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Next Android update is bringing a much-missed feature back to Pixel phones

One of the perks of owning a Pixel phone is that – as well as new Android versions and security patches – you also get a quarterly Pixel Feature Drop, which includes new features and improvements, and June’s drop has got some people extremely excited.

The beta is available now, and that’s led Reddit user schrombear_23 to discover that Google has brought back the vibration mode icon on the status bar, so that you can see at a glance whether your phone is on vibrate.

This is an incredibly small change but also an extremely useful one, since no one wants their phone loudly ringing at an inopportune moment, and with this you can instantly be sure that your handset will only vibrate. It’s a feature that the Pixel line used to have, but which for some reason was removed a while ago.

A Pixel settings screen showing the vibrate icon and toggle

(Image credit: schrombear_23)

But Google has gone slightly beyond just adding the icon. It’s also added a toggle to the sound and vibration settings screen, which lets you hide the vibrate icon if for whatever reason you prefer not to see it (perhaps you don’t like a cluttered status bar).

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