Google is working on Battery Health for Pixel

In addition to media player changes, Android 13 QPR1 Beta 2 has enabled us to enable “Battery Health” on Pixel phones.

About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” post, we have decompiled the latest version of an application that Google has uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we can see several lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Please note that Google may or may not provide these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. However, we will try to enable those that are almost ready to show you what they will look like in case they are shipped. Read on with that in mind.

Once live, a visit to Settings app > Battery will reveal a new “Battery Health” menu item. On this page you can “view battery status” and “get tips to extend your battery life”.

“Maximum capacity” is displayed as a percentage (bh_capacity_percentage), similar to what Apple does on the iPhone, Watch, and Mac. Google gives a simple explanation and also links to more information:

Phone batteries, like all rechargeable batteries, are consumables that become less effective with age and are irreversible.

When needed, the Battery Status feature displays prominent warning messages, such as ‘Attention Required’.

You can tap the percentage to get more details, with Google further noting how the percentage it offers is an “approximate measure of your battery capacity relative to when it’s new. A lower capacity may result in fewer hours of use between charges.” Clear tips include:

Enable adaptive charging: Adaptive charging extends your battery life, improving battery health. Optimize your settings: There are two easy ways you can save battery life no matter how you use your… Update to the latest software: Make sure your Pixel device is running the latest version of Android OS when available Find the best charging adapters: choose a charger that suits both the power requirement and the charging standard

Battery Health for Pixel phones is expected to launch with Android 13 QPR1, slated for December after another beta next month. It’s unclear which devices will receive the feature, and it’s possible that it will be limited to new devices like the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.

Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.

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