week, Android users noticed something interesting that Google
has now apologized for. Several owners of Android phones
noticed that the battery saver setting had been remotely
activated without their consent.
does this matter? The battery saver function is designed to
allow the phone to operate at a lower performance while
preserving battery life and affects how often apps update and
work in the background of other programs. In some cases, this
function can be automatically enabled when the phone battery
goes under a certain level. Battery Saver also has the ability
to delay notifications as well as stopping location services
when the device is not being used, in order to preserve power.
to multiple people who described the incident, the battery
saver was enabled with a full or near full battery.
took the discussion to Reddit in an attempt to explain that
they had conducted an internal test that was “mistakenly”
rolled out more widely, according to the BBC.
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was an internal experiment to test battery-saving features
that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended,”
the company said on
have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please
configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion.”
majority of those who posted on Reddit described owning a
Google Pixel device, other brands of Android devices were also
affected, including the Essential Phone, which was designed by
one of the creators of Android.
Bevan, technology commentator and editor of Which? computing
magazine, said that her phone was affected as well.
noticed the other day that suddenly my battery saver was on
and I was a bit puzzled by it,” she said.
don’t want any app or operating system reversing decisions
I’ve made – unless I know why they are doing it.
about transparency and consent – it may well be a good idea
that a change is being made but I still want to know why.”
changing your settings remotely, without your permission…where
does this end?
user FZ_Nation summed it up by saying, “Yeah the whole “we’ll
fix it guys” is not gonna fly on this 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