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Every flagship should copy this nifty Pixel 5 charging feature

The Pixel 5 isn't the most powerful phone, but we want to see its automatic Battery Share feature on all flagships.

Published onNovember 4, 2020

Google Pixel 5 standing up back on table 1
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  • Google’s Pixel 5 has a nifty reverse wireless charging feature — automatic Battery Share.
  • The reverse wireless charging feature automatically switches on when the phone is plugged in via USB-C.
  • This means users don’t need to manually switch on reverse wireless charging to top up peripherals or other phones.

The Google Pixel 5 isn’t the most impressive flagship of 2020 on paper or in the flesh, but it packs one smart feature every other flagship should copy. As discovered by 9to5Google and confirmed in a Google support listing, the Pixel 5 automatically switches on Battery Share after the phone is connected to power via USB-C. This effectively turns it into a smart wireless charging pad.

Yes, it’s a tiny addition, but often it’s these minute details that result in positive user experiences. Google’s stance on reverse wireless charging differs from the likes of HUAWEI and Samsung. Both firms force users to manually switch on reverse wireless charging, even when plugged in. The Pixel 5 simplifies this process.

Read more: Here’s how Google put wireless charging in the aluminum Pixel 5

Reverse wireless charging doesn’t remain on if unneeded, either. The Pixel 5 switches it off after a period if no charging device is detected. It’ll also cancel it if the phone hits a “high temperature.” It also turns off when it detects that the charging device is fully topped up. Of course, if you wirelessly charge your Pixel 5, the feature won’t activate. When the phone isn’t plugged in, users will need to enable Battery Share manually.

Still, it’s another smart little design addition on Google’s flagship, even if buyers have concerns over its fit and finish.

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