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Android 12's revamped Internet tile lets you switch between Wi-Fi or mobile networks anywhere

Android 12's revamped Internet tile lets you switch between Wi-Fi or mobile networks anywhere

With the latest beta of Android 12, Google is diving deep into some of its more substantive interface changes. One is the new "Internet" Quick Settings tile, which replaces both Wi-Fi and mobile (5G/LTE/3G) connection tiles. This one opens up a pop-up menu of local connections, allowing the user to quickly swap between them.

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Android 12's wallpaper-based Material You themes are finally here

Android 12's wallpaper-based Material You themes are finally here

Android 12's long-awaited "Monet" wallpaper theming system is a big part of the Material You redesign we've been anticipating, and as of Beta 2, it's here. Change your wallpaper, and system colors and accents change pick up on its cues to build you your very own unique matched theme, changing everything from background colors for certain UI elements to stronger accents and even some icons.

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Android 12's new power menu UI looks like it got in a fight with an iPhone camera

Android 12's new power menu UI looks like it got in a fight with an iPhone camera

Android 12 Beta 2 is out today, and with it comes most of the features we've been waiting for since the earliest days of the developer preview. We're also getting a look at some unexpected changes, including a new power menu UI seemingly guaranteed to trigger someone's trypophobia.

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Android 12 adds power menu shortcut to quick settings

Android 12 adds power menu shortcut to quick settings

Android 12 Beta 2 is now rolling out, and among the highlighted changes are a few Google didn't announce, like a new power button in the quick settings menu. It gives fast access to Beta 2's redesigned power menu, which is pretty convenient if you switch to the new iPhone-style "Hold for Assistant" that changes a long-press of the power button to trigger the Google Assistant.

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Google reveals its most radical Android 12 changes yet in new beta

Google reveals its most radical Android 12 changes yet in new beta

Usually, when Google announces Android previews or betas, the company focuses on developer-oriented details like new APIs. But, as Android 12 Beta 2 rolls out today, Google is hyping up long-awaited user-facing changes, like the new Privacy Dashboard, the microphone and camera access indicators it's been working on in various forms since 2019 (plus quick settings toggles for both), and a new "connectivity experience" that makes it easier to switch between data sources.

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iOS gets the same system-wide translation powers as Android

iOS gets the same system-wide translation powers as Android

Google's long been the king of machine translation, but Apple appears to have designs upon its throne. The company revealed that its next release of iOS would feature "Live Text," a feature that's more or less a straight copy of the image processing Google has been doing in Lens for years. But as part of that, it's going to add rapid language translation pretty much everywhere in the operating system, including selectable text.

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Google backtracks on Android 12's new ripple effect after users confuse it for a bug

Google backtracks on Android 12's new ripple effect after users confuse it for a bug

Wide-ranging visual changes are arriving with Android 12, all part of Google's brand-new Material You design system. Reactions to this have, on the whole, been pretty positive, but there are some aspects of it that aren't quite so popular. Animations are getting a lot of attention, since they've remained unchanged for so long, and the new ripple effect, in particular, isn't going down so well.

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Here's how to fix constant app crashes in Android 12 beta

Here's how to fix constant app crashes in Android 12 beta

Getting to play with Android betas is one of the best things about owning a Pixel phone. But they are,  you know, betas, so weird and frustrating stuff is more or less guaranteed to happen at some point. Case in point: many users have been experiencing constant crashes for major apps over the last week or so.

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Google's latest Android ad tracking changes still aren't enough

Google's latest Android ad tracking changes still aren't enough

It's no secret that Google is the world's largest advertising company. It's also clear which way the wind is blowing on ad trackers and cookies (even Google concedes the latter), and Apple has jumped out ahead of most other tech companies in proactively asking users of iOS products if they wish to disable personalized tracking entirely. As part of iOS 14, the company introduced a simple prompt for any app which wishes to track your activity for the purpose of advertising. And, unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority people have taken Apple up on the opportunity, with over 95% of iOS users allegedly blocking ad tracking when asked by an app for permission.

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OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro get new Android 12 builds that hopefully won't brick your phone

OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro get new Android 12 builds that hopefully won't brick your phone

Google lifted the veils off Android 12 recently, and we totally understand why you'd want to try out the freshly-baked software on your phone. However, if you've already burnt your hands trying to install the developer preview on your OnePlus 9 series phone and bricking it, you might be happy to learn that OnePlus has released new builds that hopefully won't cause any troubles.

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