Google Stomps Out Battery Draining Bug In Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google's team of engineers tasked with Android 5.0 Lollipop made quick work out of rooting out and squashing a bug in the latest build of the open source operating system that launched earlier this week with the Nexus 9 tablet. And not a moment too soon, either, as Google is expected to unwrap Lollilop for several of its Play Edition Nexus devices.

The problem came to light several months ago in an Android Developer forum thread. At the time, the OS was still referred to as Android L and was in the Preview stage. Several people who installed the update complained that their device's batteries were running out of juice much quicker than usual, a bug that appeared to be related to Wi-Fi. The problem persisted right up through the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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"Android Engineering is aware of an issue affecting Nexus 5 users running Android 5.0 which causes significant 'Miscellaneous' battery usage while W-iFi is enabled. This appears to be caused by an abnormally high number of IRQ wakeup events. We are continuing to investigate this issue," Trevor Johns, a senior developer programs engineer for Android, stated in a blog post yesterday.

Earlier today, Johns posted an update saying, "This issue has been fixed in the latest builds, and this issue is now considered resolved. Thanks everyone."

With the issue now fixed, Google can go back to touting how Android 5.0 Lollipop is a boon for battery life with a new battery saving mode that can extend run time for several hours.