Android slices for certain device settings appearing on Google Pixel devices


Last year at Google I/O, Google announced Slices, a new API for app developers to allow users to interact with app content from searches within the Google Search app. or the wizard. As with many things announced at Google I/O, they often take a long time to materialize (if at all). Now it looks like we’re seeing the Android Slices extension rolling out to some settings on Pixel phones.

Searching for various settings-related items like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi brings up an inline toggle for that setting in the search results. These results are noted by the application icon (Settings) in the list of results.

Search item results appear as you type with the toggle appearing very early in your typing for some (Bluetooth) but requiring more of a search term for others (Wi-Fi), much like a usual search prediction occurs – see below:

Google has demonstrated other slice examples for in-depth use that are more complex than the examples above, but you can be sure they’ll show up before too long. On the Android developer website, Google has also shown other examples of slices in action and they can be used by any app developer to quickly provide app information to the user. Google’s other examples like mobile data and brightness level aren’t showing up yet, but keep an eye out for when they do.

While Google is always looking to get more and more people to use their search app, you can be sure that they will be rolling out more slices to various system UI features in the coming weeks and months. which will make your browsing on your Android device much faster.


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