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Google says sorry over battery saver issue

Google has apologized over an issue with its battery saver setting.

The tech giant has decided to issue an apology after some Android phone users noticed that the battery saver setting - which can affect how apps work - was remotely activated without their consent.

In response to the criticism, Google explained on Reddit: "This was an internal experiment to test battery-saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended.

"We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion."

Earlier this month, meanwhile, YouTube announced that its child-friendly app is set to get new parental controls.

The Google-owned video streaming giants launched their YouTube Kids app in 2015 to make browsing online videos "safer and simpler for kids," but has subsequently seen a backlash for allowing unsuitable adverts to be shown on videos, as well as failing to filter out certain inappropriate content.

Thanks to the changes, parents can now pick the specific videos, channels, or groups of channels they want their kids to have access to.

And by setting the app to "approved content only", children won't be able to view anything that their parents haven't already deemed okay for them to watch.

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