towards a clear increase in the autonomy of smartphones?

towards a clear increase in the autonomy of smartphones?
towards a clear increase in the autonomy of smartphones?

Google says it has put its finger on a lever for drastic improvement in autonomy for its mobile operating system. New features that will be discovered on Android 15.

The news was overshadowed by Google’s numerous announcements regarding artificial intelligence last week, but Android 15 is indeed continuing its development. A second beta is also on the way, and already allows us to appreciate the efforts undertaken by the Mountain View company, particularly concerning the autonomy of smartphones.

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A surprising optimization

Will the smartphone processor run slower? Will the screen brightness be reduced? Nothing of that. Google has indeed made an astonishing improvement to say the least to Android 15, by accelerating the entry of smartphones into sleep mode by 50%.

As surprising as it may seem, the brand claims to be able to increase the autonomy of certain smartphones tested by up to three hours, simply by adjusting this parameter. In short: when a user presses the side lock button, the smartphone will lighten its load more quickly than on current models. An optimization which may seem benign, but which would visibly bear fruit over a full day, assures the brand to Android Authority.

“For Android 15, we accelerated the sleep time by 50% (sleep is the moment when we go into a resting state). So we go to sleep 50% faster, which translates, on some devices we tested, into an increase in standby time of three hours. This is sort of a general improvement that applies to all devices. »

Dave Burke

VP of Engineering for Android

Is the autonomy of smartphones still a criterion?

Aside from certain specific models, it seems that smartphone manufacturers have stopped wanting to impress their customers with the autonomy of their products. It must be said that the balance is difficult to find: better autonomy means (sometimes) bigger battery. So phone bigger, heavier, and possibly harder to sell. On the other hand, the industry has focused in recent years on the development of ultra-fast charging technologies, sometimes making it possible to fully charge a phone in less than 20 minutes.

Today, most mobiles on the market allow you to last a day without too much difficulty. Still, we appreciate that Google is taking the lead in further improving this result to keep us away from a wall outlet for as long as possible.

Android 15 should be deployed primarily on Google Pixel smartphones next fall. Partner manufacturers will begin updating their products during 2025.

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