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Pixel 5's hole punch can be hidden on Android 12

Pixel 5's hole punch can be hidden on Android 12

Many phones with notches or camera holes have options to 'hide' the cutout, usually by filling in the space around it with a black background and/or shifting the status bar down. Google offered the feature on the Pixel 3 XL, and now it's coming to the newer Pixel 5.

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Android 12's system settings are looking a little blue

Android 12's system settings are looking a little blue

The system settings are feeling a little blue on Android 12. While not too much has changed when it comes to the general layout and iconography, the background has gained a light blue look, visible in all panels except for the top level menu. Coupled with the light blue notification shade (or a dark blue variant when using dark mode), we presume that Google might be prepping some theming options.

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ASUS schedules March announcement for ROG Phone 5

ASUS schedules March announcement for ROG Phone 5

ASUS looks intent on pushing a fast follow-up to its $1,000 gamer-focused ROG Phone 3 — the poor thing only came out in October and it's got a successor lined up for March 9. Because the word "four" is a homonym for "death" in most Asian languages (where most of the major tech manufacturers are), we're talking about the ROG Phone 5.

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Google is experimenting in Android 12 with disabling the little-known notification half-swipe

Google is experimenting in Android 12 with disabling the little-known notification half-swipe

Google may be experimenting with turning off one of Android's lesser-used features. Most folks don't know it, but you can half-drag a notification to bring up additional options for it. Once upon a time, you could use that to snooze notifications (and that has a new spot in Android 12), but now it's just a way to trigger the per-notification settings, just like a long-press. Well, given its functionality was both limited, non-intuitive, and a duplicate, it's probably no surprise that Google's experimenting with outright disabling it.

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Android 12 lets you limit which apps will display media controls in Quick Settings

Android 12 lets you limit which apps will display media controls in Quick Settings

Last year Android 11 gave us a new way to control what's playing on our phones, with the introduction of a media playback interface that lived up in the Quick Settings panel. While its development (to say nothing of its arrival) was a bit rough, having those prominent controls sure proved to ultimately be a very useful addition. Now with Android 12 DP1 arriving to give us an early taste of what's next, we're starting to see some new functionality arrive for the media controls.

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The first Android TV 12 developer preview is here but you probably won't be able to run it

The first Android TV 12 developer preview is here but you probably won't be able to run it

If you thought the Android phone market was fragmented and many phones were outdated, take a look at the Android TV landscape and be shocked. Many devices are still running outdated versions, and Android 11 has barely reached any TV so far. But Google is already going full steam ahead with Android TV 12 — the company has released the developer preview in tandem with the mobile version of the OS.

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Android 12's new toggle design is big and bold and we're not sure what to think of it

Android 12's new toggle design is big and bold and we're not sure what to think of it

This first developer preview has a ton of developer-facing changes, but fewer visual tweaks than we expected to see, given prior leaks. However, there are some notable visual changes, like these new toggles that appear in some sections of Settings. Weirdly, they don't replace the old toggles everywhere, but they are live in a few spots.

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Android 12 developer preview has a hidden (and broken) scrolling screenshot feature

Android 12 developer preview has a hidden (and broken) scrolling screenshot feature

The first Android 12 preview is out. Yay! But it doesn't have scrolling screenshots. Boo! Well, don't boo too loudly — it looks like scrolling screenshots are there, but the feature isn't enabled in the current build. Maybe next time?

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Google Classroom for Android will also work offline later this year

Google Classroom for Android will also work offline later this year

The global pandemic has drastically increased the adoption of online education tools, as conducting classes shifts to within the safety of one's home. Google Classroom has proven to be a reliable solution, and today serves more than 140 million students. Now Google is announcing how it aims to further enhance the service for students with some new functionality.

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Samsung takes dubious honor as OEM most aggressively killing background apps

Samsung takes dubious honor as OEM most aggressively killing background apps

OnePlus is notorious for aggressively killing background apps, much to user dismay, but Samsung traditionally hasn’t been any further behind. The Korean giant has now, in fact, beaten OnePlus to take the pole position in Don’t kill my app’s hall of shame — making it worse than even the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi. What led to this promotion is Samsung’s recent Android 11 update, which is harsher on background apps than ever. 

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