The Android Lollipop rollout is being delayed by battery-life problems, as Google’s latest smartphone software iteration becomes the latest operating system to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Comments left on the official Android Developer Forum, which were brought to wider attention by Phandroid, reveal that a Wi-Fi bug is to blame for less-than-impressive battery drain. This results in about four hours of life on a full charge.
The problem's existence has since been confirmed by Trevor Johns, senior developer at Google Android, who also pledged that the search giant is working on a fix.
He said: “Android Engineering is aware of an issue affecting Nexus 5 users running Android 5.0, which causes significant “Miscellaneous” battery usage while WiFi is enabled.
“This appears to be caused by an abnormally high number of IRQ wakeup events. We are continuing to investigate this issue.”
Lollipop's teething troubles are likely to be especially galling for Google because the OS is intended to nix the kind of sub-par battery performance that punters have had to accept as a fact of life.
Last month it was Apple’s turn to be on the wrong end of publicity over freshly baked software, after the ruinous iOS 8 bump was found to be causing patchy cellular service, borked Bluetooth and TouchID biometric security that worked only sporadically.