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Here's every feature your phone will get with Android 12

Here's every feature your phone will get with Android 12

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.

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Android 12's got some jiggle

Android 12's got some jiggle

Android 12 Developer Preview 3 landed this week with many smaller design tweaks, but there's one thing you'll instantly notice when you start using the new release. Things have become considerably more bouncy. Whether it's the notification drawer or the overscroll animations, Google is working on making things feel much more physical and realistic.

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Android 12 DP3 relocates the stacked notification count

Android 12 DP3 relocates the stacked notification count

Just about every major Android update has come with some changes to the notifications, sometimes in the form of major functional additions, or possibly just some minor layout tweaks. Google already made a change in the first Android 12 developer preview to put notification snoozing in a more easily accessed location, but the latest update to DP3 is adjusting the layout of stacked notifications so the total is more visible and makes better use of space.

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Android 12 DP3's dark mode improvements will further protect your eyes from burning whites

Android 12 DP3's dark mode improvements will further protect your eyes from burning whites

Android 12 Developer Preview 3 brought a whole slew of new design elements hinting that we're in for even more extensive changes in future pre-release versions. But Google is also working on eliminating smaller inconsistencies that should make the latest OS even more pleasant to use. It's introducing properly themed toast messages for dark mode, as first spotted by 9to5Google.

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Android 12 DP3's new grid size makes your homescreen less overwhelming

Android 12 DP3's new grid size makes your homescreen less overwhelming

The ability to customize software as you wish is among the most attractive traits of Android, and Google is looking to give users even more choice with Android 12's hidden extensive theming options. While these have yet to become available to everyone in the latest developer preview of Android 12, Google is adding yet another grid size option to the Pixel launcher that aims to make your home screen less overwhelming.

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Android 12's hidden conversation widget finally shows up for some in DP3

Android 12's hidden conversation widget finally shows up for some in DP3

While Android 12 is already available in its third iteration (Developer Preview 3), there are still many hidden options and features under the hood that we might only get our hands on officially once the first beta launches next month. The so-called conversation widgets are among them. We first saw them as part of mockups ahead of the first Android 12 build, and avid coders managed to activate them in the previous developer previews. But now it looks like these widgets are becoming available to a few people using Developer Preview 3 without any hacks, as spotted by 9to5Google. They're among the first publicly available interface elements to automatically change the color based on your wallpaper.

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Android 12 DP3 lets you swipe away screenshots either left or right

Android 12 DP3 lets you swipe away screenshots either left or right

Android 11 introduced a new floating screenshot panel with editing and sharing options that pops up at the bottom of your display after taking a screenie, but getting rid of it fast has always been cumbersome. You'd have to aim for a small x in the top right corner of the miniature screenshot preview. Android 12 changes that and allows you to swipe away the screenshot UI. While the first two developer previews only allowed you to swipe to the left, the third release finally allows you to swipe in either direction.

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Android 12 DP3 gets 'extra dim' — and no, that's not an insult

Android 12 DP3 gets 'extra dim' — and no, that's not an insult

We've been following Android 12's new screen-dimming feature for some time — not because it's that revolutionary, but because Google keeps changing the name for it. We've gone through "Reduce Bright Colors" and "Reduce Brightness," but as of DP3, Google appears to have settled on a less easily understandable "extra dim" name.

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Android 12's hidden 'game dashboard' just got some new features, but you still can't use it

Android 12's hidden 'game dashboard' just got some new features, but you still can't use it

Pixels on Android 12 look set to pick up a game-oriented dashboard, similar to what other Android phones offer. The feature — alternately called a "Game Mode" or "game dashboard" — leaked prior to Android 12's previews and was spotted semi-working but hidden later in development. In the latest DP3, it looks like it's still "hidden," but it has picked up some new features, including a "game optimization" setting to adjust performance level. The existing toggles in the menu can be moved to a floating overlay, and the FPS counter works separately from the display's refresh rate.

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