Search the Community
Showing results for tags 'enabled'.
Found 1 result
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsWe've seen this in many movies, an evil company remotely accesses user data or changes the settings of the phone to suit its agenda. If we look at this in a more realistic manner, the world has already witnessed this. According to many reports by intelligence agencies, technology platforms have been repeatedly used as a medium of warfare. While we are obviously exaggerating and assuming here, something very similar happened last week when Google accidentally enabled the battery saver feature remotely on some phones running the latest Android 9.0 Pie. While Android Police initially predicted it to be a minor bug in the latest Android version, it was Google that accidentally enabled the feature. © Reuters Google confirmed via its official Pixel account on Reddit that this was “an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended”, and that the settings have been rolled back. Google introduced the AI-powered Adaptive Battery feature in Android Pie, the usage and performance of the battery are closely monitored and optimised to increase output and battery health. The battery saving mode kicks in when you are running low on charge to preserve battery life, either automatically, or manually. © Billboard The bigger concern for users isn't that Google made a mistake, but the fact that it can remotely access devices and alter user settings. Just because Google makes the Operating System (open-source), it can also access phones that aren't even built by it, like the Essential Phone, OnePlus 6, and Nokia 7 Plus. With increasing fear about data collection and algorithm based ads, these minor debacles are costing Google a lot in the longer run. Conspiracy theorists are simply getting more ammo, and we all know how quickly "Fake News" and misinformation can be spread in today's world. © Around Android In Google's defence, it seems like the access to battery settings enabled via Google Play Services, and the company leverages this to access your phone when it's lost. On the surface, while this is creepy, the same core functionality also lets us retrieve GPS coordinates, lock the device, and make it display a message via Find My Device.