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Android 12's Material You Clock app works on older versions (APK Download)

Android 12's Material You Clock app works on older versions (APK Download)

Unless you have a spare lying around to be your real phone, I wouldn't recommend installing beta software on a device that you depend upon. But that's what we're here for! Android 12's version of the reliable Clock app is looking good in the latest beta. And it turns out that it looks pretty good on Android 11, too, because you can install the new APK from the updated version on older builds.

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Android 12's release candidate gets more Live Space features up and running

Android 12's release candidate gets more Live Space features up and running

We're just weeks away from a stable build of Android 12 hitting smartphones, which means all of the final additions are falling into place. One of the tools we've been excited to try out for ourselves is Live Space, replacing the old At A Glance widget on Pixels. We finally have a new look at the feature, but we'll have to keep waiting for a future update to experiment with everything it'll offer.

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Here's what Android 12's new Private Compute Core is actually going to do

Here's what Android 12's new Private Compute Core is actually going to do

Yesterday, when Android 12 Beta 5 rolled out, we spotted an apparent rebranding for Google's old Device Personalization Services, picking up the new Private Compute Core name. The stuff actually in that section of Settings remained the same, though, and Google told us the name would be a thing back when it announced Beta 2. Now the company is sharing more about its plans and what, precisely, a "Private Compute Core" means.

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Android 12 may warn you it's slowing down your Pixel's charging due to heat

Android 12 may warn you it's slowing down your Pixel's charging due to heat

According to a teardown, Android 12 Beta 5 has a new feature that joins the existing Adaptive Charging improvements that debuted in prior Betas. According to some strings spotted, Pixels running Android 12 may show a notification that explains that it will "limit charging to help preserve battery health" when your phone is overheating.

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Android 12 follows up on its last Easter egg with a new Paint Chip widget

Android 12 follows up on its last Easter egg with a new Paint Chip widget

If you thought Android 12's Easter egg felt lacking compared to the offerings from years past, you probably weren't alone. While the fancy Material You clock was fun enough on its own, it seemed like it was missing some special touch to compete with Google's previous hidden secrets. With the latest release candidate, Google added a little something extra to its Easter egg, though you'll need to know where to look to find it.

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On Android 12 Beta 5, the Pixel Launcher's search bar can find (almost) anything

On Android 12 Beta 5, the Pixel Launcher's search bar can find (almost) anything

Search is an almost universal element of human interface design, but it's still largely limited by context. In Android 12 Google has been expanding that to allow a single search from the home screen cover everything — your apps, contacts, settings, and wider content from the web via a link. While we've seen glimpses of this functionality in earlier betas, Beta 5 seems to be opening it wide.

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Google rebranding Device Personalization Services as Private Compute Core in Android 12 hints at further changes to come

Google rebranding Device Personalization Services as Private Compute Core in Android 12 hints at further changes to come

When Google announced the Android 12 Beta back in May, one tiny change slipped in under the radar and didn't actually show up until today. As part of the privacy-centric changes in Android 12, Google said it would roll out a new "Android Private Compute Core," in charge of on-device AI features like Live Caption, Now Playing, and Smart Reply. Well, the feature is now "live" in Android 12 Beta 5, but it's basically just a rebranding of the existing Device Personalization Services — though it might mean more later.

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Android 12 Beta 5 moves home controls where they should have been from the start

Android 12 Beta 5 moves home controls where they should have been from the start

With its latest, and very possibly last, update to the Android 12 beta, Google is adding in a lot of creature comforts that flesh out the operating system's user interaction. One of the most handy is home controls (AKA device controls), quick links to your most-used actions for controlling a smarthome. Previously (and distractingly) placed in the power menu, they seem to have a much more easy-to-reach home now: right no the lock screen.

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Google Calculator + Material You = <3 <3 <3

Google Calculator + Material You = <3 <3 <3

Your high school math teacher probably once claimed you wouldn't always have a calculator on you to solve complicated algebra equations. Not only were they completely incorrect, but Google's calculator app is one of the best ways to add, subtract, and multiply to your heart's content. With Android 12 just weeks away from bringing Material You to the masses, it seems a redesign is finally in order.

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Android 12 debuts its beautiful new Material You Clock widgets

Android 12 debuts its beautiful new Material You Clock widgets

One of the details that Google teased back when Material You was first shown off is a redesigned set of widgets for the built-in clock app. Like other Material You-themed bits, the widgets looked like they'd pick up colors dynamically based on the theme that Android 12 generated for a given wallpaper. As of Beta 5 and v7 of the Clock app, the new widgets are live — and they're rad. Paired with the change is a Material You redesign for the Clock app itself.

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