Yesterday, a mix of people who own Google Pixel phones and other devices running Android 9 Pie, noticed that the software's battery saver feature was turned on – apparently all by itself. And strange, this happened when the phones were close to full charge, not when the battery was low. As reported by Android Police it was believed that this was some kind of minor error in the latest version of Android, released just a few weeks ago. Some users thought that they might only have activated Battery Saver without realizing.
But, in fact, Google was wrong.
The company sent a message to Reddit last night and acknowledged "an internal experiment to test battery-saving features that were erroneously rolled out to more users than expected." So Google had remotely ̵
This was not limited to Pixel phones, but; Devices, including Essential Phone, OnePlus 6, Nokia phones, and others running Pie (even in beta form) turned on battery-saving without any impact.
Both Apple and Google have emergency remedies to force updates or make other changes in iOS and Android, respectively. There is a necessary alternative to the safety and security of users, and it is not a new one. Way back in 2008, Steve Jobs confirmed that Apple had an alternative to malicious appliance killers. He told Wall Street Journal "Hopefully, we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible for not having a lever like pulling." But it is the quiet and invasive nature of this error that bothers some people.
You'd hope there would be more walls between internal Android tests on Google and Android OS that customers use daily on their personal devices.