With Google’s announcement of Android M at Google I/O 2015, we’ve been very interested to know what this means for real-world devices. Luckily, the Developer Preview for Nexus 5, 6 and 9 has been available for some time now, and there are already some very interesting reports coming out. One of the most interesting reports suggests that the standby battery life of Android devices running Android M is going to be significantly increased thanks to the new Doze and App Standby features.
According to this report’s testing, a Nexus 5 running Android M had only consumed 9% of its battery life after 48 hours on standby compared to 24% drained on a Nexus 5 running Android 5.1.1. That’s a pretty substantial gain and if we project what the maximum possible standby time could be, we see that the Nexus 5 running Android M would reach 533 hours compared to 200 hours on the Android 5.1.1 Nexus 5. While that’s just a hypothetical, it does give us lots of hope that all Android M devices will see a substantial boost in battery life.
For those wondering, the Doze feature is designed to activate when your device is idle, improving your standby battery life. App Standby similarly attempts to stop power hungry apps doing too much while your phone is not charging, and hopefully there will be control over exactly which apps are able to do this.
What do you think about the improved standby battery life on a Nexus 5 running Android M? Are any of you running the Developer Preview experiencing the same? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.