ForceDoze 1.4.0 Brings Support For Nougat, Adds Quick Settings Toggles & App Shortcuts



With an aim to improve the battery life on Android smartphones, Google had introduced Doze in Android Marshmallow. When you are not using your Android smartphone or when your phone is idle, Doze puts your Android device into deep sleep. Deep sleep is a low powered state wherein battery usage is minimised by restricting the background activity of applications. This helps in preventing battery drain when the phone is not being used. There are occasions when the device will exit the deep sleep mode periodically so that applications can complete their background activity. The background activities may include checking for push notifications (Gmail checking for new emails, FB/WhatsApp checking for new messages) or performing backing up services (Google Photos backing your photos to the cloud).

In Marshmallow, Doze used to put an Android device into deep sleep only if it had been left stationary for a minimum period of 30 minutes. This implies that if I'm walking with my Android handset in the pocket, my phone won't enter deep sleep, because it is not stationary. This means that my phone's battery will continue to drain in my pocket even though I'm not using the phone. So, say if I had started walking with my phone's battery at 85% and then when I check my phone after an hour, the battery level might have gone down to 80% or even lesser. Google thus received flak for the poor implementation of Doze. This was ultimately fixed with Doze On The Go in Android's latest iteration of Nougat.

  

As a rooted user, ForceDoze allows you to gain more control over the Doze settings. These include the abilities to set the time when Doze will kick in after the screen has been turned off and of disabling mobile data and WiFi during Doze. Apart from that, ForceDoze allows Xposed users to disable the motion sensing capabilities of Doze. If Doze won't be able to access the device's motion sensors, it will keep your device in deep sleep until you turn on the screen yourself next time. ForceDoze also allows you to whitelist apps from Doze.

  
The latest ForceDoze update addresses a bunch of bugs from it's previous iteration and brings support for Android Nougat. It also adds app shortcuts using which you can access various features of the app quickly by long pressing on the app icon. A newly added quick setting toggle will allow you to enable or disable ForceDoze directly from the quick settings panel. Doze tunables allow you to customise even more aspects of Doze.

If you are either a Marshmallow or Nougat user, ForceDoze has the potential, if used in the right way, to put a full stop to all your battery worries. Moreover, the fact that ForceDoze can be used alongside Tasker further adds on to the strong capabilities this application possesses.

An update to ForceDoze is now rolling out via the Play Store. You can grab ForceDoze either from the Play Store or download it's APK from here.

Krittin Kalra is a 19 year old Android freak. Striving for passions, chasing down his dreams and living a life without regrets is his sole mantra. A bit moody, he also does custom ROM reviews for AndroGuider. Currently pursuing his B.Tech, he aspires to follow his heart.
ForceDoze 1.4.0 Brings Support For Nougat, Adds Quick Settings Toggles & App Shortcuts ForceDoze 1.4.0 Brings Support For Nougat, Adds Quick Settings Toggles & App Shortcuts Reviewed by Krittin Kalra on 3/13/2017 07:53:00 pm
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