What are Google’s “Settings Services” and what are they for
After some time, Google finally explained what software is “Services for settings”used by the Android system, on the Pixel, to ensure the correct functioning of the application “Settings”. In fact, in an article, the company explained: “The software” Services for settings “allows the configuration, connection and personalization of the phone settings and some application settings”.
The article, subsequently, illustrates the other functions: «The system grants permissions to ‘Settings Services’ to manage tasks such as viewing information about network connections and connected devices or when to program modes such as ‘Do Not Disturb’». It is clear, therefore, that users will not interact directly with the software, which is one of those services active in the background on the device.
Google then detailed the permissions granted to the app:
- Mobile network connection: This option checks if the phone is connected to a mobile network.
- Connected devices: This permission allows widgets to view information about the status of the phone and devices connected with Bluetooth.
- Notifications: Settings Services shows status notifications and updates.
- Position: Location data allows you to more carefully program your habits, such as putting your phone on silent in the workplace. The location data remains on the phone (it is not sent to Google).
In terms of privacy, the Mountain View giant highlighted that if the usage and diagnostic setting is activea on the phone, some data could be collected to check and improve the experience.