Your Pixel smartphone could tell you if it’s too hot

Changes have been spotted in the latest version of the Pixel’s Device Health Services app. They report a new feature that would tell users that the smartphone is too hot. Enough to encourage them to protect it from the heat.

Google Pixel 8a // Source: Chloé Pertuis for Frandroid

Android smartphones are sufficiently “ intelligent » to limit their heating, but sometimes they need their owner. This is why Google would like to alert Pixel users in the event that their smartphone gets too hot.

How can an Android smartphone cool itself?

Today, all Android smartphones have cooling systems: they regulate performance, or can even turn off automatically. On the Pixel side, Google has already implemented a few additional functions: Pixels slow down download speeds, disable the camera flash, and even wireless connections.

Google Pixel 8a // Source: Chloé Pertuis for Frandroid

The most delicate situation is when you place your smartphone in the sun. The latter undeniably makes it hot, especially when it shines a lot, it’s summer and it’s hot. In addition to that, in direct sunlight, the screen sees its brightness increase when it is automatic: enough to make it heat up more. And there, no matter what your smartphone can do, it will heat up. This is where Google wants to intervene.

Google wants to go further in cooling Pixels

These are the teams ofAndroid Authority who found some changes in the latest version of the Pixel Device Health Services app (1.27). According to them, pieces of computer code refer to a new functionality, called “ Adaptive Thermal “. It would aim to display a notification with a dialog box to warn you that your Pixel is getting too hot. A notification that would trigger from 49°C on the battery level, indicating that the Pixel needs to cool down and that performance may be slowed down. She would invite you to carry out some actions to try to cool it, such as putting it in the shade, insulating it from the sun. Other information could be viewed that would specify what steps the operating system is taking to cool the device.

Google Pixel 8a // Source: Chloé Pertuis for Frandroid

This Adaptive Thermal option would then scan the Pixel’s battery every five minutes to check if it’s cooling down. If the temperature reaches 52°C, a state of emergency will be triggered. For now, Android Authority does not know what could happen: more drastic measures would logically be taken. And as soon as the temperature reaches 55°C, then the smartphone will turn off after 30 seconds, to protect itself. It is also unknown when this feature would be deployed, if it ever is.


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