Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

How to improve battery life on Android phones? Google offers best tips

How to improve battery life on Android phones? Google offers best tips

One of the most notable additions was "Adaptive Battery" that harnesses the power of machine learning to intelligently direct power away from apps that are not utilised and more towards those that are. A chart displayed by Google at the event shows that at 50% screen brightness, YouTube in Dark Mode consumes 14% less battery life than when the app is in normal mode.

While Google will likely continue to release "Dark Mode" in their apps in the near future - it is also testing the feature in the mobile Google Feed - it has reportedly drawn the line at adding a system-wide night mode.

At 2018, Android Dev Summit where Google directly discussed this issue. Brightness was of course one of the most obvious factors; everyone knows that the brighter you set the screen to, the faster your battery depletes. But in Dark Mode, battery consumption on the Pixel drops 63% to 92mA. Google has somehow made up for the excessive use of whites in the Material Theme design with the Dark Mode.

But for years, Google pushed for the use of white colour in its Material Theme, consuming higher than average amount of battery, only to realise it now and call for action. There are many Android users, like yours truly, who love the look of Dark Mode even under well lit conditions. This comes in the wake of several governments' hard stance, including India, for more transparency regarding user data usage policy, given the rise of hacks and cybercrimes, especially via malicious apps on the Google Play Store.

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Moving on, your Google Maps also has a dark theme.

However, the app's dark mode was shown to only be using 96mA. When an OLED screen displays black, it doesn't really display anything. The official Google Dialer, Messaging, News, and YouTube apps all have configurable dark modes now.

And in China, the risks don't just come from app developers, as the government itself is suspected of compromising user security in the name of domestic surveillance.

For less urgent stuff, the new tools will let the app update in the background, even while it's being used.

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