As a writer for a blog all about Android, I take a lot of screenshots. For example: this article. Android's featured a built-in editor for screenshots for a while now, but it's getting a little more useful in Developer Preview 3 of the upcoming Android 12. If you try out the new release, you'll see a font selection option for the markup tool.
Android 12 Developer Preview Three lands today. As usual, Google highlights the developer-facing changes in today's announcement, though it's almost certain there are other user-facing changes and hidden features in DP3 beyond the publicly documented API and permissions tweaks. Importantly, this is also the last major release before Android 12 enters its Beta Program, and changes start to slow down a bit.
Apple finally unveiled its long-awaited competitor to the Tile tracker at its big event yesterday, and the AirTags seem like an instant win. For just $29 you can make sure you never lose your keys again, and if you have more money than sense, there are also some ludicrously expensive Hermès strap options. While you might think they only work with iPhones, that's actually not entirely the case.
Back in January we heard tell of a new and interesting feature coming in Android 12: "app hibernation," which would automatically place long-unused apps into optimized storage, thus freeing up storage on your phone. The feature hasn't been spotted in any of the Android 12 developer preview builds thus far, but apparently it's just around the corner. References to the feature have already been spotted in AOSP code, and now they're showing up in leaked builds of Android 12.
Last year, Android 11 picked up a "hidden" feature straight out of the 90s: A "trash can" for deleted files. At the time, trashed files weren't actually user-manageable. Apps could mark items for deletion (they'd bite the dust 30 days later) and offer their own ways to restore them, but it wasn't the sort of centralized "trash can" or "recycle bin" for actually deleted files we're used to from other platforms. But based on a recent report, that could change in Android 12.
We're all desperately looking forward to the upcoming (white boy?) summer, and Google has just given Wear OS a new feature that will help you stay a little bit safer as you chase the sun. The platform's official Weather app will now show the UV index for your location.
Android 12 is already available as a developer preview, which we've extensively examined. But it's becoming increasingly clear that Google hasn't spilled all the beans yet and might be planning on some more drastic changes than visible in the currently available pre-release build, and it seems like that gut feeling is right. XDA managed to get its hand on an unreleased build of the upcoming OS and gives us an overview of many potentially upcoming features.
Summer is just a short two months away, and for many of us, that means another opportunity to watch some of our favorite movies under the stars. You don't need to find a drive-in near you to take advantage of the season. With today's deal of the day at Amazon, you can save $160 on your choice of two Xgimi Android TV portable projectors.
The Nokia 3.2 was blessed with an Android 11 update in March, and earlier this month, the previous flagship 8.1 and the budget 2.3 could join the party. Now the Nokia 2.2 is also in for the Android 11 update, as reported by TechMesto. The new firmware is rolling out to 24 countries, predominantly in Europe and Asia, while people living in other areas will still have to wait a while.
Buying a new television is cheaper than ever these days. Constant sales make it easy to pick up a set with an excellent display for not a whole lot of money, and most TV makers now include half-decent software to get your favorite shows and movies up and streaming. Sony is one of the few manufacturers to include Android TV as its OS of choice, which bundles dedicated apps from the Play Store alongside casting with your smartphone. If you're looking to buy a massive screen for your living room, Sony's 85" X950H is back to its lowest price at Amazon.