Android 12 Beta 3.1 Includes 'Ongoing Call' Chip and New Notifications

Aims to make notifications less intrusive

The current Android 12 beta is rolling out a redesign to its notifications and Quick Settings, as well as an “ongoing call” notice in the Phone app.

The notice, or "chip," as it’s being referred to, is a pill-shaped sign that appears at the top of a phone’s display during a call. The differently colored chip has a phone icon on it with the time displayed alongside it to indicate the length of the current call.

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Pulling down the redesigned Quick Settings shows some of the previous actions that have occurred and allows users to quickly mute the call or hang up. Another new feature includes a new clock interface for the stock Android app as a part of the overall Material You redesign.

The new style of notifications aims to be a less intrusive version of the current Bubble notifications. Currently, Bubbles drop down whenever a notification is sent and float off to the side. However, this design can be intrusive, as it can obscure the display requiring the users to constantly move the Bubble around.

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The new feature and redesigned notifications are only available for phones running the Android 12 Beta 3.1, which includes Google Pixel, OnePlus, and Xiaomi phones, to name a few.

It is unknown when Google will release Android 12 to all smartphones, however it’s worth noting that the company has a pattern of releasing new operating systems in early September, as seen with the previous iterations of Android 10 and Android 11.

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