Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update for Moto X Reported With Poor Battery Life; Six Ways to Resolve the Issue

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By Ryan Inoyori | July 22, 2014 1:51 PM EST

Official Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware for Moto X smartphone has been reported to have poor battery life according to users who complained at Motorola Forums. Moto G, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini also received the same update. Will they have the same battery performance?

Moto X Android 4.4.4 KitKat Poor Battery Life

Some users of Moto X who updated their smartphones to Android 4.4.4 KitKat reported at Motorola Forums about the firmware's poor battery performance. One complaint included a report of very short lifespan of less than eight hours under less activity and mild video streaming.

According to others, there are specific factors which may affect the poor battery life of Moto X even if running Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

1.      Cache data and files on apps may cause constant battery drain.

2.      Poor signal strength can drain the battery by searching for a network constantly.

3.      Frequency of the network carrier affects overall battery life.

4.      Weak Wi-Fi connection may consume more power due to similar concept with signal strength on networks.

5.      Overheating caused by any factor can drain the battery faster.

How to Resolve These Problems?

Users themselves who have experienced battery drain on the Moto X submitted their own workarounds to prevent huge power consumption.

1.      Deleting cache data and files of apps can reduce power consumption. Go to Settings > Application > Select an app > Clear Data/Cache. It is recommended to do this after updating the smartphone to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

2.      For poor network reception, set the device into Airplane Mode or switch the network mode into 2G/3G. Contact the network provider for more support.

3.      Network frequency related to 4G-LTE and 3G should be monitored. Network carriers use different frequencies on their LTE service and HSDPA connectivity. Ask their technical support for more information.

4.      For preventing Wi-Fi battery drain, go to the advanced settings menu on Wi-Fi Settings and check the "do not connect" option for poor Wi-Fi reception.

5.      Overheating caused by games, Web browsing, streaming, low signal and others can drain more battery. Make sure that the device is well-ventilated and not under direct sunlight.

6.      Additionally, users can stop the auto-sync functions on Google Play Store and Google accounts to extend battery life further.

Android L is expected to help boost the battery life of Moto X and other current Motorola devices as the new firmware features Project Volta and a default battery management tool.

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