Monday, December 27, 2021

Top 10 Android 12 Features You May Experience In Coming Updates

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After nearly eight months of developer previews and betas, Android 12 is finally a finished product. The new operating system is one of Google's most significant endeavors in years, with so many new capabilities and a major design overhaul. If you have a compatible phone, you should be able to install the update. You shouldn't have any big bugs or issues because it's a full release.

Google decided to rip up the script with Android 12, entirely reworking some of the visual elements to make it look, feel, and react differently to your onscreen gestures and button presses. Everything you need to know about the new operating system is right here.

1. The stunning new 'Material You' design

Material You, a new design approach introduced with Android 12, will be seen throughout all of Google's products, but it will begin with Android. It's Google's new tailored design language, in a nutshell. It is centered around you, as the name suggests.

It has a lot of rounded corners and flowing motions. It also implies that if you choose, you may have icons, typefaces, and menus that match the colors of your device wallpaper: To begin making changes, go to the main Android 12 Settings page and select Wallpaper & design.

2. Scrolling Screenshots

Scrolling screenshots have finally arrived on Android, allowing you to capture entire menus or webpages rather than just the current screen. It's incredible that Google has taken so long to offer this feature, but it's very welcomed. This functionality first appeared in the third beta build and has been present ever since. It's a simple assignment to complete. Take a screenshot as usual with Power + Volume Down, then hit the Capture More option to get a full scrolling screenshot. You can crop from there if you want. Furthermore, the screenshot editing portion has been improved with new features such as text adding and other improvements.

3. Improved auto-rotate

For most of us, auto-rotation is a crucial phone feature, and for years, auto-rotation was determined by our phone's accelerometer. When your phone is flipped on its side, it detects it, and the screen follows suit. With Android 12, Google promises that screen auto-rotation will be smoother, faster, and more accurate than it has ever been. It will even detect which way your face is aligned to assist you to determine whether or not to rotate the display, albeit that feature is only available on Pixel.

4. Nearby Share - Wi-Fi passwords

We've all been in that situation. You're having visitors over and need to share your WiFi with them, but you don't know the password. That problem has been resolved in Android 12.

So, in the past, you could share your WiFi password with a QR code. However, Android 12 adds the option to share it with those who are in close proximity. Simply tap the Nearby button beneath the code to activate the Nearby Share function. This looks for nearby devices, and you can tap on the one with which you want to share your WiFi credentials wirelessly.

And then all of a while, they're connected. This is effective since not simply anyone in the vicinity will receive the QR code containing the information. Only those with whom you choose to share it which is a useful security feature.

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5. Quick Settings and Notifications panel redesign

Without modifying the Quick Settings and Notification panel, there wouldn't be a new version of Android.

The Quick Settings pane, which you can access by swiping down from the top of the screen with two fingers, now has even more features and settings to control. Smart home devices, Google Pay, improved accessibility options, and more are all available in Android 12. Choose which buttons appear in the Quick Settings list by tapping the pen icon (bottom left).

The Quick Settings are now more pill-shaped. As a result, instead of three across, you'll only get two across. These toggles will be larger than before, but they will also provide you with additional information in that region.

The brightness toggle has also been thickened to make it easier to manage. The media controls are located beneath the Quick Settings. This shows up when you're listening to music or watching YouTube videos.

Then there are the notifications, which are basically unchanged but are receiving a makeover. The notification has a little more white space around the message and uses rounded corners, which goes well with most phones these days. Finally, the notification shade isn't translucent any longer. Depending on whether you're using dark mode or not, the background is either white or black.

6. Pixel phones - Quick Tap gesture.

For Pixel phones running Android 12, there's a double-tap gesture.

We saw a number of references to a double-tap gesture in the Android 12 developer previews, so it's possible it'll be included in Android 12. And now it has arrived. Go to Settings > Gestures > Back Tap to change it.

Back Tap allows you to capture a screenshot, access Google Assistant, play or pause media, browse recent apps, show alerts, or start a specific app by tapping the back of your phone twice, which you may select from almost any app on your phone.

7. Make Your Phone Game-Ready

With Android 12, Google follows the footsteps of other smartphone manufacturers by adding a specialized gaming mode that disables notifications while playing, improves hardware performance, and so on. You can set the dashboard shortcut to appear when you're gaming by going to Notifications, Do Not Disturb, and Schedules, then tapping the cog next to Gaming.

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8. Privacy dashboard

Android 12 brings new security and privacy features to the table, as it does with every new version of Android. You can check at a glance which permissions have been used in the last 24 hours by going to the main Settings menu and selecting the Privacy and Privacy dashboard. To check which apps have used it recently, tap permission. Furthermore, when you first run an app and it asks for your location, you can choose to give it simply an approximate position rather than an exact location.

In the fast shade menu, Android 12 has also added quick on/off toggles that disable the microphone, location, and camera so that no one can use them. When the camera or microphone is turned on, a small green dot appears in the top right corner of the screen. If you swipe down, you'll see a full icon, which you can press to check which app is taking pictures or recording sound.

9. Emphasis on the widget

In comparison to earlier Android versions, Android 12 places a greater emphasis on widgets. The widget selector has been totally redesigned to make scrolling and viewing easier. Widgets also feature a few new APIs to increase efficiency, interact with Material You theming, and even come with new widgets in Android 12. The new APIs assist developers in improving the appearance and functionality of widgets. Hopefully, it will motivate developers to update their widgets, as many of them still look the same as they did years ago. Plus, with Material You theming, personalizing widgets and making them blend in with your home screen will be a breeze.

10. Working together to make everything better

Google is also concentrating on making Android operate better with other Android devices, including those from competitors. It includes a new built-in Android TV remote, for example. This will allow you to operate your Android TV devices as well as log in to your apps on your TV.

Your smartphone will also serve as your auto key, thanks to Google. It is now collaborating with BMW and will be collaborating with other car manufacturers in the near future to achieve this goal. It will enable NFC and UWB, albeit UWB is currently supported solely by Samsung devices.

Fast Pairing will also be available for Beats headphones, which is surprising given that Beats is owned by Apple.

Finally, Google has made it easier to access images taken with an Android smartphone on a Chromebook. You have immediate access to them. It's similar to capturing images with your iPhone and quickly accessing them on your Mac or iPad.