Android: This is the new Google app ‘Settings Service’ – Google explains the system intelligence Pixel app

Android: This is the new Google app 'Settings Service' - Google explains the system intelligence Pixel app

Google has a large number of applications in its portfolio, although not all of them are aimed at end users. There are also a bunch of system apps that do their jobs in the background – the app for a while is one of them Google Settings Services. Until now, it was known mainly from the battery widget, and now you’re revealing what this app actually does and what permissions it needs.

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die google-app Arrangement Service Only available on Pixel smartphones, it’s been seen several times for a long time, but the Pixel Launcher has become a bit more present with an optional battery widget on the home screen. The name suggests that the app is responsible for system settings, but it is not. It’s more likely that certain apps can access certain settings and information.

The Settings app on your phone uses core system software called Settings Services. The software allows you to set up, connect, and adjust settings on your phone and certain app settings.

System settings provide service permissions for things like viewing information about network connections and connected devices, setting rules for activating Do Not Disturb mode, or sending notifications.

To perform these tasks, the app is granted certain system-level permissions that users do not have to approve. For this reason, a support article explains which permissions are granted and how they are used.

Mobile network connection
Settings services checks that your phone is connected to a mobile network.

Connected devices
This permission allows widgets to display status information for your phone and its Bluetooth-connected devices.

Settings Services displays status notifications and updates. Different notifications have their own setting preferences. Learn how to manage notifications on Android.

Rules can help automate the location-dependent changes you make to settings regularly, like turning your phone to silent when you get to work. Location access is required at all times for the rules to work properly. Location data stays on your phone and is not sent to Google. You can change location permissions and rule settings.

There’s nothing really flashy or big about them, so the app will continue to do the simple tasks you expect in the future. The name “Google System Intelligence” suggested more at the time, but you can’t expect much, at least in today’s generation. Perhaps interesting are the location-based rules Google just launched in Assistant and Calendar. Maybe something at the system level.

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[9to5Google & Google Support]

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