Pixel phones to get ultra low power mode, new code suggests

Pixel phones to get ultra low power mode, new code suggests
Battery life is a huge consideration in the modern mobile world, but the latest Pixels haven’t exactly hit it out of the park this year, with the Pixel 4’s underwhelming endurance easily being the weakest part of the experience. The 4 XL fares better, but it couldn’t hurt to be even better, which is why Google is apparently prepping an ultra-low power mode for its devices.

As the folks over at XDA spotted, the public Android repository on AOSP was recently seen sporting a new bit of code hinting at an extreme power-saving mode to increase battery performance “at the cost of user experience”.

Of course, Pixel phones (and all recent Androids) already have Battery Saver modes built-in, which limits background usage, location, display brightness, and other factors to extend battery life. This new mode will evidently take things further.

It’s not clear what features will be cut for the sake of battery or which devices will get the feature when. The Pixel 4 seems to be the surest bet so far, but ultra-low power mode could make its debut on the Pixel 4a or even the Pixel 5 as well.

Given the fact that Samsung, Huawei, and other major OEMs already offer proprietary software hacks for getting the most out of your power cell, it’s also likely that this new feature may only be intended for Pixel phones, not the next version of Android in general.

Overall, battery saving techniques seem pretty robust in the industry already, so it's interesting to see the Pixel maker taking another shot at it. On the other hand, software optimization is very much Google’s forte, so this might signal some powerful advancements in this area. Hopefully so, because Pixels could really use another edge against everything else in the crowded market.

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8 Comments

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 2026; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

While battery life in my 3a is great, it would be nice if there were a low power mode in the times where I might be away from a charger, and my battery is running low.

4. surethom

Posts: 1773; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

A bigger battery would have been better.

3. kennybenny

Posts: 233; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

My bet is it will be part of a future "Feature Drop" for the Pixel 4 first and trickle down to older Pixel 3/3a/2 devices.

2. Mashiba

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 26, 2018

They can't provide the decent battery capacity. so their solution is to force you to not use the other features or use your phone in a lame performance.

1. Carlitos

Posts: 706; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Ah sounds eerily familiar to Samsungs solution they've been offering for, 6 years?

6. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 664; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Yeah im guessing its the same, you can run limited apps and have a all icons and background in black to save battery. Samsung years ahead as always

8. Georgio

Posts: 338; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Samsung it's years ahead selling cheap phones and explosive battery ; nothing else. Google makes a full operational O.S so you can use your phone. Samsung made a tiny feature like this battery saving mode and it's a big deal now. God...

9. TBomb

Posts: 1769; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

we know little to nothing about the feature, so this is all speculation. and hey, if it takes Samsung doing it for it to get to all Android via being baked into the OS, why is that such an issue? You should just be happy that you were fans of the pioneer and get excited your friends will have it too. It doesn't have to be a competition.

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