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Android 12 will spell the end of third-party share sheet replacements

Android 12 will spell the end of third-party share sheet replacements

It's no secret that Google has struggled to implement a satisfactory share sheet in Android — you could say it's been one of the platform's weakest features. Even now, when I attempt to share something with a friend, I'm greeted by direct share targets of no use whatsoever. Either that or you get an app's custom sharing menu instead, with varying degrees of usefulness. Because of this inconsistent experience, many users like to replace the default share sheet using a third-party app like Sharedr. Unfortunately, as of Android 12, that's no longer going to be possible.

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Pixel phones could become universal translators for apps

Pixel phones could become universal translators for apps

Today, no matter where you buy a phone from, you'll most likely be able to change the system language to your mother tongue. However, it's much more of a gamble whether or not all the apps you want to use on your phone will also have the same kind of broad language support. Google, armed with its translation chops, appears to be working on addressing this with Android 12 on Pixel phones.

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Google Discover will get a major theming overhaul in Android 12

Google Discover will get a major theming overhaul in Android 12

Google is focusing on the visual experience of Android 12. The latest fruit of that endeavor is a bit of fresh paint on the Discover feed. Google Doodles, the little shifting variations on the Google logo, have appeared at the top of the feed for a while now. But with the latest version of Google search installed on Android 12, Doodles now theme the background of the feed itself. Neat.

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Gboard's rounded Material You redesign is starting to roll out more widely

Gboard's rounded Material You redesign is starting to roll out more widely

Google has been testing different Gboard redesigns for quite some time, but it seems some of these changes are now coming to more people. No sign yet of the updated typeface — Google Sans Text looks like it will be replacing Roboto eventually — but rounded buttons are being spotted that align with the big Material You update coming with Android 12.

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Your Pixel with dual-SIM support might become even better in Android 12

Your Pixel with dual-SIM support might become even better in Android 12

Google has been working on Smart Forwarding for dual-SIM phones for a few years now. Back in 2019, XDA found reference to the feature, which would automatically forward phone calls coming into one of your SIMs to the other, if the original SIM didn't have service. Now it seems like Google will finally be moving forward with this on Android 12 for Pixel phones.

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Google wants you to know when your Pixel Buds will die

Google wants you to know when your Pixel Buds will die

Google finally jumped on the wireless earbuds bandwagon last year with the Pixel Buds. While they got things like comfort and sound quality right, they didn't do well in terms of connectivity and battery. While Google isn't completely changing either of those things, it's making it easier in Android 12 to know when your buds will run out of charge.

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Google is finally fixing those 'out of sync' prompts in Photos on Android 12

Google is finally fixing those 'out of sync' prompts in Photos on Android 12

In the past, Google Photos felt like magic on Android. Your photos were kept in sync automatically without any manual interference. But that changed with Android 11 and the introduction of Scoped Storage, which aims to keep your files safer by siloing off what apps have access to and asking you to confirm when an app wants to make changes to certain files. The latter is a problem for apps like Photos, which now need to ask you for permission before just deleting or updating an image — hence, the introduction of the "Review out-of-sync changes" prompts. Google seems to recognize this problem and aims to fix it.

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Android 12 Beta 1 hands-on: Halfway there and not half-bad

Android 12 Beta 1 hands-on: Halfway there and not half-bad

Android 12 is set to be one of the biggest updates to the platform in memory — if not on a pure feature basis (though it probably is), then definitely when it comes to the overall look and interface. While I would argue that Android has hardly stagnated as much as iOS in that sense, it has become very familiar. But, as the old saying goes, "familiarity breeds contempt," and last year, many of our readers were upset to see Android 11 refrain from big visual changes. Well, you got what you asked for, and I hope you like it. For the record, I do.

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Apple forced Google to re-think widgets for Android 12

Apple forced Google to re-think widgets for Android 12

When Apple announced that it was bringing widgets to iOS, it was hard not to be a little bit jealous as an Android user. Yes, we've had widgets since the beginning, but they've been so badly neglected for so long that most of them look awful — even Google's own — and there's no consistency in the way work. iPhone widgets are much more rigid and they look a lot better for it. Thankfully, Google is finally giving widgets the attention they've long needed.

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Android 12's game mode shows its face in Beta 1, but you still can't use it

Android 12's game mode shows its face in Beta 1, but you still can't use it

Gaming phones have been a thing for a while — check out the ROG Phone 5 for the best example of what they can do —  but Google hasn't really contributed in this area up to now. However, with Android 12, it's shipping a gaming mode that should improve the experience on non-gaming phones.

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