Google Android 12 becomes the most downloaded Android beta in history

Google released the first Beta version of Android 12 last month, and recently released the Beta2 version. Dave Burke, vice president of Android projects, revealed that the beta version of Android 12 has become the most downloaded/installed test version in Android history. The Android 12 public beta is currently available for Google’s Pixel phones (Pixel 3 and above). This update is also available for brands such as OnePlus, Lenovo, Asus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.

Android 12

Android 12 brings a lot of new features, the most exciting is the new visual effects . In addition to new animations, widgets, and a modified lock screen, Android 12 also provides a theming function. You can change the colors used by the entire operating system just by changing the wallpaper. Not all visual changes will appear in this first beta, the rest will roll out gradually.

Google is also adjusting other aspects of the Android experience, such as notifications and quick settings. Some improvements have also been made to privacy and security. The app will have indicators when using the phone’s camera or microphone, and it’s easier to access the various permissions of all apps on one dashboard.

Android 12

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Android 12 Game Mode

In the gaming aspect, Android 12 will come with its own “Game Mode”. Users can activate the “Game Mode” in the Android 12 settings interface. First, you need to enter the “Notification” menu and go to the Do Not Disturb interface. From there, click on Schedules. There, you will see the option of activating the “Game Mode”. After activating it, you will see the new features that come with the game mode. It can display the FPS frame rate, screen recording, screenshots, and live game screens. However, it appears that the feature is not fully functional for now

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Android 12 “car key” feature

Another new feature on Google’s new system will be the “car key” feature. Since last year, iPhones can act as a “car key” for compatible smart cars. The Android 12 will also include this feature to can turn the Android smartphone into a car key. However, it appears that this feature will be first available for only Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices.

Android 12 will have the "car key" feature

Nevertheless, only one car from BMW will be compatible with this feature for now. There are two mainstream solutions to realize the function of changing the car key of a mobile phone. The solutions are UWB (Ultra Wideband Technology) and NFC (Near Field Communication Technology).

Android 12 tighter privacy control

Google plans to introduce a “privacy dashboard” in the upcoming system. This feature will reportedly make it easier for users to restrict apps from accessing the phone. It will block apps from accessing the phone’s camera, location, microphone, and other locations.

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