Google is not yet ready to roll out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to supported Nexus devices, as it is dealing with various bugs affecting its biggest Android update yet. The company already confirmed on Twitter that Lollipop will be released in the coming weeks, with a report suggesting November 12th as the potential launch date. Android Police has further discovered the main culprit that might have convinced Google to postpone the Android 5.0 launch, and Google has apparently already fixed it.
It appears that Nexus 5 handsets running a preview version of Android L are experiencing significantly reduced battery life, which seems to be caused by Wi-Fi use. Nexus 5 owners who have installed Android Lollipop have noticed that the “Miscellaneous” category topping the battery use menu, as the phone keeps waking up whenever Wi-Fi is on.
“This entry is actually a catch-all of sorts that is supposed to account for the difference between observed and computed battery drain,” Android Police said. “Something is definitely wrong, though, as it’s often taking up as much as 60-70% of the battery. Some have even seen it listed as more than 100%, which doesn’t make a bit of sense.”
Naturally, this might be a serious issue for smartphone users, who expect better battery life from Lollipop, not the other way around.
Thankfully, Google acknowledged the problem and fixed it, according to a bug report on the Google Issue Tracker.
Screenshots showing increased battery consumption on the Nexus 5 running Android L preview follow below.