Google Can Change Settings Arbitrarily without Users’ Knowledge

As per the reports of the Android police a bunch of Pixel users had their Battery Saver Mode on, even when they had not done it. Later other users also complained of the same fault in their devices.

Amid the escalating astonishment over this sudden development in approximately a thousand phones simultaneously, Google in a reddit post admitted that it was an internal experiment that was mistakenly rolled out publicly.

“Hi all, some of you may have noticed that battery saver turned on automatically today. This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended. We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion,” Google said in the post.

The changes in device Settings remotely by Google, and without users ever knowing it, is forecasting a threat over privacy of the users.

The Verge in its report points out that both Google and Apple do have some mechanism to force changes in users’ devices (software-level). But that’s used as a last resort and mainly aimed at users’ security and safety.

Chrome Will Go Through A Major ‘Material Design’ Overhaul

Chrome will reportedly follow the suit of Gmail and will go through a major ‘Material Design’ overhaul, bringing new features on-board along with some major design modifications. The good news here is — some new changes have already landed in the Chrome’s nightly ‘Canary‘ build and the redesigned Chrome is currently available for Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS that enables the new Material Design UI by default. Do note that Canary is an experimental version of Chrome which has the latest features in development. The program is designed for developers and early adopters — so it comes with its own risks. Furthermore, the software could crash anytime and you may encounter a few bugs.

Google Chrome is one of the most successful and popular web browsers and it doesn’t seem like it will lose that ‘crown’ anytime soon

According to Engadget, the redesign chrome comes with a new address bar, refreshed tab shapes and colours.

“Chromium Evangelist Francois Beaufort also mentions omnibox suggestion icons, tab strip colouring, pinned tabs and alert indicators in his announcement of the update,” the report stated. “Plenty of things have been updated for the better in my opinion,” he says, although it will likely take Chrome fans a while to get used to the new set up.