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Android 12's new 'Safety & emergency' menu puts all your health and contact information in one place

Android 12's new 'Safety & emergency' menu puts all your health and contact information in one place

Smartphones give us the benefit of always being connected, making them a key instrument in any emergency situation. Google is looking to capitalize on that for Android 12 by boosting some of its most essential features. An all-new "Safety & emergency" section has been added to the settings menu, giving you quick access to your most vital details and linking directly to the Pixel's Personal Safety app.

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Android 12's relocated smart home controls have people (rightfully) upset

Android 12's relocated smart home controls have people (rightfully) upset

Android 12 Beta 2 had lots of big changes, including the rollout of the new dynamic theming system, but a smaller tweak has plenty of fans up in arms. In Android 11, Google rolled out smart home controls in the redesigned power menu, but Android 12 Beta 2 is reverting all that, relocating those controls to a Samsung-style quick settings toggle. For those that got used to or even preferred the older, faster, and simpler power menu shortcut, this is an unpopular move, to say the least.

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Android 12 Beta 2 introduces extra granular battery stats

Android 12 Beta 2 introduces extra granular battery stats

Whenever Google releases a new Android version, you can count on redesigned notifications and settings, and the same is true for Android 12. The latest iteration of the pre-release software, Beta 2, further tweaks both of these aspects of the OS, but there's one detail we want to dive in here: The battery stats in the system settings, which now let you view which apps used up most of your battery in any given two-hour interval in the past day.

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Sparkly ripples are looking (barely) toned down in Android 12 Beta 2

Sparkly ripples are looking (barely) toned down in Android 12 Beta 2

For the aesthetic obsessives out there, it's been an especially interesting beta cycle so far with Android 12. Material You brought a major tweak to the ripple animation and, if you asked certain critics about it, you would've thought Google had gone mad at the craft store for bottles of sparkles. Has relief come its way?

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The Pixel Launcher is getting some subtle design tweaks in Android 12 Beta 2

The Pixel Launcher is getting some subtle design tweaks in Android 12 Beta 2

Android 12 Beta 2 finally introduced some of the more enticing changes like wallpaper-based theming and the privacy dashboard, but Google has also tweaked some other parts of the latest release while it was at it. Among these is the Pixel Launcher, which now more clearly shows you the grid when moving app icons and widgets around.

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Android 12 Beta 2 brings back info-dense subtitles to the settings menu

Android 12 Beta 2 brings back info-dense subtitles to the settings menu

Android 12 Beta 2 is chock full of visual changes, including the full implementation of its color-matching theme system. It's also changing some of the less popular additions from previous iterations of Android 12, including adding information density back to its settings menu.

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Android 12's long-awaited Conversation widget appears on some devices

Android 12's long-awaited Conversation widget appears on some devices

Android 12's Conversation widget is starting to appear for more folks again, following an early appearance in Android 12 DP3. It still isn't live for everyone, but it's started showing up on us for a Pixel 4 XL running Beta 2 without any digging around in activities or root to surface hidden features.

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Android 12 beta lets you tap your phone's butt to do stuff

Android 12 beta lets you tap your phone's butt to do stuff

We'd heard that Google was working on a double-tap gesture for its Pixel phones as far back as January, and at least some of the infrastructure was present in March. But apparently it took this long to get the thing actually working. With Android 12 beta 2, the option to double-tap the fingerprint sensor and perform various shortcut actions is alive and kicking, and it's been renamed "Quick Tap."

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Android 12 picks up new screen on/off animations

Android 12 picks up new screen on/off animations

Starting for some in Beta 1 and with a wider rollout in Beta 2, Android 12 sports a fun new lockscreen on/off animation — or, depending on how you count, two slightly different animations. One expands out from the power button if you turn your phone on or off that way, and another expanding from the bottom of the display if you tap to wake or it times out on its own.

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Android 12 is getting serious about keeping clipboard snippets private

Android 12 is getting serious about keeping clipboard snippets private

Among the other privacy-related tweaks in Android 12 is a new toast notification that will pop up when an app pulls content from your clipboard, that way you're aware when it happens. This might sound superfluous, but think back: When was the last time you copied a password or someone's phone number?

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