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Is Android 5.0 Lollipop a Battery Hog on Some Devices?

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is supposed to help your battery last even longer thanks to a new software initiative called Project Volta, but for some Nexus 5 owners the latest Lollipop developer preview may actually have the opposite affect.

The issue popped up yesterday on Google’s Android bug tracker forum, and it wasn’t long before Google developer Trevor Johns chimed in. He confirmed that the company was aware of high battery drain for the Nexus 5 running Lollipop while connected to Wi-Fi, and even offered up an explanation. “This appears to be caused by an abnormally high number of IRQ wakeup events,” he wrote.

Thankfully, it looks like Google already has a solution. Johns returned to the forum earlier today to announce a fix that’s been included in the latest builds for Android 5.0. These battery problems should be solved once the Nexus 5 gets an official upgrade to Lollipop, but for now it might be worth avoiding the developer preview until all the remaining bugs can be ironed out.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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