Android 13 QPR2 Beta is preparing to offer users the ability to change the lockscreen shortcuts on Pixel phones. Currently, Pixel phones offer two lockscreen shortcuts that are locked to Google Wallet and Home. However, with Android 13 QPR2, it looks like users will soon be able to select other functionality for these shortcuts.
According to a recent code review, in addition to Home and Wallet, users will be able to choose from the flashlight, camera, and QR code scanner as lockscreen shortcuts. This is a welcome change as it allows for more customization and convenience for the user.
Furthermore, Google is also introducing a new feature that requires users to “Press and hold to activate” the shortcuts, as opposed to the current simple tap. This is especially necessary for the flashlight and camera shortcuts to prevent accidental, in-pocket activations.
Lastly, there is also a sneak peek at what the Pixel UI change to the lockscreen “Shortcuts” might look like. It is modeled after the existing Wallpaper & style interface and although it doesn’t work yet, it gives users an idea of what to expect in the future.
All in all, the Android 13 QPR2 Beta update is shaping up to bring useful and much-needed changes to Pixel phone users. The ability to change lockscreen shortcuts, new activation method and a new UI design for shortcuts all add up to a more personalized and convenient experience for users.