Warmth and electronics not often ever pair effectively collectively, and that goes for the perfect Android smartphones as effectively. Intensive use, wi-fi charging, and atmospheric situations are the standard causes overheating smartphones, however at times, software program takes the blame. Not too long ago, that was the case with the Google app operating within the background and producing extreme warmth on many telephones, however largely the Pixel 6, 6 Professional, and seven. As a substitute of letting the problem fester, Google has now rolled out an replace which ought to repair the problem for all affected customers.

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Many individuals voiced their issues about extreme battery drain and overheating gadgets on the GooglePixel subreddit, suspecting a latest Google app replace that rolled out on Could 12 (through Engadget). There have been a number of stories of the problem affecting Pixel 7s as effectively, however we did not discover it on our gadgets within the AP workforce, fortunately. Nevertheless, the problem was widespread sufficient to catch Google’s eye. In a Reddit publish, the corporate acknowledged the unintentional change created a problem, and clarified that the Google app has since been patched. Consumer motion isn’t required, that means the patch is a server-side replace routinely utilized on all of the affected gadgets.

A fast have a look at the battery utilization statistics of the affected gadgets revealed the principle Google app was hogging upwards of 15% of the battery, largely as a background course of. Surprisingly, the Android System Intelligence service was an in depth second suspect for the problem, with just a few individuals saying the service was burning by means of extra battery than standard.

In consequence, complaints on the Google Assist web page lamented the usable screen-on time plummeting from round six hours to simply three — half as a lot because it was once. The app’s battery consumption additionally made the telephones run very popular. One consumer needed to swap off their telephone and place it within the fridge to normalize the temperature. Elevated temperatures have been additionally recorded when positioned on a wi-fi charger, whereas the telephones themselves charged slower than standard.

Such a drop in efficiency and value was clearly unacceptable for a flagship telephone from simply a few years in the past. Extended utilization in a heated state may have been detrimental to the SoC’s efficiency. It may additionally trigger everlasting battery injury, shortening its usable life, as we noticed within the case of firmware replace v1.4.2 for the Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds.

Individuals who contacted Google assist through chat say the expertise was futile and unhelpful, with troubleshooting steps providing the identical cures that they had already tried out. Some affected individuals had luck switching to model 14.16.30.28. Nevertheless, downgrading to an older steady model of the Google app did not assist everybody. Their gadgets nonetheless ran scorching, albeit barely colder than with the problematic replace. It’s good that Google took cognizance of the problem and quickly rolled out a repair.

When you discover irregular heating or battery drain in your Pixel telephone, attempt rolling again latest updates of the Google app, or anticipate the server-side repair from Google.

UPDATE: 2023/05/16 05:29 EST BY CHANDRAVEER MATHUR

The story has been up to date to replicate that Google is now rolling out a repair.