Google Accepts Remotely Changing Settings On Android Phones; Apologizes For "Bug"

Pixel 2

The affected devices appeared to be running the Android Pie operating system.

"I noticed the other day that suddenly my battery saver was on and I was a bit puzzled by it", she said.

Some Android Pie users had the battery saver feature activated remotely by Google, which claimed it was testing battery saving features. However, a few voices of reason have come out and said that Google has the right to alter settings to test certain elements of the Android Pie OS before it gets rolled out to more devices all over the world. Along with anecdotal reports from users about non-Pixel phones being impacted, Mishaal Rahman from XDA Developers noted that their OnePlus 6 was mysteriously in battery saver mode too.

Battery saver mode can conserve a phone's power by preventing apps from working in the background, turning off location services, and delaying notifications.

Google Pixel 2 5
The Pixel 2 from Google. Hollis Johnson Business Insider

Google has apologised overnight through their official account in the PixelCommunity subreddit. It seems that this was an "an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended". We have reset the default settings and you do not have to reconfigure as you see fit. "Sorry for the confusion", the Pixel team wrote on the Reddit post. It's quite outlandish, though, that Google can change settings like this and it serves as a reminder that Google has the power to remotely control, change, or even kill your device.

One Reddit user responded: "Yeah the whole "we'll fix it guys" is not gonna fly on this one".

We know that Google and Apple can force updates or make changes remotely to iOS and Android, though these are meant to protect users in emergency situations. "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?"

North Korea, South Korea begin ‘era of no war’
Moon also spoke directly to the North Korean public, describing a peaceful future to an audience of some 150,000 people. The two sides agreed to break the impasse during Kim Jong Un's historic meeting with Trump in Singapore in June.

Related News:

  • Girl critical after 2nd shark attack on same Australian isle

    Girl critical after 2nd shark attack on same Australian isle

    The 46-year-old woman suffered significant leg and torso injuries after the incident at Cid Harbour about 5pm on Wednesday. Ms Barwick, a mother of two, would likely have bled to death without the quick-thinking actions of people in nearby boats.

    Kanye West Rants Against Drake, Nick Cannon Over Kim Kardashian Lyrics

    He's also got beef with an unreleased Drake and Future song that featured lyrics saying, "I got 20 motherf**king Kylie's". Don't speak on nothing from my family and nothing that could even be mentioned with my wife.
    Duchess Meghan Markle Brings Her Mom Doria Ragland to Cookbook Launch

    Duchess Meghan Markle Brings Her Mom Doria Ragland to Cookbook Launch

    She continued: "Everyone embraced this so deeply because it's been a passion project for all of us, and for very good reason". Meghan was inspired by the project and how it empowers women at a grassroots level.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston sued for alleged groping incident

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston sued for alleged groping incident

    So are the Eagles (1-1), who fell behind on Jackson's 75-yard TD reception of the first play of the game and never fully recovered.
    SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon

    SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon

    Maybe I would join on this trip, I don't know. "If I'm going to go to space, I'd rather go as far as I can", he said. This could be humanity's first lunar visit since 1972, depending on how NASA's latest moon plans shape up.
    Amazon updates its Echo Dot, Echo Plus and Echo Show

    Amazon updates its Echo Dot, Echo Plus and Echo Show

    The Echo Show has an impressive eight-microphone array and "far-field" technology to differentiate your voice from ambient sound. CIRP points out that Apple did this with the Apple TV, which for years lagged behind devices from rivals like Roku and Amazon .
  • Eagles Sign Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews

    Eagles Sign Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews

    Matthews was three yards short of a 1,000-yard season in 2015 and has twice scored eight touchdowns in Philadelphia. However, he suffered a significant hamstring injury just before training camp and was subsequently released.
    Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Check specifications, price, pictures

    Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Check specifications, price, pictures

    Mercedes-Benz India has said that the new 2018 update for the new C-Class in the biggest one till date with 6500 new parts. The steering wheel has touch control button and the AMG Track Pace system is a data logger for track use.

    Emre Can Apologises For 'Degrading' Comments After Ronaldo Red-Card

    In the video, Ronaldo is seen protesting against the decision. "He was sad after the match, very sad, and we were all sad for him".
  • European Union  also preparing for 'No Deal Brexit'

    European Union also preparing for 'No Deal Brexit'

    In practice, to allow for parliamentary ratification, that means a deal must be struck in the next couple of months. Jean-Claude Juncker, who heads the EU Commission, is one of the leaders whom May failed to impress.

