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This is why you shouldn't upgrade your Nexus 5 to Lollipop

This is why you shouldn't upgrade your Nexus 5 to Lollipop

A recent test has confirmed that Google's popular smartphone, the Nexus 5, has worse battery life after updating to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The news arrives despite Google's claims that the new OS offers a 10 percent increase in battery performance over its previous OS, Android KitKat

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The Nexus 5 battery life is worse thanks to Android 5.0 Lollipop.  / © ANDROIDPIT

The news comes courtesy of a blog post on GSMArena which took an in-depth look at battery performance on the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8)LG G3 and Nexus 5 after upgrading to Lollipop. While the S5 and One (M8) showed various strengths and weaknesses, the LG G3, and Google's own handset, showed a loss in every category.

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Devices were compared to themselves (not each other) and the scores were measured in hours. / © GSMArena

As you can see in the "general" usage statistics above, two out of four of the flagships in the test suffer a dip in battery life after upgrading to Android 5.0. We know that many AndroidPIT visitors had long since suspected that Lollipop was a factor in their device's battery life issues, and will be pleased to see their claims justified. 

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In the talk-time category the Nexus 5 saw the biggest hit, with its batter life last six hours less than it did on KitKat. / © GSMArena

It is worth noting that this test was conducted on Android 5.0, and the Android 5.0.2 update is now available for some devices and said to bring a lot of bug fixes and improvements to make system performance more reliable. What effect this has on the overall battery life remains to be seen, but I suspect that, even with 5.0.2, these devices won't show an increase in battery life like Google told us it would. 

Head to Android 5.0 Lollipop problems and solutions page if you need any further help, and you can even find out how to downgrade your Nexus to an older version of Android, if you wish to do so.

Have you experienced battery problems on the Nexus 5 after upgrading to Lollipop? What's your solution to the problem?  

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  • lollipop bricked my Nexus 4, it's an older phone but still. now i need to find a few hundreds to get a new unlocked phone.


  • Having the droid turbo I don't have a choice. So much for Motorola getting updates quickly.


  • plz i pressed the download button on the lollipop update and i dont want it is there a way to stop it ???


  • My Nexus 4 on Lollipop (5.0.2) randomly shuts down and displays the "low battery" flashing white notification led even though the charge before shutdown was good (e.g. 50%). Plugging in the charger at this stage does nothing - it doesn't charge and doesn't get warm. Restarting by holding the power button down is usually not successful. I have been following a tip read somewhere which involves holding down both the power and volume down buttons while plugging in the charger. Charging then begins and you can then restart it.
    I have also had the camera freeze which requires a power off and restart to fix.
    I fear this will be the last "upgrade" for the Nexus 4 so may have to downgrade to 4.4.4.


  • Welcome to the growing group of unhappy Nexus users. The Nexus 7's bought in 2012 have turned into bricks with Lollipop. Even with two "fixes" the lag, freezes and significant loss of battery have made my Nexus 7 almost useless. Google is loosing customers hand over fist. What was a really great product now is S--t.

    I know Google probably has all the lawyers they need, but a class action law suit is on the horizon, so they might want to put on a few more.


  • doozy Feb 19, 2015 Link to comment

    Lollipop has definitely killed the battery life on my Nexus 5. I used to be able to go a full day without charging it, but now I'm charging it mid day. What the hell is it doing?


  • I installed lollipop on my nexus 5 and found with stock kernal battery life was not great. I don't really worry as when I'm at my desk for 3-4 hours I place my nexus on a charging pad. Then when I get up to go to the lab I have a decent or full battery. When I'm not going to be at the office I will switch sims to my G3 and alls well as that will last all day. I miss the stock android on that though. Also I installed a custom kernal and battery life has improved greatly on lollipop, but the point of the article is stock android. That's why I didn't include that detail till the end. Plus I charge my nexus when ever I'm not in the lab or out in the field which is about a third of my day so I can always charge it then. With the cloud its easy to swich devices too.


  • Same issue with lollipop on Nexus 4 for me. Phone gets slow, often gets hanged & restarts randomly. But battery life seemed somewhat improved or same.
    One thing I learned from my personal experience that Kit Kat 4.4.4 is the most stable update on Nexus 4 in all respects.


  • Personally I hadn't noticed too much difference in my battery life after upgrading to LP. If anything it's a tiny bit better, definitely not worse.


  • imutau Feb 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Be interesting to know if this was tested under Davlik or Art? I think my battry life improved when I went to Art.


  • Will Feb 18, 2015 Link to comment

    My battery life is fine on Lollipop. Maybe it's the Cataclysm add-on. Maybe it's the ElementalX kernel and my settings, mostly stock, elementalx governors and such. I don't get two days of gaming, but I can get through an average work day with moderate use. I would like to point out the N5 battery life was never really a bragging point. In most of the reviews I read prior to my purchase, it was suspect. Ijs.. Thanks Scott, your articles are informative and well articulated.


  • Had android since HTC Tatoo. Lollipop bricked my Nexus 7. Stuck on the Google logo. Normally you could factory reset or fix the device using custom firmware. But this cannot be unlocked. Asus said that due to Googles encryption, it cant be unlocked. And coz its out of warranty, no support. Sigh, this is not even a hardware issue. I feel really let down by google.

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  • navi Feb 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Hye admin I have sony xperia c3 mobile can I updated lollipop version


  • Will the One Plus One be upgradable to Oxygen OS in India OTA?


  • Niel Feb 18, 2015 Link to comment

    My battery lasts significantly longer on my LG G3 when I updated to lollipop.


