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Here's how Google might simplify Wi-Fi password sharing in Android 12

Here's how Google might simplify Wi-Fi password sharing in Android 12

Asking for the Wi-Fi password always feels a little awkward, but Google has been working on ways to make the process easier. Android 10 allowed users to share network details via QR codes, and now it looks like Nearby Share could simplify things even further in an upcoming version of Android — possibly even this year's Android 12 release.

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Google may add a Restricted Networking Mode in Android 12

Google may add a Restricted Networking Mode in Android 12

Android 11 may not have rolled out to your phone just yet, but that doesn't change the fact that we're going to hear a lot more about Android 12 starting next month. If previous years are any indicator, February will see the announcement of the first developer preview. We recently learned about the upcoming app hibernation feature, and today we've heard about yet another one.

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First details emerge of Android's upcoming app hibernation feature

First details emerge of Android's upcoming app hibernation feature

It feels like Android 11 has only been out for five minutes, but news about the next major release is about to come thick and fast. If last year's schedule is anything to go by, we could be getting the first Android 12 developer preview as early as next month. We've heard a couple of small tidbits about it so far — Android Runtime is set to become a Project Mainline module and it'll be easier to use alternative app stores — but this latest news sounds especially intriguing.

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Android Runtime becoming a Project Mainline module for easy updates in Android 12

Android Runtime becoming a Project Mainline module for easy updates in Android 12

Google introduced Project Mainline as part of Android 10, to turn some of Android into modular components that could be updated through the Play Store. Several more parts of the system were converted to Mainline modules with Android 11, and now another core Android component is expected to become modular next year.

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Google will make using alternative app stores easier in Android 12

Google will make using alternative app stores easier in Android 12

Epic Games opened a can of worms last month when it added its own payment solution to Fortnite in a violation of Google Play's guidelines for developers. The move has brought discussions on app store policies to the forefront, and now Google is taking the opportunity to highlight Android's open nature — and announce a big change for alternative app stores coming in Android 12.

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