On June 1, Google sent out its latest “Feature Drop” update to Pixels with a few notable additions — but for Pixel owners, nothing was as important as a promise of improved battery life. Several days later, we got the Android 11 Beta as well — and while it doesn’t have any explicit battery life improvements, it presumably at least has the Feature Drop changes and whatever small efficiency improvements that have been added to the Android 11 code base up to this point. Between both updates, I was cautiously optimistic that my Pixel 4 XL’s battery life would be at least somewhat improved.
Sadly, it’s not. It’s still bad.
I have seen roughly zero change in battery performance from either update.
I was using my Pixel 4 XL for a few months straight before getting the June update, which gave me a great baseline of what I could expect from its battery. I then, of course, continued to…