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Google remotely enabled battery saving mode on some Android 9 Pie phones

By midian182 · 8 replies
Sep 17, 2018
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  1. Battery saver mode can conserve a phone's power by preventing apps from working in the background, turning off location services, and delaying notifications. Many Android users who discovered it was enabled assumed they must have done it themselves by accident, but Google’s Pixel team revealed the cause on Reddit. It seems that this was an “an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended.”

    The Reddit post apologized for the error, adding that: “We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking.”

    In addition to affecting Pixel phones, owners of the other devices, including the OnePlus 6, Essential Phone, and Nokia 7+ running Android Pie or the beta also found battery saving mode had been enabled.

    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. The fact this was an internal experiment that got pushed out to a number of users by accident is worrying, despite being only a minor change. Unsurprisingly, plenty of people are angry about the incident.

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  2. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Evangelist Posts: 444   +520

    Can confirm, had this surprise me on my Pixel XL. After 30 seconds of playing around in the menu I found it and chalked it up to a bug.
    seeprime likes this.
  3. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 528   +393

    Not really related to Google but I run HP TUNERS on my 1999 Camaro SS with my Windows 10 laptop. Had a few problems while trying to modify my PCM and also recording it while driving and had to put it in AIRPLANE mode, I don't care what brand it is don't fuc*** do $hit at the worse times, The user should have 100% control of said product!
  4. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 846   +329

    We need another choice besides Android or iPhone.
    Evernessince likes this.
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,059   +1,319

    Well, that explains that! I noticed last week, I had a red battery icon...thought I turned it on by accident.
    Essential PH-1.
  6. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 231   +59

    Yep it happened to me on my essential phone!

    I was typing and my haptic feedback was not working.. took me a while checking setting on that before I looked at the battery icon! it was surrounded in red
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,173   +3,776

    Yes, yes we do. Unfortunately we live in a world full of mega corps that won't let that happen. Companies with more value than an entire nation's GDP, that's a reality.
  8. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    "Not good, Google" Isn't this their new ethical guideline?
  9. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 846   +329

    I would swear that Google's is competing with governments to be in charge and has more access to personal information than the governments do.

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