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Google Tests Video Doorbell Previews on Your Pixel Lock Screen

The Pixel 6 and a Nest Doorbell.
Justin Duino, Google

When Android 12 launched in 2021, Google announced a bevy of new features for the Pixel phone’s “At a Glance” widget. And one of the most highly-anticipated of these new features, the ability to see Nest Doorbell previews on your Pixel lock screen, is now available to some users with the Google app beta (v13.0.6).

As reported by Mishaal Rahman, Google is rolling out a server-side update that adds Nest Doorbell previews to some users’ At a Glance widget. If someone rings your Nest Doorbell (or it detects movement), a small preview clip will appear on your lock screen, saving you the trouble of opening an app. (If you’re already on the Pixel home screen, you’ll see a small doorbell notification without a preview clip.)

If you’re a Pixel user running Android 12 with the Google app beta (v13.0.6), you can try to enable Nest Doorbell previews from the At a Glance settings. Just unlock your Pixel, press and hold on the At a Glance widget on your home screen, and enable “Doorbell.” (Bear in mind that this feature isn’t available to all beta users yet.)

I should note that other new At a Glance features, including the flashlight reminder, now show up in the At a Glance settings. But they don’t seem to work just yet.

Again, this feature isn’t widely available yet. You can try to force it on your device by installing the latest Google app beta from APK Mirror, but Google is only enabling it for a small handful of users. A wider rollout should happen in the near future.

Source: Mishaal Rahman via Android Police

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