Top 10 best features of Android 12
Google introduced Android 12 Beta 1 to Google I / O this week, after releasing three pre-beta developer previews. And now that the beta is here, we know what features will be available on Android 12. So we can talk about the best features for Android 12 now.
In previous years, there weren’t a lot of new user-friendly features in newer versions of Android. But it’s different this year. This is one of the biggest Android updates. So there are a bunch of new Android 12 features worth talking about. These are the best features of Android 12 coming to your smartphone later this year.
New privacy dashboard
Google has focused on privacy in recent versions of Android. But with Android 12, you get many more privacy features. Including this new privacy dashboard.
the Privacy dashboard will debut in the second beta, in June. But it will be a central area where you can see which apps are using which permissions. As well as the frequency and exact time of their use. As you can see in the screenshot above, it will show your most used permissions like location, camera and microphone. And how many apps have used them in the past 24 hours. It will also display the others, under “View other permissions”.
When you tap on any of these permissions, apps have used it and at what time. At the bottom of this screen, there will be a button where you can manage this permission and revoke it from certain apps, if you wish. This will make it easier for users to keep tabs on which apps are using which permissions.
New camera and microphone indicators
Continuing the focus on privacy, Google has also introduced new metrics for when the camera and microphone are in use. You will see the indicator in the upper right corner of the screen.
This is similar to what Apple has available on iOS. When the camera or microphone is in use, you will see a green (for the camera) or orange (for the microphone) light in the corner of the screen. And if you tap on it, it will tell you which app has used it recently.
On top of that, you can also slide the quick settings down, and you’ll see toggles for camera and microphone permission. You can press either (or both) to revoke permission. Without having to quit the app and dig into the settings to find it.
Beautiful new design “ Material You ”
Now this is probably the biggest change you will see during installation Android 12. And this is the new design that Google calls “Material You”.
Hardware You are going to be seen on all of Google’s products, but it will start with Android. Basically, it’s Google’s new custom design language. As you can see by the name, it is focused around you. As Matias Duarte said during Google I / O, “Material You explores a more humanistic approach to design. The one who celebrates the tension between design sensibility and personal preferences, and who is not afraid of emotion. “
One of the big things about Material You will be the custom themes, which we’ll talk about next here.
Themes to match your wallpaper
With the introduction of Material you, Google is also introducing new custom themes. Although it is not available in the first beta, Google has announced that it will arrive this fall. So it will probably debut in the stable version of Android 12.
Essentially, these themes will match the colors of your wallpaper. Using color science, Google is able to change the clock accent colors, widgets, and quick settings to match your wallpaper.
But, unlike classic themes, it’s not only available for the home screen, quick settings, and settings app. But it will be system-wide. Including third-party applications. Of course, developers will have to adjust their apps to work with Material You. However, Google apps will support it by this fall. We’ll believe it when we see it. Since it took years for some of its applications to adopt the material design.
Quick settings and notifications get the usual redesign
It wouldn’t be a new version of Android without Google playing around with the Quick Settings & Notification panel.
It’s still pretty familiar how Quick Settings and Notifications work in Android 12. But now the quick settings are now more pill-shaped. So instead of three through, you get two. This makes these switches bigger than before, but they can also give you more information in this area.
The brightness toggle is also a bit thicker, making it easier to move around. And under the quick settings are the media controls. That appears when you listen to music or watch YouTube.
Then there are the notifications, which are mostly the same, mostly getting a makeover. There is a bit more white space around the content in the notification, and it uses the rounded corners, which matches the display well on most phones these days. You can still expand them if you wish. And finally, the notification shade is no longer translucent. This is a white or black background, depending on whether you are using dark mode or not.
Control which media apps show up in quick settings
In Android 11, Google introduced media controls in Quick Settings, making it easy to adjust playback to what you’re listening to or watching. Now with Android 12 you can control which apps appear there.
If you go to Settings> Sound and vibration> Media, you can select or deselect the media apps you want to remove from this area.
The double tap gesture is finally here
Throughout the developer previews of Android 12, we had seen a number of references to a double-tap gesture that could happen in Android 12. And now it’s here. You can adjust it by going to Settings> Gestures> Back Tap.
In Back Tap, you can choose to double-tap the back of your phone to take a screenshot, access the Google Assistant, play or pause media content, view recent apps, view notifications or open a specific app. That you can choose from just about any app installed on your phone.
Make the screen darker at night
Dark mode makes using your phone at night much easier on the eyes. But Google has introduced a new feature in Android 12 that will improve this even further. It’s called “Extra Dim”. Now it’s not in the default quick settings, but you can add it. And it does exactly what you expect. This makes the display even darker. And this is also a notable change.
Google Assistant built into the power button
Google here takes a page from Samsung and Apple and lets you long press the power button to access Google Assistant. However, there is a big difference here. That is to say do not the default action. You will have to jump into the Gestures settings to achieve this.
So now when you long press the power button, you can go to the Google Assistant. Or you can always swipe your finger from the lower corners to get the assistant’s attention.
Make everything better together
Google is also focusing on how Android works with other Android devices and even its competitor’s products. For example, it includes a new built-in Android TV remote control. This will control your Android TV devices and make it easier to connect to your apps on your TV.
Google will also make your smartphone, your car key. He is currently working with BMW and will be working with other automakers in the near future to make this happen. It will work with NFC and UWB, although only Samsung smartphones support UWB at the moment.
Quick pairing is also going to happen to Beats headphones, which is rather surprising since Beats is owned by Apple.
Finally, with Chromebooks, Google makes it easier to access photos taken with your Android smartphone, on your Chromebook. You can access it instantly. Similar to taking photos with an iPhone and being able to instantly access them on your Mac or iPad.