The update to Android 14 QPR2 beta 2 has been out for about a week now. The focus was more on bug fixes and improvements, but Google also included little tricks under the hood that are continuing to surface. First spotted by 9to5Google, it appears the latest Android 14 QPR2 beta 2 update now shows Quick Settings tiles in the Pixel Launcher search results.

We’ve already seen the Pixel Launcher gain the ability to show app names in two lines on Android 14 QPR2 beta 2. But it seems that’s not everything the launcher got after this update. Apparently, the Pixel Launcher is about to get a major search upgrade, bringing the familiar Quick Settings tiles directly to your fingertips. Search for “Wifi” or “Do not disturb,” and boom – you’ll see the corresponding tile appear with full functionality, just like in the Quick Settings panel.

This means instant access to a wider range of controls directly from your home screen. Need to toggle Do Not Disturb or share your Wi-Fi password? No need to swipe down twice – the Pixel Launcher search brings these settings right to the top of your results. But upon exploring our Android 14 QPR2 beta 2 devices, there was no sign of Quick Settings tiles in the Pixel Launcher search results, which suggests it’s likely available for a select few.

These tiles are fully interactive, mirroring the functionality of their counterparts in the Quick Settings panel. This includes essential features such as Internet, Bluetooth, Hotspot, DND, Camera/Microphone access, Screen Cast, Screen record, Home/Device controls, Location settings, Battery Saver, and more. But it’s worth noting that non-system or third-party app tiles, such as Digital Wellbeing, do not currently make an appearance in this context. Below is a screenshot of the current search results in the Pixel Launcher on our Pixel 8 and Pixel 7a units running Android 14 QPR2 beta 2.

Quick-Settings-tiles-in-Pixel-Launcher-search-results-2

As you can see, the feature isn’t available on our units. But it’s clear that this new integration will replace the existing “From your apps” section for settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, offering a more uniform and easily discoverable experience. Plus, it surfaces actions you might not have known existed, like turning on the flashlight or scanning a QR code, all within the familiar Quick Settings interface.

Hillary Keverenge
2197 Posts

Tech has been my playground for over a decade. While the Android journey began early, it truly took flight with the revolutionary Lollipop update. Since then, it's been a parade of Android devices (with a sprinkle of iOS), culminating in a mostly happy marriage with Google's smart home ecosystem. Expect insightful articles and explorations of the ever-evolving world of Android and Google products coupled with occasional rants on the Nest smart home ecosystem.

Next article View Article

Google Messages RCS chats might get a background wallpaper to make them stand out

It seems that Google wants to avoid any type of confusion about when you are using normal SMS/MMS chats or RCS chats in its Messages app, since they will...
Dec 18, 2023 1 Min Read