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Android 4.2.2 Update Improves Nexus 7 Battery Life by 2 Hours

Authored by: Steven Blum — Feb 13, 2013

Interesting news for Nexus 7 owners and anyone else who received the Android 4.2.2 update on their Nexus devices: it seems Google has updated the battery life on the product page of the Nexus 7 to reflect the update, upping it from 8 hours to "up to 10 hours of active use." Google didn't change anything else on the Nexus 7 product page, suggesting that the update alone was cause for the increase in expected battery life.

 Google has been hard at work on the "X" phone in partnership with Motorola, and Larry Page has said that one of their goals was to create a phone that is both durable and has a "great battery life," so it's clear the company cares about creating longer-lasting Androids. It's possible the latest update works more smoothly with the processor on the Nexus 7, specifically, to reduce battery waste.

The Android 4.2.2 update just rolled out and you can manually download it here. The update includes a number of improvements, including the ability to toggle the WiFi and Bluetooth via Quick Settings, new sounds to indicate when your battery is low and a number of bug fixes. It wasn't thought to be a huge update, which makes the increase in battery life all the more delightfully surprising.

Have you downloaded Android 4.2.2 on your Nexus 7? Notice any significant change in battery life?

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Noz Mar 26, 2013 Link to comment

    I received the update today and my phone has needed to be charged twice. It seems to be dying within 2 hours...not lengthened by two hours. My phone before lasted about 6 - 8 hours depending on use which is awful but this is just ridiculous. To see this article makes me even more frustrated. I leave my GPS and Blue Tooth on and I haven't changed anything since before I upgraded to now. Everything is the same yet my phone is rapidly dying. I don't understand it.

  • Richard Thompson Feb 14, 2013 Link to comment

    I've received the update for my Galaxy Nexus and the battery life is vastly improved. After half a day off of charge my phone is only down to 81% whereas it would normally be at least half dead.

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