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On Android 12 Beta 5, the Pixel Launcher's search bar can find (almost) anything

On Android 12 Beta 5, the Pixel Launcher's search bar can find (almost) anything

Search is an almost universal element of human interface design, but it's still largely limited by context. In Android 12 Google has been expanding that to allow a single search from the home screen cover everything — your apps, contacts, settings, and wider content from the web via a link. While we've seen glimpses of this functionality in earlier betas, Beta 5 seems to be opening it wide.

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Android 12's stable release date may have just leaked

Android 12's stable release date may have just leaked

Last week, Google published the fifth (and most likely final) Android 12 beta, saying that the stable release was only a few more weeks out. We originally speculated that the day could come as soon as September 13, which would be today. But in case that doesn't pan out, XDA's Mishaal Rahman managed to obtain an internal Google document that could point to a much later date: October 4.

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Android 12 Beta 5 fixes the annoying square search bar

Android 12 Beta 5 fixes the annoying square search bar

Among the more vexing changes in the Android 12 Betas to date has been the apparent bug that caused the search bar/widget built into the Pixel Launcher to lose its curves, not just appearing as a hard-edged square but with an off-center Google logo, to boot. As far as pedantically tiny frustrations go, it was maddening. Android 12 Beta 5 thankfully fixes that problem, and it looks like it won't be an issue when it hits stable.

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Android 12's Material You Clock app works on older versions (APK Download)

Android 12's Material You Clock app works on older versions (APK Download)

Unless you have a spare lying around to be your real phone, I wouldn't recommend installing beta software on a device that you depend upon. But that's what we're here for! Android 12's version of the reliable Clock app is looking good in the latest beta. And it turns out that it looks pretty good on Android 11, too, because you can install the new APK from the updated version on older builds.

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Android 12 Beta 5 moves home controls where they should have been from the start

Android 12 Beta 5 moves home controls where they should have been from the start

With its latest, and very possibly last, update to the Android 12 beta, Google is adding in a lot of creature comforts that flesh out the operating system's user interaction. One of the most handy is home controls (AKA device controls), quick links to your most-used actions for controlling a smarthome. Previously (and distractingly) placed in the power menu, they seem to have a much more easy-to-reach home now: right no the lock screen.

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Google rebranding Device Personalization Services as Private Compute Core in Android 12 hints at further changes to come

Google rebranding Device Personalization Services as Private Compute Core in Android 12 hints at further changes to come

When Google announced the Android 12 Beta back in May, one tiny change slipped in under the radar and didn't actually show up until today. As part of the privacy-centric changes in Android 12, Google said it would roll out a new "Android Private Compute Core," in charge of on-device AI features like Live Caption, Now Playing, and Smart Reply. Well, the feature is now "live" in Android 12 Beta 5, but it's basically just a rebranding of the existing Device Personalization Services — though it might mean more later.

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Android 12 debuts its beautiful new Material You Clock widgets

Android 12 debuts its beautiful new Material You Clock widgets

One of the details that Google teased back when Material You was first shown off is a redesigned set of widgets for the built-in clock app. Like other Material You-themed bits, the widgets looked like they'd pick up colors dynamically based on the theme that Android 12 generated for a given wallpaper. As of Beta 5 and v7 of the Clock app, the new widgets are live — and they're rad. Paired with the change is a Material You redesign for the Clock app itself.

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Google Calculator + Material You = <3 <3 <3

Google Calculator + Material You = <3 <3 <3

Your high school math teacher probably once claimed you wouldn't always have a calculator on you to solve complicated algebra equations. Not only were they completely incorrect, but Google's calculator app is one of the best ways to add, subtract, and multiply to your heart's content. With Android 12 just weeks away from bringing Material You to the masses, it seems a redesign is finally in order.

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Catch a preview of Android 12's Material You-themed Easter egg

Catch a preview of Android 12's Material You-themed Easter egg

Android 12 hasn't reached "stable" yet, but we may have our first glimpse of at least a part of the release's Easter egg. While things could still change before release, Mishaal Rahman and the folks at 9to5Google have dug up what they claim is a preview of the upcoming Easter egg, which takes advantage of the recent Material You changes for a bit of colorful "pop."

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Android 12 may warn you it's slowing down your Pixel's charging due to heat

Android 12 may warn you it's slowing down your Pixel's charging due to heat

According to a teardown, Android 12 Beta 5 has a new feature that joins the existing Adaptive Charging improvements that debuted in prior Betas. According to some strings spotted, Pixels running Android 12 may show a notification that explains that it will "limit charging to help preserve battery health" when your phone is overheating.

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