Have you recently noticed that your smartphone’s battery is running out faster than usual, even though you haven’t changed the way you use your device? The problem could be due to Google Message, the SMS application of the Mountain View firm, natively installed on millions of mobiles.
Several Android users have indeed reported on Reddit that they have discovered that Google’s SMS application was subject to a bug that would drain the battery of their device. At least that’s what came out of the information provided by the battery management module integrated in Android Settings.
9to5Google’s reporters have had the same experience. And they were able to find the exact cause of this problem by using the privacy feature of Android 12. They discovered that the camera and microphone of their smartphone continued to be used by Google Messages even when the application was closed.
Google’s messaging application includes, like all similar applications, an option to share images in a message. But it has the particularity of integrating an option that activates the camera of the smartphone to take a photo on the fly to share it in a message. And it is precisely this feature that would be responsible for all these ills. After being used, the smartphone’s camera continues to run in Google Messages, even when the feature no longer appears on the screen. Even worse, the camera is still used in the background by Google Messages even when the application is closed.
To regain an autonomy worthy of the name, victims of this strange bug will have no other solution than to “kill” the application by closing it in the multitasking view, or by disabling the permission given to Google Messages to access the camera of the smartphone.