A significant update has been released for Pixels on the latest Android 14 QPR2 beta, introducing an exciting new feature aimed at enhancing the user experience. With this update, users can now take advantage of an expandable Quick Settings tile designed specifically for Bluetooth, offering a more intuitive and interactive way to connect or disconnect their favorite devices.
Prior to this update, the Bluetooth tile on Pixel phones simply served as a basic toggle, allowing users to enable or disable Bluetooth connectivity with a single tap. However, establishing a connection with a specific device required a long-press, which then directed users to the Bluetooth page within the Settings app. This process was not the most efficient or convenient, often leading to accidental disconnects.
The latest beta version of Android 14 QPR2 addresses this issue by significantly improving the functionality of the Bluetooth tile. When users tap on the Bluetooth tile, a popup menu appears, similar to the Wi-Fi tile, providing a toggle and a list of recently connected devices, as well as any nearby devices available for pairing. This update allows users to seamlessly manage their Bluetooth connections directly from the Quick Settings, without needing to switch away from their current app.
While this update introduces an additional tap to the workflow, requiring some adjustment for users who frequently toggle their connectivity on and off, the overall response to this change has been positive. The ability to smoothly connect to another device without having to switch apps has been widely praised as a significant improvement in user experience.