We all want more battery life. At the Google I/O keynote on Thursday, Dave Burke, VP of engineering for Android, announced that Android M would include two major features to help our devices last longer and be easier to charge.
The first will be a new Android feature called Doze. Android devices can lose a lot of battery life by catering to apps’ insatiable need for updates. Doze will monitor whether you’re actively using your device. After a period of inactivity, Doze will dial back app activity to save battery life.
“What we’re doing is trading off a little bit of app freshness for longer battery life,” Burke explained. He showed a performance chart comparing the same activity load on two Nexus 9 phones, one running Android Lollipop and the other running Android M. The Android M phone lasted up to twice as long in standby as its Lollipop counterpart.
Even with Doze’s battery savings, “sooner or later you gotta recharge,” reminded Burke. That’s where USB-C will come in. This port, which first surfaced for Google in its flagship Chromebook Pixel, will become the standard charging connection for Android M devices. “We’ve been working with device manufacturers to bring Type C devices to market with the M release,” said Burke.
Anyone who’s tried USB-C on the Pixel or the new MacBook already knows how easy it is to use this flippable port. In addition, Burke said, you’ll be able to set your USB-C Android M device to charge another device, or be charged itself.