Android P Includes System-Wide Granular Vibration Controls

The first developer preview of Android P debuts system-wide vibration controls that are relatively granular in nature, allowing users to choose between three different strength levels of haptic feedback, as well as vibration intensity for calls and notifications. The same functionality has already been available on many Android devices running custom implementations of the operating system since at least 2011, with Google's native take on the feature still not being as in-depth as some existing solutions created by third-party original equipment manufacturers. Regardless, Android P supports three distinct vibration intensity levels and allows users to turn off built-in vibration motors in their entirety, though initial reports suggest neither setting is working in a reliable manner on the first experimental build of Android P.

Custom Android implementations created by the likes of Samsung and LG feature vibration sliders that allow for even more pedantic control over the intensity of the physical feedback created by one's device, whereas Google's solution is more akin to that of Xiaomi. Google also hasn't separated vibrations for calls from those meant to signal notifications, which is a feature that some OEMs have also been offering for years now. Such division likely won't happen before Google also separates volume levels of notifications and ringtones, which Android P still doesn't support. The newly added vibration controls can be founded under the Accessibility section of the system Settings app.

Android P launched in the form of its first test build just yesterday, with the new firmware being exclusively targeted at developers seeking an early look at the future of Google's mobile OS that's scheduled to hit the stable channel by late summer, with the company already confirming that release window as part of its official product roadmap. The new OS includes native support for display notches and an indoor triangulation technique based on the Wi-Fi RTT standard which relies on three or more wireless access points. Numerous new accessibility services and notification management improvements are also part of the package, as are various tools meant to accelerate app development by providing programmers with more useful data.

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