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Early Android L tests show huge battery life improvement

Project Volta is Google’s effort to improve Android battery life and it seems to be off to a good start as early tests of the Android L feature show a huge battery life improvement.

Project Volta provides a few tweaks to the operating system including better task scheduling, which saves battery life. In addition to this, the OS will track battery sapping activities and a new battery saver mode will kick in when there’s only 15 per cent charge left.


Under controlled conditions, Ars Technica managed a 36 per cent battery improvement over Android Kit Kat. Some XDA Developer Forum members achieved similar results. Certain apps will play a part in results though, one user noticed that Whatsapp was using up 15 per cent of total battery lift, which was likely a beta bug.

This is still an early developer preview but the early results are promising. It’s good to see Google taking back control of Android and implementing more optimizations.

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KitGuru Says: Read through Ars Technica’s article for a more in-depth look at the tests and results. Hopefully we’ll see similar results in the final version of Android L when it launches later this year. 

Source: Ars Technica

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