Bubbles was a standout feature for Android 11 when it launched last year. The bubbles are akin to Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads and the dialer app takes this behavior when a user swipes out of the call screen. Notifications also appeared here and floated over the interface whenever a new notification came in for supported apps.
With the latest Android 12 Beta build rolling out to Pixel devices this week, app develops have to finalize their apps’ compatibility. What looks to be changing permanently is the ongoing phone call behavior on Android 12. This was pointed out by Android Police on the Beta 4 build of Android 12. The ongoing call is no longer in a Bubble, but rather a “Chip”.
Chips are colored pill-shaped icons in the status bar that show activity or process in the background such as a screen recording. As Android Police points out, the call chip appears in the status bar during an outgoing call and will show the elapsed time of that phone call once the recipient is connected.
The call notification has also been updated with a larger card and bigger buttons.
Source: Android Police
We don’t think that bubbles are going anywhere for now. If it was up to me, I’d say get rid of Bubbles and Facebook’s Chat Heads. Anyway, it is nice to see the default ongoing call behavior will be much less intrusive.