Google could launch a Pixel-only Game Mode with Android 12

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There have been rumblings about Google working on a dedicated Game Mode for Pixel devices, but it hasn’t really shown up other than in strings of code. That’s changed with the first Android 12 beta, as references to Game mode have been found (via Android Police) under the Do Not Disturb settings.

Navigate to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb > Schedules, you’ll see Game mode already pre-selected. Tapping on it takes you into a Game Menu, where there are toggles for things like forcing a game to go full-screen, enabling YouTube Live streaming, and of course, enabling Do Not Disturb.

However, none of these options are actually usable and are likely just placeholders for an official launch later on. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Google will remove this entirely with beta releases later on before the final launch of Android 12 in the Fall. It wouldn’t be the first time that Google has removed a feature after it appeared in either the Developer Preview or the beta.

If Google were to finally and officially launch a dedicated Game Mode for Android 12, it wouldn’t come as much surprise. Outside of the gaming phones like the RedMagic 6, other phone makers like OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi, and others already have game modes of their own for users to take advantage of.

We’ll have to keep an eye on this as the beta program progresses, but if it actually makes it to the final release, we’ll be pretty excited about it. Especially if those leaked Pixel 6 Pro renders are real with that big and beautiful display.


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