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Android 12 is dropping manual font and icon customization in favor of Material You

Android 12 is dropping manual font and icon customization in favor of Material You

The wait for Android 12 grows shorter by the day, and thanks to monthly beta updates, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect this fall. Google's introducing a whole new look with Material You, complete with automatic customization options based on your wallpaper. Unfortunately, it seems like some of the tools available in Android 11 won't be making the jump to the latest version.

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Even the Pixel setup process is getting a Material You facelift in Android 12

Even the Pixel setup process is getting a Material You facelift in Android 12

Android 12 debuts a big visual redesign for Google's platform, and the company is also changing other apps to match the new look. Among them is a redesigned setup interface that matches the new UI. If it's still there when Android 12 reaches stable, your next phone might have a colorful new setup process with a handful of fun animations.

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After ruining Android 12's power menu, Google adds notification to explain where everything went

After ruining Android 12's power menu, Google adds notification to explain where everything went

One of the more contentious changes in Android 12 is the new power menu, which loses all of the smart home and contactless payment functionality it gained just last year in Android 11. In fact, those following the year-over-year upgrade path may suffer a bit of software design whiplash at the fast addition and removal. At some level, even Google understands it doesn't quite make sense (one Googler has called it "doomed), so Android 12 Beta 3 adds a new notification that explains where all the stuff you've come to depend on over the last year has moved to.

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Google adds toggle to divorce the Assistant from its corner gesture in Android 12 Beta 3

Google adds toggle to divorce the Assistant from its corner gesture in Android 12 Beta 3

In hindsight, it was a curious omission, but when Google debuted the diagonal swipe gesture to trigger the Assistant in Android Q/10, the only way to disable it was to change navigation modes or just straight-up disable the Assistant as your assistance app. Now, as of Android 12 Beta 3, it's something you can separately disable if you'd like to.

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Google's At A Glance widget is now Live Space in Android 12 Beta 3

Google's At A Glance widget is now Live Space in Android 12 Beta 3

As we work through our mile-long Android 12 to-do list, we have another curious detail to share. Partially aligning with prior rumors that Google would be replacing the much-loved At A Glance widget bundled into the Google app and the launcher on the company's Pixels, the latest beta release shows that it's been adjusted. Things haven't changed very much visually, but Android 12 Beta 3 debuts the new-in-name Live Space widget, replacing At A Glance.

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Android 12's face-based screen rotation is perfect for bedtime doomscrolling

Android 12's face-based screen rotation is perfect for bedtime doomscrolling

Android 12 is shaping up to be all about the new Material You redesign and theming system. It's a hot look, but it's not all we're getting, and one of the cooler features to land in yesterday's release is the new face-based autorotation for the Pixel 4 and later. Once enabled, it harnesses not just the angle of your phone relative to the ground, but also your face's orientation. That means it considers how you're looking at your phone, not just what the accelerometer says, making it perfect for a bit of bedtime doomscrolling in portrait.

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Android 12's sparkly ripples are (mostly) gone in Beta 3

Android 12's sparkly ripples are (mostly) gone in Beta 3

Android 12 is one of the most significant redesigns we've seen in years, but not every change has been for the better. Google added a new sparkle effect to taps in Beta 1, but users found it confusing enough to be mistaken for a bug. After promising to dial down the sparkles in future revisions — and not really changing much in last month's Beta 2 — Google has finally returned most of the ripples to normal in its latest update.

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Android 12 Beta 3 Google Camera update adds Material You accents

Android 12 Beta 3 Google Camera update adds Material You accents

Android 12 Beta 3 is all about the Material You dynamic theming. Joining Pixel Launcher tweaks (among other items on our now mile-long list of items to write) is an updated Google Camera app that ships with this latest release. That's right, the Pixel's world-class photo experience is now augmented by tasteful accents while you're taking them, too.

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Android 12 Beta 3 decorates the Pixel Launcher with Material You accents

Android 12 Beta 3 decorates the Pixel Launcher with Material You accents

Android 12 Beta 3 has a bunch of new Material You integrations for the platform's dynamic theming system, and nestled among them (which we're still digging through) is a tweak to the Pixel Launcher. It seems pretty buggy and inconsistent in our testing, and it has some UI implications that could make Google reconsider it, but individual items in the Pixel Launcher's long-press menus can now inherit multiple, separate colors according to your wallpaper and what's directly behind the individual buttons.

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Android 12's Settings menu has reached its goth phase

Android 12's Settings menu has reached its goth phase

It seems like every new update to Android 12's early builds brings along some changes to the settings menu. Developer Preview 2 brought along an all-new look sans subtitles, which Google brought back in Beta 2. With Beta 3 out now, it seems like we're due for another update. While the subtitles have remained, all of the color in the settings menu has been drained, leaving behind a stark black-and-white appearance.

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