STAMINA battery mode is returning on Marshmallow [Confirmed]

by XB on 14th April 2016

in Firmware


Sony Xperia STAMINA ModeProbably the biggest complaint we have heard when Sony Mobile updated Xperia devices to Marshmallow, was the removal of STAMINA mode. Sony’s STAMINA mode has been a part of its smartphones since 2013 and offers a way to preserve battery life by reducing background activities.

The feature was removed from Xperia Marshmallow as Google’s Doze mode, which is baked into Marshmallow, is meant to do something similar. However, Doze is primarliy activiated if there is no movement. We’ve received a number of complaints pointing to the fact that battery life using STAMINA on Lollipop significantly outlasts the battery life using Doze on Marshmallow. Anyway, Sony developers running the Beta Marshmallow program have now confirmed that STAMINA mode will be making a return on Marshmallow, which is great news. See the full statement below.

STAMINA MODE IS COMING BACK

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.

  • could_you_doge

    Thats good. but in Android N Doze works even when moving. So STAMINA mode will be useless again.

  • jumbo3220

    too bad they didn’t give us the “Sinhala” language support as promised in Marshmallow update , at least we are getting the stamina mode back

  • XperiaBlog

    Try, maybe at that point the complaints will be less, but it might be a while before we see Android N released on Xperia devices, especially as it hasn’t even officially been released yet.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Translation: God-tier standby performance inbound!

    They’re behind schedule though.

  • Gästen med gesten

    ! Great :-)

  • Adrian

    Excellent news, I hoped for something like this, maybe smartness over corporate profit prevails after all.

  • Bloobat

    This and adoptable storage and I’ll actually look forward to upgrading to marshmallow!

  • “We would like to thank you for your patience and constant feedback. Your voice is essential for the development of a better software.”

    So why remove the possibility to shoot with HDR with 20.7mp?

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Yes I don’t like the battery life on MM cause it is just bad and Doze is meh.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    But devices like Z2/3 wants it cause we’re not getting Android N.

  • Ambitious Man

    This May, Z5 series will get it.

  • Adheesha Kanchana

    What are you talking about..??? They did included Sinhala in MM as promised.

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    that mean u didn’t know why people demand it?

  • Hans Marder

    Radio Gaga Update for Concept Rom is now available (Z3)

  • TharakaKS

    No. As sony promised they include “Sinhala” language in MM/

  • Jaissal S

    I’m glad that Stamina Mode is returning, because I’ve found that my battery lasts alot less than before.

  • jumbo3220

    not in mine :( Z2 MM 6.0.1 , post a screenshot in language selecting screen if you can

  • haxona

    There is a heavy difference in Battery life on my Z3+ on MM compared to earlier, it started of being better but quickly got down to bad levels. Also you cant even configure Doze compared to the customisation of Stamina mode.

  • Vinícius Azzolin

    OMG! I’m in love with this news! The doze mode is shitty when compared with all the resources that stamina mode can do, as ULTRA Stamina mode or the function to underclock the processor, even the doze mode on android N.

  • Then may be they’ve not included Sinhalese for all regions.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Precisely, My battery life became shit after MM. It’s actually worse than LP.
    I thought Google fixed Mobile Radio Active bug but it still exists

  • The One

    If they would just fix the Mobile Radio Active bug, we wouldn’t need Stamina Mode!

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Sadly it’s only fixed on Z5 series not Z2/3 series.

  • Unknown

    We have some Feedback for Sony :

    1- PS3 Dualshock controller support ( It was removed from Z5 series and in Android MM 6.0 )
    Some people they have only PS3 !

    3- Font Style Support ( Important, Some people they Rooted the phone to change font style )
    Now ( Samsung, LG, HTC, and Huawei ) They support font style & Sony Still !!! Why Sony ?

    3- Emoji’s :

    Google
    emoji it look very bad and not nice for some people, We hope Sony to
    add a choice to change it ( Hope to be like WhatsApp or Appel IOS )

    Xperia Blog, Please send this 3 feedback to Sony or Sony Beta Community in G+ ( Google Plus ).

  • Wolf0491

    I read that in the professors voice from Futurama for some reason.

