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Google Accidentally Changed Battery Settings On Some Phones

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Sep 15, 2018, 10:16 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

A number of people running Android 9 Pie have noticed over the last week that the battery saver feature has been mysteriously turned on. Google says this was an accident. The incident impacted the Pixel phones, OnePlus 6, Nokia phones, Essential Phone, and several other devices with Pie installed. The battery saver prevents apps from updating in the background, turns off location services when the phone is sleeping, and delays some notifications. "This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended," explained Google via Reddit. "We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking." Google apologized for the confusion. Google and Apple have the ability to change device settings and kill apps remotely. The idea is to protect devices from certain types of threats. That Google accidentally changed the settings of phones being used by consumers has left some troubled.

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