Android 11 is out now, even when it is simply the primary Developer Preview it means we already get to see a number of what makes it tick, months forward of its last launch in Q3. The enterprising of us over at XDA Builders went digging via the Android 11 code and located one thing intriguing.
Mainly, it seems to be just like the Pixel 5 will assist reverse wi-fi charging. The function can be referred to as Battery share within the Settings menu, and can let your Pixel 5 wirelessly cost issues resembling true wi-fi earbuds, smartwatches, and even different telephones.
This function is clearly nothing new within the cellular world, however thus far no Pixel has had it. There is a new hidden exercise within the Settings app for Pixel smartphones, and launching it manually reveals what you may see within the screenshot under.
It is a fast explainer of what Battery share will do, and incorporates a placeholder picture that is taken straight from the Adaptive Battery web page in Settings. So clearly that is very a lot a piece in progress.
As a result of the exercise identify is prefaced with “com.google.android” and never “com.android”, it’s a Google function and never one which can be a part of the Android Open Supply Undertaking. To additional solidify that that is meant for a future Pixel, there is a technique within the Java code of the brand new Battery share function that flashes a toast message saying “cannot Battery share whereas charging wi-fi!” if the machine is at present wirelessly charging.
And that is smart, in fact. Moreover, one other technique grabs a string array referred to as “config_model_device_name” which at present solely holds one worth, which is “redfin”. Now that has been rumored to be the codename for one of the 2020 Pixel devices, an upper-midrange handset powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765. It is unclear the place it will slot in Google’s portfolio precisely, however it’s protected to imagine that if such an upper-midranger is to get assist for reverse wi-fi charging, then Google’s 2020 flagship(s) will too.