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Android: This is Google’s new app ‘Configuration Service’ – Google explains the System Intelligence Pixel app

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Google has a large number of applications in its portfolio, although by no means all of them are aimed at end users. There are also a bunch of system apps that do their work in the background, and the app has been a part of that for some time. Google configuration services. Until now this was mainly known for the battery widget and now you reveal what this app actually does and what it needs what permissions for.


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the google app configuration service it’s only available on Pixel smartphones and has been seen a few times for a long time, but it only got a little more present with the optional battery widget on the Pixel Launcher home screen. The name suggests that the app is responsible for system configuration, but that is not the case. It’s much more about the fact that some apps can access certain settings and information.

Your phone’s Settings application uses core system software called Settings Services. The software allows you to configure, connect and adjust your phone settings and certain application settings.

The system grants configuration services permissions for things like viewing information about network connections and connected devices, setting rules to turn on Do Not Disturb mode, or sending notifications.

In order to carry out these tasks, the application receives some system-level permissions that do not have to be approved by users. For this reason, a support article explains what permissions are granted and how they are used.

Mobile network connection
Configuration Services checks if your phone is connected to a mobile network.

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

notifications
Configuration Services displays status notifications and updates. Different notifications have their own settings preferences. Learn how to control notifications on Android.

Location
Rules can help automate location-dependent changes you regularly make in Settings, like setting your phone to silent when you get to work. Rules need location access all the time to work properly. Location data stays on your phone and isn’t sent to Google. You can change location permissions and rule settings.

Nothing really flashy or big between them, so the app will probably continue to do the simple tasks you expect it to do in the future. The name “Google System Intelligence” at the time suggested more, but at least in the current generation not much can be expected. Location-based rules, which Google just released in Assistant and Calendar, are perhaps interesting. Maybe there is something coming at the system level.

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[9to5Google & Google Support]

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