- For Android P, Google removed the orange bars on the top and bottom of the screen when you turn Battery Saver on.
- The + symbol is still in the battery icon on the top right.
Introduced in Android Lollipop back in 2014, Battery Saver told the entire world that your device’s battery was near-empty by turning your navigation and status bars orange. The problem (at least, for me) was that it was a hideous-looking reminder that I did not have a charger nearby.
The good news is that Android P does away with those orange bars and, instead, puts a persistent notification in the notification drawer.
You can expand the notification to learn about what Battery Saver does, a helpful addition for those wondering why their devices feel different when the feature is on. You can also press the notification to go directly into the Battery Saver settings and make changes.
There is also a + symbol within the battery icon, though Android Oreo already has that symbol.
In terms of functionality, Battery Saver remains the same. This means the feature limits your device’s vibration, location services, and most background data. Apps that rely on syncing will not update until you open them. The feature comes at the cost of some performance, though the hit is not extremely noticeable in day-to-day use.
You can turn Battery Saver on or off within Settings and have the feature automatically turn on once you hit a certain battery percentage. It is a nice feature for those who are away from wall outlets for a significant amount of time and want to make sure their devices still have juice by the end of the day.
Stay tuned to Android Authority as we continue to delve into the first Android P Developer Preview and unveil more features.