Over the last two days, there have been many reports of unusual and severe battery drain on a variety of devices. The only common link seems to point towards Google Play Services as the culprit, though exactly why this might be the case remains a mystery.
Users are reporting that Google Play Services appears to be staying awake for an inordinate amount of time instead of sleeping, thus draining the battery at a rapid rate:
In the above image taken on a Nexus 5, you can see that Google Play Services has used 15% of the battery, and stayed awake for 46 minutes, though this phone has been asleep and not used for most of the time that it has been off charger. At this point we are running tests to determine the extent of the problem, but at this early stage – it would appear that Google needs to fix their Services app urgently, because it looks as though it’s out of control.
Have you seen an unusual battery drain in the last two days? Let us know in the comments!