Google admits changing phone settings remotely

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Meanwhile, the larger Pixel 3 XL features a prominent notch with cameras on either side of the speaker and the smaller handset has no notch and the cameras sit to the left of the speaker. 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.

Google has apologised after Android phone users noticed that the battery saver setting was remotely activated last week without their consent. This is, of course, all stuff that the Battery Saver mode is supposed to do - but only when you want it to.

The Reddit post apologized for the error, adding that: "We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default".

The battery-saving feature slows down the phone's performance and prevents the phone from actively searching for notifications for things like emails and updates within apps. It seems that this was an "an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended".

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The test affected Android users running Android Pie, rather than just Pixel phones specifically. "Please configure to your liking".

While numerous affected posters on Reddit described having a Google Pixel device, other brands of Android devices were also mentioned, including the Essential Phone, which was designed by one of the creators of Android. "Sorry for the confusion".

Google's remote settings changes could be concerning to some users as a possible invasion of privacy. I know Google is able to check/read and know my settings but why they can change my settings. "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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