The first beta of Android 12 introduces the redesigned notification and Quick Settings shade. The latter experience is seeing a slew of changes, and one of them sees a new “Alarm” tile for Android 12.
When Quick Settings are fully expanded, your next alarm no longer appears in the top-left corner. You still get a status bar icon at the right, but the day and time is no longer quickly glanceable. Android 12’s solution for this is a new “Alarm” tile that shows the same information, while a tap opens the Google Clock app for quick editing, not toggling on/off. When something is set, the tile is filled in. Otherwise, a click immediately lets you create a new one.
If just the notification shade is drawn and four QS tiles are shown in a grid, the day/time does not appear. You only get the icon and “Alarm.”
This new Alarm tile in light of the broader Quick Settings redesign is cleaner — fitting Google’s push to make UIs less dense, but some might not appreciate the trade-off of having to take up a QS space to show something that was previously persistently in the corner of their screen. Of course, Google could change this approach to the Alarm tile over the Android 12 Beta.
More about Android 12:
- Android 12 Beta 1: Clipboard notifications are coming and toasts now show their source
- Beta 1: Charging your phone now sends a wave of color across the display
- Beta 1: Power menu is blocked by Assistant, but an upcoming button will fix that
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