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

Google Pixel 3 может стать розовым

"As expected when battery saver is activated, my Global Positioning System became unusable, the Lyft app stopped updating and I ended up looking like a fool with a POS phone, who can't find his way around", he said. 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. Late last week, some people using Android 9.0 Pie discovered that the feature had been switched on, even when the handsets were nearly fully charged. This is, of course, all stuff that the Battery Saver mode is supposed to do - but only when you want it to.

As well as reducing the phone's overall performance level, Battery Saver also prevents certain notifications coming through, which means impacted users could have missed critical messages from friends, family and work.

Google has issued an apology to the smartphone users on Reddit who reported on Friday that their battery-saving settings were turned on without their knowledge or consent.

On the back of both the devices is a single camera setup with flash and a fingerprint reader.

The firm took to discussion website Reddit to explain that it was conducting an internal test that was "mistakenly" rolled out more widely. "Please configure to your liking".

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Affected users seemed to be running Android Pie OS on their devices. "Sorry for the confusion".

Technology commentator Kate Bevan, editor of Which?

This mistake not only affected Pixel phones, but some other devices running Android Pie.

If you noticed your Android phone was being a bit stubborn about battery saver recently, you're not the only one. "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?"

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