Last week, Google announced the developer preview of its upcoming version of Android. According to multiple reports, Android L will help to increase Google’s Nexus 5 battery life by at least 36 percent. It is a known fact that each version of Android focuses on a particular aspect of the operating system that wants to be improved.
The current KitKat version has related to Project Svelte, an effort to make the OS run on just 512 MB of RAM. The previous version of Android, JellyBean featured Project Butter, which focuses to make the user interface animations run at 60 frames per second. Google has unveiled that the upcoming Android L will be focusing on improving the battery life of Android devices; this attempt is named as Project Volta.
Ars Technica ran the website’s battery test on a Smartphone running Android L to observe how Google’s new battery saver initiative works in practice. Android L comes with loads of new features, mostly backend enhancements, intended at extending general battery life across Android devices called Project Volta.
An improved battery stat tracker known as Battery Historian and new application programming interfaces, intended to cut down on wasted effort are a part of Google’s strategy to boost battery life.
To run a battery test that was as accurate as possible, Amadao at Ars Technica flashed a Nexus 5 to Android 4.4.4, the latest version of KitKat and ran Ars Technica’s battery test. To make sure the consistency, he also flashed the same device to run Android L and ran exactly the same test.
Amadao realized that the Nexus 5 lasted for 471 minutes running Android L compared to 345 minutes while running KitKat. That equals about 7.8 hours on L versus 5.7 hours running KitKat. According to Amadao, that’s about a 36% increase in general battery life.
The battery test involved keeping the screen on connected to Wi-Fi and refreshing web pages every 15 seconds, until the battery completely drained. We can expect more features about Android L, when it formally rolls out to normal users later this year.