Android may finally be getting native support for Bluetooth battery indicators


If you're one of the many, many Android users who own some sort of wireless Bluetooth accessory, there's a high chance you've at some point wished for an easy way to check its battery status right from your device's screen. And as it happens, the Bluetooth standard already has support for the feature — in fact, it has had it for more than five years. And while many manufacturers have their own implementations of the feature, it's still not present in the AOSP (a.k.a. the base all Android variants derive from).

But as uncovered in Android's source code by the good folks over at XDA Developers, this might soon change, as it appears Google is finally adding the ability to vanilla Android. This, in theory, should be great news for people running "near-stock Android" (think Google, Nokia and Moto), as it will finally bring them up to par with the likes of Samsung, LG, OnePlus, or even Apple.

However, don't get too excited just yet: the feature still appears to be in the planning stages. But even if it weren't, it still wouldn't make it to Android 8.0, the next major Android version, which has been finalized in terms of features since Developer Preview 3. And while XDA speculates the feature is slated for an eventual Android 8.1 release, we wouldn't get our hopes just yet. And that wouldn't matter for most users out there anyway, considering the abysmal adoption rate of new Android versions.

So for now, if you want to be able to easily read your battery level, you have a couple of options. The first one is an app called BatON, which has this feature, but is limited to only a few devices, and is reportedly quite buggy to boot. Or, you can install a custom ROM, though that is a difficult task for most users and poses some risks. And if neither of these solutions is good  — well, there's little else you can do, unfortunately (besides buying a new device).

source: AOSP via XDA Developers

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8 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

You give us the candy in the title then take it all away and rub salt in our bluetooth battery notification wounds in the article...

2. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I appreciate this feature on my Huawei Honor 8.

3. unwanted

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

it's available in my MI Max

4. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Boring stock android merely playing catchup again...

5. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I was a Symbian user and I was very shocked at the beginning how Android was so retarded versus Symbian until Android L, about. When you have marketing power like Google and fools like Stephen Elop to kill a company like Nokia, its how you can make Android be first. But I am partly happy thus because Android is Linux so desktop PC compatible and Symbian was not at all.

6. SeminoleNation

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 31, 2016

This is super convenient on iOS

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This is battery indicator in my Android app for my Fitbit Charge 2 and Samsung Gear Bluetooth headset. Just because Google doesn't provide the codes does not mean others wouldn't fill it in.

8. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Yay for the misleading headline of the day! Apple will make the usual deposit to your account before the end of business day.

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