Google draws a line in the sand, dictating Marshmallow’s Doze Mode will not be altered
In addition to stepping up its data encryption game, and better informing users of their device’s general security state, Google has taken extensive action to once and for all fix the battery shortcomings of Androids with Marshmallow.
After largely focusing on getting rid of system lag in Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop, it’s high time the search giant dedicated a big chunk of a new OS iteration’s upgrades and add-ons on squeezing the most out of a phone or tablet’s juicer.
Version 6.0 brings something called Doze to the table, and the intelligent power management scheme is such an essential part of Google’s Android vision going forward, it’s mandatory third-party hardware manufacturers leave it untouched.
If, say, Samsung or HTC were to even try to remove the feature, or tweak it in any way as part of their future TouchWiz and Sense skins, they’ll apparently be banned from Google Play access. They can still use Android source code, it just won’t technically be the same as the world’s leading mobile platform.
Furthermore, “all apps exempted from App Standby and/or Doze Mode MUST be made visible to the end user”, although it’s unclear if you’ll also be able to de-exempt these. In stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Play Services and the device manager are allowed to run normally when dozing, with everything else put in a deep sleep mode, and only “high-priority” notifications processed.
For those of you not familiar with Marshmallow’s complete set of goodies yet, Doze comes in whenever a gadget is inactive, not physically handled by its owner, and plugged out of a power source to massively increase standby endurance.