With the first Android 11 developer preview out, more and more upcoming features are beginning to surface. The latest one is a new double-tap gesture that is performed on the back of the device and triggers the Google Assistant by default but can also be changed to open the camera app. The new feature is codenamed Columbus and is seemingly going to be exclusive to Googles Pixel line initially.
The way it works is still a mystery but it appears to be picking up the knock on the back via the accelerometer or gyroscope sensors so it doesnt require special hardware to function. It also seems to be able to pick up double-taps even through a case.
According to developers who’ve tried the preview, the feature appears to be working even when the screen is turned off. In addition, reports are saying that the sensitivity appears to be quite high, leading to accidental triggers.
If you want to check out some other cool features from the developer build of Android 11 feel free to check out our recap.
Haslinda has worked with some of the largest telcos in North America and Asia. She loves tech and doesn’t like iPhone