Android L, Google’s next major update for its operating system, could see a significant increase in battery life.
Android 4.4.4 KitKat was released recently with security bug fixes and enhancements, but Android 4.x.x hasn’t fixed the problems that existed for a large number of users that occurred within Android 4.4.2 KitKat. While even Nexus 7 (2012) users saw their tablets bumped from Android 4.4.3 KitKat to 4.4.4 KitKat, some Nexus 7 (2012) users report that Google hasn’t fixed their front-facing camera bug that was inaugurated in Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Others report Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and battery drain problems. As for the Nexus 5, while it is nothing short of Google’s best, battery life is only 7-8 hours on Wi-Fi (less on LTE) and can be long or short depending on the day (even if the usage remains the same).
And along comes Android Lhe yet-unnamed next version of Android. Android L was showcased in due fashion by Google at its I/O 2014 Conference, and the new update looks impressive enough with its Material Design that seeks to simplify Android’s user interface. Material Design is nothing more than bringing a more modern, contemporary look to Android, but it is aesthetically appealing.
While new aesthetics are part of the excitement and hype surrounding Android L, there’s one more major excitement to add to the mix: increased battery life. According to the latest tests done with the Android L Preview, battery life has increased 36% on the Nexus 5, so you’re likely to see a rather significant increase in battery life. This may just be a reason for developers to go ahead and get their hands on Android L.
While 36% sounds like a large number, however, developers say that they’re seeing a 2-hour increase in battery life. While a 2-hour increase in battery life is excellent (as extra battery life is always better than battery life before it), there’s yet another way to get better than 2 hours extra battery life currently – and you don’t even need to root your Nexus 5 or Android device to get it.
Have you ever heard of battery apps? While there are quite a few to choose from at Google Play, we here at Inferse recommend to you Qualcomm’s BatteryGuru app. In our tests with the BatteryGuru app on the Nexus 5, we’ve seen a 4-hour increase in battery life, with up to 24 hours of battery life on a single charge (with moderate usage, of course).
While Android L may be a temporary fix to the Nexus 5 battery problem, it’s likely that it’ll still leave you wanting more. We’re excited over Android L’s battery life increase, but, in the meantime, feel free to try Qualcomm’s BatteryGuru app. It can never hurt to have more battery life.
Have you tried Qualcomm’s BatteryGuru app before? If so, what’s your impression of it? Would you recommend the app to someone you know? Are you excited about Android L and its possibilities? What have you heard about right now that has you the most excited about the new Android L update? Do your thing in the comments.