  • MABR82 Feb 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Also having random shut downs with 5.0.1

    Its been a right mess. Normally when using camera. Goes from, say, 80% charge, switches off then comes back on with 0% charge, then the best bit. The battery % increases itself without being plugged in, generally in about 15 mins its showing 60% charge.

    I'm seriously considering ditching the N5 and going for an OEM and foregoing the regular updates for more stability.


  • note 4lollipop 5.3 update


  • RobG Feb 18, 2015 Link to comment

    I know I am one of the crazy people who jumped all over the Nexus 6 but I have to say that I do not regret it one bit. I switched over from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and thought I would miss some of the galaxy polish, but I didn't miss one thing. The performance of lollipop on the Nexus 6 has been outstanding. I use my phone very heavily and have gotten pretty good battery life, much better than anything I've ever seen from my previous three Samsung products. I had remained loyal to Samsung for quite some time so the idea of leaving to another company was definitely scary. The performance will get better for the battery I am sure, but even now I am getting a full day even with regular use. I guess the Nexus 5 has a different situation, but I would not want people to be afraid of the Nexus 6 just because there have been problems with the Nexus 5. I have been a carrier of various cell phones since 1994 and have never been happier than I have been with this nexus 6.


  • I started to hate Google after I got the Lollipop 5.01 update, Felt like a big step down from the N4 BUT after rooting and running CyanogenMod12 I feel like this is how my N5 was meant to perform, the battery is even much better than when I had KK.

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  • I was having pretty craptastic battery life after upgrading to lollipop as well. Then I did a factory reset and its actually a lot better than KitKat. I know it's a pain but the lag, battery life issues, and force closes seem to be much better now.


  • Google is fast losing the plot when it comes to mobile OS. Google is stumbling on everything and with so many missteps and one begins to wonder if the folks they have on Nexus and Android OS programs really know what they are doing. For example, Cyanogen came in recently but their OS on OnePlus One is so superior to what Google had ever done. What are the highly-paid folks at Google doing? Look at the mess Google had with battery life and camera on Nexus 4 and 5. Nexus 6 lacks stamina and that "x" factor. Something must be wrong. Is it the sign of the beginning of the end?


  • "It is worth noting that this test was conducted on Android 5.0, and the Android 5.0.2 update is now available for some devices and said to bring a lot of bug fixes and improvements to make system performance more reliable."

    The next article should be titled "This is Why You shouldn't Pay Attention To An Article Based Solely On Outdated Information".


    • Very true the OS evolves with every update bo easy task with all the hardwae configurations bout there, Yet its worth noting that Samsung's devices seem to have the best improvements with each upgrade. I just wished my Nexus was running smooth with all the great awesome features of lollipop the reboots and battery life leave me wanting something that just works.


    • @SirStephenH, I understand your point, but personally I don't think 5.0.2 would affect the above results to any significant degree.

      5.0.1 and 5.0.2 are minor updates. They might fix some rogue bugs that would have seriously hurt battery life on a tiny number of devices... but I think that's about all.

      But I guess I would like to be proved wrong on that score at some point! :)


      • My1 Feb 18, 2015 Link to comment

        well I have another reason to stay away from L for a while, but unless xposed is ready for L I certainly WONT update, that's for sure...


  • Samsung appears to have the best hardware and software implementation of android despite running touch Wiz, all their devices seem to improve with Lollipop 5.0 sadly the nexus phones already on stock vanlla android should in theory show the best improvements. Maybe its time for a new Samsung Galaxy "Nexus" or maybe Google should get Samsung to help develop a better Android OS? Nexus was supposed to be the framework, example for all to follow guess not..


  • Really if feel that battery is a lot better now than before. But Im still running the last developers preview which has its moments. all in all I think its a smother to use than Kk and I wouldn't want to change the experience I'm getting with my n5 now


    • @matt One of our other editors says he thinks his Nexus 5 has better battery life after updating to Lollipop. He says these kinds of tests don't recreate real-life situations very well. I think it needs to be explored for sure. Thanks for the info


  • My1 Feb 17, 2015 Link to comment

    "As you can see in the "general" usage statistics above, all of the flagships in the test suffer a dip in battery life after upgrading to Android 5.0. "

    *Phoenix Wright Pose and Music*
    OBJECTION!!!
    the S5 and the M8 have both higher values on L than on KK...


  • I realized that my Nexus 5 started to charge faster with Lollipop, but also discharged faster too. With the bugs starting to difficult my use from my smartphone, I just gave up and downgraded to KitKat again. Now I'm waiting to see if the 5.0.2 will fix the problems..


  • As soon as I upgraded my nexus 5 to lollipop k started having random shut downs and my battery never charged correctly, I have been a Google guy for years but watching my nexus 5 take a crap in under a year and when I got to the att store, the nexus 6 did not impress me as much with the big pice tag. Unfortunately I went with Apples 6 plus. I'm not a fan of iOS , but my battery owns any phone I've owned. Lollipop lost a huge fan with all the mess


    • Yeah Josh we've heard of a few similar stories. Bad times :(


    • I concur. Google is in a mess as regards the Nexus and Android OS programs. Highly paid folks are floundering on every step and they still get to keep their jobs. For the first time in my life, I am looking for a switch to iPhone. I am not a fan of Apple but one has to admire the stability and polish feel of the OS.

      Google cannot even get updates right. Wow. What a mess.


      • Yup, usually over 90% of Apple devices receive the latest update within the first couple of weeks of release. Annoying but that's the price you pay for open-source :/


      • My1 Feb 18, 2015 Link to comment

        not really of open source but the fact that there are so many different devices out there.

        BTW I get ignored, even though there's something plainly wrong in your article? lol...


      • Lol you weren't ignored I sent you a lovely reply and talked about Pheonix Wright!!

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