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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's new power menu UI looks like it got in a fight with an iPhone camera

Android 12's new power menu UI looks like it got in a fight with an iPhone camera

Android 12 Beta 2 is out today, and with it comes most of the features we've been waiting for since the earliest days of the developer preview. We're also getting a look at some unexpected changes, including a new power menu UI seemingly guaranteed to trigger someone's trypophobia.

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Android 12 adds power menu shortcut to quick settings

Android 12 adds power menu shortcut to quick settings

Android 12 Beta 2 is now rolling out, and among the highlighted changes are a few Google didn't announce, like a new power button in the quick settings menu. It gives fast access to Beta 2's redesigned power menu, which is pretty convenient if you switch to the new iPhone-style "Hold for Assistant" that changes a long-press of the power button to trigger the Google Assistant.

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Soon you'll be able to turn off your phone with your voice

Soon you'll be able to turn off your phone with your voice

Recently we learned that Google's taking a familiar direction in Android 12: making the power button do something besides powering off your phone. By default pressing the power button will open Google Assistant, mirroring similar functions from the iPhone and Samsung phones. It looks like Google recognizes that this is a less-than-intuitive way to go about things, because it's building in a power down command to Assistant.

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Android 12's new Emergency SOS feature is back in Beta 1

Android 12's new Emergency SOS feature is back in Beta 1

Back during the first Developer Preview for Android 12, a new iOS-like Emergency SOS feature was spotted that let you panic-smash your power button five times to make an emergency call. The feature disappeared from Settings in subsequent releases, but it's back as of Beta 1.

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Android 12's power button doesn't activate Assistant by default — yet

Android 12's power button doesn't activate Assistant by default — yet

Google is planning a radical design change with Material You. But it won't stop at the visual interface. According to announcements at the Google I/O developer conference, Android 12 will repurpose the power button in a way that's familiar to users of other devices. Long-pressing the power button will activate Google Assistant's voice control, at least by default.

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8 OxygenOS tips and tricks you didn't know existed

8 OxygenOS tips and tricks you didn't know existed

OxygenOS won plaudits for remaining mostly true to stock Android but has since developed more of its own personality. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, even if it bears a strong resemblance to Samsung’s One UI. Despite the visual transformation, OnePlus' skin has not only retained many of its neat little features, but some of its recent iterations have also introduced new tricks to make your life a tiny bit easier.

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This is what Android 11's new power button menu will look like

This is what Android 11's new power button menu will look like

Google decided some time ago that the power button on Android phones could be useful for quick access to commonly-used features. An iOS-style wallet was added to the Pixel in March so you can switch between payment cards or bring up travel passes and loyalty cards when you need them, and next on the list is smart home controls. Evidence of this arrived with Android 11's developer previews, but freshly leaked documentation now shows us what the final product is going to look like.

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First Pixel phones on Android 10 get Google Pay access in power menu

First Pixel phones on Android 10 get Google Pay access in power menu

Evidence has surfaced that Google is working on a power menu redesign in Android 11 that accommodates smart home controls and NFC payment cards and passes. However, it looks like the company is also finally adding the latter capability to Android 10 after a few teases that hinted at the existence of the feature. First Pixel users on the stable Android 10 release report seeing their Google Pay wallet in the power menu.

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Google continues to tease Google Pay access in the power menu

Google continues to tease Google Pay access in the power menu

Soon after Google released the December security patches for the Pixel phones, it followed up with a changelog detailing which new user-facing features have made it in. Among those, the company also teased a "Fix for Pixel Wallet display in power menu" in reference to the quick Google Pay shortcut seen in a beta version of Android 10. Since we never found any evidence of the functionality's availability in the stable release, we asked Google about it. That led the company to rewrite the changelog twice to finally say that it's currently an experiment that may roll out in a future update.

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