Google Confirms Pixel 8a with Android’s New Battery Stats


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In a recent update addressing a missing feature on Pixel phones, Google inadvertently confirmed the upcoming Pixel 8a. The feature in question is an extension of battery statistics within Android 14’s QPR1 update, offering insights like charging cycle counts and battery manufacturing dates. While welcomed by users, the functionality ultimately provided limited practical value.

Google Confirms Pixel 8a with New Battery Stats Feature in Android 14

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However, the feature’s disappearance in the March 2024 update for existing Pixels wasn’t a bug. According to Google on a bug tracking platform, the functionality was never intended to be available on current devices. Instead, Google clarifies: “We only enable this page on Pixel 8a and beyond, so this is WAI (Working as Intended).”

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This revelation serves a two-fold purpose. Firstly, it confirms the existence of the Pixel 8a, likely launching in the coming months around Google I/O in May. Secondly, it sheds light on a new battery stats feature coming exclusively to the Pixel 8a and future Pixel models.

The rationale behind the feature’s initial presence on existing Pixels and its subsequent removal remains unclear. Additionally, the accuracy of the displayed statistics wasn’t guaranteed. However, this move suggests Google’s intent to refine and expand upon this feature in the future, potentially incorporating more comprehensive battery health information.

With the Pixel 8a on the horizon, users can expect this new battery stats feature to be a key differentiator. This provides valuable insight into Google’s commitment to enhancing user experience through software optimization, particularly in the area of battery management.

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