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Is the battery of your Nexus 5 draining fast? Google happens knows about it

Some proud owners of the Nexus 5 from Google and LG seem to have been hit by a bug that’s draining their batteries out faster than usual. If you are one of those, there’s a reason to breathe easy now, as Google has acknowledged the flaw, and has revealed that a fix is being worked upon right now.

The issue lies in the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat build of Android which the Nexus 5 has been blessed with. Reports are indicating that as much as 1 percent of battery life is eaten up by this flaw every 2 minutes on standby. A Google employee has responded to this issue on the company’s forum, and has revealed the reason behind it.

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It appears to be related to a software process which grants apps access to the handset’s camera. This process is called ‘mm-qcamera-daemon’ and it opens when the Nexus 5 wants to allow apps like Skype to use its camera. Now, even when such apps are closed, the process somehow still keeps running and that’s what triggers the battery drain.

It has been made clear that a fix for this problem will be issued in the next maintenance update for the vanilla Android phone. In the meanwhile, it has been advised that affected users can uninstall Skype in order to get around the problem.

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A definite release date for this Nexus 5 update hasn’t been granted by Google however.

If you don’t know what the device has in store for you, here’s a look at its key specs:

– Platform: Android 4.4 KitKat
– Display: 5-inch FHD IPS
– Processor: 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800
– Memory: 2GB RAM; 16GB or 32GB storage
– Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, NFC
– Battery: 2300mAh
– Camera: 8MP rear, 1.3MP front
– Weight: 130 grams
– Dimensions: 69.17mm x 137.84mm x 8.59mm