Smart doorbell camera previews and other features may be available soon on Pixel smartphones running Android 12.

Smart doorbell camera previews and other features may be available soon on Pixel smartphones running Android 12.

Tech Highlights:

  • With the doorbell camera preview feature, when someone activates your video doorbell’s sensors, the app will send a text message, and the At a Glance widget will display a live video preview thumbnail on your Pixel phone’s lock screen. The feature will be customizable through a new settings menu created for the At a Glance widget.

  • On Pixel phones running Android 12, a new update may soon introduce new functionality to the At a Glance widget. A new beta version of the Google app offers additional features like doorbell camera preview and a reminder if your flashlight is on, as first reported by Android Police. A safety check notice for a starting countdown from the Personal Safety app is also included in the update, as well as displayable information about the linked devices.

According to the report, the new doorbell camera preview feature was tested using Google’s Nest doorbells. Although it should work with video doorbells supporting Google Assistant and the Google Home app, at the moment, there is no official information on whether the new feature will be compatible with other video doorbells as well. The new features added to the At a Glance widget are in beta testing and are available through a server-side switch. Currently, they are not accessible to everyone and there is no official information on when Google will release these new features.

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