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Samsung Galaxy S6: Even Nougat Can’t Help

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When the device and its nearly identical variant first hit the market, reviewers noted that its battery capacity was smaller than what its predecessor offered. Still, it wasn’t seen as a big deal as they believed the phone would be able to last an entire day without too much fuss.

That has turned out to be a misjudgment, and users are now suffering for it. Initial reviews hadn’t pointed out how prone the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are to overheating, which in turn causes quick and damning battery drain issues.

That’s why Samsung went big with its ‘liquid cooling’ system in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, on top of massive battery upgrades (from 2,550mAh and 2,600mAh to 3,000mAh and 3,600mAh). As a result, battery life has improved tremendously over one generation of flagships, though it still sucks that their batteries remain sealed in place.

Is there anything that Galaxy S6/Edge users could do to take care of the massive battery drains plaguing their devices? Well, they could uninstall power-hungry apps such as Facebook and refrain from heavy-duty mobile activities, but the root of the issue is the phone’s hardware.

The internals of the phone are to blame for it stressing out and getting hot too easily, sometimes sending it into bouts of panic that see it burn up for no reason whatsoever. For those who thought that major software updates could solve such deep-seated issues, you thought wrong.

Android Marshmallow, with its vaunted Doze Mode and efficiency improvements, was supposed to be the remedy to the Galaxy S6/Edge overheating. That hasn’t happened. In some cases, the update only served to exacerbate the ailment.

So if you’re waiting on Android 7.1.1 Nougat to soothe the phone and make it better, don’t get your hopes up. Perhaps the all-new Samsung Experience UI could help a little, but that’s no guarantee. As long as the same hardware continues to run the phone, its overheating problems won’t go away.

2 Comments

  1. Jason scott

    December 31, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Never had an issue with my S6 Edge, have had it for about a year and a half

  2. M Tyner

    January 1, 2017 at 4:30 am

    If Samsung doesn’t make the battery replaceable in the next iteration, I’m done with them.