Android 8.1 Lets You Know Which Apps are Draining Battery Even When Screen Is Turned Off
Android 8.1 OS update is the latest version of the Android OS. While the update is still in it’s development phase, it has got some features which are attracting a large number of users. A newly discovered feature on Android 8.1 has caught the attention of many users. This feature informs the users about apps which are consuming the battery life even when the display is turned off. (Check out a list of all the new Android 8.1 Features here)
Over the years there have been a number of third party applications which allow the users to find out which apps have been consuming their battery. However, with the Android 8.1 OS update, Android has a native method for tracking which apps are consuming battery when the display is turned off. This is built-in in the settings menu and doesn’t come as a third-party app.
Battery life has been one of the biggest challenges with many Android smartphones. It becomes tough to pinpoint which apps are responsible for draining out the battery when display is turned off. This sort of a situation is called a ‘Wakelock’. Basically, when your screen is turned off, there are some apps which are still obtaining some information from your phone. This prevents the device from going into a deep sleep mode which conserves battery.
This Android 8.1 update shows you if there’s an app which is consuming a significant chunk of battery and not allowing the phone to go to deep sleep. Google always let you know which apps were draining battery when the screen was on. However, this update takes things one step forward.
This is a good update from Google. However, being present on Android Developers Preview does not guarantee that this feature will be released to the public at large when the final version of Android 8.1 comes out. Google has been actively trying to improve the battery life of Android smartphones for quite some time now.
A couple of years ago, Google introduced ‘Doze’ – which helped improved this deep sleep of smartphones. Google further improved upon it with Android Nougat. With Android Oreo, Google is letting the users know which apps are draining a significant portion of their battery, which will ensure that app-makers are cautious enough to not let that happen! Stay tuned with us for more details on the same.