshmallow it drops 4-5%.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

These power saving modes still have their uses, had a power cut and I never charge over night so I had to stretch 5% until the power was restored. It took ages but I managed to stretch the 5% for hours

7. dimas

Posts: 3291; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Pa just reminded me that I haven't used my z5 compact for weeks already. s7 edge body can really make big screen feel like it's a small device.

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