Android beta releases are designed to provide us an thought of what future OS updates will convey, however typically additionally they give hints for upcoming Pixel telephones. The primary Android 11 developer preview is not any exception, because it features a hidden Google settings menu for reverse Qi charging — one thing that no Google-made telephone can at present do.

Our mates at XDA Builders found that the Settings app on the Android 11 preview has a hidden exercise named ‘com.google.android.settings.fuelgauge.batteryshare.BatteryShareTrampoline.’ You do not even want root or a modded APK to open it — all you want is an app like ActivityLauncher.

Accessing the hidden Settings panel on a Pixel 3a XL

The display screen at present has a placeholder animation taken from the Adaptive Battery setting panel, however the textual content makes it clear what the characteristic is for. “Your telephone’s battery will run out sooner when utilizing battery share. Battery share works with appropriate ear buds, watches, telephones, and extra.”

The setting appears to be designed explicitly for Pixel gadgets, too — the exercise title begins with ‘com.google,’ identical to most different Pixel-specific capabilities, relatively than the extra generic ‘com.android’ prefix.

Samsung calls its battery sharing characteristic ‘PowerShare’

We’ll have to attend and see if the Pixel 5 will actually have an influence sharing characteristic, however it’s not a far-fetched thought. Samsung did it final yr with the Galaxy S10 sequence, and a number of other of Huawei’s gadgets (just like the Mate 20 Professional) provide the same characteristic.