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Redesigned Google Discover released for Android 12 beta, now it is card and descriptionless

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Google is soon going to reveal the next version of the mobile operating system, Android 12. At the moment, developer beta testing is going on, which is available for Google Pixel 3 and above model.

Recently, Google has released the new redesign of Google Discover. Firstly, the visual updated design of feeds was introduced in iOS and now started rolling out for Android 12 beta testers.

According to the information, the stories in discover feeds are no longer available in individual cards. Instead of this, they are directly placed on flat grey and white background in an approach that does remove padding but ends up being quite generic.

Additionally, Google is not really taking advantage of that gained space. As the articles no longer feature the first sentence and don’t have a description. Now, all you get is the cover image, headline, and publication logo.

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Without descriptions, until you open the article you will not get much information. Moreover, a new icon in the overflow menu in the bottom right corner now has share and heart button.

The new changes have applied to both the Google app and the feed to the left of most Android home screens. This description and cardless design have been available on the iOS Google app for quite some time now.

Earlier this month, the new look of the discover feeds has started, when Google made its logo left-aligned rather than centered. Moreover, the snapshot option is also placed in the bright circle beside your profile avatar.

Note: These changes currently not available on phones running earlier versions of Android.

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Google Android 13 reportedly restricts sideloading of apps

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Android 13 ceases sideloading of apps to avoid unofficial accessibility services

Google is making efforts to break down the path of apps sideloading with the newest Android 13 operating system. By doing so, the company will mark a full stop on all the ways that grant access to some accessibilities services.

According to the reports, Android 13 has initiated a new move for sideloading apps. As a result, it will become difficult for the users to install the applications outside of the official Play Store. However, Google defines a big reason for taking this step.

The reason behind this Restriction:

When a user performs any task out of the legal platform, it gives rise to several risks for the system. Google explains that when an individual installs any application from an APK file, it opens the gate for various phishing attacks and malware to enter the device. Thus, it becomes very easy for spammers to hack the internal system and read confidential matters.

Android 13 ceases sideloading of apps to avoid unofficial accessibility services

Users can still use Accessibility Services

Although the US manufacturer is trying to shield the privacy of its users, it hadn’t closed the access completely. Individuals still have a choice to sideload the applications. Users can enable or disable the dialog box question for the restricted apps accordingly. Further, users can activate the access in the “allow restricted settings”.

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A notable point that appears here is that Google is only making restrictions over the sideloading apps with Andriod 13. However, other fields like F-Droid and Amazon Stores would not show any such prohibition while installing such stuff.

The changes in these regulations might take place in the time ahead with a stable release of Android 13. But for now, the company is strongly denying the allowance of sideloading apps. One can see this ultimate variation with the call recording applications.

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Why Huawei phones have no Google apps: Reason

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Google apps come with a variety of services and can be found on any Android smartphone. Huawei was also in the same club but everything was changed since the events of May 2019 that lead us towards the removable of Google Mobile Services from phones launched after the above-mentioned timeline.

Time to dive into why you cannot access Google apps pre-built into new Huawei phones.

In May 2019, Huawei was included in the U.S. entity list, a special order from the U.S. commerce department. This order bans top Chinese entities including Huawei from purchasing or selling goods inside the U.S. territory. This results in the lack of access to required components to build new products such as new chipset as well as other important parts of the phone.

The follow-up event has brought in the entrance of Google, which announced to pull Google Mobile Services (GMS) certification eligibility from Huawei phones. Thereafter, new models and including Huawei Mate 30 series haven’t featured Google apps pre-installed coming out of the box.

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Old Phones retained GMS:

The entire scenario has created big havoc among consumers, and many concerns generated among the consumers since then. One of them came from existing smartphone users such as P30 and Mate 20 series that were launched with GMS. However, Huawei and Google later clarified the situation that phones launched before May 2019 and packs with Google services will continue to work as usual and receive software updates on time.

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Google Mobile Services (GMS):

Google Mobile Services or GMS consist of proprietary applications and application programming interface services from Google that comes pre-installed on Android devices including smartphones, tablets, and other eligible smart devices.

HMS:

To fill the shoes left empty in the absence of GMS, Huawei introduced Huawei Mobile Services AKA HMS. This suite includes various new applications and empowered its own application distribution platform – AppGallery to increase the number of developers.

Since Google’s app ecosystem is so vast and powerful, Huawei is continuously improving the developer’s support so that they can develop robust apps and bring them to the AppGallery application store.

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Conclusion:

So, here we are and now you could have a better understanding of why new Huawei phones don’t come with pre-installed Google applications in them.

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Android 12 Custom ROM Download Link [List]

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Android 12 Custom ROM

Google’s Android 12 is now official, the software maker is already out under the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Aside from the Pixel devices, Samsung and OnePlus’s top flagship are also eligible to enjoy the latest version of Android via the beta testing program.

Android 12 comes with a new user interface powered by Material You, smart features, a better and round UX design as well as numerous security enhancements over the previous version of the Android operating system.

The Android 12 Beta program will be initiated by other Android users such as – Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Realme, and other Chinese as well as international brands. Following a successful beta run, these device makers will send stable Android 12 based software skins to corresponding smartphones.

However, different OEMs have their own rollout and upgrade processes. For instance, some rollout procedure to major version takes time, while some wait even to begin the testing activity.

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Still, there’s another way that Android phone users can install the latest Android version using an “Android 12 custom ROM”. There are plenty of developers on XDA that made this possible and brought you a collection of Android 12 custom software builds.

Download Android 12 custom ROM, which enables you to flash your phone (eligible) with the Android 12 and install the latest software features on the devices.

To be mentioned, the possibility of BUGS and Issues in these custom software is likely to be there because these aren’t Official builds of the respective smartphone maker. Below you can download the latest custom Android 12 ROM.

Android 12 Custom ROM

1. Asus:

2. Lenovo:

3. Motorola:

4. Nokia:

5. OnePlus

6. Realme:

7. Samsung:

8. Xiaomi:

9. Essential

10. Google

11. LG

12. Raspberry Pi

13. Razer

14. Sony

15. HTC

Some known issues on OnePlus Devices:

  1. Encryption is not working, so it is disabled. If you have /data encrypted, do not flash this ROM without formatting /data first.

How to install these custom Builds on OnePlus:

  • Backup everything.
  • The provided zip can be installed using the TWRP recovery: clear data while doing that.
  • The ROM expects the firmware from OOS 10.0.1: different firmware is not tested.
  • GApps is not available for Android 12 yet.
  • The provided recovery allows only flashing signed images: use TWRP if you need to flash GApps or different packages.
  • If you want to keep the TWRP flashed, flash the persist_twrp.zip provided here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/aosponeplus/files/Misc/
  • And flash the TWRP image you prefer.

Information regarding the Xiaomi Android 12 Custom Build:

Features that are currently working on MIUI 13 build:

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  • Boots
  • RIL (Calls, SMS, Data)
  • Fingerprint
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera
  • Camcorder
  • Video Playback
  • Audio
  • Sensors
  • Flash
  • LED
  • GPS
  • Volte

Instructions :

  • Download the latest build and GApps
  • Reboot to recovery
  • Flash proper vendor and firmware
  • Flash the latest build and GApps
  • Reboot
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