Multi-Day Battery life, so close yet so far away
Apple and Google, the two giants duking it out in the smartphone OS world every chance they get but Apple has had Google’s Android beat in one key area for years with Google seemingly content with being 2nd place in.
Android OEMs are finally realizing that screen size and resolution and boasting about pixel density isn’t that high on the average smartphone shoppers list of factors required to make the purchase if the battery life can’t even sustain 1 full day and a full day doesn’t mean off the charger at 8 and dead at 5, it means a good 14 to 16 hours between charges.
The latest round of Android flagships are doing well with this, the Galaxy S5, the LG G3, the Sony Z3, 2nd Gen. Moto X, HTC M8. None of these OEMs (save for Motorola for the most part) are running stock Android, each are running their own proprietary skin overlays, often times ones that heavily modify Android as can be found with Samsung, HTC, and LG. This brings up a question then, Google with the release of the Nexus 6 and the introduction of Lollipop and a large battery to boot should have no problems with battery. One would think, battery problems? With a 3,200mAh battery? How is this possible? The Nexus 4, Nexus 5, going back further, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, not one of these has had more than medicore battery life getting in many cases less than 3.5 hours of screen on time from up to 2,200mAh in the Nexus 5.
I commend Google for pushing the software design and implementation boundaries, always looking for new ways to do things better, more efficiently, evolving Android, but when will they seriously address battery issues that have plagued stock Android for as long as I can remember?
Instead of focusing your energy on releasing a Power Saver mode which is all well and good, how about focus on ways to make the OS more efficient so that we don’t have to worry about ever reaching the need to use the Power Saver mode?
To go back to my original title, battery life is still very much the holy grail for smartphones and I am still waiting for the day that stock Android, my favorite flavor of Android to match and exceed what its OEMs have now been able to accomplish for years, all day battery life that can handle power users and their heavy usage. In many people’s eyes, the new Lollipop release has only hurt any progress KitKat had made for battery life, cause so many who have upgraded to have battery life considerably worse than before. The amount of resources and talent at Google, it is obvious this is not an issue of lack of either of those two factors but management of those resources and talents not being directed in areas that need it. For the first time in years, I am done with stock Android until Google can figure what it’s doing wrong that its OEMs are doing right.
Stock Android, I will miss you, until we meet again.