Google is out sourcing ideas for improving Pixel device settings

The internal team of Google which is responsible for and handles Pixel software, settings, and device configuration was at Reddit yesterday in order that they may be able to get some of the biggest complaints about the daily usage of the flagship smartphone by users. The replies were naturally wide in range and thoughtful as well, keeping in mind everything from Bluetooth volume settings to Google Home integration and then to renewed calls for a system-wide dark theme which the company incorporated into the Pixel devices just a week past as a potentially new feature of Android.

The company wrote on Reddit thread that, “We don’t have any features or product plans to announce right now, but we hope to incorporate this feedback to improve your Settings experience on Pixel devices in the future. For any pain points or feedback you have, it would also be great if you could explain as much as you can about your context and why it is a pain point. For instance, if there’s a setting you toggle 20 times a day, explain the scenarios where you need to manage the setting. This will help us better understand how to address the problem.” The thread is yet active with nearly 700 comments and counting.

Close to the top are some solid suggestions. The most voted among them is, Make it so Pixel and Pixel 2 devices ignore “Hey Google” detection when connected to the same Wi-Fi network as a Google Home, or at the very least allowing users freedom to customize device-specific wake words. Another one is auto-join (a toggle for joining automatically recognized Wi-Fi networks), or disabling auto-join for unrecognized Wi-Fi networks. Some users brought to attention that both Samsung and iOS devices have that very option. Other suggestions, particularly the more specific ones include: a less sensitive or if possible an adaptive brightness system for the device that can be customized, app-specific auto-rotation options, and a quick toggle for the amount of time it takes for the display of the device to go to sleep.

Google seems to still be taking suggestions in the thread today, you can go over there to place yours.

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