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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 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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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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Android 12 DP2 cleans up accessibility menu

Android 12 DP2 cleans up accessibility menu

Even if you don't use them often, accessibility options are some of the most important settings on your phone. Google has baked in plenty of features to help those with disabilities use Android, but over time, the accessibility menu has become cluttered and hard to navigate. On Android 12 DP2, however, Google has shuffled a few key controls to make it a lot easier to find exactly what you're looking for.

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Android 12 DP2 ditches first preview's blue backgrounds, brightens dark mode again

Android 12 DP2 ditches first preview's blue backgrounds, brightens dark mode again

The settings on Android 12 have stopped looking so cool. You may remember that in Developer Preview 1, we were introduced to a ghastly blue shade in the submenus. Well, it's not there anymore with Developer Preview 2.

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Pixels on Android 12 DP2 have a new, more compact widget picker

Pixels on Android 12 DP2 have a new, more compact widget picker

Among the changes Google didn't mention that are nestled in Android 12 Developer Preview Two is a new widget picker for the Pixel Launcher. This new picker still organizes things on a side-scrolling per-app basis, but collapsed for easier perusal.

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