19 September 2018
Google is always testing out new features on different versions of Android and mainly on its latest version. While doing so, the company may make server-side changes which you may never even notice on your Android device. But, what if you suddenly check your smartphone and see that battery saver mode has been automatically enabled? Is it a ghost, your heat-oppressed brain, or simply Google goofing up?
Many users took to different forums, complaining about a rather odd but similar issue. These users noticed that battery saver mode was set to turn on automatically once the battery dropped to 99%. This is odd because by default it can only be turned on automatically at 75%. Well, after digging deeper, it appeared that all the affected devices were running on Android Pie and Google was apparently testing something and the issue was a result of an internal experiment. A Google representative took to Reddit to explain the problem, saying:
Hi all, some of you may have noticed that battery saver turned on automatically today. This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended. We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion.
This affected even users using LineageOS and developer builds of Android Pie, like that of the OnePlus 6 and the Xiaomi Mi 6. Some devices even with semi-GSI ports even faced the issue. Well, on the bright side you now know the amount of control Google has over your smartphone!