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An­droid L, the up­com­ing re­lease of the An­droid mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem, will dra­mat­i­cally in­crease bat­tery life, ac­cord­ing to lab tests.

It was put through its paces on a Nexus 5 de­vice. The screen was kept on, it was con­nected to Wi-Fi, and a web­page was re­freshed ev­ery 15 sec­onds. The de­vice man­aged to last 36% longer than another de­vice run­ning the cur­rent ver­sion of An­droid.

An­droid L’s se­ries of bat­tery sav­ing mea­sures is known col­lec­tively as “Project Volta” and in­clude a range of fea­tures, in­clud­ing a new bat­tery saver mode. Those who wish to dig deeper can also iden­tify what apps are drain­ing their pre­cious bat­tery life thanks to the new stat tracker called Bat­tery His­to­rian.

The op­er­at­ing sys­tem will also fea­ture a re­designed user in­ter­face, a re­freshed no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, a do-not-dis­turb op­tion for no­ti­fi­ca­tions, and a range of en­ter­prise-ori­ented fea­tures. An­droid L will be re­leased later this year.

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