In Android 12 Beta 4, we’re continually discovering new nuggets and adjustments, but one change that may divide opinion is how landscape notifications are now handled.
If your smartphone supports auto-rotation, being able to respond or see alerts in the proper orientation is a huge plus. Incoming notifications on Android 12 Beat 4 compress into a central place on your display rather than spanning the whole width of the notification shade, as first noticed by @Futur3Sn0w on Twitter.
Even while the context of an incoming notice stays the same, the number of Smart Reply choices is considerably decreased in these short alerts, as you can see below:
The smaller display on smartphones like the Pixel 5 might cut off portions of the UI, making it feel incomplete. However, some users may like the way Android 12 Beta handles notifications in landscape mode because arriving pings take up less space on your screen, whereas stacked alerts with a lot of text and profile photos frequently leave minimal graphical remains. Personally, I’m undecided about the change, but I don’t use my phone in landscape mode very much, save for some light gaming.
It’s worth mentioning that landscape notifications aren’t working in the Game Dashboard in Android 12 Beta 4 yet, despite the fact that the section displays when opened. It’s probable that a little more effort will be required to tie things together correctly.
If you spend a lot of time using your Pixel in landscape mode, let us know what you think of the more condensed notifications in Android 12 Beta 4 in the comments section below.