The next version of Android may come with back cover tapping

IPhones have recently become a factory extra, and gesture control that can be activated by tapping the back cover may soon come on the competitor’s side.


Already last year, in the first developer release of Android 11, 9to5Google found an exclusive extra for Pixel phones that could be used to activate any kind of gesture or menu item by tapping the back cover, but that was just a test phase feature, and Apple eventually overtook the latest iOS where this is already final and has become an option for owners of older devices.

There is an increasing chance that we will be knocking on the back of Pixels in the near future [+]

Now it looks like the project will continue under the codename Columbus, referring to the Zombieland movie, it will quickly get to Google Assistant by default, but it can also be used for other things like taking a screenshot, pausing / resuming media playback, dragging the notification bar, open an application switcher. This feature is likely to permanently replace the clamp active edge feature that previously existed in Pixels but has since disappeared, but it is also possible that the solution may become a generic Android feature.

Source: Hírek és cikkek – Mobilarena by

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