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Android 12 DP2 brings the thiccness to your pattern unlock screen

Android 12 DP2 brings the thiccness to your pattern unlock screen

We knew that changes to the pattern unlock in Android 12 were coming, but the precise nature of those tweaks wasn't known until today. As of DP2, Android 12's pattern unlock system has new thicker lines with accented color and a "fun" new animation.

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Google's one-handed mode is live in Android 12 DP2 (video)

Google's one-handed mode is live in Android 12 DP2 (video)

Google launched the first Android 12 preview a few weeks back, but many of the most interesting features were hidden behind flags. With a little tinkering, it was possible to unlock Google's new One-handed mode, but there's no modding required in the just-released DP2. Just head into the gesture settings and flip on One-handed mode to get started.

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Android 12 DP2 subtly changes the app switcher

Android 12 DP2 subtly changes the app switcher

Among the other changes hiding in Android 12 are a handful of tweaks to the app switcher/multitasking menu/recents menu. It's subtle, but Google has moved the app icon so that it no longer covers your view of the app itself. The currently selected app also now has the same vertical height as the stashed previews to the left and right, and your view of the app is just slightly smaller than before.

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Pixels on Android 12 DP2 have a new, more compact widget picker

Pixels on Android 12 DP2 have a new, more compact widget picker

Among the changes Google didn't mention that are nestled in Android 12 Developer Preview Two is a new widget picker for the Pixel Launcher. This new picker still organizes things on a side-scrolling per-app basis, but collapsed for easier perusal.

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Second Android 12 Developer Preview rolls out for Pixels today

Second Android 12 Developer Preview rolls out for Pixels today

Android 12 Developer Preview 2 is here, giving us our second glimpse at the in-development state for the next version of Android. As you should expect, Google's announcement only highlights a handful of developer-facing changes with this latest release, but we're sure there are plenty of other exciting tidbits hidden inside — especially given the sheer volume of features spotted in-development with DP1. While we all wait for our phones to update, let's dig through the changes Google is willing to talk about.

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Android 12: Release date, previews, betas, and everything you need to know

Android 12: Release date, previews, betas, and everything you need to know

The first Android 12 developer preview is here. As usual, we've dived into all the changes present in this latest release — so far, anyway. But there are still plenty of other questions you might have, like: Should I install Android 12 now? What's the difference between the "previews" and the "betas?" When will Android 12 land? And how many updates will it get before it is released? Here are your answers.

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Android 12 Developer Preview 1.1 is here with bug fixes a-plenty

Android 12 Developer Preview 1.1 is here with bug fixes a-plenty

As is the new tradition, Google has just pushed out a quick bug-fixing update for the first Android 12 Developer Preview. The new DP1.1 release addresses problems ranging from Wi-Fi disconnection issues, system UI freezes, problems with the fingerprint sensor, and random reboots.

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Pixel phones might get customizable lock screen clocks in Android 12

Pixel phones might get customizable lock screen clocks in Android 12

Pixel phones have become pretty customizable thanks to the Pixel Themes app first introduced with Android 10, but there's one part of the Pixel skin that you can't tweak too much — the lock screen. The Android 10 beta suggested that we might get some custom clocks at some point, but when the OS went stable, no traces of alternative clocks were left. That might change with Android 12. It looks like Google will include Pixel-exclusive lock screen clocks.

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Here’s what Android 12's conversation widgets will look like

Here’s what Android 12's conversation widgets will look like

Before the first Android 12 developer preview landed, some leaked mockups suggested that we're in for a pretty big redesign with wallpaper-based theming, a new notification shade, and conversation widgets. Most of these features have already been spotted hiding in the first developer preview, and now, we're also getting our first look at conversation widgets thanks to XDA.

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Android 12 preps a floating gaming toolbar

Android 12 preps a floating gaming toolbar

While the first Android 12 developer preview may not carry too many new features compared to its predecessor on the surface, there is a ton of stuff hidden behind system flags, including a notification shade makeover, wallpaper-based themes, and an iPhone-style one-handed mode. But gamers are also in for a treat: The developer preview appears to lay the foundation for an in-game toolbar, as reported by XDA.

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