Yesterday, an update to Battery Saver was released, with version 1.0.14201.0 offering some changes that were obvious and some that weren’t. There wasn’t a changelog posted before I signed off yesterday but fortunately, Microsoft has now rectified that and posted one in the store.
The full changelog follows:
- Foreground vs Background metrics: Usage bars now show foreground and background showing you how much power a particular app consumes whether you’re using it or not using it.
- Time Filters: We’ve added a filter also in the usage view where you can now specify the timeframe of data to look at. Can now show data from the last day, 2 days or a week.
- What Does Battery saver do anyway?: Re-worded the settings page to more clearly indicate what battery saver mode does.
- Real Time Live Tile: If you pin the battery saver app to start, it now updates in real time! (Requires build 8.1.14203 or higher.)
- Quick Settings: You can now add battery saver to the quick settings menu and cycle through the battery saver options there. (Requires build 8.1.14203 or higher.)
- Turn On until next charge: We added a new option to let users turn on battery saver until next charge!
- Improved Battery usage scaling: The usage data now scales to actual device battery capacity with full width mapping to 100% capacity. Additionally, the bars now use a logarithmic scaling algorithm to make the bars more visible when usage is small for a particular app.
Notable here is the reference to a Windows Phone 8.1 build 14203. With the current Windows Phone 8.1.1 build for the Preview for Developers program being 14192, we can only infer that a Windows Phone OS update is near.
If you haven’t already received the update, be sure to navigate to Settings in the Windows Phone Store and do a check for app updates.