Google often tinkers with settings in the name of progress, and Android 14 QPR3 is no exception. This update brings a change to how we manage keyboard vibrations that, frankly, feels like a step backward.

Remember that handy ‘vibration strength on keypress’ slider in Gboard that let you precisely adjust how intense those little buzzes felt with each keypress? It’s gone. I loved dialing that in just right. Now, Gboard simply hands you off to the system-wide settings, where all you get is a basic on or off switch for keyboard vibrations. This change was highlighted by 9to5Google.

I understand the appeal of streamlining settings, but this feels unnecessarily heavy-handed. Sure, most people might just want vibrations on or off, but some of us (myself included) appreciated that nuanced control. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s one of those small things that makes you question whether the developers are really on the same page as power users.

It’s possible Android 15 might bring back a finer level of adjustment, but for now, this change feels like a bit of a downgrade. This change aligns with Google’s broader push for a system-level vibration control center, first introduced in Android 15 DP1. However, it’s these kinds of “one-size-fits-all” updates that can sometimes leave users who like to customize their experience feeling a bit frustrated.

Do you agree the removal of the vibration strength control from Gboard is a step backward? Let me know your thoughts on the change in the comments section below.

Dwayne Cubbins
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My fascination with Android phones began the moment I got my hands on one. Since then, I've been on a journey to decode the ever-evolving tech landscape, fueled by a passion for both the "how" and the "why." Since 2018, I've been crafting content that empowers users and demystifies the tech world. From in-depth how-to guides that unlock your phone's potential to breaking news based on original research, I strive to make tech accessible and engaging.