Android 4.4 KitKat Xperia Tablet Z battery life issues

By Daniel Chubb - May 25, 2014

The Android 4.4 KitKat update released with a battery drain problem on a number of Sony devices in the last couple of days and we’ve been inundated by users complaining about the battery life issues. The new software upgrade hit the likes of Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z along with Xperia ZR, ZL, and Z.

One Product Reviews reader had this to say, “Since installing the Android 4.4 KitKat update my Xperia Tablet Z battery drains much faster and will now last no longer than 8 hours in standby. The Google Play Service is to blame I think, it uses around 75% of my battery usage”. Another added, “I’d normally have around 70% of my battery left around midnight, but after the Android 4.4 update I’m lucky to get 20 percent left on my Xperia Z”.

Pinpointing blame for battery drain – we have also heard about issues with battery life on other devices running Android 4.4 and these include the Nexus 7 tablet, Galaxy S4, Note 3, and HTC One. Some of our readers claim one of the main reasons for low battery life is due to certain Google Services and they’re not being managed as well since the latest update. It should be noted that we cannot confirm if all reports from users are by those using official software versions rather than custom installs.


How is your battery life on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z or Nexus 7 tablet? Are you running Android 4.4 KitKat? We will post some details on fixes later today, we’ve had a few tips from our readers that claim to have found a workaround.

Update: One solution is called GServiceFix and you can read more here in another article.

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