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Android 12 Developer Preview 3 literally cuts corners

Android 12 Developer Preview 3 literally cuts corners

Android is in for a huge design overhaul with version 12, and while many changes are still hidden, things are starting to come together in Android 12 Developer Preview 3, released yesterday. It enables the new thumb-friendly "silky home" by default for settings and adds smoother overflow animations across the OS, but there are also a few smaller design tweaks rounding everything out.

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Android 12 DP3 adds a search bar to its redesigned widget picker on Pixels

Android 12 DP3 adds a search bar to its redesigned widget picker on Pixels

It's been a slow build, but we're beginning to see Android 12's upcoming design changes take shape. The newest developer preview features an all-new look to the settings menu, and now a long-awaited search bar is finally coming to the widget picker on Pixel phones.

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Android 12 is finally getting smart enough to not bug you about choosing apps to open links

Android 12 is finally getting smart enough to not bug you about choosing apps to open links

Choosing default apps for services like email or navigation helps make your gadget feel personalized — it's always been one of Android's greatest strengths. For its next major update, Google is looking to help streamline the experience of opening direct links. It might seem like a small change on the surface, but the latest modification to web linking in Android 12 DP3 could go a long way in making the OS feel a lot faster.

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Android 12's settings redesign is prettier but less useful

Android 12's settings redesign is prettier but less useful

In Google's brand-new Developer Preview 3 release of Android 12, the Settings menu looks a little different. Compared to both Android 11 and A12 DP2, the updated version is prettier and less dense, but does away with the subheadings to make it a little less clear where various options are. It also gets some new "bouncy" animations when scrolling. It's the new look for the Settings menu, previously hidden behind an ADB command and labelled "silky home."

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Android 12 screenshot markup tool now features fancy fonts

Android 12 screenshot markup tool now features fancy fonts

As a writer for a blog all about Android, I take a lot of screenshots. For example: this article. Android's featured a built-in editor for screenshots for a while now, but it's getting a little more useful in Developer Preview 3 of the upcoming Android 12. If you try out the new release, you'll see a font selection option for the markup tool.

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The latest Android 12 update is out, and it comes with new app splash screens

The latest Android 12 update is out, and it comes with new app splash screens

Android 12 Developer Preview Three lands today. As usual, Google highlights the developer-facing changes in today's announcement, though it's almost certain there are other user-facing changes and hidden features in DP3 beyond the publicly documented API and permissions tweaks. Importantly, this is also the last major release before Android 12 enters its Beta Program, and changes start to slow down a bit.

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Android 12 could be getting this Windows 95 feature

Android 12 could be getting this Windows 95 feature

Last year, Android 11 picked up a "hidden" feature straight out of the 90s: A "trash can" for deleted files. At the time, trashed files weren't actually user-manageable. Apps could mark items for deletion (they'd bite the dust 30 days later) and offer their own ways to restore them, but it wasn't the sort of centralized "trash can" or "recycle bin" for actually deleted files we're used to from other platforms. But based on a recent report, that could change in Android 12.

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Android 12 may allow universal device search from third party launchers

Android 12 may allow universal device search from third party launchers

Search has always been a core component of Android — the OS is made by Google, after all. But one of the coolest tricks of the system has been reserved for Google's own launcher and widget: the ability to search through both your own apps and web search results at once. That capability may be coming to all launchers and apps in the near future, according to developer documentation for Android 12.

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Google's Android 12 preview lands another update

Google's Android 12 preview lands another update

Google is rolling out a bug-fixing update for the recent Android 12 Developer Preview 2. The new DP 2.1 update, according to the changelog provided, includes just a single change: A fix for a WebView-related crash, potentially tied to the more widespread WebView crash issue that affected other phones last week.

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Android 12 DP 2 has a sweet new textured ripple animation for taps

Android 12 DP 2 has a sweet new textured ripple animation for taps

One of the most fun things about new versions of Android is seeing all the new visual bling Google builds into the operating system. One such example was spotted by developer @kdrag0n, who managed to get it working on Android 12, Developer Preview 2. It's a more busy, "noisy" animation for tapping a standard interface item.

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