The Phone app for Pixel and Nexus devices could be getting a handy little addition soon.
It looks like testing is underway for an in-call floating panel on Google’s devices. The discovery, made by 9to5Google, shows an icon will present itself on the phone’s screen similar to Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads. Tap the icon and the panel opens for quick actions for loudspeaker, mute, and hanging up. If you long-press on the icon, it’ll open the call’s status in the Phone app.
Version 11 of the Phone app is necessary to have any chance of using the feature for yourself.
Google hasn’t shared anything publicly regarding the feature, but it might be on the way in the coming weeks or months. Android O is set to be released by the end of the summer. Even if the feature doesn’t come with the new version of Android, it’s possible Google includes it with the upcoming Pixel 2. Or maybe we’re all overthinking this and Google will just scrap the in-call floating panel altogether.