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Android 5.0 Lollipop’s battery issues are mostly Google’s fault, not Samsung

Samsung might have made a mistake putting rather small batteries inside the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, but it seems part of the battery issues users are facing – on both existing devices and the S6 duo – are because of issues on Android 5.0 itself. One of the biggest issues with Lollipop seems to be one that keeps the mobile data connection active far longer than it needs to be, something a lot of users have complained about over on the official Android Open Source Project issue tracker.

Apparently, on Lollipop apps are continuing to keep the mobile data connection active after they are finished with their transaction, instead of closing the connection as was the case on KitKat. Indeed, on our Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, we have noticed that some apps sometimes report high “mobile data active” time, even though they don’t always come up at the top in Android’s battery stats. Even the Xperia Z3, which is one of the most battery-efficient smartphones on the market today, is giving its users reduced usage times after getting updated to Android 5.0.2, and so are users of the OnePlus One, another device that had great battery life on Android 4.4.

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Google’s Play Services process is also at fault for many (and so is Google Now), but since it’s an issue with the core of the OS, most apps that connect to the internet are causing problems for users. Android 5.1 doesn’t fix things either, at least as far as the source code is concerned, suggesting that Google is aware of what’s wrong but hasn’t yet implemented it in the actual source code that OEMs use for the software on their devices.

Google isn’t entirely at fault when it comes to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge – my S6 edge’s battery life had notably improved with the second update, but it went back to being poor when the latest update arrived. However, it’s also clear to see Android 5.0 is still not entirely finished even months after it debuted and is resulting in a poor user experience across the ecosystem. Google is hopefully working on sorting things out, instead of shifting its focus to Android M, which might just be as buggy as its predecessor when it arrives later this year.

Have you noticed apps using up the mobile data connection more than necessary? Let us know in the comments below!

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andres ross
andres ross

Waiting on a replacement witch should be here today and sure will train this battery for the first week or 2

andres ross
andres ross

It’s one thing we all probly forgot to do wen we first got the fone and THAT IS TO TRAIN THE BATTERY????

nokya
nokya

I own an S5.
On Android L: app crashes, phone crashes (reboot required), battery drains and lags.
Rolled back the phone to 4.2. All went well for the last three weeks until the phone started lagging again. After thorough analysis, the application Swiftkey ends up being the cause of the problem: once uninstalled, the phone regained its original reactivity and fast UI responses.

Go figure.

P4qui7o
P4qui7o

They need to stop blaming and start fixing ! They are payd to do that, what took them so damn long ?

xldon2lx
xldon2lx

I also do have battery drain but it’s from WiFi. Whenever I’m connected to WiFi battery starts draining insanely but if I’m not then it gets stable…. The odd thing here is my phone’s WiFi is always on. And the only time it’s draining is when it is connected. It was the total opposite of the issue back in the ICS days where WiFi drains battery when not connected because of the scan interval.

Justyourimage
Justyourimage

Lollipop is so random with it ‘s Battery drain … I’m an above average user on a technical level owning an S5 G900F and have it rooted, bloatware removed – No Google Apps beside Playstore and Play Services, have Amplify and Power Nap installed and setup correctly and it still drains Battery as randomly as it likes up to 20% when the Screen is On even with Auto Brightness disabled on 20% Brightness – and then sometimes I get 0% Battery Drain in Standby over 5-8h … Yea go figure.

aygz
aygz

I lost 12-15% battery drain in all night (sleep time) on my S6 edge.
But I was lost %5 battery drain in all night on my S5 at the same settings !!

Channel42x
Channel42x

I don’t have any problems with battery life on 5.0.1. Unplugged it at 8AM, now it’s 7:20PM and I still have 54% left. And used it about as much as I do on other days. With 4.4.4 I would’ve had about 30-40% left…

dragojack
dragojack

I have the same problem on my S6, note 3 and 4.

Battery life went from amazingly great to way poor for the size of the battery in each of the note series i have.

Come on sammy these suppose to be your flagship so make them behave in that manner.

Fix these battery issues please especially on the note series.

vitorvedder
vitorvedder

I am an Android Developer and what I can tell you is that a high Google Services battery usage doesn’t mean necessarily that it is Google’s fault.

The Google Services offers some functionalities that other apps can use.

For example, geofencing.
I may create an app that creates region monitoring and every time someone enters that region, my app gets notified.
That takes a heavy toll on battery and it would appear as Google Services fault.

The Galaxy Note Saviours
The Galaxy Note Saviours

Cm12.1 on my N7000 made it eat up lots up my mobile data while only surfing THE WEB and also when I use it while charging, its battery level decreased instead of increasing LOL… so sad… I still believe KK is more user friendly and practical..

se7six
se7six

I’m running a 10,000mAh Zero Lemon in my Note 4 and I can easily get through a full week with my moderate use. I just downgraded from 5.0.1 to 4.4.4 (official ROM’s through Odin) until more Lollipop bugs are worked out. I was only getting the 4G logo on the United Arab Emirates 5.0.1 but now have the LTE logo with the Trinidad and Tobago 4.4.4. The SM-910C isn’t supposed to support LTE in the United States but mine does. Go figure… 🙂

thegeneral2010
thegeneral2010

actually i have more severe problem here more than battery drainage and i cant fix i just updated my N910C note 4 4 days ago to lollishit and now my GPU is working always in half of it power (lower than 350mHz always) my 3D benchmarks decreased from 15k to 7k i did a factory reset but nothing changed its like if the phone is always in power saving mode this is driving me crazy i cant play games the phone gets hot i feel if its gonna explode in my hands i also found that many ppl updated to… Read more »

johny jacksons
johny jacksons

As No1 manufacture of Android device, why Samsung cannot do anything for fixing Android os? Google must allow it.

