Report: Google targeting battery life and RAM usage in Android M

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Google may be tackling a couple of the longstanding annoyances of smartphones in Android M.

According to Android Police, Google wants to make major headway with better battery life and RAM usage. All signs point to a developer preview of Android M being announced at Google I/O and made available shortly after (as was the case with Lollipop last year), so we could find out more about this soon. While the Android M preview will be a rough build, we should get an idea of the key features and other optimizations that Google is working on.

There aren’t a ton of details about the rumor, only that Google may be turning an eye toward Google Play Services, looking for methods to optimize this key app that powers most of the APIs and tools behind Android and third-party apps. Location checkins and other background features that eat up RAM are also said to be in Google’s sights.

Why this matters: Better battery life is something that seems to elude every smartphone release, with the only marginal improvements coming from larger batteries. Google took a shot at this in the past with Project Volta, but it didn’t turn out to have as significant an impact as we hoped. If Android M can show improvement in this area, and find ways to scale back RAM usage, that would certainly be welcome.

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