    Jodie Whittaker Leaps Into Action In The Full 'Doctor Who' Trailer

    Between Whittaker and new showrunner Chris Chibnall ( Broadchurch ), I can't wait to see what tone the new season strikes. There's a lot of running through spaceships and across presumably alien planets.
    Ticketmaster is secretly hiring 'scalpers' to resell tickets at a higher price

    Ticketmaster is secretly hiring 'scalpers' to resell tickets at a higher price

    Ticketmaster US is working with scalpers to cash in on resale tickets, according to an undercover investigation. But ticket resellers who break those rules have no reason to be concerned, the sales executive reassured.


Most liked

Great-grandma kills 12-foot alligator, says it ate her miniature horse
Nine years ago, her grandson Simon Hughes bagged a 12-foot-six-inch 800 pound male gator at the age of five, making national news. The meat from the alligator will be eaten and Ms Cochran is also planning on using its hide for a pair of boots.

You can now share your Switch game downloads across consoles
Moreover, you always need to be connected to the Internet to play a game on a non-primary console. A year of Nintendo Switch Online is $19.99, three months is $7.99, and one month is $3.99.

'Very hard to imagine' anything happened between Kavanaugh and accuser
Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday that Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify. Ford wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement officials. "The rush to a hearing is unnecessary".

Incredible Fire Whirl Swallows Wildfire Crew's Hose in Northern British Columbia
She says the crew had been working seven days in a row for 16 hours at a time to stop the flames engulfing areas. Schidlowsky said the column of air extended at least 200ft up, but visibility was marred by heavy smoke.

Nokia 5.1 Plus to launch in India on September 24 as Flipkart
Additionally, the upcoming Nokia device is rumored to ship with a circular fingerprint sensor placed below the rear camera module. The leaked image also shows dual rear cameras with an LED flash and Zeiss branding between the two lenses.

PS Now's PS3 Games Can't Be Downloaded, 'Not Compatible' with PS4
A full year costs $99.99, and PlayStation Plus members can also snag a three-month deal for $29.99, instead of the usual $44.99. Sony announced the new feature today, stating nearly all PS4 games will be available for download.

Trump orders more Russia-related probe documents to be declassified
Parts of that surveillance application were released in July , but much was held back for national security reasons. She is slated to testify later this week before the House Judiciary Committee.

First iPhone XS Teardown Reveals One Major Change vs iPhone X
Analysts are predicting big sales numbers for the iPhone XS Max with a price tag to match it's name and 6.5 inch OLED screen size. Anyway, the point is, I may not be a tech guy, but I've spent a lot of time with an iPhone in my hand over the past decade.

Jimmy Butler asks Wolves to trade him
There's no guarantee that Irving would want to return to Cleveland, regardless of his relationship with Butler. That means Thibodeau needs to be working on accommodating Butler's request.

North Korea agrees to close missile site
On Thursday, Moon announced the two Koreas wish to make a declaration formally concluding the 1950-53 conflict by the end of 2018. The U.S. and South Korean leaders plan to meet in New York City next week during the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

Should Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed as a Supreme Court judge?
Since she's told her story, she and her family say they have been subjected to what must be terrifying insults and threats. Zero: That's how many women sit among the panel's Republicans , who will cross-examine Ford.

Aitoliko beach in Greece covered in spider web
An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to the rise in the number of spiders. Fortunately, the spiders shouldn't cause any permanent damage to the area's plants.

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata needs goals for confidence, says Maurizio Sarri
He was on the ball and was active". "I am very happy at Chelsea", Willian told the club's official website. "When it is time to kill the match we have to kill the match".

Magician Shin Lim Wins 'America's Got Talent'
The finale of America's Got Talent is happening tonight (September 19), and plenty of superstar performers are hitting the stage! Following her performance during the first part of the final on Tuesday, Howie told Courtney she was a "superstar in the making".

Multiple people killed after shots fired in Aberdeen, Maryland
Krystal Watson, 33, said her husband, Eric, works at the facility and told her that the shooter was a female co-worker. Hours later in western Pennsylvania, a gunman wounded four people at a court building before being killed by police.