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Android 12 is coming, here's everything to look out for

Android 12 is coming, here's everything to look out for

Now that the Android 12 Developer Preview 2 has marinated on the world's Pixels for a while, most of the hidden features in that most recent release have probably been dug up. Rather than wade through our feature level coverage or different lists for different releases, here is the complete and full compendium of all features spotted in Android 12 up until now.

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Android 12 DP 2 has a sweet new textured ripple animation for taps

Android 12 DP 2 has a sweet new textured ripple animation for taps

One of the most fun things about new versions of Android is seeing all the new visual bling Google builds into the operating system. One such example was spotted by developer @kdrag0n, who managed to get it working on Android 12, Developer Preview 2. It's a more busy, "noisy" animation for tapping a standard interface item.

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Android 11 is now rolling out to the Nokia 3.2

Android 11 is now rolling out to the Nokia 3.2

The lone big promoter of Google’s Android One program, Nokia, made big promises about timely device updates, but it’s been falling behind on those commitments for its flagship. However, that doesn’t mean it’s leaving its entry-level and budget phones in the lurch. The two-year-old Nokia 3.2 is receiving its Android 11 update as planned.

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Android 12 isn't simply copying iOS 14's privacy indicators, it's improving them

Android 12 isn't simply copying iOS 14's privacy indicators, it's improving them

In this day and age, privacy is a major concern, so it's comforting when companies take a proactive approach. Last month we saw what Google's upcoming privacy indicators are likely to look like in Android 12, and we're now seeing live evidence with Developer Preview 2.

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How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

Google ships a ton of free software with Android, but you're still paying for it with your data when you use it. The company can create an incredibly detailed profile of your life thanks to all the details you share with it while browsing the web and using some Google apps. While it's impossible to get rid of all that tracking completely if you don't want to use a custom ROM or switch to iOS, there are a few things you can do to.

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Lenovo Tab P11 Pro review: All in one, but this one's not for most

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro review: All in one, but this one's not for most

Aside from Samsung, Lenovo is one of the few Android OEMs that bothers to release tablets. The company has a tendency to be showy with products in the Yoga series, especially the one with that weirdo keyboard. But this ain't no Yoga — the Android-powered Tab P11 Pro is a typical tablet with an optional keyboard accessory. It was announced last year and launched just recently.

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Android 11 is rolling out to Chromebooks on the Beta channel

Android 11 is rolling out to Chromebooks on the Beta channel

It's been two years since the Android system on Chromebooks received a major update. While Android 9 Pie introduced a slew of improvements, growing pains (like app scaling) have continued to make the experience quite frustrating. Google has since been hard at work fixing its issues and reworking the Android system with its ARCVM. The wait may finally be over, as a shiny new Android 11 build powered by ARCVM is slowly rolling out to Chrome OS Beta.

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Android 12 DP2 has a whole lot of little lockscreen and keyguard tweaks

Android 12 DP2 has a whole lot of little lockscreen and keyguard tweaks

In addition to the pattern-based tweaks we covered yesterday, Android 12 Developer Preview 2 also a few more lock screen-related adjustments, including a bigger and brighter emergency call button that follows your system accent color and a new enter button that conversely loses its accent color highlight. The lock icon at the top of the keyguard (which disappeared in DP1) is also back, and the break separating the number pad from the bulleted input field has been removed.

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Media player in Android 12 DP2 picks up your accent colors

Media player in Android 12 DP2 picks up your accent colors

While we're still waiting for Android 12's bigger redesign to land, Google is also working at countless other smaller visual changes, and that includes this latest tweak. In Developer Preview 2, the media player now picks up on accent color cues from the system rather than trying to match album artwork, as it did previously.

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Android 12 has a double tap on the back gesture for the Pixel 5, but it isn't active yet

Android 12 has a double tap on the back gesture for the Pixel 5, but it isn't active yet

Google likes to throw in some interesting physical gestures for its phones—see the "squeeze" function the older Pixels inherited from HTC, or the short-lived Soli gestures in the Pixel 4. There's another one the company has been brewing for a while, at least on the Pixel 5: double-tapping the back of the phone for some frequently-used actions.

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