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Android Phones to Get iOS-Inspired Battery Health Feature

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Android users will soon be able to see more clearly how the phone’s battery is doing. This new function can notify users when a battery change is required. This is the step that supports self-repair programs and extended software update cycles. Lithium-ion batteries, which power all cell phones, have a limited capacity to store energy because of their chemical makeup. Therefore, even if the battery on your phone will eventually run out, there are ways to slow down the process and extend the time you can use it comfortably. While Android 14 established the foundation, Android 15 will elevate key features related to battery health.

In response to this exact fear, Apple iPhones do tell you exactly how much your battery has decreased. It now looks as though Android may imitate this iOS feature and implement it for the Pixel and other Android-powered devices. This is due to the fact that only the applications available up to now that might make the same suggestion are third-party ones, and even these are not precise. However, OnePlus is among the OEMs that now provide this feature. Current battery information includes the battery’s life cycle count and manufacturing date, which were included in this month’s Pixel Feature Drop.

Though it doesn’t yet have a battery health meter, Mishaal Rahman (via Android Authority) claims that the Android 14 QPR2 Beta 2 introduces a secret battery health page. This page may provide data such as “estimated percentage of charge the battery can currently hold compared to when it was new.” Android OS gathers several battery-related facts in the background from the moment it boots up, making it the most appropriate source for this kind of estimate, instead of relying on third-party software that starts collecting data only months or years after the device is installed. If the battery could communicate this kind of data with the operating system, then it would be an even more reliable source.

Thankfully, Google has spent the last year focusing precisely on that. While Android 14 laid the foundation for the OS to collect battery health data, Android 15 may actually present such data to consumers. Following the release of the Pixel smartphone feature drop update in December 2023 by Google, these developments. Notably, this update introduced a new battery information page that allows users to determine the battery’s production date and cycle count. Moreover, the research notes that Android 14 retrieves and transmits additional data to apps, such as the date of initial usage, charging condition, and battery life. Therefore, the majority of Android users would be able to view the precise condition of their battery and even compute the percentage of original capacity that their battery now retains if the battery health feature made it to the market with Android.

In December 2023, Google unveiled the Pixel Feature Drop, which included a new “battery information” page located under Settings > About Phone. Below is a screenshot of this page that displays the device’s battery’s manufacturing date and cycle count. Under the hood, this data is retrieved using the new APIs released with Android 14. Android 14 exposes new battery-related APIs to apps; however, the manufacturing date and cycle count aren’t the only information available. More information on the condition of the battery is also available, including the date of use, the charging schedule, the charging status, and the overall state of health. The battery’s current full charge capacity, given as a percentage in relation to its rated capacity, makes the condition of health particularly intriguing.


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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Google released the Pixel feature drop in June 2024 for its Pixel devices

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Google aggressively updates Pixel device lineups, including smartphones and tablets. To get new features and improvements, the company follows the Quarterly release program, where initially, it provides testing updates to eligible users and then provides new stable updates publicly. Following the same trend, the company has started rolling out its third Pixel drop update for its devices; let’s explore it.

June 2024 Pixel drop update 

With the June 2024 Pixel drop update, many new features exist, including Gemini nano, summarize in recorder, and connected displays. With the latest update, it has improved the HDR+frame selection. Now, you will get a manual lens selection option to handle the smartphone camera professionally. It has brought a doorbell notification: if your pixel tablet can give you a snapshot of who is at your front door, you can talk to them and receive a quick response. To explore all the latest features in detail, you can check the official changelog here.

Availability of the update for pixel devices

Google’s latest Pixel drop update will be available to select Pixel devices, including Pixel 8 series, pixel 7 series, Pixel 6 series, Pixel 5a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. However, it is worth noting that the feature’s availability will vary from device to device; if you have any of the smartphones mentioned above, you can check the feature’s availability with this link. It is worth noticing that the latest update also brings a new June 2024 security patch level.

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Despite Android 14 Launch, Android 13 Remains Most Used

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Google shared the Android release number last time in October 2023, when Android 13 was crowned first place with a newly released Android 14. Now again, the metrics of the most-used Android versions in 2024 get updated. 

Despite the fact that it has already been seven months since the Android 14 release, Android 13 is still the most used Android version. Android 11, Android 12, and even Android 10 have surpassed the latest stable version of Android, which now holds the fifth place. The last will not always be the first. When it comes to the distribution of Android versions, the most recent version, Android 14, unfortunately does not rank first or second, but instead falls to the bottom of the Top 5.

This is being speculated as Google has finally updated the Android version distribution panel, hidden within Android Studio for a few years now. After calculating the appropriate calculations, the results show that Android 14 is on only 13% of mobile phones, a somewhat low figure considering that seven months have already passed since its launch.

If the statistics are to be believed, the most used version of Android is still Android 13, with 20.9% of the total. Since October 2023, which is the last time Google shared the data, Android 13 has dropped only 1.5%. The result is strange since it showcases that the second most used version is Android 11, holding a share of 19.0% instead of Android 12, with 14.7%. 

Jumping on the five-year-old ‘Android 10’, which has a greater market share than Android 14, The “good” news is that the versions before Oreo are gently retiring, counting up to a total of 4.6%. Versions before Marshmallow and runtime permissions arrived are presented in only 1.2% of all active Android phones. We are mentioning the Android versions with their shares. – 

  • Android 13 (20.9%)
  • Android 11 (19.0%)
  • Android 12 (14.7%)
  • Android 10 (13.6%)
  • Android 14 (13.0%)
  • Android 9 Pie (8.4%)
  • Android 8 Oreo (5.8%)
  • Android 7 Nougat (2.0%)
  • Android 6 Marshmallow (1.4%)
  • Android 5 Lollipop (0.9%)

Also, Android onwards accounts for 81.2% of the total. These versions receive changes and new features, such as updates to the Google Play system or Google services. 

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Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 Update: Network Fixes and Better System Stability

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Google is working towards the development of Android 15, but it is not only focused on the upcoming new Android iteration; at the same time, it is also bringing new features for the pixel devices with the Android 14 QPR updates.

For your information, the QPR update stands for Quarterly Platform Release, which aims to bring new functionalities and improvements for the Pixel device on a quarterly basis. In each quarter, the company provides beta updates and then offers public updates after testing the features. Like with the late Android 14 QPR 3 beta 2.2, the company has brought some new fixes.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: What’s new? 

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 brings some new fixes that will improve the overall functionality of the devices. According to the changelog, the latest update will fix the issue related to mobile phones halting connectivity even on the best networks. Along with this, the update has also made improvements for making the device more stable while using different functions.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: official changelog

This minor update to Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 includes the following fixes:


The update is live for all the eligible Google Pixel devices, including the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. However, it will only be available to those users who haven’t joined the Android 15 beta program.

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