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Here’s why Android 12 is still popular among users

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Google has launched the Android 13 operating system with a giant bundle of enhancements and features. Still, Android 12 still manages to top as a popular mobile upgrade.

There is a lot to explore when it comes to the Android 12 operating system. From the system and UI changes to the advanced privacy settings, the company has offered some amazing gifts to its users in the form of Android 12.

No doubt, Android 13 packs some new additions over its predecessor. On the other hand, you will only find many redesigns and some general improvements to the internal surface.

Also Android 12 lands on the consumer’s device with various interesting and reflective tools. Therefore, a huge number of changes and functionality made Android 12 a popular upgrade.

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Android 12 biggest change – Material You

Material You is the first and foremost change that excites users about Android 12. Google generated a unique theme engine code – monet for its software. This code develops vibrant color pallets taken directly from the phone’s wallpaper.

The tech spreads this color system to the entire UI, providing a new look to your Android device. However, Android 13’s Material You further improves material you with new additions such as adaptive icons.

Android 12 popular upgrade

Advanced Privacy Features

Android 12 privacy features deserve appreciation. A few tools that caught my eyes are:

  • Privacy Dashboard
  • Reduced Location Access
  • Clipboard Notification
  • Camera and Microphone Access

Privacy Dashboard: The privacy dashboard informs how often an application access device’s location, camera, and microphone. As a result, you have the power to block any suspicious app from accessing your smartphone.

Reduced Location Access: With Android 12, users can control the location. Instead of the precise location, the apps can only fetch an approximate location. Accordingly, you can decide whether to share your exact location or just an approximate location including a distance diameter over your actual location.

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Clipboard Notification: Clipboard access is simplified and added a pop-up message (Toast text). It will also alert you when any app access your clipboard.

A clipboard is a hub of sensitive information or copied content. As a result, an app could read and store anything from cache memory. Therefore, the clipboard memory leakage security has been further improved in Android 12.

Camera and microphone access: Android 12 enables you to easily disable the camera and microphone access, using quick settings. Moreover, this action will not result in the app’s crashing issues.

Could have been better

Android 12 could have been more efficient with comfortable toggles and easy-to-use functions. For instance, the performance class feature that often becomes quite confusing for users. However, we cannot ignore the other responsive components of this iteration.

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There is a lot to explore when it comes to the Android 12 operating system. I will not say that Android 12 is a perfect operating system. Every build has some pros and cons and so does the respective software. But, Android 12’s simple but progressive features make it favorable among consumers.

Android 13:

Another reason is, Android 13 brings some platform limitations, which is not the case with Android 12. However, the Android 13 is still under beta test in major OEM devices such as Samsung. Meanwhile, it’ll take some time to rollout this software in all of the eligible Android devices.

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Despite being an Android babyface, Samsung failed to understand dynamic theme in 2022

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2022 is the year of Android 13 and Android phone makers spotted sending this software update with improved dynamic theme options, but as a babyface, it seems like Samsung still has not learned the core concepts of the dynamic theme.

Introduced with Android 12, the Material You powered dyanamic theme brings brand new settings to tweak the user interface. Instead of being just a feature, the dynamic theme became a part of Android’s soul. With Android 13, Google further polished the dynamic theme so it could be adapted to all Android devices.

Dynamic Theme (Simple version): Once you apply a new wallpaper, the phone generates a range of colors based on that wallpaper. The set of colors is called a color palette and it is then applied throughout the user interface.

Following the decline of Huawei, Samsung is enjoying unlimited Android prowess. It’s projected as a major Android promoter and a babyface. And why not? After all, the South Korean phone maker keeps on posting new mobile shipment records.

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However, the handling of the dynamic theme in One UI 5 (which is based on Android 13) shows that Samsung wasn’t serious about being an Android babyface in 2022.

You may want to know, how I reached this conclusion and why Samsung is a failure when it comes to precise work. Let’s find out together.

Appearance:

The user interface is all about appearance, and so does the dynamic theme. Using the dynamic theme on Samsung One UI 5 is different from stock Android 13.

Note: I’ve used the same pixel wallpaper on both Samsung and Pixel devices. So, we can keep the comparison on the same level.

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Home Screen:

Below is the home screen, which looks as usual on both One UI 5 and stock Android 13.

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Quick Settings:

Both of the quick settings are using Material You in elements, such as quick access icons and sliders. However, the background on stock Android 13 is solid and remains black. On the other hand,  Samsung uses a translucent background in the quick settings, which has not changed even with the Android 13. It is Samsung’s way of implementing features. While in some scenarios, this way obstructs the viewing experience.

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Quick settings

For example, the translucent background is now reflecting the colors of the app opened in the background. It also compromises the look and feel of the quick settings icons and the whole quick settings UI. But it becomes subtle when used on top of the Settings menu.

Below you can check the example of the quick settings opened over the following screens.

(Left – on top of home screen wallpaper, on top of Play Store, on top of Settings menu).

Quick Settings

Settings:

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The setting is an important part of UI, which we access at least once a day. The layout, font, and elements are different in these two softwares. But Samsung used a slight proportion of the color palette in the Settings’ background and remain neutral for applying to the rest of the user interface.

