Google's internal battery experiment mistakenly enabled Battery Saving mode on phones running Pie

Google's internal battery experiment mistakenly enabled Battery Saving mode on phones running Pie
On Reddit, the big news of the day was that some Android handsets running Pie or a Pie beta (like Pixel models, the Essential Phone, Nokia 7 Plus, and the OnePlus 6) were turning on the Batter Saver mode even if the battery on the phone was almost fully charged. For those unfamiliar with this feature, it is supposed to keep a battery running for an extended time by preventing apps from running in the background. It also stops apps from getting refreshed until they are opened, and lowers the brightness of the screen.

On Android, users can pre-set the amount of battery life that remains when the Battery Saver mode is activated automatically. Some will pick 15% or lower. However, some sporting a handset running Android 9 found that level set at 99% (not by them), which essentially turned the Battery Saver mode on instantly on these devices.

As Google explained on the Google Pixel Reddit page, this issue was accidentally caused by "an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended." Google has since returned the Battery Saver mode to default settings. And while Google did say it was sorry, some of those affected were upset that Google had changed settings on their handsets without notifying them. But what these users aren't grasping is that they weren't supposed to be involved in the experiment in the first place, so there was no reason for Google to alert them about it in advance.


So with everything returned to normal, you shouldn't worry anymore about the Battery Saver mode activating randomly on your Pie powered Android phone.

source: Reddit via AndroidPolice

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7 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

This phone is an experimental failure and it costs 800+ bucks. Lool!

2. peace247 unregistered

u mad bro?

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5554; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Maybe he's mad at the disappointing overpriced iPhones this year Or still salty his iPhone is gonna start throttling soon

4. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

No wonder google pixel one of the worst android phone around including nexus.

5. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 881; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

You lost your mind bro?

7. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Why should I? Used nexus and pixel and my last pixel I used is pixel 2xl that comes with issues out of the box worst call quilaty, dim OLED, suddenly freez can’t even answer the call so.

6. galaxian

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Pixel phones get updated soon and the first bugs from a new version get reported from there. So it is not always good to be the first one with updates. Especially not well tested versions like Google's.

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