Google: Double Battery Life Coming to Phones

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Google is promising users the ability to extend smartphone and tablet battery life.

The company will offer a new power-conservation feature on the upcoming version of Google’s Android operating system for mobile devices.

The feature is called Doze, and the new Android version is known as M, which the Android website states will be released during the third quarter of this year.

Google gave software developers an initial preview of M during the Google I/O conference Thursday, when Doze was revealed.

Here’s how Google’s Android project manager, Jamal Eason, describes Doze on the Android Developers Blog:

We’re making Android devices smarter about managing power through a new feature called Doze. With M, Android uses significant motion detection to learn if a device has been left unattended for a while.

In this state, Android will exponentially back off background activity, trading off a little bit of app freshness for longer battery life.

When Google tested out Doze on a Nexus 9 tablet running Android M, the battery life was twice as long as when the tablet was running the older Android L operating system, Fortune magazine reports.

You don’t have to buy a new phone with the newest Android operating system to extend your smartphone’s battery life, however. In fact, you don’t even need an Android device.

Third-party apps, including plenty of free ones, can help manage other apps to reduce their drain on your phone. You can search for them in Google Play if you have an Android device, or in iTunes if you have an iPhone or iPad.

Check out “8 Android Hacks Every User Should Know” and “13 iPhone 6 Hacks Everyone Should Know” to learn more.

If you’re looking for a non-Android, non-Apple mobile device or a laptop with a long-lasting battery, check out “9 Gadgets With Really Long Battery Life.”

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