Count on Google to continually increase the bar of creepy, because the giant technology company has just made a mistake that will soon have to explain to users of Android. A lot of Android phone owners who have updated their devices on Android 9.0 Pie woke up to phones that had activated the battery saving mode, even if they were fully charged. Google has caused it all, and it's not just Pixel phones that are interested.
Google is testing something internally on Android 9.0 phones, something that has to do with battery life – and remotely controlling devices that already perform Pie without people's knowledge.
First detailed on Reddit, the problem seemed strange. After all, Pie came out a few weeks ago and we would have heard about this energy-saving mode bug before. But as reported Android Police only happened on Thursday night, with many Android 9.0 users reporting the problem. Not only Pixel and Pixel 2 owners can experience it, but also people who own OnePlus, Essential, Nokia and any other Android phone that has already received some sort of Pie update, including beta versions.
Google explained what happened on Reddit, suggesting that all is well:
Hello everyone, some of you may have noticed that the battery saving has been activated automatically today. This was an internal experiment to test the battery saving features erroneously distributed to more users than expected. We have now reset the battery saving settings to their default values. Please configure it to your liking. We apologize for the confusion.
This answer raised only other questions about Google's ability to remotely control devices without informing users or obtaining their explicit consent. Google may check your battery settings through Google Play Services, which seems to have an authorization enabled by default to allow the app to change system settings. But, as a Reddit user says, this is still a problem:
We're talking about settings. Google can change your personal settings, your personal settings profile, and write new personal settings. It's incredible. It's too much. I know that Google is able to check / read and know my settings, but because they can change my settings. Next time Google will turn off my Pixel. I am very upset about this.
Google will probably follow other explanations to relax the mind now that he has unlocked this new level of creepiness.