    Another note. Am I only person who didn’t use stamina mode? Maybe it’s because I gave screen on so much I don’t think think it would make difference. I get better battery one MM though. Had 5H on screen time on my Z3 other day with like 20% or so left. Surprised me.

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  • Rahul Shankar

    Still no marshmallow on Xperia z2 d6502. Sony wow just wow.

  • Alvin

    did you got the update? how is it?

  • Adheesha Kanchana

    Even I don’t have the option to select Sinhalese in Language options. But I can view all the sinhala content in web sites and even the sinhala texts I receive. And this is what they have exactly promised back in December I guess. In that post they have clearly mentioned that you won’t be able to change the phone’s language in to sinhalese or type in sinhala, but you can only view sinhala content.
    By the way, I’m running MM 6.0 on Z5

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  • jumbo3220

    :) ah i see, so i clearly misunderstood their statement, i thought we can set the phone language to sinhala. thanks for clearing the confusion. (y)

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  • TombStone

    I have a Z5 with Mm and the mobile radio active bug still exists. But I don’t think it consumes more battery, just a reporting big which gives false and misleading information.

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  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Oh well I think it affects very different cause when I checked my sister’s phone her location services on and she uses Facebook app a lot and more but she isn’t affected but my Z2 is like crazy affected. Chrome browser itself is like 3 hours

  • RockStar2005

    I’m very unlikely to use Stamina Mode ever again. I had the Z3……..best phone ever…… but Stamina Mode was the one thing that at times made it an unhappy experience.

    Enabling Stamina Mode, because it turned out to be SO buggy, caused me to have issues with receiving MMS (group and/or photo) messages, which was super annoying cuz then I’d have to ask ppl to resend things, or messages about when my friends wanted to hang out wouldn’t get received. It was SUPER frustrating! Also, SM would be known to cause RANDOM battery free-fall drain. It would be fine then one day I’d notice over some hours it the battery life would drop like a brick. I tried various tricks which sometimes worked temporarily (clearing caches, etc), but nothing would fix it unless I FACTORY RESET the phone. Then I got wise……………

    After all that BS, I decided to try out several battery saver apps and hope one could do what Stamina Mode does. After auditioning several, I found one that did what Stamina Mode does, BUT BETTER. It’s called Hibernation 360 Master ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toptools.hibernationmaster360&hl=en ). SM doesn’t actually kick in until FIFTEEN MINUTES after you turn your screen off. But 360 activates the MOMENT you turn your screen off. NO messages or notifications get affected by it. I still get all messages and notifications when it’s enabled (which is only when the screen is off)………IMs, text messages, e-mails, calls, etc. It only costs $1.95 for the full version, but it’s WORTH IT! The app works just like SM but w/o the issues. When the screen is off, the battery percentage will drop NO MORE than 1% over several hours……..6 hours, 9 hours…….. SAME percentage (or -1%), MAX!!

    I’ve found that it doesn’t work on Samsung phones (tested on both the Note 5 and S7), and I have yet to confirm if it does on other Android brand phones, but on my Z3 and also the Z5 (see below), IT WORKS PERFECTLY!!!!! ANYONE who has an Xperia phone should be this app yesterday! lol

    Want more proof? Not entirely convinced?! Read these posts from XDA by people who volunteered to test out 360 on their Z5 phone.

    Volunteer #1 results: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65990560&postcount=17

    Volunteer #2 Part 1: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=66028600&postcount=6 (when he refers to “doze mode” I believe he meant 360, not the Marshmallow Doze we all know)

    Volunteer #2 Part 2: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=66049527&postcount=8

    Note: I have no affiliation with the developers of 360. I just hate SM and could care less that Sony is bringing it back. Just make sure that you leave SM OFF permanently when using this app. Do yourselves a favor and get this app, and make sure to enable ALL 3 parts of it (and get full version, which is done in-app)!

    I have the Galaxy S7 right now, and while it is a great phone overall, I find it to be somewhat overrated. I will be returning to Sony this June when they finally release the Xperia X Performance (counting the days! lol). Samsung phones and I just don’t click the way I do with Sony phones. lol

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    As you can see here

  • BigOne

    I’m happy for this news, since I own Z3 I rediscovered the pleasure of a fluidity ‘exceptional that Samsung is dreaming. With lollipop I feel good, but I would not wait for Christmas for a stable version of marshmallow . Also how does the camera application now? the improvements and visible?

    thanks

  • John Walker

    for me batterry lasts the same on 6.0 marshmallow. so no need for stamina mode

  • John Walker

    for me batterry lasts the same on 6.0 marshmallow. so no need for stamina

  • John Walker

    what is radio active? your saying that there is plutonium in our phones?

