Accessories are progressively powered by Bluetooth, particularly their cell phones, and even gadgets like the Google Pixel Slate are not offering an earphone jack. Making up for lost time with any semblance of Android and iOS, Chrome OS would now be able to give people how much battery life their Bluetooth accessories have left, yet there’s a significant caveat.
Not long ago, it was found that Google was working diligently making help for Bluetooth accessories to show their battery levels in Chrome OS’s UI. The feature has since advanced right into Chrome OS Stable without notification.
With that, the present battery percentage for every one of their active Bluetooth accessories will be accessible in the Settings application. A similar data is likewise visible from the Quick Settings panel.
Nonetheless, before people go bouncing in to empower this helpful Chrome OS feature, there are two provisos they should think about. The first is that only one out of every odd Bluetooth gadget reports its battery life to Chrome OS. In our testing, a lot of Made for Google earphones didn’t show its battery life, while the incredible Brydge C-Type Keyboard for Chrome OS shows its percentage true to form. Obviously, their mileage may differ.
All the more critically, the second caveat is that a portion of their Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) gadgets may stop working with the flag empowered. It was initially Google’s goal to completely launch Chrome OS’s Bluetooth battery indicator with Chrome OS 78, without requiring a flag, however, an issue was immediately found.
As indicated by comments on the Chromium Issue Tracker, something in the new battery feature is causing some Bluetooth LE accessories, similar to a mouse or keyboard, to decline to connect. In the months since the issue was found, no public-facing progress has been made, making it difficult to realize when Chrome OS’s Bluetooth battery life features will officially launch.
Fortunately, on the off chance that people don’t utilize any Bluetooth LE accessories, people ought to have no issues empowering the flag today and getting a charge out of the small accommodation of knowing how much battery life their (perfect) earphones have left.
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