We are now a mere one release away from Android 12's first beta releases, but big new changes are still landing, like a wide rollout of the hidden "silky home" redesign, new animations, and a bubbly, rounded appearance to many UI elements. In fact, Android 12 is shaping up to be one of the biggest visual updates to Android in years, so let's take a look at all the new features — both in the recent Developer Preview 3 release and in Android 12 overall — that you can look forward to your phone getting with Android 12.
Chrome OS Stable channel got a major milestone update yesterday, from 85.0.4183.133 to 86.0.4240.77. As with every new milestone update, this brings massive new changes to the table, offering several new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements to improve your Chrome OS user experience. Due to the sheer size of this update, there may be a few things we missed, but here is everything new we found in Chrome OS 86.
It's been a while since we've covered a new Minecraft patch, but it would appear the launch of the 1.16.0 Nether update is a big one. Four new Nether biomes have been introduced to the game, along with a new block material Netherite, not to mention a few new enemies. There's also new story content, plus you can expect to discover some fresh music as you explore the new areas in the Nether. As you can see, the Nether update brings many welcome changes, and you can jump in right now since Minecraft's latest update is already live on the Play Store.
Stadia is having a rather bumpystart, but Google is trying to make up for the problems by improving communication with customers. When the company took to Reddit to announce that Stadia Premiere Edition boxes and codes have started shipping, it also shared that it wants to experiment with daily updates on new features and enhancements going forward.
Over the past few days, updates to the Google Play Store broke the changelog menu under My Apps & games. Users noticed that tapping the little arrow next to any app didn't trigger the changelog to appear below it, so they had to dig into the app listing looking for the latest changes brought by each update. Thankfully, that's now fixed with the latest Play Store v17.
Google's Chrome OS usually sees a "major" Stable Channel update about every six weeks, but if you don't follow the news at places like our site, you might have trouble knowing what is new or changed in the latest version when it hits. That gives new features in Chrome OS like the upcoming Virtual Desks a bit of a discoverability problem, but according to a recently spotted commit on the Chromium Gerrit, new "Release Notes" may appear following future updates to Chrome OS, illuminating the changes delivered with new versions.
CyanogenMod may be no more, but LineageOS is doing a bang-up job as a worthy successor. The ROM is constantly being updated and adding support for new devices. In this 23rd changelog, LineageOS describes all of the software's major changes since March 1st.
It's hard to believe that every update to Minecraft is somehow the biggest yet, but that is exactly what's on offer with the Village & Pillage (1.11.0) update that landed today. Not only have villages and villagers been revamped to better suit specific biomes, but the trading system has been refined to make it a heck of a lot easier to recognize villagers that would like to swap items.
A little under a month ago, Samsung launched a renewed version of its classic device customization app Good Lock. We took a much closer look, and we liked what we saw - Good Lock is easily the most powerful and capable tool for tweaking and tuning your Samsung smartphone this side of a custom ROM. And it seems Samsung is taking development of the app pretty seriously, because today it released a massive update that fixes and improves upon the application in dozens of ways. The changelog in the long scrolling screenshot below (courtesy of Sammobile) is absolutely gigantic.