  • John Walker

    what is radio active?

  • Matt

    emoji looks very bad for some people, they cant please everyone cant they.

    its fine by me.

  • Matt

    upgrading to MM after stamina mode is implemented.

    until then kitkat for me :(

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  • Bashar Shehab

    You should know that LP’s battery is worse than KK so much, due to Google Play Services battery leak issue (somthing like that) , it got fixed with MM, so STAMINA with MM will bring KK’s battery back!

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  • Bashar Shehab

    Sideload Google Camera. You’ll have 20.7MP with HDR. And you will have so much better shots with it compared to the shitty camera app that Sony provides.

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  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Spider-Man was bitten by one of them :P

  • Kariko

    How about camera2 api :(

  • Kosacka

    Wow. Sorry, but you couldn’t come up with more useless feedback.

  • Chris

    Sony! I love you! I always use the reduced processor mode. Love it!

  • You should talk about hdr photos with 20.7mpx

  • Tks for the suggestion :) gonna try it

  • Erico Teixeira

    Xperia E4 Lollipop!!!!!

  • John Walker

    Same battery on mm like on kitkat and ll with stamina. No chamge

  • Matt

    really? hmm

    man im really lazy with upgrading software, especially because ive claned up my kitkat ROM, no bloatware at all.

    i need a prerooted MM ROM , or lite MM ROM.

  • 3_nity

    You don’t have knowledge how to using Battery Stamina, dud.

  • RockStar2005

    3,

    Actually I do. Very well actually. It’s not complicated. You either turn it on or off, as well as its sub-options. The fact is, Stamina Mode can be buggy. Even when I whitelisted my texting apps, I STILL had the issues occur, including the random battery drain. It didn’t take long to figure out that SM was the root cause of my problems, because the moment I factory reset it and LEFT SM off permanently, my problems disappeared instantly! And I even noticed that my text messages (both SMS & MMS) were sending out a lot faster than ever before and I did NOT have even one case where an MMS message got lost. Not one.

    I’m not the only person who’s had problems with it. I’ve talked to others who experienced the same issues I did, or close to it. Maybe it’s just bad luck, but I went through not one, not two, but THREE Z3 phones before I finally realized it was SM all along. So you really have no basis here to make that assumption. If I went through THREE Z3 phones and the problem kept coming up, then that says statistically I could not have been the only one.

  • Sitomanvoy

    Terrific news, i have noticed a reduction of about 4 – 5 hours on normal use since i update my Z3c from lollipop, Doze is not competition to stamina mode.

  • 3_nity

    Ok I see your problems. But the points of your is not happen to me. Just compare my phone a day using Battery Stamina turn on and another day I turn it off. And my result, when Battery Stamina turn on, my phone stand by time longer than if I turn it off.

  • RockStar2005

    Yes……when SM WAS working for me, which the majority of the time it was (until it wasn’t lol), it was great! But when MMS messages got lost or when phone battery would no longer last half a day, then it had to go.

    I don’t think most ppl had that problem, and I don’t know why it kept happening to me. Maybe it was just tied to the T-Mobile Z3 and not the other models? That’s why I’m happy they’re only gonna release ONE single-SIM model of the Xperia X Performance, not 2. The only difference is the one the U.S. is getting will have the fingerprint sensor included, but NOT the software to run it (stupid). But I’m buying the int’l version anyway so I’ll be fine.

    I’d still rather use 360 anyway even if I didn’t have SM issues. As mentioned before, SM takes 15 minutes to kick in once the screen turns off, but 360 starts INSTANTLY right after. A lot can happen in 15 minutes. The fact that one of the people who volunteered (see my last post) got up to NINE hours of screen-off time and ONLY lost 1% power is a testament to 360’s capabilities.

