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Google Android 12 Features: Developer Beta 1

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Every year in the third quarter of the year, Google released its new Android version with the latest features. Likewise, this year the company is going to reveal, Android 12, which is expected to arrive somehow in September (stable release).

We are still six months away from the stable Android 12 launch, Google has released the first Developer Preview. It provides us early look and the latest changes and features as well as makes the developers familiar with the upcoming Android OS.

Google doesn’t open all its cards, it’s just a beginning to create excitement among the consumers. Most of the design elements and features are reserved for the official launch.

To be mentioned, the Android 12 Developer Preview is available for Google Pixel 3 and above models at the moment. The interested Pixel users can download and check the full timeline of Android 12 beta to the stable release.

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Let’s take a look at new features and changes, which are introduced with Android 12 for developers listed and detailed below:

Android 12 features:

New Material NEXT design: Google comes up with new changes to the user interface including home screen, lock screen, notification bar, and more.

New Accent color: With Android 12, the UI takes up a bluish tint visible in both light and dark themes. The light blue accent can be seen in the System UI within system apps, including Settings.

Lock screen: The lock screen has a translucent layer in the background and the animation for the pattern unlocks also appears slightly bouncier.

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Notification: In this, the conversations and notifications are merged together and a translucent background with a lighter overlay in the background.

Quick setting: The default Quick setting options added a new DND and Battery Saver toggles to the first card by moving the mobile data toggle to the second card. The inactive Quick Settings tiles now show a light blue color instead of gray, but there’s no visible change in the icons.

Accessibility settings: In this section, the font size, display size, and dark theme menu are merged into text and display options, as well as horizontal lines, divide different menu options have been removed to provide a clean look.

Bigger toggles in settings: Settings offer a bigger and more elaborate toggle at the top of the page that differentiates it from other toggles below it.

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One-handed mode: Just like other brands, Google interface is ready for easier one-handed usage and also added a Feature flag called “Silky Home” for the native One-handed mode that pushes the items on a page further down to make them more easily accessible.

Scrolling screenshots: After third-party Android skin, Google has finally added this feature for taking scrolling screenshots.

Improved widgets: With Android 12, Google is trying to match up to iOS 14’s widgets by adding what appears to be widget stacks where you can scroll left or right on similar widgets.

Emojis on screenshot markup: It allows you to add the annotations to the screenshots you have taken and the markup menu is adding an option to let you add emojis alongside other notes or doodles.

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Notification snooze: With Android 12, a new button is introduced to snooze unimportant notifications. However, the feature was first added in Android Oreo, but the half-swiping has limited its usage.

Reset notification ranking: In Developer options, you can also turn on the Adaptive Notifications Ranking and Adaptive Notifications priority to let Android rearrange your notifications based on how you interact with different apps. With Android 12, you now get the ability to reset this ranking now if it is not according to your liking.

Media controls: Google improves the media control appearance from previous ones. Now, the media player covers more space with a bigger media artwork and icon for the device without its name.

Picture-in-Picture improvements: It gets new pinch-to-zoom functionality for the Picture-in-Picture feature, as predicted earlier.

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Nearby share for Wi-Fi Passwords: It makes password sharing easier, you can share Wi-Fi passwords using Nearby share without any effort.

Redirect Vibration to gaming controllers: It offers the ability to redirect haptic feedback data from the smartphone to a gamepad or a gaming controller in case you are using one.

Privacy indicators: Google is preparing to add explicit warnings to turn on microphone and camera usage, even in system apps Camera and Recorder.

Permission dialog: The permissions dialog box that shows up has been slightly tweaked. For some apps that need to access the microphone or location, you now get a shortcut to allow always access in settings.

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Safety feature: The safety features get promoted as top-level settings and can be directly accessed from the first page of Settings.

Amy is our firmware and software specialist, she keeps her eagle eyes open for new software rollouts, beta programs, and other software related activities as well as new smartphone launch.

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Android 13 Launch Delayed: What about Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, Oppo, Vivo and more?

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Earlier this year, Google began testing Android 13 on Pixel devices and the Android maker has now reached stability mode and taken as the final version of Android 13. However, the official launch of Android 13 has been delayed.

Later in July, Google officially confirmed that the Android 13 launch is around the corner but the launch is indefinitely delayed. In the meantime, Google didn’t make any further remarks or statements on this matter.

Even after reaching the stability mode, why Google has delayed Android 13? Will it affect the release of Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and other Android smartphone makers? Let’s find out. We’re keeping Huawei out of this since the phone maker is not an official partner of Android mobile services.

Samsung:

Last week, Samsung opened One UI 5.0 beta testing in different markets. According to Sammyfans, the South Korean phone maker has based this custom mobile software skin on Android 13. That’s not it, the company has already started expanding the testing program in the U.S. right after the announcement, which is kind of a fast pace testing as compared to the past year.

