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Android 12's long-awaited Conversation widget appears on some devices

Android 12's long-awaited Conversation widget appears on some devices

Android 12's Conversation widget is starting to appear for more folks again, following an early appearance in Android 12 DP3. It still isn't live for everyone, but it's started showing up on us for a Pixel 4 XL running Beta 2 without any digging around in activities or root to surface hidden features.

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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 app switcher now has a boring opaque background

Android 12's app switcher now has a boring opaque background

Themes are a big part of Android 12, offering all-new ways for customizing your phone as much as you want. Unfortunately, there are a couple of places where it seems like Google has locked everyone into a single visual element. In Android 12 Beta 2, the Recent apps page has replaced your wallpaper with a new solid backdrop that uses Monet to pull colors from your wallpaper.

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Android 12 Beta 2 gets new shortcuts for wallet and device controls

Android 12 Beta 2 gets new shortcuts for wallet and device controls

Android 12's latest beta is here, and it's going to take some time to adjust to all of the changes. Google has modified the power menu, eliminating easy access to both the smart home control panel and your Pay account. Thankfully, those shortcuts haven't been completely erased from Android — you just need to know where to look.

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Android 12's wallpaper-based Material You themes are finally here

Android 12's wallpaper-based Material You themes are finally here

Android 12's long-awaited "Monet" wallpaper theming system is a big part of the Material You redesign we've been anticipating, and as of Beta 2, it's here. Change your wallpaper, and system colors and accents change pick up on its cues to build you your very own unique matched theme, changing everything from background colors for certain UI elements to stronger accents and even some icons.

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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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Google reveals its most radical Android 12 changes yet in new beta

Google reveals its most radical Android 12 changes yet in new beta

Usually, when Google announces Android previews or betas, the company focuses on developer-oriented details like new APIs. But, as Android 12 Beta 2 rolls out today, Google is hyping up long-awaited user-facing changes, like the new Privacy Dashboard, the microphone and camera access indicators it's been working on in various forms since 2019 (plus quick settings toggles for both), and a new "connectivity experience" that makes it easier to switch between data sources.

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Google is finally fixing those 'out of sync' prompts in Photos on Android 12

Google is finally fixing those 'out of sync' prompts in Photos on Android 12

In the past, Google Photos felt like magic on Android. Your photos were kept in sync automatically without any manual interference. But that changed with Android 11 and the introduction of Scoped Storage, which aims to keep your files safer by siloing off what apps have access to and asking you to confirm when an app wants to make changes to certain files. The latter is a problem for apps like Photos, which now need to ask you for permission before just deleting or updating an image — hence, the introduction of the "Review out-of-sync changes" prompts. Google seems to recognize this problem and aims to fix it.

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Android 12's game mode shows its face in Beta 1, but you still can't use it

Android 12's game mode shows its face in Beta 1, but you still can't use it

Gaming phones have been a thing for a while — check out the ROG Phone 5 for the best example of what they can do —  but Google hasn't really contributed in this area up to now. However, with Android 12, it's shipping a gaming mode that should improve the experience on non-gaming phones.

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