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Google: Here's how we predict battery life based on your usage patterns

Google: Here's how we predict battery life based on your usage patterns

The company elucidates that the Android smartphone previously utilized to assess battery loss with straightforward conjectures but the latest on-device model estimates how user's handset battery is exhausted over a period.

It's a process that works fairly well, but now with Pixel phones, your estimated remaining battery stats will be based on how you use your phone on similar days and times.

The Google Pixel 2 comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery, while the XL version has a 3520 mAh battery.

Google took to its support forums yesterday to talk about a new feature which is already rolling out to Pixel smartphones. Not only can you see on a chart how your battery will be used through the day, but the battery settings menu will give you a much more accurate estimate on the amount of time you can use your phone until the battery runs out. Beginning with Pixel devices, Google is bringing a new feature called "smart battery" that predicts battery life in a "personalised way".

If you'd like to see these predictions for yourself, go to Settings - Battery. The Battery section will reveal both the percentage of battery life remaining and also an estimate of how many minutes this translates to.

Until now smartphone battery estimators presumed that a certain set of usage trend will continue throughout the day.

According to Android Authority, the feature works on the Nexus 6P running Android 8.1 DP. The Pixel team's Product Manager has just announced an update was released recently for the phones that will improve battery life.

To get estimates of high and low usage by the new Smart battery feature, users can tap on the big battery icon which will then show typical user patterns for battery usage. Personalized estimates will, hopefully, improve battery management.