Settings menu

Themed Icons:

I love themed icons because it brings a new look to the app icons. However, Samsung’s way of doing things is a little more disappointing than what it actually looks.

Below you can check Samsung One UI icons painted with color pallets alongside stock android icons. The use and management of contrast in the background and tint on the shape (size too) are super lazy on One UI app icons.

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On the flip side, stock Android gets these things done in the best way possible.

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There’s further inspection on this available, apply Dark Mode and see the change.

dark mode

Verdict:

We don’t need to explain the results. But It is certainly not nice to implement the dynamic theme for the Android babyface Samsung in 2022.

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What could’ve happened?

If possible, Samsung should’ve to blend more into the material rather than bleed into the material. Improve icons, and check visibility levels of the UI elements and the current issues may resolve to an extent.

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MagicOS 7/Android 13 beta rolling out for Honor phones

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Last month, Honor announced Android 13 based MagicOS 7 and its beta is now rolling out for several models. The rollout is confirmed on various models mentioned in the official roadmap.

According to the information, Honor MagicOS 7 is released for closed beta testers and selected participants will move to public beta in the next phase. After completing the beta test, Honor will send stable MagicOS 7.

Let’s look into the models and their corresponding Honor MagicOS 7/Android 13 beta versions:

Honor Magic V:

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The phone is receiving MagicOS 7.0.0.101 upgrading from Magic UI 6.0.0.185.

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Honor Magic 3 Series:

Honor Magic 3, Magic 3 Pro, and Magic 3 Supreme Edition are receiving MagicOS 7.0.0.107 upgrading from Magic UI 6.0.0.139.

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Honor Magic 4 Series:

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Honor Magic 4, Magic 4 Pro, and Magic 4 Supreme Edition getting MagicOS 7 version 7.0.0.108 version upgrading from Magic UI 6.0.0.178.

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Honor V40:

Honor V40 series is also eligible to download MagicOS 7 closed beta with version 7.0.0.121 users will have to download Magic UI 4.0.0.201 and 205 to participate in the beta activity.

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MagicOS 7:

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Honor MagicOS 7.0 is a people-centered intelligent interconnection ecosystem, it continues to improve AI Services. The software is also released with a personalized OS, protects privacy and security proactively, and updated the accessibility operation.

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Beta:

It’s noted that the active rollout is spreading as Log and Nolog software packages.

Global:

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Currently, Honor is conducting these beta activities in China and it may soon open for global users of these devices.

Notes:

  • All of the eligible Honor smartphone owners must have to download the required firmware version before upgrading to MagicOS 7 closed beta.
  • During the closed beta testing, users are recommended to join the software user experience improvement program. You can report or suggest features to support closed beta testing environments.
  • This software update won’t erase your data but it’s recommended for you to make a backup of important files.
  • Users are suggested to update system apps to meet the compatibility.

(source – Honor 1, 2, 3, Reddit)

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Google releases new Android features with reading mode, creative emojis, and more

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Google is releasing a huge bundle of new Android features including advanced reading mode, innovative emojis, a useful pic editor, and many more. Eventually, these tweaks will offer effective and improved functioning to your device.

As per the inputs, the US tech giant is celebrating the holiday season. And to bring exclusive benefits to its users, the company has extended Android’s feature section with various goodies-like elements.

To begin with, Google has added a new reading mode to the Android features list. It counts as an accessibility feature and helps in reading and extracting text from web pages and other eligible applications.

Moreover, it provides customizing options for display, fonts, speed, and more. As a result, you can adjust the brightness, and font size, or can use the text-to-speech option (with speed control) to access the web pages more efficiently.

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Being an accessibility feature, the reading mode is very useful for those with vision impairments, or low eyesight problems. You can check and install the latest reading mode app from HERE.

Google Photos – Pic Editor

Yes, the US manufacturer has added a new collage editor to the Photos application. Consequently, you can create ultimate collages and give a new look to your memories. Just pick a handful of images, select the design or templates, and arrange the snaps accordingly by the simple drag-and-drop method.

A cluster of new emojis!

To enhance the chat experience, Google has tossed several new emojis in the Gboard. Since it’s the holiday season, you will find some relatable emojis such as holiday flair, wolf stickers, snowflakes, and more.

YouTube Search Widget and Google TV features

Now you will find a new search widget on YouTube’s home screen. Ultimately, this will help you to have a quick search of your libraries, shorts, and other subscription content without puzzling between several tabs or sections.

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Meanwhile, the company has made the functions of Google TV more convenient. Now you can directly cast the phone objects, and services on your Google TV as well as browse other apps with just one tap. To access the app, click HERE.

Digital Car Key

Now you can lock or turn on your car by just using your smartphone. The company has installed the digital car key feature in the Google Wallet in such a manner that within a few steps you can access your smart vehicle.

Furthermore, you can share your digital car key with your friend and family. This also allows you to keep an eye on who is accessing your car, using the Google Wallet app.

In addition to these features, Google is also performing some tick-tacks to its Wear OS. The latest information suggests that the company is making the Wear OS widgets and tiles more efficient to use. Alongside this, it is also upgrading some major apps.

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So Android users, enjoy this holiday season with new and bashing features on your smart gadgets.

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