1. jerrykur's Avatar
    A bug activated by Skype and other applications in 4.4.2 is causing high battery drain and overheating. It looks like the bug is in the camera software. Maybe this is the root cause of the crashes and reboots some people have seen when using the Nexus camera. There is a fix from Google coming for Nexus devices. If you are not on a Nexus device, then you still may have the issue, but the fix has to come from the device's manufacturer.

    It sounds like the bug is related to the chipset and effects other devices with earlier release of Android. Specifically the article mentions the Note 3 with 4.3

    KitKat giving you battery drain problems? Try uninstalling Skype, says Google as it prepares a fix | ZDNet
    brosko likes this.
    03-07-2014 11:14 AM
  2. gerryp123's Avatar
    Thanks, Good to know this,
    03-07-2014 01:06 PM
  3. patchs's Avatar
    I have Skype on my Nexus 7 but the app isn't open. I'm not logged on either. Does that make a difference? Should I uninstall Skype?
    03-08-2014 06:09 PM
  4. Seth Lamb1's Avatar
    Do I have to use the camera in order for the random reboots to occur?
    03-08-2014 09:31 PM
  5. srkmagnus's Avatar
    I have Skype on my Nexus 7 but the app isn't open. I'm not logged on either. Does that make a difference? Should I uninstall Skype?
    Do I have to use the camera in order for the random reboots to occur?
    I'm pretty sure there are specific conditions that cause the bug to drain battery. You can check your battery stats to see if you are affected - there will be a process with Camera listed and have high useage. It's not limited to just Skype, it's any app or service that calls up the camera.

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    03-08-2014 10:55 PM
  6. Jon_Doh's Avatar
    I've never had Skype on my device and my battery still drops like a bomb. I agree something in the OS is running because battery monitor apps report high OS usage when it's sleeping, but it ain't because of Skype.
    03-09-2014 10:19 AM
  7. skyrockett's Avatar
    I removed Skype.. Let's see if it solves the problem.
    03-09-2014 03:33 PM
  8. jerrykur's Avatar
    I've never had Skype on my device and my battery still drops like a bomb. I agree something in the OS is running because battery monitor apps report high OS usage when it's sleeping, but it ain't because of Skype.
    The article says Skype is just one of the apps. It has to do something with apps that start the camera. You might have another app which uses the camera service.
    03-10-2014 12:22 AM
  9. patchs's Avatar
    I just charged my N7 (2013), it's 100%.
    There are no apps open, the wifi is on. The screen is off obviously. I'm heading to work soon, wonder what the battery level will be when I return?
    03-14-2014 01:34 PM
  10. patchs's Avatar
    Down to 73 %. That seems a lot since it was just sitting there, no apps open or screen on, just wifi on, checking email or weather widgets

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    03-14-2014 11:56 PM
  11. Relgoshan's Avatar
    Down to 73 %. That seems a lot since it was just sitting there, no apps open or screen on, just wifi on, checking email or weather widgets
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    It's disastrous! My tablet may soon be getting the 4.4 update and right now I do not plan to take it. You should lose *less than 1% per hour* on wifi.
    03-15-2014 12:34 AM
  12. Relgoshan's Avatar
    Down to 73 %. That seems a lot since it was just sitting there, no apps open or screen on, just wifi on, checking email or weather widgets

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    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fh16m0daxxyfhf4/56TnCwP9EU

    You lost 27% battery in 10.5hrs of pure idle?? I lost 17% in 28hrs including 30min of browsing. That amounts to FIVE DAY life if you go online for an hour or less a day, never shutting down or even turning the radios off. Sheer standby should hit close to 10 days or more especially with the radios off. I don't know about the 15+, it seems like a useless number. But an hour a day for most of a week is pretty good.

    Your N7 should be miles more efficient than demonstrated, esp if wifi is the only active radio. That battery performance is what I would expect from a $100 wal mart tablet.
    03-15-2014 04:37 AM
  13. gerryp123's Avatar
    Down to 73 %. That seems a lot since it was just sitting there, no apps open or screen on, just wifi on, checking email or weather widgets

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    Wondering what the result would be for the same test with wifi turned "off"
    03-16-2014 08:17 PM
  14. Relgoshan's Avatar
    Seconded, that number is way too bad. Please play with it a bit more?
    03-16-2014 10:57 PM
  15. patchs's Avatar
    Basically exact same results yesterday, 100%, no apps open, wifi on. 9 1/2 hours later, 72%
    I'll do it again today but with the wifi off.
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    03-18-2014 10:00 AM
  16. jerrykur's Avatar
    Basically exact same results yesterday, 100%, no apps open, wifi on. 9 1/2 hours later, 72%
    I'll do it again today but with the wifi off.
    How about posting to your battery details screen. Also, what apps do you have installed? Anything that updates and/or monitors (ex. news, twitter clients, etc.) are possibilities. Also, is your wifi connection good? A poor connection that drops and reconnects constantly can kill a battery quickly.

    FWIW, Apps can run even if there are not displayed, or an app can invoke a service that will run with no UI. Both of these cases consume power.
    03-18-2014 02:15 PM
  17. vzwuser76's Avatar
    Please play with it a bit more?
    Sorry but if you'd said that anywhere else, you'd probably either get arrested or punched in the face.
    03-18-2014 02:38 PM
  18. Relgoshan's Avatar
    Sorry but if you'd said that anywhere else, you'd probably either get arrested or punched in the face.
    Obviously you are most apt to other types of forum than this.
    03-18-2014 11:34 PM
  19. patchs's Avatar
    With tablet in airplane mode, 76% battery left after almost 10 hours. That's unbelievable

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    03-19-2014 12:23 AM
  20. gerryp123's Avatar
    Battery drainage seems indeed high. After 10 hours in "sleep mode" (wifi off) I would expect no more than a 5% drop. (Only one time have I've seen my battery charge drop ~20% overnight, but that situation seemed to correct itself the next day). I assume that during the sleep interval no apps were running (all usage was from Android itself) and that wake-locks were few.

    A bit of a mystery - but life goes on. Buy a wireless charger and get in the habit of charging unit is when idle!
    03-19-2014 09:21 AM
  21. puch96's Avatar
    I'm having huge drain. 1 day idle and its almost depleted!!!

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    03-19-2014 06:12 PM
  22. Relgoshan's Avatar
    Your N7 should be doing much better. My Tab 3 7.0 LTE is 2d 2.5h with 1.5h screen time and GPS/wifi/bluetooth/cellular all ON the whole time, 40% time without signal on the cellular....60% remaining charge. All-use plus idle, I am averaging 0.8% per hour not 2.5% per hour. In airplane you should *definitely* be less than 1% per hour even on an N7.
    03-19-2014 06:28 PM
  23. Relgoshan's Avatar
    7% battery after exactly four days. Everything on the whole time, 5.5 hrs of screen time and 33% cellular time without signal. Final tally almost perfect 1%/hr all-use average. Active use being 10-15%/hr, if you take those hours out of the equation it's losing substantially less than 0.5%/hr idle. I suspect in airplane mode it would in fact approach 0.3-0.2%/hr.

    You really need to pin down that battery loss or have someone look at it.
    03-21-2014 01:21 PM

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