In recent years, Google has implemented many new features in Android related to the health of users who use a smartphone equipped with the operating system of the green robot: among these is undoubtedly Digital Wellbeing, further enhanced with Android 13, which helps users to monitor the ‘use of the device and offers them some tools to detoxify from excessive use or to avoid receiving distractions when concentration is needed or when going to sleep.
In addition to user health, the Mountain View giant has also been concerned about the health of the devices, introducing some optimizations such as an adaptive battery or adaptive charging. In the coming months, first on the Google Pixel devices and then (probably) on the other smartphones that will receive Android 13, Google plans to introduce a new feature, in the system settings, which will show users the health status of the battery built into the smartphone.
Android 13: the section with the health of the battery will arrive soon
A few years ago, Apple introduced, in the system settings of its iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads, the ” Battery Status ” section which allows users to know the health status (via the maximum capacity data) of the integrated battery, a very important parameter since it is one of the components that deteriorates the most over time.
It seems that Android may soon try to catch up in this area since, even today, anyone interested in obtaining information about the health of the battery must turn to third-party apps: Google, in fact, wants to add the new one to the system settings. The “ Battery Health ” section, initially dedicated to their Pixel series smartphones (supported), will show users the health status of the battery integrated into their smartphone.
To bring to light this novelty is the usual Mishaal Rahman, always punctual in the analysis of all the new features that are introduced with the preview versions of the Android operating system, before arriving on the stable branch to all users: according to what is shared by him on Twitter, in fact, in the beta 1 of Android 13 QPR1, this functionality is hidden.
As it is possible to understand from the image attached to Rahman’s tweet, the new Battery Health section of Android 13 will show the battery health status through a general status indicator (calibrated on 4 levels) and is very similar to the one present in the hub of the security in system settings.
In this specific case, the smartphone signals that the battery is in poor health and that ” if unexpected shutdowns or a reduction in battery life occur, consider replacing the battery “, as well as offering a link to find out more on the subject. In the lower part, however, there is a subsection called ” Health Factors ” which shows the Battery Capacity and the Device Performance Conditions (in this case it is reported that the device still reaches maximum performance).
When will this feature arrive?
Since the feature is present within the Android 13 QPR1 beta 1, released to beta testers only 4 days ago, and the development path will continue with (at least) two more betas before the stable release, it is likely that the Battery Health section may be one of the features that Google will implement in the Google Pixels supported with the December Pixel Feature Drop, a classic quarterly update that the Mountain View giant releases for its devices.
However, it must be said that, although Google aims to introduce this feature at the system level, many third-party manufacturers have already copied Apple, introducing features that monitor the health of the battery within their own customized interface.
On the other hand, with Android 13, the parts of Mountain View are trying to bridge the gap compared to iOS on certain aspects in which the green robot still chases. Equipping the operating system with this feature would be a big advantage, first of all for users who want to buy a used or refurbished smartphone, especially (at least at the beginning) if it is a smartphone from the Pixel range.