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Android 12 is here, as a developer beta - here is what it brings

  1. CosmicPaladin
    Jelly Bean Feb 19, 2021

    CosmicPaladin , Feb 19, 2021 :
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    The last two weeks were very interesting, with the rumor mills churning out some screengrabs from Android 12, and looked like they had taken cues from the Clubhouse app on the color palette.

    While we are busy dividing ourselves into the "for" and "against" groups on the refreshed UI, Google has just dropped the Android 12 onto the Pixel phones, but in the form of Developer Beta – not meant for daily use, but as a way for developers to start preparing for a new Android version later in the year.

    All that aside, let's have a look at what are the new features coming to the very first developer preview:

    A fresh look to the settings menu & additions
    Hang on, we still aren't too sure of "themeing" options, but for now, there is a cool-blue color added to the settings menu pages, and this treatment is extended to the notifications menu from the homescreen as well.

    Up top, the search bar gets rounded edges with your profile picture container getting a more prominent size, next to the search bar.

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    A quick toggle to move into the elusive "dark mode" is what the settings screen starts with. With this option being so popular, Google seems to have sweetened the deal here.

    While we had the emergency options in the main container of settings, Android 12 now puts them all together into a "Safety & Emergency" logical category that houses Car Crash Detection, Emergency SOS, Emergency Info and such.

    Snoozing Notifications
    Just how many times we found some notifications intrusive but yet important to be looked into later in the day? No more cumbersome way of swiping and all that. A dedicated icon upfront will make it all easier to snooze your notifications.

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    "Nearby Share" for WiFi Credentials
    No more frustrating moments of changing your passwords to something that is easy to type and share, and then change it back, or copy em over or say it aloud. You can go beyond the QR Code and share the SID and Password via the already existing Nearby Share option with your selected family and friends. Finally!

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    Better UX for Screenshots
    I've banged my head many times just to find the "x" icon after taking a screenshot on the Pixels. Not anymore! You can now swipe em off the screen, just like you do on OnePlus devices.

    And what more, you can now add emojis on your screenshot, make edits, and deletes before sharing them with others or saving them.

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    Controlling media in Quick Settings
    It's very frustrating when every other media app showed up in the Quick Settings menu or lock screen and they accidentally play songs. You can now select which of the music apps you have can show up on there. Phew! No more embarrassments in meetings.

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    Curious new Toggle UI
    There's a new toggle design that can be seen in the Developer Settings. It's bigger, while also housing a visual cue in it. When you toggle it to indicate a selection, a tick mark is shown inside it. Reverse the toggle and you see a minus sign. Interesting UI change, as the color cues still exist. We will have to see if this style will make its way across the OS.

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    One-handed mode

    Before you get excited, it's just resizing the screen you're on. Not the kinda deal Samsung or OnePlus are doing on their latest software playing with the innards of the pages to make options more easily accessible for single-handed use.

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    Of course, there are tons more in terms of the API changes and additions that Android 12 brings in, that are of more interest to the developers. Like the support for more rich text support in the clipboard for images, haptic feedback usage, gesture taps, and so on. The aforementioned features are something that is more evident to the end-user!

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    We have a long way to go till we get into the user betas in May and then towards the more stable final release in Sep/Oct. Hope to see more interesting features on the Android 12, while we await the official naming.

    Do you know what dessert Android 12 can be? What new features do you think we may see? And what you think of what you've seen thus far? How do you see Oxygen OS evolving with this? Let us discuss it in the comments.

    P.S: Pic Credits - Android Authority
     

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  2. Cheetosdust
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Feb 19, 2021

    Cheetosdust , Feb 19, 2021 :
    Thank you for the informative thread, curious to know what the next DPs will bring - and still contemplating install them on my device. ;)

    Snow Cone, apparently. :cool:
     

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  3. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Feb 19, 2021

    Dresa91 , Feb 19, 2021 :
    Thank you for the thread :)
    Maybe I will flash Beta 1 on my Pixel 3 when it is available:)
    But the DP looks promising:)
     

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  4. Bhaveee
    Honeycomb Feb 19, 2021


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  5. KluGe
    Lollipop Feb 19, 2021

    KluGe , Feb 19, 2021 :
    OH NO!
    Not enough that so many of the 11-Beta-users pollute the forum with their redundand threads! :mad:
    Not enough that there are useless daily questions for a stable 11 version ...

    From now on all the (sorry for the following) dumb and useless questions regarding 12 will come in addition. :(

    Say bye bye to the forum as we (old boys) know it.



    Beta does NOT stand for better!
    Even if it sounds similar.
     
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  6. camohan
    Nougat Moderator Feb 19, 2021


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  7. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Feb 19, 2021

    dsmonteiro , Feb 19, 2021 :
    It's the circle of life.
     

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  8. Yash Pratap Singh.
    Jelly Bean Feb 19, 2021

    Yash Pratap Singh. , Feb 19, 2021 :
    Interesting...however many changes for the Devs, but less changes for the users.
    Anyways, 'when will my OnePlus 2 get Android 12'😂
     

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  9. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Feb 19, 2021

    Dresa91 , Feb 19, 2021 :
    Skipped - A13 will follow:p
     

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  10. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Feb 19, 2021

    dsmonteiro , Feb 19, 2021 :
    Android has been in an evolutionary process than a revolutionary one for quite a while now. Each version slightly tweaks the previous one, not really bringing major shifts.

    I think that's only natural as the software matures. It's also not a great user experience to have to re-learn how to use your phone every year simply because the changes were overwhelming.

    At the same time, some of the changes you see here, were also already present in other flavors of Android, like OxygenOS or others, making the change feel even smaller.
     

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  11. camohan
    Nougat Moderator Feb 19, 2021


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  12. Abdul Basith2
    Honeycomb Feb 19, 2021


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  14. yash00012
    Gingerbread Feb 19, 2021


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  15. Yash Pratap Singh. , via OnePlus Community App , Feb 19, 2021 :
    Definitely... didn't think of the relearning part 😬
     

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  16. Venky61
    OnePlus TV Expert Community Expert Feb 19, 2021

    Venky61 , Feb 19, 2021 :
    Thanks for the update.
    The blue color theme reminds me of the Windows XP theme that I accidentally switched and can't stand more than a min :rolleyes:
     

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  17. F_Anand_Raj_Viov
    Donut Feb 19, 2021

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    Ice Cream Sandwich Feb 19, 2021


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    Eclair Feb 19, 2021


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  20. philos64
    Community Hero 2020 Feb 19, 2021

    philos64 , Feb 19, 2021 :
    Android 12: How to get it on your Google Pixel device
    While the Android 12 Developer Preview is suggested is not suitable for end-users as it may not be stable, you can give it a try if you have any of the following devices:

    • Pixel 5
    • Pixel 4a 5G
    • Pixel 4a
    • Pixel 4
    • Pixel 4 XL
    • Pixel 3a
    • Pixel 3a XL
    • Pixel 3
    • Pixel 3 XL
     

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