Google Reportedly Developing New Overheating Measure for Pixel Smartphones

When engaged, the Pixel smartphone is said to trigger a “pre-emergency” alert when the battery temperature reaches 49 degrees Celsius.

Google Reportedly Developing New Overheating Measure for Pixel Smartphones

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Pixel devices, like other smartphones, have several measures in place to combat overheating

  • Google is said to be developing a new overheating measure for Pixel
  • It is reported in the Device Health Services app version 1.27
  • The feature may trigger a temperature measurement when the Pixel heats up

Google is developing a new measure that tackles the problem of overheating in its Pixel smartphones, according to a report. The feature, named “Adaptive Thermal”, was reportedly spotted during an APK teardown of the smartphone's Device Health Services app. While smartphones today come with in-built temperature safety measures, this new feature is said to bring up a new pop-up notification and trigger a temperature measurement service whenever it detects the Pixel smartphone heating up.

Adaptive Thermal on Pixel smartphones

In a report, Android Authority, collaborating with tipster Mishaal Rahman, revealed information about this new feature that Google is said to be developing. Several strings related to the feature were spotted during an APK teardown of the Pixel's Device Health Services app version 1.27.

When engaged, the smartphone is said to trigger a “pre-emergency” alert as the battery temperature reaches 49 degrees Celsius. A notification may then appear saying the “phone needs to cool down”. It is also tipped to inform the user that they may experience “slower performance” on their Pixel.

To fix it, they should “try avoiding direct sunlight or close any battery-intensive apps”, as per the report. A new See care steps option is also said to appear which lets users know the steps taken by the Pixel's operating system to ensure its safety. The option also reportedly offers tips to cool down the device, such as keeping it in an open place with better airflow, closing battery-intensive apps and avoiding use under direct sunlight.

At present, Pixel devices, like other smartphones, have several measures in place to combat overheating. When the smartphone heats up, the CPU throttles, sacrificing performance to protect the handset. Furthermore, the device can also automatically turn off several features such as the LED flash, camera, 5G connectivity, and even slow down the charging. These steps are in place to ensure there is no damage to the device in such situations.

The Adaptive Thermal feature is also reported to measure the Pixel smartphone's temperature every five minutes automatically. If it reaches above 52 degrees Celsius, the device reportedly enters an “emergency” state. Once it crosses the 55 degrees Celsius threshold, it may toggle a 30-second warning, following which the handset may turn off.

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Shaurya Tomer
Shaurya Tomer is a Sub Editor at Gadgets 360 with 2 years of experience across a diverse spectrum of topics. With a particular focus on smartphones, gadgets and the ever-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), he often likes to explore the industry's intricacies and innovations – whether dissecting the latest smartphone release or exploring the ethical implications of AI advancements. In his free time, he often embarks on impromptu road trips to unwind, recharge, and ...More
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