Google Pixel status bar call in progress bullet replaced with notification bubbles

New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….

The original story (published February 12, 2022) follows:

The first stable version of the new operating system was already available for these devices from October 2021.

Since the launch of Android 12, Google has continued to work on pushing updates with additions, improvements, bug fixes, and more to its mobile devices.

However, a change brought by the February Android 12 update for Google Pixels does not sit well with some users. The change affects how calls in progress appear in the UI.

Apparently, the “calling bullet” in the status bar that Google Pixel phones received last year is no longer present after the February update, replaced by notification bubbles (1, 2, 3, 4).

The current call chip Google Pixel in the status bar

The ongoing call chip was one of many cosmetic changes in Android 12. It’s basically a kind of pill placed to the left of the status bar (at the top of the screen).

The aforementioned “pill” remains in the status bar while the call is in progress. It displays a phone symbol and the current call duration. In addition, its color automatically adapts to the background (Material You theming).


When the user taps the call in progress chip, the Google Phone app opens. The call in progress notification in the notification shade is also different with a smaller size and additional options (like “Mute call”).

For those unaware, the previous method of displaying the call in progress was an intrusive notification bubble. So the current call chip was a welcome addition.

The feature disappeared in the February update

However, the February 12 Google Pixel Android update rolled back the change and reverted to notification bubbles. This bothers many users who prefer the more minimalist style of the current call chip.

Is the call duration chip missing from the status bar?

Hey, I loved Android 12’s design of showing call duration in the status bar during a call when you switch to another screen/app.

Recently I started using the “chat/bubble head” again and I can’t figure out how to get the chip back. Does anyone know if this was a design change or if there is an option to bring the chip back?

The phone application no longer uses the “chip” (back to the bubble?)

On an updated Pixel 6 Pro and my phone app started using the bubble again. At first it was with the new bullet style notification, but now that’s gone too and it’s just a regular old notification again. Anyone else see this?

It is not yet clear if this is an intentional change by Google or some kind of bug in the update. Affected users will have to wait for an official statement on this for more details.

We will update this article once new updates related to Google Pixel Missing Current Call Chip appear.

Update 1 (February 16)

2:18 p.m. (IST): A Google Community Product Expert confirmed that this issue has been forwarded to the development team for further investigation and also asked affected users to send their feedback from the Phone app.

Update 2 (February 26)

7:10 p.m. (IST): One of the affected users underline Disabling app display on others solves this problem, however, it comes back after some time. So this can only be used as a temporary workaround.

Update 3 (06 April)

4:43 p.m. (IST): The issue where the call in progress bullet in the status bar is replaced by notification bubbles is marked as “Will not resolve (intended behavior)” on Google Issue Tracker. That means it won’t be fixed, at least not in Android 12.

REMARK: You can also check the dedicated bug/issue tracker for Android 12 on Google Pixel phones.

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