Google recently pushed the Android 12 Beta 2 update for Pixel users. This update brings a large number of privacy features, desktop widgets, and dynamic themes. Recently, Android developer, kdrag0n, discovered a small improvement hidden in the Android 12 code. This feature is a new status bar indicator that was added to the call process. This feature can display the duration of the call in the status bar. It also uses an entirely new design.
Google Phone App of Android 12 Beta 2 does not support this feature, so users cannot experience it yet. Users need to wait for Google to release a new version of the Google Phone App.
Android 12 – the most downloaded beta in Android’s history
Last month, Google officially released the Android 12 Beta2 version. In addition to Pixel smartphones, select devices from OnePlus, Lenovo, Asus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE also have this update. According to Dave Burke, vice president of Android projects, the Android 12 beta is now the most downloaded/installed test version in Android history.
Android 12 include many new features
Google’s Android 12 comes with a lot of new features including new visual effects, new animations, widgets, and a modified lock screen, a new theming function, and so on. Users will also fine new tweaks to the notifications and quick setting feature of Android 12.
As for the gaming mode, the new addition on Android 12 is the “Game Mode”. This feature allows users to display the FPS frame rate, screen recording, screenshots, and live game screens. However, it appears that the feature is not fully functional for now. 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.
As of now, only one car from BMW is compatible with this feature. 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). Google’s Android12 places much emphasis on user privacy. According to reports, the company will introduce a “privacy dashboard” in the upcoming system. This feature will reportedly make it easier for users to restrict apps from accessing the phone. This means that apps can not access the smartphone’s camera, location, microphone, and other locations without permission.