debtanukanrar1996
debtanukanrar1996

we want lollipop in grand 2

noenid
noenid

Deactivated 80% of the apps, still the battery life has melted, near half of what it was. Seriously considering switching to iPhone 6 Plus.

chkerker
chkerker

Hi!
If I understand this is the copy / paste.
Why there is not a pre-test before deploying an update?
I’m not a developer I am a simple TS maintenance.
I am still under 4.4.2 with my Galaxy S5 (thankfully), and I see that all applications using mobile data turn flawlessly.
Conclusion: Samsung you are a customer of Google, so if you continue with this policy you lose a lot of customers in the field of smartphones and tablets.
Kind regards

LeifS
LeifS

I’m happy with the battery life so far. I had two situations where it was much worse – once because of Google Now and once because the Google Account sync had a problem. So I would agree, Lollipop still has some massive bugs. The question is what could OEMs do in such a situation? From the user experience it might have been better to launch it with Kitkat and wait until Google gets its bugs fixed, but the press and we tech heavy users would have probably destroyed the S6 with comments and headlines if they would have shipped it… Read more »

sanayp
sanayp

why are you pissing where is my lollipop them everyone

60UK
60UK

True for sure, my Galaxy Tab IV 10.1 SM-T530 Running android 4.4.2 KK lasted about 2 days constant usage and about 5 days or longer depending on low usage. Now that I have installed the Spanish version of Android 5.0 on my Galaxy Tab IV 10.1 SM-T530 it doesn’t even stay over 80% battery life in about 30 min’s of usage and that’s only on YouTube & Chrome. The thing is as well is that I only have Wi-Fi & Multi-Window on and my brightness around 50% & that doesn’t last for 2 hours so I have to have Battery… Read more »

erick.kenzi
erick.kenzi

It’s not google fault, it’s true the google services is draining the battery, but samsung tested the device before release to the market and why samsung don’t corrected this problem before release the device, simple because they have knowledge about this issue before release to the market, but them don’t considered this a major issue. Anyway, this probably easy to correct with a firmware update, but I’m sure this is not a google problem is a lack of interest of samsung to make google now to work in a optimized way.

SamMobile1811
SamMobile1811

You require a KT before Commenting on Public Post 😀 😛

harryisme
harryisme

That must be why I get some crazy standby time on my S6. I don’t run Google Now, or I never even activated it, so when the phone is on standby it hardly uses any battery, I’ve gone to sleep with a 100% battery and when I wake up it’s still at 98%.

MStuart
MStuart

It doesn’t matter whose fault it is, it is no consolation for disappointed buyers who shouldn’t be suffering from these issues, let alone on such a high-end, pricey phone.

denizgaiz
denizgaiz

I noticed my note 4 on Android 5.0.1 with recent update of 218MB on 25th June has no big improvement on battery consumption. For full normal battery charge (Fast charge off) it cld only last for 6 hrs standby time with LTR connection. I hope Google & Samsung cld work together to fix this battery issue Asap. My note 4 battery usage is better wt Kit Kat. On the other hand, android lollipop 5.0.1 recorded lower scoring in comparison wt kitkat…. (sigh)

sanayp
sanayp

25th of June really!!!!!

NoteLove
NoteLove

Was thunking the same. LMAO. Obviously a mistake. Lol

sanayp
sanayp

You can flash back any firmware. Just go to firmware section, Type your model and select your country at top of page and you have all the firmwares released for your device in your country.

After download and flash back with Odin

denizgaiz
denizgaiz

LoL…. 25th May… my mistake…

latrellcruz
latrellcruz

You Can’t Go Back To Unknoxed firmware but you can go back to 4.4.2 just flash it through odin

thegeneral2010
thegeneral2010

that low benchmarks in note 4 after android 5.0.1 is due to decreasing GPU performance to half (from 700mHz to 350mHz only) this results in decreasing your antutu 3D benchmark score from 15k to 7k iam suffering from the same damn problem here its like if ure in automatic power saving mode my model is N910C dunno a bout yours but i think its the exynos one because the reports i saw with the same problem came from exynos note 4 owners i really dunno why note 4 is treated like that but all i am sure about is that… Read more »

SamMobile1811
SamMobile1811

urs is 910c -> Exynos Variant !! Might be this issue is only for Exynos.
I have 910G -> SD Variant, and Antutu score is close to 52 K with 16K 3D Score on 5.0.1 !!

thegeneral2010
thegeneral2010

yeah i think it is cuz many threats on Xda reported that same issue and they all have exynos variant, its horrible i cant play any game i dont believe they made such update with such buggs if iam dealing with the cheapest chinese manufacturers i am absolutely sure that they will not make such updates note 4 was a real terrible experience for me.

SamMobile1811
SamMobile1811

I got that Second Minor Update of 5.0.1 on 2nd June for Note 4.. Didn’t Noticed any Changes !!

denise13498
denise13498

How do I remove 5.0 from my s4 and get beck the jellybean 4.2.2? Thanks

droyx
droyx

Also turned off Google now.Not at all reliable,then I will unsubscribe.