Next month’s Pixel Feature Drop will bring an iconic emblem back to the Pixel status bar

Next month's Pixel Feature Drop will bring an iconic emblem back to the Pixel status bar

Tapping on the Pixel volume slider opens a shortcut that quickly enables vibration mode on certain Pixel models – Next month’s Pixel Feature Drop will return an iconic icon to the Pixel status bar. Tapping on the Pixel volume slider opens a shortcut that quickly enables vibration mode on certain Pixel models Having the vibration icon in the status bar seems to be enough of an incentive to get some Pixel users to join the Android 12 QPR3 program such as Reddit user UserWithoutAName. He writes, “Wow, now I’m going to update to the beta. I’ve wanted this so badly. No idea why they removed vibrate icon from the status bar.” Another user with the handle Aurelink sure sounds upset at Google for removing the icon in the first place. He writes, “Finally bringing back a feature we had for years in Android, even with the first Pixels. Man sometimes I hate Google.”

The most recent upgrade to Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3, the latest beta release for the June Quarterly Pixel Feature Drop, which is set to arrive on June 6th, restored an iconic symbol to the status bar at the top of compatible Pixel screens. We’re referring to the vibration mode icon. As one Reddit user with the username schrombear put it, “12QPR3 Beta 3 restored the vibration symbol to the status bar and included a toggle for it! However, the symbol does not appear on the lockscreen (perhaps due to a problem).” Google will restore the famous vibration mode symbol to the status bar of Pixel 4 and above smartphones. Not only does the symbol display in the status bar, as seen by a screenshot submitted by “schrombear,” but

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  • Or let’s say that you are attending the hot new Broadway musical. You want to make sure that your phone vibrates just in case you need to make some quick change to the aforementioned Anderson contract but you don’t want to make an ass of yourself by having your phone ring from your seat three rows bac  By the way, did you know that on the Pixel 6 series you can quickly enable vibration? Simply tap the volume button on the right side of your phone which brings up the volume slider and a bell icon. Tap on the bell icon and tap on the vibrate icon and viola! You’ve enabled the vibration mode. But the icon won’t show up on the status bar. Still, there is a way to show that the feature has indeed been enabled.

  • The reason why users are upset is that without the icon showing up on the status bar, it isn’t clear whether a user’s phone has vibration enabled or disabled. Why is this so important? If you’re attending a very important meeting about the Anderson contract, you want to make sure that your phone won’t start playing your ring tone (let’s say it is Totally F***** from the musical Spring Awakening) loud and clear in a boardroom full of your bosses. Sliding your finger down from the top of the screen will show the vibration mode icon on the status bar if it has been enabled

Also, keep in mind that beta builds of Android are not stable and if you’re using the device as your daily driver, you might not want to risk losing the ability to use certain features or deal with a diminished battery that could sharply curtail your use of the handset. Your best bet is to wait for June 6th and install the June Quarterly Pixel Feature Drop on your Pixel phone that very day.

Scroll down from the top of the screen and if you have vibration turned on, you will see the icon on the status bar. Now based on the Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3, once the next Quarterly Pixel Feature Drop is installed in June, no tricks will be necessary to see if vibration mode has been enabled on your Pixel’s status bar. If you’re convinced that you need to join the Android 12 QPR Beta program, just remember that Google has yet to follow through on its promise to allow beta testers to return to the stable and public Beta updates without having to wipe your handset and reset your phone. That might be available sometime soon, but not right now.