What you need to know

  • Google casually confirms the Pixel 8a’s existence, hinting at the return of the previously removed battery stats feature.
  • The feature will be exclusive to the Pixel 8a and its successors, per a Google software engineer.
  • The battery stats feature was introduced in Android 14’s QPR1 update and then disappeared in the March 2024 Pixel update.
  • It turns out Google intentionally removed the feature, with the software engineer stating that it wasn’t meant for existing devices.

Google has casually confirmed the existence of the Pixel 8a by dropping a hint about a recently removed feature that’s making a comeback with it.

The confirmation was made after a Google software engineer responded to a user bug report. In a thread about battery stats, the software engineer let it slip that the feature is making a comeback for the Pixel 8a, signaling that the Google Pixel 7a’s successor is in the pipeline (via 9to5Google).

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