Google just let the Pixel 8a cat out of the bag

Leaked renders of the Pixel 8a.

What it’s essential know

  • Google casually confirms the Pixel 8a’s existence, hinting on the return of the beforehand eliminated battery stats function.
  • The function shall be unique to the Pixel 8a and its successors, per a Google software program engineer.
  • The battery stats function was launched in Android 14’s QPR1 replace after which disappeared within the March 2024 Pixel replace.
  • It seems Google deliberately eliminated the function, with the software program engineer stating that it wasn’t meant for present units.

Google has casually confirmed the existence of the Pixel 8a by dropping a touch a couple of just lately eliminated function that is making a comeback with it.

The affirmation was made after a Google software program engineer responded to a person bug report. In a thread about battery stats, the software program engineer let it slip that the function is making a comeback for the Pixel 8a, signaling that the Google Pixel 7a’s successor is within the pipeline (through 9to5Google).

The software program engineer additionally talked about that this function is completely for the Pixel 8a and the fashions that may come after it.

The Android bug tracker chat was initiated after Google slipped in some new battery stats data with the Android 14’s QPR1 replace, positioned within the About cellphone part inside the Settings menu. It allowed customers to take a look at the charging cycle counts and when their battery was manufactured.

Quick ahead to the March 2024 replace for Pixel telephones, and the function vanished into skinny air. Naturally, folks acquired inquisitive about why it disappeared. The larger query was why Google launched a function after which went silent when it all of a sudden vanished. Google averted offering an evidence for that.

On the bug tracker web page, the software program engineer acknowledged that the disappearance was intentional as a result of this web page wasn’t presupposed to pop up on present units within the first place.

In accordance with the thread, the function is about to return with the Pixel 8a. And simply perhaps, these battery stats may go dwell for all Android telephones when Android 15 launches later this yr.

Anyway, this marks the primary time that Google has overtly confirmed the upcoming midrange mannequin’s existence. That mentioned, it is not an enormous shock, given the discharge patterns of the corporate’s latest Pixel A-series telephones.

Rumor has it that the Pixel 8a may make its debut within the subsequent few months, probably seeing the sunshine of day across the time of Google I/O in Could.

In the case of worth tags, earlier rumors counsel the cellphone’s value may take a little bit leap once more (identical to how the Pixel 7a outpriced the Pixel 6a).

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