Android 15 will add adaptive vibration to smartphones

Google’s Android 15 Beta 2 has received an update: a new feature called Adaptive Vibration. Highlighted by 9to5Google, this feature allows Pixel phones to adjust the intensity of the vibration motor by analyzing data from microphones and other sensors. Manual vibration response adjustment is not new to Android; however, Google has chosen to improve on this concept.

By default, the Adaptive Vibration setting is inactive. Google suggests that activating this feature enables the phone to adjust vibration intensity based on the surrounding environment, data from the onboard microphone, and other sensors. It is emphasised that the data collected in this way is not recorded. The Adaptive Vibration feature reduces vibration strength when the phone is placed on a table and increases it when on soft furniture.

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The new feature is distinct from the Adaptive alert vibration setting, which reduces vibration intensity when the phone is screen-up or when the screen is turned on. This feature made its debut with the Pixel 7a.

How the new feature will perform in real-life scenarios is yet to be ascertained. Android Authority notes that while the feature was present in earlier beta versions of the system, it is now available for practical use, even though it is still disabled by default.

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