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Sony is bringing Stamina Mode back via the Xperia Beta Program

After removing it from early builds of Marshmallow, Sony has confirmed that Stamina Mode is coming back to devices via the Xperia Beta Program.

Published onApril 14, 2016

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Sony has been doing a pretty good job at bringing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to many of its Xperia devices. All in all, Xperia users running Marshmallow seem to be pretty happy with their updates, but one of the company’s best software features was axed with the jump up to Android 6. Stamina Mode, which has been part of Sony’s feature set since 2013, is a feature that stops unauthorized applications from running in the background, thus saving precious battery life. Sony claimed that this feature interfered with Doze mode, so they removed it from early builds of Marshmallow. Thankfully the company has confirmed it’s coming back very soon.

Sony says the feature will soon be available for members of the Xperia Beta Program sometime in the “near future”, though there’s no mention of an exact release date. Check out the official word from Sony below:

Great news. One of the most requested features is coming back to your Xperia running Marshmallow: Stamina mode.
We don’t have a release schedule yet, but the feature will be definitely available for members of the Xperia Beta Program in the near future.
We would like to thank you for your patience and constant feedback. Your voice is essential for the development of a better software.

It should be noted that Google doesn’t allow OEMs to interfere with the way Doze mode works, so the re-released Stamina Mode might behave a bit differently from the way it did in previous versions. Although the Xperia Beta Program only works with a select number of devices, we’re sure this will tide users over until Sony rolls it out to all devices. We’ll be sure to update you when we hear more regarding the rollout. 

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