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End of troubles in the rain (or in the shower) ? Google Pixel has a magical solution

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Every year, smartphone brands offer technical improvements to the touch screen. But until today, they still struggle to make their products easy to use in all situations. For example, when it rains, the touchscreen goes wrong when there are raindrops on the screen.

But the good news is that Google may have found the solution, so that its Pixel devices remain usable in all situations. For the moment, he has not yet made an official announcement. However, by digging into the beta version of Android 14 QPR3 (a quarterly update), the Android Police site discovered the existence of a new feature in the development phase which will be called “Adaptive touch”.

A text found in the OS code would also indicate what this feature will be used for: “touch sensitivity is&#8217 ;will automatically adapt to your environment, your activities and your screen protector”. This appears to be an extension of the Google Pixel functionality, which already adapts touchscreen settings when there is a screen protector. It is important to specify that the leak discovered by Android Police does not indicate for what conditions the touch screen can be optimized. However, we can hope that rain is part of the scenarios imagined by Google engineers.

A feature of the Pixel 8 ?

For the moment, we do not have any further details on this new Google feature. We do not know when it will be available and we do not know which models will be compatible. But the Android Police site thinks that this will probably be offered on the PIxel 8 series models, since these models already have touch optimization, but only for screen protectors.

Otherwise, we will also note that the functionality developed by Google is reminiscent of a technology presented in 2023 by the OnePlus brand and called Rain Water Touch. As its name suggests, this technology allows a smartphone to be usable in the rain. However, OnePlus simply published a video comparing one of its smartphones to an iPhone, without giving details.

In any case, the possibility of Using a smartphone, even when water drops are present on the touchscreen, should complement the design of modern devices which, for the most part, have IP waterproof certification.

  • Android Police discovers, in Google's code, a functionality under development which would adapt the parameters of the touch screen
  • The idea is to optimize this screen for different scenarios
  • And it is possible that Google has developed a special setting for rain
  • Similar technology, presented in 2023, was developed by OnePlus, for rain

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116