Could Android 7.0 Nougat be the cause of Nexus 6P battery problems?

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Not even two years after launching the device, it appears that the Huawei-made Nexus 6P is going through some battery issues with select users.

Join us for details after the break.

These issues are happening only after upgrading to Android 7.0 Nougat, indicating that it might be more of a software issue than a hardware issue. The problem is that, under certain circumstances, the device stops working entirely. The device isn’t permanently dead after that; users should be able to restart the phone as long as it’s plugged into a charger.

This doesn’t seem to be exclusive to a small group of people either. The YouTube video below shows the problem in action.

Many people responding to the video over on Reddit are saying that they have the exact same problem after upgrading to Android 7.0 Nougat. Right now, we’re not sure if there’s a fix available. Supposedly, Android 7.1.1 would fix the problem, but some users say it’s happening there as well. Your other option would be to rollback to Android 6.0 Marshmallow until a fix is released.

Some other battery problems users on Reddit note is that it drains insanely fast, especially after hitting 25% and sometimes even 15%. One Reddit user even reports his Nexus 6P dropping from 23% to 0% while watching the above video.

Battery issues are a common problem among all smartphones. Even if you have a flawless production run, lithium-ion batteries (and really all types of batteries) can randomly malfunction. There’s a lot of things and events that can affect that, too. In this case, we’re seeing a software problem affecting the performance of the battery instead of an actual physical malfunction.

Hopefully a fix will be available soon.

source: Reddit (/r/Android)


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  • AARON

    Seeing the same problem on the Note 4. 3 people in the office all had some problem after the Android update

    • Aaron

      Sorry we had this problem going to version 6. But same symptoms.

    • Richard Dennis

      Note 4 on Android Nougat?

  • Colin

    Same thing happened a few years ago when Galaxy S3 updated to KitKat. Makes you think that devices are designed for a specific Android release and that when new releases come you basically have to get a new phone. Planned obsolescence.