Android 12 may notify you if it detects that your Pixel’s charging is being slowed by heat.

In a teardown, it was discovered that Android 12 Beta 5 has a new feature that complements the current Adaptive Charging enhancements that were included in previous Betas. Pixels running Android 12 may display a notice explaining that it would “restrict charging to help maintain battery health” if your phone is overheated, according to certain strings that have been discovered.

Though we haven’t seen the notification in action yet (we’ll update this post if and when we do), the text is tied to a “overheating notification” that will appear on Pixel phones when they are overheating, explaining that the limit is in place to protect battery health and providing a link to more information.

What isn’t fully apparent is how the charging process will be restricted, or how this will be integrated with previously known functions. If, for example, your phone continues to charge at a decreased pace while overheating, or if charging completely stops, you should contact your carrier. It might also be connected in some way to the current 80 percent cap that was implemented for devices that were plugged in for an extended length of time in a previous Android 12 version, or to the Pixel’s existing “slow charging” feature that can occur under specific conditions. Finally, this might just be a notification that enhances transparency for long-standing behavior, while it could also be subtly different in some way that isn’t immediately apparent in the message.

Because of the potential for misunderstanding, we’ve contacted out to Google for further information about the new notification and associated behavior, and we’ll post an update as soon as we receive a response.

The only thing we can do is wait and watch when and how it manifests itself. Given that it is summer and that the Pixel 5 and 5a have a problem with heat, it is possible that we will not have to wait long before the notification begins to appear for Pixel owners who are participating in the betas.


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