Google: We Turned Battery Saver On For You, Sorry

Google: We Turned Battery Saver On For You, Sorry

"Hi all, some of you may have noticed that battery saver turned on automatically today", Google posted. The forum the discussion was brought up in was for Pixel users, but according to the BBC website, other Android devices have also been affected, but all have been running Android Pie.

A whole host of Android Pie users recently noticed that their phone's Battery Saver mode had been activated without their input, and as a result, their handset was limiting the background activity of certain key applications, disabling high-drain processes (such as location tracking) and generally slowing the phone down to retain as much juice as possible.

Making the situation more weird, users reported that the setting was switched on when their devices were nearly fully charged, instead of when the battery was low. We have reset the default settings and you do not have to reconfigure as you see fit. "Sorry for the confusion".

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While the rollout of Google's experimental feature on Android is a seemingly harmless accident, it did raise questions among smartphone owners in the Reddit thread about the kind of control that Google has on phones running Android.

Battery saver is a useful feature that can help keep your phone from dying when it gets to a low battery level. The notion that Google could remotely change settings on their smartphones was not well received, especially in instances when the phone's owner wasn't notified of the change first. "What other changes are being made behind the scenes that may or may not be interfering with users' lives and or / feeding data to Google?" In this case, the setting had been enabled by Google itself without the consent of the end user.

We know that Google and Apple can force updates or make changes remotely to iOS and Android, though these are meant to protect users in emergency situations.

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