Here’s another look at the lock screen shortcut customization feature Google announced at I/O

According to the latest report, Google announced the lock screen shortcut customization feature at I/O, you can check it below.

The available shortcuts include

  • QR code scanner
  • Flashlight
  • Video camera
  • Notetaking (see below for explanation)
  • Mute
  • Wallet
  • Camera
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Device Controls

The attached screen recording shows the lock screen shortcuts feature in action. Note that you can only place a single shortcut on both the left and the right and that you have to long-press a shortcut to activate it.

Most of the lock screen shortcuts are pretty self-explanatory. The wallet is greyed out because I haven’t added a card yet, while notetaking is greyed out because I don’t have an app set as the “default notes app.”

As we explained in an earlier thread, Android 14 adds support for a default notes app. The default notes app can use the new AppClips API/feature to trigger a screenshot to be taken that the user can edit before inserting it into a note.

Given that the Pixel Tablet supports USI style, I’m guessing this whole notetaking feature is intended for that device. Though Google hasn’t announced a 1P stylus accessory yet, and it doesn’t seem like Google Keep supports this feature either for now.

Lock screen shortcuts aren’t exclusive to Pixel, unlike the new wallpaper features. The shortcut code is available in AOSP (it’s called “keyguard quick affordances”) as is the documentation.

Hopefully, most OEMs enable this in their Android 14 builds!109:23 AM.

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