With mounting complaints on fast draining battery life of the Samsung Galaxy S6, the software has increasingly come under scanner besides the unibody design, 2015 flagship features and the device’s essentially low battery capacity.
Samsung phones have already been known for their abysmal batter capacity, less than 8 hours, affecting office-goers who spend hours commuting without abttery re-charge outlets. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge — both face similar issue over abttery life.
Now the attention is on the Operating System — the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop code. Many Samsung phone users have complained on Android open source project’s issue tracker about a possible flaw in app usage data connection running on the Galaxy S6. Even after closure, the app was found to have been running, thereby draining battery life down. Some of the apps cited with this flaw include Google Play Services and Google Now.
Besides the Samsung Galaxy S6, other Android phones such as the Xperia Z3 and OnePlus One have been facing the worst battery life and the problem is noticeably after switching from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android Lollipop 5.0.2, reports SamMobile.
While Google is still working on fixes, Samsung is increasingly coming under pressure to address the issue, but other issues too have begun to surface with the latest updates to Android 5.1.1, giving the company enough headache with new problems like impromptu reboots, connectivity issues and unbearably slow user interface.
In contrast, Samsung old models — the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4 — never had the battery drain problem as they were using the older OS of Android 4.4 and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and users were happily keeping handsets handy for the entire day on a single full charge. These devices not only helped to keep the battery life but also provided removable back panels to facilitate second battery insertion in the phone.
But even these models are facing problem once they are updated with the Android 5.0 Lollipop, it was reported. Essentially, any phone with Android 5.0 updates is under scrutiny for associated battery drain problem. Perhaps, time to wait before updating if you have an older version.