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OnePlus:

During the launch of the OnePlus 10T on August 3, OnePlus officially announced OxygenOS 13, which is based on Android 13. The company is testing this new software in beta on OnePlus 10 and 10 Pro devices, since the initial beta program.

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Realme:

On August 4, Realme confirmed Android 13-based One UI 4.0 beta testing for Realme GT 2 Pro smartphone. This update comes with a number of new early access features powered by the new Android version. However, it’s yet to confirm for more Realme devices.

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Xiaomi:

Xiaomi also has its own version of Android 13-based MIUI – MIUI 13. The company is testing this software on Xiaomi 12 series both for Chinese and global models. However, a wide testing activity is yet to open.

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There is also another Android phone maker including Vivo, Oppo, Lenovo, and more that has started closed and open beta activities starting in August. It seems like, Google has given permission for all of the Android phone manufacturers to begin beta programs. So that Google could feature them during the official Android 13 launch.

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Hence, the Android 13 release delay has not affected anything in the process…

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Samsung One UI 5/Android 13 brings Huawei derived camera feature

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Huawei has been the mobile camera king for a long time, and it’s the only company that has brought revolution and evolution to the mobile camera industry. Whether you talk about, the first-ever dual camera, first-ever triple camera, quad, Penta, just name it, Huawei has done it first in place for all.

That’s not it, Huawei has not only worked on the count but also on technologies such as the Periscope camera that has first in the world produced with P30 Pro and later adopted by smartphone makers such as Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Samsung.

Especially, Samsung, which may have used the camera features from Huawei but is yet to perfect them such as the camera zoom.

In the latest edition, Samsung has launched One UI 5.0 beta testing based on the Android 13 software version. This new version of Samsung One UI 5.0 comes with a new camera feature that is derived from an old Huawei camera trend.

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What feature? It’s called – the camera watermark, as found by SammyFans, Samsung has brought in a new camera watermark feature with Samsung One UI 5.0, which has been long been and first started with Huawei phones.

Yes, Android phone makers share features and adopt each other’s progress, while there’s no strange thing in it, which needs to be mentioned. However, when these things occur, we should gladly credit the originator.

In terms of access, the One UI 5.0 users can access this feature by visiting the Camera app, and then Settings. From here, tap on the watermark and enable the slider to activate this feature.

However, One UI 5.0 has further improved the watermark feature, which is worth praising, the advancement allows consumers to enable custom or date and time watermarks. However, on Huawei phones, the camera can only print the name fo the phone along with camera technology.

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Android 13 brings new Digital Wellbeing Bedtime mode

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Google is quite busy with the latest development procedure for the Android 13 system. The company is trying to implement some magnificent features that could enhance the user interface and bring a new level of experience for its consumers. And one such feature is the Digital Wellbeing Bedtime mode for Android 13.

The US manufacturer has revamped the Bedtime Mode of Digital Wellbeing for Android 13 with the latest version 1.1.463639936.beta (409068). This beta rollout now adds a ‘Dim the wallpaper’ option that undoubtedly increases the visual experience on your respective device. Besides, you will catch some new changes as you will proceed to access the feature.

What are these changes? Let’s understand them one by one.

To begin with, Google has added a new Material You-themed UI on Android 13 for Bedtime mode. Consequently, this addition will make it more convenient to access and manage the feature. On the other hand, as soon as you will enter the Digital Wellbeing app, you will catch a new card-based list for the all functions.

Again, this card-view will make it more efficient to acknowledge a particular feature and its usage on the device. Alternatively, the first card describes the real-time status of the Bedtime mode with an instant ‘Turn on now’ tab.

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Android 13 Digital Wellbeing Bedtime mode

When you’ll click this tab, it will open a sleepy animation block with further two options: Turn off for now, and Pause for 30 min. Ahead, you will find the Bedtime routine section which works as a schedule function. You can enable it while charging or can manually control the features on your smart gadget.

Dim the Wallpaper option

The last option reads as Customize. Although, this option has already included the ‘Do Not Disturb for Bedtime mode’ and ‘Turn off Bedtime mode at next alarm’ functions. Yet, a new expansion is the ‘Screen options at bedtime’.

As the term reflects, it provides you with a few options as to how you can customize your screen while bedtime. These options comprise the following:

  • Grayscale
  • Keep the screen dark: Turn off the Always-on display
  • Dim the wallpaper
  • Dark theme

As mentioned, Dim the wallpaper option highlights the background more effectively. Moreover, it will showcase quite an interesting combination with the Nature-inspired wallpaper collection of Pixel 6a devices.

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