You may remember that last March we told you about a feature that It is assumed that Google plans to include for Pixel phones with Android 11. The feature received the code name “Columbus” and allow users to double-tap the back of their Pixel phone to activate certain features; this action will be set by default to activate Google Assistant, but can be customized to reset the timer, start the camera, start / pause the media, fold the status bar, mute incoming phone calls, snooze alarms, disconnect notifications, start the camera, reject an alarm, take a screenshot, and more.
When Android 11 was released, “Columbus” was not found in the new version of Android. However, The information viewed by 9to5Google suggests that the “Double-tap” gesture will end on Android 12. This would replace the Active Edge squeeze feature not found on the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. Double-tapping will allow Pixel users to do the following:
- Enable Google Assistant
- Take a screenshot
- Pause / resume media playback
- Open the notification sensor
- Open the recent applications view
The version of “Double tap” coming on Android 12 will obviously allow users to require a hard touch to register the input to prevent accidental activation of a feature. “Double touch” can also be completely deactivated if desired by the user.
Until Google decides not to include this feature with Android 11, Apple has indeed included a similar feature with iOS 14. From the accessibility menu found in Settings, those running an iPhone with iOS 14 or later can switch to “Back Tap”. This allows you to select one of several actions that you can activate with a double touch on the back of the phone, and another action that will be performed with a triple touch. For example, double-clicking that of the writer iPhone 11 Pro Max will take a screenshot; triple-touch opens the Google Assistant app.