Sony Xperia Marshmallow update beta includes 'soft charging' allowing the battery to live longer

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Sony Xperia Marshmallow update beta includes 'soft charging' allowing the battery to live longer
The Sony Xperia Z2, Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact are getting updated with a beta version of the Marshmallow update with software version 23.5.A.1.238. This includes a feature called Charging optimization better known as "soft charging." With this feature enabled, the battery charges up to less than 100% when you plug in.

Studies have found that you can increase the number of years that a battery can hold its charge, by not letting it fully recover to 100% each time you plug in. Of course, the caveat is that you will never get to experience the full life of your battery on a day-by-day basis. You might have to charge your phone more often than usual over the course of a week, a month, or even longer.

The first time you charge your phone following the update, you will receive a message that 'Charging optimization' is enabled. You can disable this by going to Settings > About phone > Status > Charging optimization.

In addition to the Charging optimization feature, the update includes the latest version of the Xperia Home launcher, which now includes support for landscape orientation, bug fixes and a number of improvements. Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact owners who are members of the beta program will receive the update shortly.


source: XperiaBlog via AndroidandMe

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