Google Confirms Pixel 8a Will Come with New Battery Stats for Android System

Google Confirms Pixel 8a Will Come with New Battery Stats for Android System

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Addressing the missing Pixel feature, Google has confirmed that the Pixel 8a phone is on its way. Going back to the QPR1 update for Android 14, Google introduced a new extension for battery stats, displaying the charging cycles and battery manufacturing date.

This was a welcome addition, albeit limited in its usefulness. However, this feature disappeared in the March 2024 update for Pixel phones.

According to Google in its issue tracking page, this is the intended behavior, as this page was never meant to appear on existing devices.

Google Confirms Pixel 8a Will Come with New Battery Stats for Android System

Instead, the new battery stats support for the Android system will only appear on the Pixel 8a and future Pixel devices.

Google states: “We only enable this page on Pixel 8a and beyond, so this page is WAI.”

It added: “So, we now know the feature that will come to future Pixel phones, in addition to getting the first official confirmation from Google about the arrival of the Pixel 8a phone.”

It’s not entirely clear why the feature appeared on existing Pixel units in the first place, as long as it was available, but the stats themselves weren’t particularly accurate most of the time. It also opens up the possibility that Google intends to build on this feature moving forward, perhaps even adding appropriate information about battery health.

The Pixel 8a phone is expected to be released in the coming months, most likely during the Google I/O conference in May.

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