  • 3_nity

    Ok, dud. Lucky to you. :)

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  • Brick

    They said there are no plans to give that to Xperia z3. It will probably never come. I think they should improve the auto mode as camera 2is mostly useless.

  • Brick

    With Stamina and doze it will last even more than lollipop and kitkat.

  • John Walker

    Camera 2.0 is in mm update

  • John Walker

    This is my screenshot. There is no radio active bug on my z3c with 6.0.1

  • John Walker

    There is no such bug. You are delusional

  • John Walker

    There is nothing to fix coz there is no bug. You areca bug :D

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  • AllanKafka

    Very good news! Now, if I could choose to disable Doze altogether…
    So far I’ve got a problem with Marshmallow.
    Since upgrading my Z5 to Marshmallow (both .163 and .185), it seems to me that apps don’t stay alive in the background as much (= for as long) as they did on Lollipop. Back on 5.1, I was so happy to go back in my recent apps and find that when choosing one it wouldn’t often reload from scratch (remember the complaints about S6 and Note 5 killing apps?). Now on 6.0 recently used apps are killed too soon for my liking and disabling battery optimization for the most important ones has had no effect whatsoever.
    Has anyone noticed the same / Does anyone have similar complaints?

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  • Svnjay

    But Stamina mode works better than Doze.

  • muhkuhap

    not on Z5 series… no 20mpx, no hdr.

  • haxona

    Not on the Z3+, the mobile radio bug is gone there. However doze mode does jackshit since I dont stand still most of my days and therefore the whole mode is moot

  • Kariko

    it would be nice if they include camera2 api

  • Kariko

    not the xperia camera software, camera2 api is different

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  • The One
  • The One

    Keep in mind that not all devices are effected by this. The bug is random and unpredictable. Sometimes a reboot of the phone fixes it for a few hours, other times it does nothing. In all cases though, it’s only applicable when NOT connected to WiFi.

  • Bashar Shehab

    I said ” Saidload “, not download, the official Google Camera doesn’t have this feature.

    Sideload the latest apk from Apkmirror.

  • muhkuhap

    Have you tried it out with a Z5 device yourself? It does not offer these options.

  • John Walker

    Z3 will get android n

  • John Walker

    Nope. They are just stupid and only know how to complain

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    I don’t think so, They discontinued Z1 Z1C ZU. So no

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Precisely, it’s utter shit and doesn’t do a great job.

  • John Walker

    Those are old phones. Z2 will not get N, but z3 and z3c are gonna get it i promise you

  • John Walker

    I read somewhere that camera2api is a gimick. Is that true?

  • Bashar Shehab

    I tried it with Z3 and it’s working.

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  • DrKrFfXx

    I installed the latest update, the one that has Stamina Mode again, but I can’t find it anywhere on the menus.

  • muhkuhap

    So why you comment then? Every camera app works with full 20mpx on z1/z2/z3…

    But on z5 they fucked everything up. only 8mpx, no hdr, no shit for any other camera app than default sony camera…

  • Bashar Shehab

    Because 8mp on Z5 is more optomised than 23MP. You’ll get better results with 8mp on Z5.

  • bladenr1

    Why pay for something that doesn’t give you full potential. Will never buy another Sony again. Waste of money.

  • Bashar Shehab

    Why do you even care about 23MP? When the Z5 is the best smartphone camera for 2015? I don’t know what are you thinking but what you said doesn’t make any sense.

  • Roh_Mish

    Lucky you. I saw my friend loose about 20% time compared to kk on Z2

  • babylonbwoy

    I bought an Xperia Z5 Dual this week, I wasn’t following Sony news for a while, thought I was crazy when I was looking to activate Stamina in Settings. Come on bring back Stamina Sony ! I won’t unlock the BL and will try to live without rooting it.

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  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Let’s see about that. I don’t see why they would update Z3 series but not include Z2 cause both devices are on same build. Like they discontinued Z series including Z1(C)(U), I’m pretty sure they’ll discontinue our devices too, but before that they’ll fix all the bugs.

  • John Walker

    Coz Z2 is older phone and z2 tablet too. Android N will roll to Z3, Z3c, Z5, Z5 Compact, M5, C5 and Z4 Tablet and X series ofc. We will talk again when android n update hits Z3 :D

  • bladenr1

    If you buy something that said 23mp I want to use 23 with everything in it. Not 8mp and everything in it. Understand me.

