Following Google’s timeline, the company will launch its next version of Android, Android 12 (name not confirmed) this year. Last week, it was reported that Google will renew its split screen feature with the new version of Android. Now, it is rumored that Google will bring back a hidden feature with the next version of Android that we first saw in the Android 11 developer preview. The feature being talked about here is the double tap on the back panel, which could be used as a shortcut for things like Google Assistant, taking a screenshot, starting and stopping media, and so on.
According to a relationship in 9to5Google, the Mountain View, California-based company is working to relaunch the feature, which has been codenamed “Columbus” by Google. At the time it was spotted in the developer preview, “Columbus” was rumored to replace the Active Edge compression feature on the Google Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Google Pixel 5. However, when Android 11 was fully released for the Pixel smartphone, the function was nowhere to be found. According to 9to5Google, Google is working to re-launch the double-tap feature on Google Pixel smartphones running Android 12.
The report says that unlike Android 11’s developer preview feature, which was deemed too sensitive, Android 12’s feature was programmed to only recognize “ firm touches ” on the back. Like other gesture features on Android, the double tap feature could also be disabled altogether, the 9to5Google report further states.
A similar feature was released with Apple’s iOS 14 last year, which Apple calls Back Tap. The link on Apple’s iPhones can be used to take a screenshot, open Control Center, and more.
- According to this source Google may offer a double tap feature with Android 12, similar to iOS 14’s back tap
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