Useful feature Google pulled from Android 11 rumored to be included in Android 12
You might recall that last March we told you about a feature that Google
was supposedly planning to include for Pixel
phones with Android 11. The feature was given the code name of "Columbus" and allowed users to double-tap the back of their Pixel handset to activate certain features
; this action would be set by default to activate Google Assistant
but could be customized to dismiss the timer, launch the camera, play/pause media, collapse status bar, silence incoming phone calls, snooze alarms, unpin notifications, launch the camera, dismiss an alarm, take a screenshot and more.
When Android 11 was released, "Columbus" was not found on the new Android build. However, information viewed by 9to5Google
suggests that the "Double tap" gesture will end up on Android 12. This would replace the Active Edge
squeeze feature that is not found on the Pixel 4a
, Pixel 4a 5G
and the Pixel 5
. The double tap would allow Pixel users to do the following:
- Activate the Google Assistant
- Take a screenshot
- Pause/resume media playback
- Open the notification shade
- Open the recent apps view
The version of "Double tap" coming to Android 12 will apparently allow users to require a firm tap to register the input to prevent an accidental triggering of a feature. "Double tap" could also be completely disabled if so desired by the user.
While Google decided not to include this feature with Android 11, Apple
did include a similar feature with iOS 14. From the Accessibility menu found in Settings, those running an iPhone with iOS 14 or later can toggle on "Back Tap". This allows you to select one of several actions you can have activated with a double tap to the rear of the phone, and one other action that will take place with a triple tap. For example, a double tap on this writer's iPhone 11 Pro Max
will result in a screenshot being taken; a triple tap opens the Google Assistant app.