Google recently released an update for its Google app, which unfortunately led to severe battery draining and overheating problems for certain Pixel users. The affected users, mainly owning Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series devices, took to online forums to express their concerns about these issues. This incident echoes a previous bug that afflicted the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro last December, resulting in weaker haptic feedback. To address the problem, Google halted the update and subsequently deployed a patch to rectify the bugs.
According to a report by 9to5Google, the tech giant acknowledged that the battery draining and overheating were caused by a “backend change” within the Google app, impacting a subset of Android devices. Google swiftly released a fix for the bug upon becoming aware of the user difficulties. Remarkably, the fix is implemented as a server-side update, eliminating the need for users to install any additional software updates.
New Image Search Features Combat Misinformation
In an effort to combat the proliferation of misinformation, Google is introducing two new image search features. With the first feature, “About this image,” users can access valuable information such as the original index date of an image, its initial appearance, and its online presence elsewhere. This empowers users to identify the original source and gain contextual understanding of the image.
Moreover, Google is taking steps to label all AI-generated images produced by its tools. By collaborating with websites and services like Midjourney and Shutterstock, Google aims to ensure consistent labeling of AI-generated content across search results. This labeling initiative seeks to inform users about the presence of AI manipulation in images and promote transparency and accuracy online.