If you comply with our weblog, then I don’t suppose I have to inform you that Google launched the primary Android 12 builds final week (critically, we’ve posted a ton about it). While we’ve largely centered on revealing unreleased options, in the present day we’re stepping again and testing one of many new OS’s officially-announced options. One of the coolest-sounding options in Android 12 is the audio-coupled haptic impact, a characteristic that successfully guarantees to vibrate your telephone in accordance with the continued audio session. Google says it’ll let builders create extra immersive recreation and audio experiences, and after seeing it in motion, we’ve got to agree.Developer kdrag0n, who just lately gave us our first have a look at Android 12’s wallpaper-based theming system, needed to check out the brand new audio-coupled haptic impact characteristic, so he whipped up a fast app to see which Pixel telephones help the characteristic. According to the documentation for the HapticGenerator API, “HG is an audio post-processor which generates haptic knowledge primarily based on the audio channels. The generated haptic knowledge is distributed together with audio knowledge right down to the audio HAL, which would require the gadget to help audio-coupled-haptic playback.” Unfortunately, it appears like neither of Google’s newest Pixel telephones — specifically, the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 — help HapticGenerator. Google’s 2018 Pixel 3 doesn’t appear to help it both (admittedly, we solely examined the XL mannequin), however happily, Google’s 2019 Pixel 4 does.Google’s Pixel 4 helps Android 12’s audio-coupled haptic impact characteristic. Image credit: XDA Senior Member cstark27After confirming the Pixel 4 helps it, kdrag0n whipped up one other app utilizing the HapticGenerator API. This app generates vibrations primarily based on no matter music is enjoying on the gadget, and the result’s higher than we anticipated. Here are two movies, each recorded by XDA Senior Member cstark27, which showcase the audio-coupled haptic impact in motion:Daft Punk: One More TimeDaft Punk: Solar Sailer (Remixed by Pretty Lights)Google has toyed with audio-coupled haptics previously, however Android 12’s new characteristic is way extra versatile than something we’ve beforehand seen from the corporate. With the Pixel 3, Google ready customized vibration patterns to match every inventory ringtone, nevertheless it clearly isn’t attainable for them to create customized vibrations for each sound popping out of the audio system.This is why I believe Android 12’s new audio-coupled haptics may be one of many OS’s coolest options and why it’s unlucky that Google’s newest Pixel telephones appear to lack help for it. Haptic suggestions, when achieved proper, can actually elevate the smartphone expertise. While I can’t see many individuals utilizing this for music playback (how many individuals maintain their telephone of their hand whereas enjoying music?), I can see the way it’ll make gaming that rather more immersive on cellular.