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Android 12 Beta 1 has colorful new charging animations

Android 12 Beta 1 has colorful new charging animations

In addition to the big user-facing redesign that started landing in Beta 1, a handful of smaller visual tweaks are also included in this new, ostensibly slightly more stable release, including this: A new charging animation. It's there for both wired and wireless charging (though slightly different between each), and follows your system accent color.

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Pixels go big on the lock screen clock with Android 12 Beta 1

Pixels go big on the lock screen clock with Android 12 Beta 1

Welcome to the first beta of Android 12! Your official welcome is a big ol' digital clock, front and center on your Pixel's lock screen.

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Android 12's clipboard is taking steps to keep your copied text private

Android 12's clipboard is taking steps to keep your copied text private

Android 12 might feature its most extensive redesign in years, but it's not shying away from boosting user safety as well. The new Privacy Dashboard keeps all of your recent permissions displayed within a single interface, and both the microphone and camera can be completely disabled from all apps on your phone. Google is also changing how your clipboard transfers content between apps, with a new toast message displayed any time an app accesses copied text.

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Android 12 Beta is bricking OnePlus 9 phones — here's how to fix it

Android 12 Beta is bricking OnePlus 9 phones — here's how to fix it

At Google I/O today, we got to meet Android 12's hot new interface. Not only would Pixel phones get an early taste, but phones from 10+ other OEMs, including OnePlus, are lining up to give their own users a peek at the new 12 Beta. While OnePlus is making it available for both the new OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, it sounds like some users are facing pretty severe headaches — here's how to get your phone fixed if testing the beta goes wrong.

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Android 12 makes it harder for apps to send deceptive notifications

Android 12 makes it harder for apps to send deceptive notifications

Android 12's visual changes are significant, to say the least. As Googlers pointed out repeatedly during the first few I/O 2021 streams, Material You touches almost every part of Android. Yes, even the lowly toast notification. In the new beta, some apps are firing off more informative pop-ups.

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Android 12's radical new design, Wear OS brought back from the dead, and more: Every big Google I/O announcement

Android 12's radical new design, Wear OS brought back from the dead, and more: Every big Google I/O announcement

Google I/O day one is just about a wrap, and with it came an absolute tsunami of news. Android is getting its biggest design overhaul in half a decade. Wear OS is being completely pivoted — and merging with Samsung Tizen?! Android Automotive is headed to more cars, and as usual, Google announced a smorgasbord of app updates and changes to apps you use every day. We've got all the big news here, and there's a lot of it, so let's buckle down and get through this stuff!

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Android 12 has a sleek new PIN entry form

Android 12 has a sleek new PIN entry form

The first Android 12 beta just landed shortly after the I/O keynote, and it has the huge rumored redesign in tow. While the most obvious changes are easy to spot, a few things are harder to see when you just have Google's press images to work with. One of these places would be your device lock screen's PIN or pattern entry field.

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The Android TV 12 Beta is going live

The Android TV 12 Beta is going live

At Google I/O 2021, the Android TV team announced an important milestone — the platform now has 80 million monthly active devices, with more than 80% growth in the US alone. But the team isn't resting on its laurels. Instead, Google announced that the Android 12 Beta is coming to its development box today, the ADT-3, along with sharing that the current Android 11 version of the TV OS will finally be available as an emulator going forward.

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Android 12 Beta 1 has a sparkly new ripple animation for taps

Android 12 Beta 1 has a sparkly new ripple animation for taps

We're still digging through changes in Android 12's brand-new Beta 1 release, but we've already spotted a minor tweak to a change that has been teased a few times in prior previews. Beta 1 has a new, slightly sparkly ripple animation when you tap on stuff.

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Android 12's new Material You UI is partly live in the first beta

Android 12's new Material You UI is partly live in the first beta

Many of the new Material You UI changes that Google announced at I/O today are live in the first Android 12 Beta, which started rolling out just a short while ago. Not all of the new features are live just yet, but many of the "hidden" UI changes previously spotted in development are now public-facing.

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