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Pixel phones might get customizable lock screen clocks in Android 12

Pixel phones might get customizable lock screen clocks in Android 12

Pixel phones have become pretty customizable thanks to the Pixel Themes app first introduced with Android 10, but there's one part of the Pixel skin that you can't tweak too much — the lock screen. The Android 10 beta suggested that we might get some custom clocks at some point, but when the OS went stable, no traces of alternative clocks were left. That might change with Android 12. It looks like Google will include Pixel-exclusive lock screen clocks.

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Here’s what Android 12's conversation widgets will look like

Here’s what Android 12's conversation widgets will look like

Before the first Android 12 developer preview landed, some leaked mockups suggested that we're in for a pretty big redesign with wallpaper-based theming, a new notification shade, and conversation widgets. Most of these features have already been spotted hiding in the first developer preview, and now, we're also getting our first look at conversation widgets thanks to XDA.

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Android 12 preps a floating gaming toolbar

Android 12 preps a floating gaming toolbar

While the first Android 12 developer preview may not carry too many new features compared to its predecessor on the surface, there is a ton of stuff hidden behind system flags, including a notification shade makeover, wallpaper-based themes, and an iPhone-style one-handed mode. But gamers are also in for a treat: The developer preview appears to lay the foundation for an in-game toolbar, as reported by XDA.

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Here’s what Android 12's wallpaper-based themes will look like

Here’s what Android 12's wallpaper-based themes will look like

Before the first Android 12 developer preview landed last week, a leak suggested that the upcoming release could sport a significant redesign with colors based on the active wallpaper. And while the initial Android 12 release doesn't look too different from its predecessor, there are quite some changes hidden beneath the surface, like a redesigned lockscreen and notification shade as well as UI elements dunked into baby blue — initial evidence of advanced theming options. Thanks to some digging by ROM developer @kdrag0n on Twitter, it looks like the leak is correct.

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Tapping notifications will open apps instantaneously on Android 12

Tapping notifications will open apps instantaneously on Android 12

You know these notifications you tap and then nothing happens until a minute or two have passed? Twitter used to be guilty of this, but there are still tons of apps out there that exhibit this behavior. Google is looking to make this a thing of the past on Android 12, forbidding apps from using so-called notification trampolines. That should effectively banish slowly loading notifications, and the change is already having an effect on apps on Android 12 today — and we learned that Google apps are among the worst offenders.

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Android 12 has a hidden One UI-inspired system settings UI

Android 12 has a hidden One UI-inspired system settings UI

Google published the first developer preview of Android 12 this week, and XDA's Mishaal Rahman has already been digging deep into the code to unearth new features that aren't meant for our eyes just yet. It looks like Google is working on a Samsung One UI-inspired redesign of the system settings that moves interface element closer to the thumbs, and you can activate it via an ADB shell command.

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Android 12 is trying out machine learning to make gesture navigation suck a little less

Android 12 is trying out machine learning to make gesture navigation suck a little less

Using gestures instead of hard or soft buttons to navigate a mobile OS isn't exactly perfect and it's definitely the case on Android right now. But what if the phone attempted to learn when that swipe off the edge of the screen meant you wanted to roll around in the app or go back or to the home screen? Google may be trying to find out.

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Android 12's new privacy toggles make it easy to block your camera and microphone

Android 12's new privacy toggles make it easy to block your camera and microphone

The last few iterations of Android have tightened up overall security and have made it easier to keep a track of which apps have the permission to access various sensors on your device. With Android 12, Google is planning to offer even greater control with dedicated quick settings tiles to block any use of the camera and microphone.

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Hidden widget stacks in Android 12 show a bit of iOS inspiration

Hidden widget stacks in Android 12 show a bit of iOS inspiration

In the modern mobile OS wars, it was Android that had widgets first. Only recently did Apple enable not only widgets but the ability to stack and run through them, saving space on the home screen. Now, it looks like Android 12 may come up with a response with its own stack of sorts.

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Android 12 allows easier resizing and stashing of PiP windows

Android 12 allows easier resizing and stashing of PiP windows

We've come a long way from when we could only do one thing at a time on our phones. Today, multitasking is an essential feature of modern-day devices. Android's Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode is one of the most notable additions in this space, and it's only getting better. True to a previous report, Android 12 is introducing pinch-to-resize and stashing to PiP windows.

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