The Google Pixel will receive a feature to prevent overheating

If the battery exceeds 52ºC, drastic measures will be taken to cool the device, even turning it off in 30 seconds

The Google Pixel will receive a feature to prevent overheating
The Pixel 8 Pro in black / Image: Christian Collado

One of the most common problems that users face today is the overheating of their devices, something that in addition to being quite annoying in terms of use, also affects the performance of the smartphone and can shorten its useful life. However, this will no longer be such a serious problem for Pixel users, because Google phones are going to receive a feature that will prevent them from getting hotter than necessary. We tell you everything that is known so far about her.

Although most Android phones today have combated overheating problems satisfactorily, it is quite difficult for this not to happen if we use it under a scorching sun, with the brightness at maximum to be able to view the screen and 5G connectivity activated. In Google’s case, the Pixel alone limits some functions when they perceive that they are too hot: they reduce the charging speed, deactivate the camera and turn off the LED flash, disconnect mobile data or WiFi and accelerate the performance of the device, among other things.

However, these measures seem not to be enough to completely avoid the overheating issues of its flagship phone, the Pixel 8 Pro, which heats up somewhat more easily than other models in its category. Although it does not pose a problem for the user, it is always good news that this can be avoided more and more, and that is why the new Adaptive Thermal function for Pixels lands.

This is Adaptive Thermal, Pixel’s new feature to prevent overheating

Soon, Google phones will ask the user for help to cool down when they overheat, as reported in Android Authority, the publication of specialized technology in the Android world. According to them, they have detected some chains related to a new adaptive thermal function in the latest version of Pixel’s Device Health Services (version 1.27), Google’s app that takes care of the phone’s battery health. It consists of several components, such as a notification that generates a dialog box and a service that measures the temperature of the battery.

To understand it better, you should know that if your smartphone’s battery reaches 49ºC, the Adaptive Thermal function enters a pre-emergency state and sends a notification saying that the phone needs to cool down, with a button that allows you to “See care steps”. In addition, it warns that the device may experience slower performance and should avoid sunlight directly hitting it, as well as close demanding applications that consume a lot of battery.

When you click on the button in question, a dialog box will be generated that informs in more detail what the operating system is doing to cool the phone, such as temporarily limiting the performance speed or disabling the 5G network. The dialog box can be easily closed by tapping on the “Understood” button, but it is also very useful to take a look at the tips they provide to help the user refresh the device.

Afterwards, Adaptive Thermal will take samples of the battery temperature every five minutes to check if the phone has managed to cool down. In the event of reaching 52ºC, the app enters a state of emergency and even more drastic measures are taken to try to solve it, although at the moment it is unknown what they would be; and if the sensor reaches the dangerous temperature of 55ºC, the Google Pixel will warn the user and turn off in 30 seconds to protect itself completely.



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