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  • Bashar Shehab

    I understand you and I know how you’re feeling about using 8mp when having a 23mp camera, sir. But the thing is that this is not a deal breaker, when 8MP is giving you more details than 23MP, if you think about it, it’s not a problem actually, 8MP photos are faster to capture and save than 23mp, and the good optimising gives you better shots than using 23MP.

    Anyway, I recommend you to use Google Camera, much better results than stock one.

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  • Kiran Kumar

    What about homescreen autorate?? Lost it after MM on Z3 plus.

  • WarlordZ

    I use the Z5 a LOT and i am only able to charge my phone early morning and late afternoon with Stamina mode and ultra Stamina mode i would only need to charge every second day, now my phone is died when i wake up and died when i get home and i hate charging overnight (bad experience ) So this is very good news for me and my phone as I’m sure overnight charging isn’t good for it

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Yea we’ll talk about this later when Sony announces about their update plan cause my gut says they won’t.

  • Gaukh

    Guys, there is a battery-saver mode. Go to battery and click on the dots in the top right-hand corner. There it is and turn it on. It will hold on the animations but it is fast and saves battery better than before. I don’t know if there’s a huge difference between that batterysaver mode and stamina.

  • Siddhartha Chaudhary

    when this update is coming? better do it fast

  • John Walker

    But on marshmallow you also have battery saver
    http://oi67.tinypic.com/1zp7dpv.jpg

  • Matt

    Appreciate the screen shot. I do aware of this generic battery saving method. But it can it hold my phone charge for 10 days?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7b2c3ee54c4e28f6506f85d26dcc87f35d9db18e71e918230fba4de0dd35b54.png

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  • John Walker

    No. But why would you want that? :D

  • Matt

    This has saved me more than once, after a long weekend.

    2% left and all I need is just a phone call and SMS.

  • Guybrush Threepwood

    Good news, hope won’t take long. It’s a huge decision effect on choosing sony.

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  • behzad khorsandi

    My phone coming out of juice fast, first I guess that’s battery problem. But I assured that this are all about Google stupid doze mode.
    Bring stamina back plz

  • John Walker

    Ahahaha. I was right. They have released Android N developer preview for Z3. Told you so :D

  • John Walker
  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    http://www.xperiablog.net/2015/06/22/android-m-developer-preview-now-live-for-12-sony-xperia-devices/
    This is the dev preview when M came out and Sony released it for Z, ZU, Z1, Z1C right. And at the same time Concept ROM was released to Z3 and Z3C for MM but Z2 received the update, that doesn’t mean Z2 won’t receive the update. I know you said about this but we should wait till official announcement don’t you think :D ??

  • Robert Heßland

    Just got the OTA for M on my Z2 D6503 here in Germany. Still have Stamina option.

  • Passi Nice

    Why would they release the Stamina Mode update only in the beta firmware next time :(
    I’m using the official Marshmallow ROM and I miss it so much. (I don’t want to use the beta software)

  • Passi Nice

    It is Marshmallowish :D

  • Linus Yang

    20 days after this news and I am still waiting with my Z4.

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  • Ajay Kodinhi

    Waiting for the next update, marshmallow is suddenly reducing my battery life

  • Eduardo S.

    Stamina will only comeback to beta users? Not everyone? How can I get beta invite? I need stamina back in my phone!

  • oliver coates

    are you an idiot j walker ???? why wouldn’t you want a feature that can hold battery life that long ?

  • John Walker

    Coz its a gimick and makes placebo effect on you sheeps

  • oliver coates

    thanks for a new interpretation of the word “placebo” – i used to be able to go camping for a week and leave phone in ultra stamina mode – but still able to be aware if someone rang or texted but no chance now its about 2 – 3 days – i admit i never thought they would take features away UNNECESSARILY without warning – especially when it was a key feature that was the reason i bought the phone – cckwombles at sony need shooting

  • John Walker

    stamina will return in next update and you can switch it on when it comes

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Well I wasn’t arguing with you but you clearly see that they’re not upgrading Z3 :P
    http://blogs.sonymobile.com/2016/08/23/sony-xperia-and-android-7-0-nougat/

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